Open Space is an interdisciplinary forum for PhD students to share their work in a critical yet supportive environment, and collectively unpack the theoretical, methodological, practical and political issues we face in doing research. The rather formal character of conferences can be an intimidating environment for young researchers, and we believe that a more informal, in-house forum provides a friendly and constructive space for engaging with ideas, practicing presentations, receiving critical feedback from peers, and building self-confidence before approaching the real thing. We aim to forge closer interdisciplinary engagement and foster lively intellectual debate across a range of issues.
Aside from these regular seminar meetings, Open Space hosts annual academic events with tailored PhD workshops as well as guest lectures from some of Geography’s leading academics. Most recently, we have had the pleasure of hosting Andy Merrifield, Ed Soja, Erik Swyngedouw, Maria Kaika, and the late Neil Smith.
Open Space aims to facilitate dialogue between advanced PhD students, early career researchers and academic staff across the School of Environment, Education and Development and the Faculty of Humanities more broadly. The initiative emerged from a dialogue and an initial workshop co-organised by a group of PhD students in 2011, and is facilitated and coordinated by Professor of Human Geography, Maria Kaika. It is funded through the support of cities@manchester.
Feel free to contact Sabrina Villenave to set up the best schedule for your presentation.
(Thank you on behalf of OpenSpace co-organisers: Matt Thompson, Caglar Koksal, Nadim Mirshak, Ioanna Tantanasi, Phaedra Douzina Bakalaki, Caroline Metz and Maria Kaika).