We are hosting an informal workshop on ideas and thoughts about the urban beach on 10 November and welcome contributions to participate. Presenting work in progress is especially encouraged and we’re delighted to welcome Professor Laleh Khalili (SOAS), who will present a keynote on the politics of the urban beach in Lebanon. The relationship between the city and the shore is a fascinating one: issues of clothing (Burkini’s in Nice), leisure, work, politics and the boundaries between them all become highlighted. From Paris plage, an initiative to provide a beach experience for city-residents unable to afford a trip to the coast, to the Communist Party-run beach in Beirut, via the history of racial segregation in Chicago, the space of urban beach presents a fascinating site of enquiry. Please send short abstracts for position papers, provocations or outlines of emerging research to Dr Claire Launchbury (firstname.lastname@example.org).