Lecture: Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together? 16 May

2nd Creating Publics keynote lecture events with Professor Rachel Pain

Rachel Pain is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham and co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. Her research engages with topics including the theory and practice of participation, action research and the contemporary impact agenda. She will present the following:

Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together?

Wednesday 16 May 2012, 14.00-16.00
Open University, Milton Keynes, Michael Young Building, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

The Creating Publics project was launched in March 2012 with the aim of innovating new ways of engaging publics in the on-going processes of social science research and public life. The CCIG are delighted to welcome Rachel Pain (University of Durham), for this 2nd Creating Publics keynote lecture.

Programme:

14:00      Welcome and introduction: Jef Huysmans and Nick Mahony (CCIG)
14:10      Keynote lecture: Professor Rachel Pain (University of Durham)
15:00      Responses by Clive Barnett and Helen Arfvidsson (CCIG)
15:30      Q & A and collective discussion

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.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

In the spirit of public experimentation that this project promotes, the event will be webcast live and accessible via stadium: http://stadium.open.ac.uk.

Those viewing online will be able to post questions and comments, which will be relayed live to the event.

To register to attend in person, please email socsci-ccig-events@open.ac.uk

For further information on the event and more details on the lecture, please visit the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance website.

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