SUBURBS and CULTURAL DIFFUSION
Earlier this year, Kingston University opened The Centre for Suburban Studies. It is the UK's first research centre dedicated to the study of Suburban Life.
On Friday 24th September the Centre is holding a one day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of The Good Life inspired by the classic seventies sitcom set in Surbiton.
Laurie Taylor takes a walk in the suburbs of London with Dr Laura Vaughan, Lecturer in Urban Transformations, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; and discusses the history, culture and perceptions of suburban life with Dr Vesna Goldsworthy, the Director of the Centre for Suburban Studies, and Dr David Gilbert, Reader in Human Geography at the University of London.
He also explores cultural diffusion with Professor Adam Kuper from the School of Social Science and Law, Brunel University.
Dr Laura Vaughan
Lecturer in Urban Transformations, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Space and Exclusion: the relationship between physical segregation and economic marginalisation in the urban environment
Dr Vesna Goldsworthy
Director, Centre for Suburban Studies at Kingston University and Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston
Conference: The Good Life
Dr David Gilbert
Reader in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
At The Good Life conference Dr Gilbert will give a paper co-authored with Dr Rebecca Preston entitled From Margo and Tom to Margaret and John: Suburbia and English Political Culture 1979 - 1997.
Stop being so English. Suburbia and national identity
David Gilbert , Rebecca Preston
From: Geographies of British Modernity : Space and Society in the Twentieth Century
Edited by David Gilbert, David Matless and Brian Short
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Sex, Power and miracles - A Suburban Triptych
From London : From Punk to Blair
Joe Kerr (Editor), Andrew Gibson (Editor)
Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd
Professor Adam Kuper
School of Social Science and Law, Brunel University
Dunroamin: Suburban Semi and Its Enemies
Paul Oliver, Ian Davis, Ian Bentley
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