Living between worlds, thinking beyond categories:

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Living between worlds, thinking beyond categories
Experiences and expressions of the in-between

A transdisciplinary gathering within The Open University

Hosted by CuSP (Culture and Social Psychology Collaborative),
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:00-16:30

The Open University, Walton Hall, Christodoulou Meeting Room 11
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

What is it to be between worlds, between spaces, between times? How should we make sense of experiences and expressions of the in-between? It is now commonplace for researchers and practitioners across many disciplines and fields to grapple with subject matters and circumstances that are described as indeterminate, ambiguous, emergent, volatile, messy, uncertain and ambivalent. To address such issues we find a proliferation of concepts including thresholds, boundaries, marginality, liminality, hybridity, complexity, transversality, contingency, duration and emergence, and we find a growing appetite for modes of thought and practice that can follow these subject matters as they spill out across, over and between disciplinary boundaries.

This colloquium will bring together current research from three Open University Faculties (FASS, WELS and FBL) whose work addresses the between worlds issue. The day will be structured into three blocks of short papers, and each block will be followed by 30 minutes discussion time. The event is primarily an internal (OU) event, but those who are not from the OU and wish to come along are welcome but should contact Paul Stenner.

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11:00-11:05 Stephanie Taylor (FASS)
Chair: Structure of the day

11:05-11:15 Paul Stenner (FASS)
Introduction: Living between worlds, thinking between categories

11:15-11:30 Steve Pile (FASS)
Matters between Life and Death

11:30-11:45 Jo Brewis (FBL)
The inbetween space of menopause in the workplace

11:45-12:.00 Charles Barthold (FBL)
Working between Cultures: the postcolonial experience of the labour process

12:00-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:15 lunch

13:15-13:30 Paul-François Tremlett (FASS)
Re-Thinking Religion with the Rhizome and the Body-Without-Organs

13:30-13.45 Suzanne Newcombe (FASS)
The In-between Worlds of Yogis: Body Jumping, Immortality and Kayakalpa practices

13:45-14:00 Sophie Watson (FASS)
City water matters: cultures, practices and ‘in between’ entanglements of urban water.

14:00-14:15 Rebecca L Jones (WELS)
Reimagining between worlds? Feminist visions of personal ageing

14:15-14.45 Discussion (and coffee)

14:45-15:00 Darren Langdridge (FASS)
Not less than human: animal transformations in the puppy play community

15:00-15:15 Lindsay O’Dell (WELS)
Interdisciplinarity and reimagining development through time: between disciplines, between times

15:15-15:30 Steve Brown (FBL)
The atmosphere of the secure psychiatric ward

15:30-16:30 Discussion and future directions.

Culture and Social Psychology Research Collaboration (CuSP)

CuSP is an Open University Research Collaboration based in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, OU. Using innovative social psychological theory and methods, CUSP research provides new empirical insight into the experiential dimensions of emergent real-world issues: http://fass.open.ac.uk/research/groups/cusp

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