Event report: The Personal is Political Revisited
Submitted by Lisa Robertson.
The Personal is Political Revisited: Investigating Notions of Place and Space
An Interdisciplinary Symposium hosted by the School of the Arts, The University of Northampton
Saturday October 6, 2012
This one-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the School of the Arts brought together scholars from around the globe to revisit the concept of the personal as political and consider its effect on the perception and experience of space and place.
We welcomed speakers from Serbia, Germany, The Netherlands, America, Australia, and Romania working in the disciplines of history, architectural history, sociology, literature, film, fine art, and economics.
Papers ranged from discussions of video as politicized space, to questions of home and the spaces of human rights, to an examination of the bidet in middle-class Yugoslavian housing.
Dr Jenny Bavidge (ICE, Cambridge) opened the event with a wonderful keynote lecture that addressed the politics of urban space children’s literature, and the day was concluded with an inspired round table discussion initiated by Dr Anna C. Sloan‘s (Sussex) discussion of tourism, imperialism and the American woman in 1950s Hollywood melodrama.
The event was followed by On Space: In Conversation with Doreen Massey.
This event was organised by Lisa Robertson and Anna Maria Everding, with support from the
School of the Arts.
Anna Sloan – Virgins in Italy: Tourism, Imperialism, and the American Woman in 1950s Hollywood Melodrama:
Henrietta Zeffert – Human Rights and the Spaces in Between:
Monika Jovanović – The Reappearance and Mass Use of Bidet in Middle-Class Family Housing in Yugoslavia in the ’80s:
Sarah Knor – ‘Who Has Suckled Thee’ – the Maternalisation of Space in Colonial India:
Round table discussion: