Sociology seminar: Disability and the relational geographies of un/safety

Sociology seminar: Disability and the relational geographies of un/safety

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON YOUTH, COMMUNITY, AND URBAN REGENERATION SEMINAR SERIES
 
Week 11, Room F1030 at 1pm
Wednesday 11th April: Disability and the relational geographies of un/safety.
Claire Edwards
 
This seminar will explore how geographical ideas about disability and space as socially and relationally constituted can help shed light on disabled people’s everyday experiences and fear of hostility and crime. Drawing on an IRC-funded research project exploring disabled people’s everyday geographies of un/safety in the context of fear of violence and hostility, the seminar will utilise emergent ideas on relational geographies of disability - a body of work which seeks to highlight the ‘multiplicity of processes operating within, through and between bodies, objects and spaces’ (Hall and Wilton, 2016: 5) - as a lens to explore how people with disabilities experience and perceive un/safety in different types of spaces. The seminar therefore seeks to unpick the complex interrelationships between space, embodiment, social identity and un/safety, and asks how, if at all, we can think about conceptualising and creating safe(r) spaces for people with disabilities.