The Leverhulme Trust funded ‘Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network’ started in September 2011. The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia), the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and Jain University Bangalore, and its purpose is to support scholarly activities relating to the cultural life of the suburbs.

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Recruiting for a research associate and two fully funded AHRC PhD studentships at University College London (UCL) and Royal Holloway University London (RHUL).

Design, material culture and popular creativity in suburban faith communities.’ Led by Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography) and Professor David Gilbert (RHUL Geography). This project explores the aesthetics of faith in suburbia and the material cultures and practises of diverse suburban faith communities located in West London. The project team will include a post-doctoral research associate and two PhD students, one based at UCL and one based at RHUL. The project also involves artistic and practise-based collaboration involving architect Ali Mangera, photographer Liz Hingley and artist Katie Beinart.

The Research Associate position is for 24 months from 1st January 2015 (or soon thereafter).  Based in UCL the postholder will undertake documentary and qualitative interview research members of faith communities developing two strands. First an extensive survey combining archival research and interviews to explore the architectural and design histories of the selected case studies; second, in-depth ethnographic work focusing on the creative adaptation of the congregational spaces by the faith communities and the material cultures and practices of these communities both in these spaces and beyond.  They will also collaborate with the artistic projects where appropriate. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline and expertise in documentary and qualitative research. For further details see: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJT468/research-associate/

One fully funded PhD student, starting in January 2015 at UCL Geography will explore the domestic material cultures of suburban faith.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJT664/funded-phd-studentship-domestic-material-cultures-in-suburban-faith-communities/

http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/admissions/phd-research/files/funded-phd-studentship-domestic-material-cultures-in-suburban-faith-communities

One fully funded PhD student, starting in January 2015 at RHUL Geography will addresses the wider research aims of the project concerning creativity and innovation through an investigation of the relationships between music, sound, silence and spirituality in suburban faith spaces.

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/geography/news/newsarticles/fundedphdopportunitywithprofgilbert.aspx

Check out the News and Events section of the website for more information on events happening around the world! For example, the Visions of Suburbia program at Bergen Community College. Click here for details.

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The Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is drawing to the end of its initial three-year period of activity. As we make plans for our next phase, we would value our users’ thoughts about the network and how it has helped sustain debate about the suburbs over the past few years. We would also welcome ideas/suggestions for future events and projects. To help with this, please complete our short survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8NY3WXM

 

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We now have our own ‘Cultures of the Suburbs’ Channel on the HistoryPin site. To view our profile, click here. If you wish to contribute to the channel, please email your photos with captions and information to: suburbs@exeter.ac.uk

 

NEWS: The Cultures of the Suburbs Network has recently held its closing conference at the University of Exeter on the theme of Imagining the Suburbs. Abstracts, a copy of the programme, and a conference report are available here.

A selection of working papers from the conference will shortly be available here.

 Delegates to the Imagining the Suburbs Conference, University of Exeter, June 2014

Delegates to the Imagining the Suburbs Conference, University of Exeter, June 2014

 

 

Children's author, Michael Rosen, prior to his keynote speech at the Imagining the Suburbs Conference, University of Exeter (June 2014).

Children’s author, Michael Rosen, prior to his keynote speech at the Imagining the Suburbs Conference, University of Exeter (June 2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Exhibitions

Faith in Suburbia
Photographs taken by senior members of faith communities in Ealing and Hanwell (London) for a collaborative photography project organised by UCL geographer Claire Dwyer and award-winning photographer Liz Hingley.

Manchester Suburban Areas
This is a small selection of individual images of some of the suburbs in both North and South Manchester.

Occidente Nuevo
A collaborative project by Anthony P. Marchetti and Laura E. Migliorino, which explores the architecture and human experience of Tijuana neighborhoods built almost entirely out of recycled architecture.

Pyrmont Paintings
A selection of paintings showing the cycle of abandonment, decay, destruction and renewal of an inner-city landscape.

Suburban Shadows
This work consists of a series of oil pastels depicting shadows cast on both the interiors and exteriors of suburban houses both day and night.