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Secondhand Cultures in Unsettled Times

Calendar Tuesday 15 June 2021, 14:00-Wednesday 16 June 2021, 21:00

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Shopper looking at lit front window display of clothes and umbrellas at a British Heart Foundation charity shop

Secondhand cultures and practices, from reselling sites to charity shops and thrift stores to waste picking, have expanded and transformed over recent decades, with profound social, political, and environmental implications. Despite vibrant and growing research into secondhand worlds, opportunities to share and discuss this research across interdisciplinary boundaries have been rare. Further, secondhand cultures have been unsettled by the global pandemic in ways that are not yet well understood.

This virtual symposium brings together scholars and practitioners across disciplines to problematise and explore secondhand cultures in unsettled times.

We are delighted to share our keynote speakers for the event will be -

Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professor Avril Maddrell, University of Reading

Professor Rebecca Earley, Centre for Circular Design, University of the Arts London

The Symposium will bring together a lively collection of papers from scholars around the world on a range of secondhand topics, as well as hands-on workshops, practitioner panels, book talks, short films, and plenty of opportunities for participants to connect and share ideas. 

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