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“No Lockdown For The Mind” series

24 Jul 2020 11:00 AM - 11:30 AMPlease register to receive the webinar video link.

Each week, why not kick back and connect with leading lights from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as they share with you bite-sized bits of their intriguing and inspirational research and answer your questions? Bring your curiosity and join us weekly for 30 minutes of mind-expanding conversation.

Tracey Nicholls

Senior Lecturer, School of People, Environment and Planning

I want to talk about the concept of imperfection, especially as it relates to processes of apparently spontaneous social coordination (improvisation). The sorts of skills – creativity, ingenuity, and trust – that are needed to improvise solutions to political crises are familiar to all of us as the ‘best self’ of Kiwis in lockdown. But those skills also have the power to build more peaceful, socially just, and democratic communities. In this presentation I will explore some of those ideas in the context of social justice movements such the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, and ‘Me Too’, and argue that improvisation theory can both explain phenomena like ‘culture-jamming’ (think Banksy-style subversions of cultural messaging) and help us to understand the possibilities for ‘internal resistance’ to established systems of power.


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