24 Feb 2009

Leading figures in politics, art and geography convene for the Doreen Massey Annual Lecture

Doreen Massey

Doreen Massey

Eminent speakers from the worlds of politics, art, geography and the social sciences – including former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, prominent cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall and renowned artist Olafur Eliasson - will be taking part in the first Doreen Massey Annual Lecture, entitled Spatial Delights. The occasion is open to the public, free of charge, and takes place on Wednesday 11 March at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from 2pm to 7pm.

Professor Doreen Massey has been at the forefront of public and critical geography for many years, receiving the Prix Vautrin Lud (‘Nobel de Géographie’) and the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. For this first event in what is planned as an annual series, a panel of speakers will reflect on ‘Space, Place and Politics’, interests that have been central to Doreen’s academic contributions over the course of her career. Doreen will be participating throughout, and will offer her own reflections during the event.

The event will comprise two separate panel debates; the first being focused on geography, space and place. Panel members for this include Ash Amin, Jamie Peck and Jane Wills. The second session is focused on politics and art and will include contributions from Olafur Eliasson, Stuart Hall, Ken Livingstone, Chantal Mouffe and Michael Rustin, before the event is opened up for a general debate, in which the audience can take part.

Professor Massey said: “I have been arguing for years that geography matters. In an age of globalisation, how we think about global space, and places within it, is more important than ever.”

The event has been organised through Open Space: Centre for Geographical and Environmental research @ The Open University, which is the research hub for the department. Anyone wishing to attend the event is asked to contact Jan Smith to confirm their place – / 01908 654 456.

Editor’s Notes
About Doreen Massey
Doreen is Professor in the Department of Geography at The Open University. Her research over many years has focused on space and place and been recognised for its excellence through many awards. Throughout her career Doreen has also engaged actively in the world beyond the academy. She is co-founder and co-editor of Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, and presents and writes regularly in mainstream media on issues relating to globalisation, cities, regional inequality, and, in general, the significance of geography and of space and place in the currently globalised world.
Awards and Honours
2006 - Honorary DLitt awarded by the National University of Ireland
2006 - Honorary DSc awarded by Edinburgh University
2003 - Centenary Medal of Royal Scottish Geographical Society
2003 - Anders Retzius Medal in Gold, awarded by the Swedish Society of Anthropologists and Geographers.
2002 - Fellow, British Academy
2001 - Honorary Fellow, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University
2000 - Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
1998 - Awarded the Prix Vautrin Lud (‘Nobel de Géographie’)
1994 - Awarded Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society
Books include:
Spatial Divisions of Labour: social structures and the geography of production, Macmillan, 1984, (Second Edition, 1995)
Geography Matters!, Cambridge University Press, 1984 (jointly edited with John Allen)
Space Place and Gender, Polity, 1994 (
Power-geometries and the politics of space-time, Hettner-Lectures 2, published by the University of Heidelberg, 1999
For Space, Sage, 2005
World city, Polity, 2007.

Speaker information:
• Ash Amin, Professor of Geography at Durham University
• Olafur Eliasson – renowned artist, who created The Weather Project for the Tate Modern
• Stuart Hall, cultural theorist and Professor Emeritus of The Open University – founding editor of Soundings journal of politics and culture with Professor Massey and Professor Rustin
• Ken Livingstone, former Leader of the GLC and former Mayor of London; current chair of Progressive London
• Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster
• Jamie Peck, Professor of Geography at The University of British Columbia
• Michael Rustin, Professor of Sociology at the University of East London - founding editor of Soundings journal of politics and culture with Professor Massey and Professor Hall
• Jane Wills, Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London

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