A Tale of Two Cities: Walking Tour in East London

Sunday, 25th June

As part of our conference theme of Borders and Boundaries, we aim to embrace and explore the contradictions of London, the city hosting it. London is the archetypal “global city”. It is cross-cut with cultural, social and political diversity – its population speaks 300 languages, and has just elected the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city. However, London is also a city of conflict, inequality and numerous borders and boundaries. Gentrification and housing speculation segregate and confine marginal populations, while policing and other strategies of control frequently give rise to confrontation. If you can arrange to be in London on the evening before the conference starts (25th June, 2017) we’d love you to join us for a free walk tour on London’s East Side. The tour, designed by activist groups Take Back the City, Occupy London and Focus E15 Mothers, will guide us through areas of East London fractured by inequality but also pregnant with the potential for resistance.

The tour is free but requires pre-registration. Let us know if you can make it so we know to expect you by filling in this form: 

Details about time and meeting point will be announced soon.

If you have any questions about the tour, please email us at:

Pre-Conference Dinner

Sunday, 25th June

If you made it the night before the conference, and hopefully you’ve joined us on the walking tour in East London (see above), then we’d love to meet up for dinner. Unfortunately we are unable to fund this dinner, but we will be reserving a table somewhere nice and not too expensive so that we can all grab a beer and something to eat. If you’d like to join, please register no later than 12th June through the following form: 

If you have any questions please email us at:


MeCCSA PGN x Norient – Borders & Boundaries Party

Monday, 26th June

To close the first day of the conference, we will be having (vegan) dinner followed by drinks and music. We’ve partnered with Norient, a collective of music writers and researchers exploring the global underground, to host an eclectic evening at one of South London’s most boundary-pushing venues – DIY Space for London. The night will feature live music by London’s Panenka, a “Performing Research” sound experiment by Norient’s founder Thomas Burkhalter, and a DJ set by (aka INRA aka aphtc – also Norient’s Berlin editor).

If you are NOT registered for the conference you can still purchase a ticket for the party via Eventbrite (4£). DIY Space for London is easily reachable from Goldsmiths by bus or on foot – Directions to DIY Space for London.



Borders & Boundaries Closing Wine Reception

Tuesday, June 27

To top off two days of talks, workshops and keynote lectures we will convene on the terrace of Goldsmiths’ Professor Stuart Hall building (weather permit, of course) to enjoy wine and refreshments. Time enough to soak in some last views of the London skyline, exchange contacts and make plans to meet at next year’s MeCCSA PGN conference in Canterbury.