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March First Sunday

First Sunday this Sunday and so time for a wander.... I've had a few requests for one of our occasional weeknight loiters as a some folk struggle with Sundays. There's also been several suggestions to explore places we haven't been to before and so the two combine to create March's event.

We will be venturing into the Arndale Centre chasm although as ever we will not be shopping (and depending on the spirit of the derive we may not stay under cover for long).

Please join us 6pm, Wednesday 6th March outside The Hidden Corner in the Arndale Centre (upper level near escalators to the food court: it isnt that well hidden).

if you are missing your fix today, or want to join at a distance, here's how you can join in at a time and place that suits your desire and needs:

Let your wander be guided by instinct and sense: follow your heart and your gut. If you do get stuck at a crossroads or junction stop for a while, observe, absorb and then move on – or if you are still unsure follow a non-human animal.

As was walk ponder one or both of these:

Look for boundaries and borders. Who is being kept out or in?

Follow food: smells, litter, signs. How do we consume the city and how does it consume us?

Please remember to take care and show respect both to yourself and others. Rest when you need to, stop when you wish. Please don’t spend any money for the duration of your derive

I would love it if you shared your adventures and any fieldnotes in some way – on our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” twitter (@thelrm) as a comment on the website www.thelrm.org or you can email mlrose@thelrm.org or text/ whatsapp 07974929589

I wish you wonderful wanders. Please also do take note of those contact details, on occasion access to this site is limited but I am always happy to get questions, comments or ideas via any of the above.

with love and golden apples

Morag x

February First Sunday: UPDATE

First Sunday, this Sunday. Yay! Its going to be a very unstructured wander today, following hearts, noses, instincts.... meet us 2pm at the Green Wall, Deansgate (by the metrolink lift)…. be lovely to see you there x

February First Sunday and Folk Horrors

It's First Sunday This Sunday and so we will be gathering for a wander, although as many of you know I struggle walking in snow and ice so for me this is contingent on the weather. I'll update on Sunday morning, if I can't make the walk I will at least share some instructions. If anyone else fancies facilitating instead please shout. Sorry if wobbliness causes issues to anyone, I hope you understand.

In the meantime, I will be at the Folk Horror Festival on Saturday and I spoke about the resonances with psychogeography here: https://www.visitmanchester.com/…/manchester-folk-horror-fe…

Cheers
Morag x

First Sunday of 2019

Dear friends and comrades in loitering

We will be welcoming 2019 in with our first First Sunday derive of the year this weekend, 6th January. Please join us for a bimble starting at 2pm Stevenson Square - we'll be on or near the traffic island with the graffiti covered ex-toilet. Whether you are curious about hidden Manchesters, psychogeography, creative walking or just fancy a convivial exploration of the everyday you are most welcome to wander and wonder with us. As ever our communal strolls are free and based on a belief that the streets belong to everyone. We'll finish with a drink and a natter to share our travellers tales. If you need more information please feel free to get in touch: twitter @thelrm email loiter@hepzombie.co.uk or join out thriving facebook group.

love and golden apples

Morag x

CFP: Geographies of Doctor Who at The RGS-IGB 2019

Dear friends and comrades in loitering

I hope this is interesting to some of you:

 
Call for papers at the RGS-IGB Conference, 28th-30th August 2019 London, UK
Geographies of Doctor Who: Jelly Babies, Bad Wolf and The Junk Yard Inside Me
Session Convenors: Dr Morag Rose (University of Liverpool) Dr Jo Norcup (University of Glasgow) and Prof Phil Smith (University of Plymouth) 
“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace. We’ve got work to do.” (Survival, S26:E4)
This session seeks to explore how popular culture can help us experience fantastic and abject geographies and enrich our wider praxis. Doctor Who was first broadcast by The BBC in 1963 and has become the longest running, and arguably the most successful, science fiction television series of all time. We want to both celebrate the impact of this beloved television institution and use it as a lens to expand and play with our geographical thinking. We are inspired by work which pays serious attention to entertainment such as Kneale and Kitchen on science fiction (2001, 2002), the landscape of The Detectorists (chaired by Keighren and Norcup at last years conference) and the Academic Archers (Courage, Headlem et al). We therefore invite you to apply your theoretical frameworks to imaginary worlds and the material locations of fictions; to think outside the (police) box.
Suggestions for papers include, but are absolutely not limited to:
·         Physical geography, geology, climatology and oceanography of Whovian landscapes
·         Queering, cripping, decolonising and creating alternative visions of the Whoninverse
·         Constructions of gender, race, sexuality, nationality, citizenship and other identities performed in Doctor Who
·         Ethnographies and materialities of fandom and fan communities
·         Historical geographies, memory and commemoration
·         Landscapes, location, soundscapes and embodied encounters in the Whoinverse
·         How The Doctor reflects upon and engages with contemporary issues
·         Multiple temporalities, regeneration, evolution and decay in the Whoniverse
·         Spatialities and technology of, and beyond, the Tardis
·         Psychogeographies, affect and emotion in and regarding Doctor Who
·         Cartographic and other representations of the Doctor Who Universe
·         How ideas of travel across space, scale, and time, interconnects and interplays across geographies and other academic disciplines
·         What the programme can offer in thinking about future visions of worlds
·         How Doctor Who encapsulates the conference theme:  geographies of trouble / geographies of hope.
We take a flexible and generous approach to definitions of geography and welcome papers that are inter, multi and trans disciplinary. Although we are operating within a conference structure we are open to ideas other than the traditional paper format. We welcome papers from all species and anywhere in time and space and will not discriminate between classic and new who or work that challenges the cannon. We hope that together we can organise a session that is joyful, irreverent, illuminating and a theoretical adventure in time and space.
Please send abstracts of around 250 words to Morag Rose mlrose@liverpool.ac.uk by 30th January 2019. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or comments

December 2nd First Sunday

First Sunday This Sunday and we are finishing 2018 with a collaboration (and a wish for many more next year should anyone feel like joining us).

We will be walking at a distance with the marvellous Blake Morris for his ongoing A Wander is not a Slog project. https://awanderisnotaslog.wordpress.com/contact/

We will be guided by Charlie Fox's 'Waylaid Walking', which engages with Walter Benjamin's Arcade Projects. If you'd like join Blake in London, The LRM in Manchester or from a distance, get in touch and we can send you the score and loop you into the exchange.

The Mancunian contingent will meet 2pm outside Central Library to see where Blake, Benjamin and the streets take us.

December 2nd First Sunday

First Sunday This Sunday and we are finishing 2018 with a collaboration (and a wish for many more next year should anyone feel like joining us).

We will be walking at a distance with the marvellous Blake Morris for his ongoing A Wander is not a Slog project. https://awanderisnotaslog.wordpress.com/contact/

We will be guided by Charlie Fox's 'Waylaid Walking', which engages with Walter Benjamin's Arcade Projects. If you'd like join Blake in London, The LRM in Manchester or from a distance, get in touch and we can send you the score and loop you into the exchange.

The Mancunian contingent will meet 2pm outside Central Library to see where Blake, Benjamin and the streets take us.

Sunday 11th November walk

The walk on Sunday 11 will start 3pm at the Engels statue outside Home, still waiting for detailed instructions from our comrades at STEP in NYC but they tell me it will be a search for Utopia...

We'll be back to our self-guided, self-paced random wanderings here after the performance tour (photos of that online soon). As ever, all events free and everyone welcome. I'm still collecting socks and sanitary items to pass on, will be taking them sometime next week. I know a few people forgot last time but any donations are much appreciated. I feel the We Shall Overcome ethos of solidarity and mutual aid; a raised fist and a helping hand and a celebration of culture, really matter. Psychogeograhy is many things, but surely above all it must be political, engaged and active to be worthwhile.

Hope to see you on the streets soon

Cheers
Morag

3pm Sunday 28th October

As you can see from the poster this is a collaboration both with STEP (Saunter, Trek, Escort, Parade) and We Shall Overcome. 

The walk on 28th October will be one of our occasional, irregular, performance tours focusing on Manchester, myths and identity. There will be a simultaneous walk in New York where items from our archive are on display: https://queensmuseum.org/events/saunter-trek-escort-parade-s-t-e-p

All welcome, please bring socks and/or sanitary items to pass onto those who need them

We Shall Overcome On The Streets: Walking With STEP

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