CSPS Annual Lecture 2023 | Rethinking Public Safety as Care in Spaces of Hyperunsafety | by professor Rachel Pain | March 8, 15:00 – 17:00 CET | Impulse, Wageningen, NL + Livestream

We are pleased to welcome professor Rachel Pain as speaker for the CSPS Annual Lecture 2023!

Rethinking Public Safety as Care in spaces of hyperunsafety (public parks)

In this lecture, I present some recent research on experiences of violence and harassment in public parks in North East England, where high rates of abuse and fear in parks were reported by women and minoritised groups. Structural violence underpins these experiences, both in the wider UK context of austerity and diminishing confidence in the state and police, who are often viewed as aggressors rather than protectors of women and minoritised people. Based on our participants’ responses on what would make them safe, the paper rethinks public safety as care, and considers collective responsibility for creating emancipatory and safe public spaces.

Rachel Pain is Professor of Human Geography at Newcastle University in the UK. Her research focuses on spaces of violence, fear and trauma, with gender-based violence a particular interest from intimate to international scales. Her work is informed by feminist and participatory theory and practice. She collaborates on this research with public and voluntary sector organisations, and with survivor groups.

Date: March 8, 2023
Time: 15:00 -17:00 + drinks
Location: Speakers Corner, Impulse, Stippeneng 2, Wageningen, NL
The event will also be live-streamed via https://wur.yuja.com/, under ‘events’

For more information: administration.csps@wur.nl