plastiCities – a free symposium, 3 June

plastiCities

Tuesday June 3rd 2014, 10am-5pm

G03, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, University of Sheffield

Scientific discourses on neuroplasticity abound with metaphors both of (neuronal) landscapes and (cortical) ‘real estate’. This cutting-edge symposium brings together speakers from across the disciplines to explore the ways in which recent advances in the understanding of neuroplasticity might be used to construct new models for negotiating urban landscapes and temporalities. Our discussions will include a consideration of how brain trauma and cerebral re-organisation can yield new understanding and insight regarding the complexity and resilience of the damaged topographies that punctuate the post-industrial, post-colonial and post-traumatic cityscape. Thinking through the sculptural dynamic of cerebral morphology will also open up a debate concerning the ways in which critical methodologies from the arts might find their place in the sculpting of new forms of stability within the contemporary built environment, participating in the ‘real life’ making of cities, at both grass roots and policy level. This symposium is open to all and will feature a digital exhibition by Stuart Wilson.

PROGRAMME

10am     Welcome and introduction

10.10     Sara Parratt-Halbert (SEEDS)

10.40     Dr Tom Stafford (Psychology, UOS) and Dr Stuart Wilson (Psychology, UOS)

11.40    Coffee

12pm     Luke Bennett (Built Environment, SHU)

12.30    Complimentary lunch

1.30     Dr Adam Stansbie (Music, UOS)

2          Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (French, UOS)

2.30     Coffee

2.45    Prof John Barrett (Archaeology, UOS)

3.15    Dr Chris Van Dyke (Geography, University of Kentucky)

3.45    Prof Martin Jones (Geography, UOS)

4.15    Discussion

5pm    Close

The event, which is part of the In the City programme organised by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield,  is jointly hosted by occursus and the School of Geography.

To reserve a free place, please visit our eventbrite page

New performance at Furnace Park – Saturday March 22nd

The Children of Furnace Park

Saturday March 22nd, 2pm – 3pm

In 1866, eight children were killed in Shalesmoor when the wall of a warehouse belonging to Daniel Doncaster & Sons collapsed on them, unleashing tons of steel bars, timber and slates.

On Saturday March 22nd, we will be hosting an event at Furnace Park that remembers this accident through talks and performance.

The event will include:

A monologue written by Alice Collins

A talk by historian Chris Hobbs

A talk by Neil Anderson, local publisher and relative of two of the children killed in the accident

To reserve a place, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk)

The event is free, although you are welcome to make a donation.