Citizen Geographies, Citizen Geographers
'Moor to Sea without the Car' book cover. Illustration by Lucy Pulleybank
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Faculty of Science and Engineering is delighted to invite you to this inaugural professorial lecture, presented by Professor Richard Yarwood from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Ideas of citizenship are widely used in daily life. ‘Citizenship tests’ are used to determine who can inhabit a country; ‘citizen charters’ have been used to prescribe levels of service provision; ‘citizens’ juries’ are used in planning or policy enquiries; ‘citizenship’ lessons are taught in schools; youth organisations attempt often aim to instil ‘good’ citizenship; ‘active citizens’ are encouraged to contribute voluntary effort to their local communities and campaigners may use ‘citizens’ rights’ to achieve their goals. 

In this talk, Professor Yarwood draws upon his work on volunteering to argue that an appreciation of geography is crucial to understanding citizenship and its dilemmas. At the same time, he suggests that ideas of citizenship have the potential to draw together aspects of social, political and cultural geography to deepen understandings of people and place. Finally, he argues that citizenship should not just be an object of study but, rather, a way of engaging geographers with the world.

This lecture is open to all and light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Lecture starts: 17:00.

Please contact Paula Simson (email: / tel: 01752 584503) to book your place.


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