About this Event
Rhythms of Learning and Living
CSPACE Annual Conference: Wednesday 5th July 2023
5th July, City South Campus, Birmingham City University
‘Everywhere where there is interaction between a place, a time and an expenditure of energy, there is rhythm’ (Henri Lefebvre)
The CSPACE Conference this year takes rhythms of learning and living as its theme. The concept of rhythm as a powerful element which frames and informs all aspects of human and non-human activity is increasingly being recognised as an important analytical tool in Education and the Social Sciences. Individual rhythms of time and space include daily routines, ways of teaching and learning, routes taken to work and school, patterns of eating and sleeping, interactions with others, lived experiences of ethnicity, gender and social class and lived experiences of (dis)ability, health and illness. These exist within broader social rhythmic formations around living, learning and working together in homes, institutions and nations, and cyclical natural rhythms such as weather, the seasons, childhood, ageing and the life course.
This conference aims to explore how rhythm may be useful in understanding how, when and where people learn, embodied experiences of learning and how learning is shaped by and entangled with the ‘stuff of living’ (Le Guin, 1986) in different cultural, temporal and social contexts.
Although research that draws on the seminal work on Rhythmanalysis by Lefebvre (2004) would be very welcome at the conference, presenters are not required or expected to use Rhythmanalysis in their research or theoretical framing. As all research is located in time and space, and has elements of rhythm (for example, capturing habitual practice, repeated phrases in speech, patterns of experience and so-on) the conference is using the concept of rhythm as a broad unifying theme. Therefore, presenters are invited to share their research from whatever disciplinary/methodological/theoretical angle they choose, but are asked to make some connection, however rudimentary, to the concept of rhythms of learning or living as part of their contribution.
The final programme will be announced in due course.
Conference format and call for abstracts:
There are five different types of presentation format and you are welcome to submit more than one abstract, but you will need to complete a separate pro-forma for each submission.
1. Traditional presentation (for key findings or emerging findings)
2. Lightening talk or think piece (about existing research or thinkpiece about potential use of rhythms)
3. Round table discussion (max 8 panellists discussing a theme including rhythms of: education spaces, doctoral supervision or social work research)
4. Workshop (led by experienced researcher around an aspect of their research or data analysis)
5. Poster (for proposed, existing or completed projects)
We are asking presenters to align their contribution to one of the following three themes. Each of these themes has a number of topics, but they are not limited to those indicated (see full details circulated separately). The three themes are:
- Theme 1 : Rhythms of Working and Learning
- Theme 2: Rhythms of Place and Space
- Theme 3: Rhythms of the Life Course
How to submit:
(pro-forma for abstract proposals and details to be circulated separately. Deadline for completion of pro-forma is 24th April, 2023)
Submissions are welcome from practitioners, researchers, students and doctoral candidates from across BCU and collaborating institutions.
Conference convenors: Jane O'Connor and Julia Everitt
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Birmingham City University, City South Campus, Westbourne Road,, Birmingham, United Kingdom