New Centre highlights research into creativity social justice and inequality

A new research Centre focusing on issues of social injustice both locally and globally is being formed by academics in the Department of Geography.

A free public launch event for the Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies will be taking place on Wednesday 12 October, which will feature a talk by Professor Cindi Katz from City University of New York.

During the lecture Professor Katz will be discussing how to research and understand contemporary inequalities and crises in the USA and some of the political, social and cultural relations and conditions of contemporary Geography worldwide. 

Professor Kevin Tansey, Head of the Department of Geography, said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Katz to speak at the launch event of our new Centre. Geography is a complex discipline and research undertaken in this Centre will lead the development of new ideas and methods that are much needed in a changing world.”

Professor Loretta Lees, Co-Director of the Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies at the University of Leicester with Professor Martin Phillips, added: “This is the first Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies in the UK. As critical geographers we are committed to working on the theory and practice needed to combat social injustice and oppression locally and globally and as creative geographers using creative methods to do so.”

Research within the Centre for Critical and Creative Geographies is divided into three unique clusters:

The event, ‘The Everyday Geopolitical:Revisiting Minor Theory with the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute’, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the University of Leicester Bennett Building Lecture Theatre 1 on Wednesday 12 October, 2016 at 6:00PM.

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