For the 2nd Creating Publics keynote lecture event which takes place on 16 May 2012 we are delighted to welcome Rachel Pain, who is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham and who also co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. Professor Pain’s agenda-setting research engages with topics including the theory and practice of participation, action research and the contemporary impact agenda.
14:00 Welcome and introduction: Prof. Jef Huysmans and Dr. Nick Mahony, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance.
14.10 Keynote lecture: Professor Rachel Pain (University of Durham) “Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together?”
“The University is just one site where the idea of public good is under threat from marketisation and shallow audit rather than deep accountability. My starting point is alignment between Universities and a range of wider publics and organisations in the context of recession and austerity. Reflecting on different responses to the impact agenda, I suggest that the particular form of impact being measured is reproducing longer-standing power/knowledge hierarchies. I consider some alternative framings and practices of impact (with) publics.”
15.00 Response: Dr. Clive Barnett (CCIG, The Open University) and Helen Arfvidsson (PhD researcher, CCIG, The Open University)
15.20 Q & A and collective discussion.
16:00 Drinks reception.
If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to join us in person at the Open University in Milton Keynes (to register please contact Sarah Batt – firstname.lastname@example.org) or get involved via the live webcast. A video recording of the first Creating Publics keynote lecture, featuring Professor Lawrence Grossberg on ‘Practices of knowledge in a complex world: experiments in conversation and collaboration’ is archived here.
For further information, please visit the CCIG website here.