June 1st 2020, 11am-3pm, A Birkbeck Law School Policy, Practice and Activism Cluster event
This cross-disciplinary symposium will engage with what it means to research, think and write ontologically, as it relates to policy, institutional and state enactment.
The context to the event is policy and legislation processes and implementation, in relation to social policy and welfare.
Dr John Clarke. Professor Emeritus (Social Policy) The Open University (UK), Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, 2019-2021
Dr Hanna Hilbrant. Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Dr Shona Hunter. Reader & Director of Research Degree Programmes, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University (UK)
Dr Tess Lea. Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, the University of Sydney (Australia)
Post-event summary and key themes:
10.45-11.00 Introduction, Rachael Dobson
11.00-11.30 Tess Lea
11.30-12.00 Hanna Hilbrandt
12.00-12.30 John Clarke
12.30-13.00 Shona Hunter
13.00-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 ‘In Conversation’, with Rachael Dobson, Tess Lea, Hanna Hilbrandt, John Clarke, Shona Hunter. Q&A and Discussion.
John Clarke worked at the Open University for over thirty years, contributing to teaching social sciences in general and social policy in particular. His research has explored the intersections of policy, politics and power through a range of collaborations. Recent publications include Critical Dialogues: Thinking Together in Turbulent Times (Policy Press, 2019) and Making Policy Move: Towards a Politics of Translation and Assemblage (with Bainton, Lendvai and Stubbs, Policy Press, 2016). He currently holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to explore questions of ‘Brexit and Beyond: towards a transnational conjunctural analysis of turbulent times’.
Hanna Hilbrant is an Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Geography at University of Zurich’s geography department (commencing March 2020). Previously she served as a DAAD P.R.I.M.E fellow at the Hafencity University Hamburg and a visiting professor in International Planning Studies at the Dortmund School of Spatial Planning. Her research interests revolve around everyday power, housing marginality, financialization, policy and planning, as well as urban temporalities and infrastructures.
Shona Hunter is a Reader in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. She is the Programme Director for Research Degrees in the School and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality and the founder of WhiteSpaces.
Tess Lea is an anthropologist who specializes in organizational ethnography and the anthropology of policy, across housing, health, infrastructure and creative industries. Her forthcoming book Wild Policy: Indigeneity and the Unruly Logics of Intervention (Stanford University Press, July 2020) introduces new ways of thinking about policy ontologies across both theory and practice