[Events] Design and Citizenship Seminar this Friday 26 February

Anne.McCarthy Anne.McCarthy at staffmail.ul.ie
Tue Feb 23 09:26:08 GMT 2010


 

 

                                       

 

 

Design and Citizenship

 

Time: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 

Date:  Friday 26 February 2010

Venue: Daly Room, Plassey House

 

This seminar jointly organised by Women's Studies, the Department of
Politics and Public Administration and the Department of Sociology will
host two speakers who will address the topic of design and citizenship
from different perspectives.

 

Professor Cynthia Weber, Department of Politics and International
Relations, Lancaster University

 

Paper Title: 'Design and Citizenship'

 

This paper introduces design, citizenship and their relationship by
contrasting two very different design projects on citizenship.  The
first is the collaborative project Touching the State, which was carried
out by the publically-funded UK Design Council in collaboration with the
independent think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research in 2004.
The second is artist and designer Robert Ransick's project Casa
Segura/Safe House.  The urgency in taking design seriously within the
realm of citizenship studies is that design offers a new prism through
which to address the political.

 

Dr Anne-Marie Fortier, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the
Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, Lancaster University

 

Paper Title: 'Proximity by Design?  Affective Citizenship and the
Management of Unease'

 

'Community cohesion' is the preferred framework for managing 'race
relations' and 'conflict' in contemporary Britain.  Initially adopted in
government policy following civil disturbances in the summer of 2001,
'community cohesion' place a strong emphasis on ideas of shared
belonging but these are combined with strategies of managing migration
and identity which are deployed in view of securing local communities
against threats posed by extremism, deprivation, diversity and feelings
of 'white unease'.  This paper analyses the cohesion agenda as a form of
governance that operates through mechanisms of subjectivation. Community
cohesion is identified as a form of 'governing through affect' that
draws on and targets the affective subject for certain strategies and
regulations aimed at guiding people's behaviours and attitudes in the
public domain - thus shaping the 'affective citizen'.

 

 

 
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