The event was organised by the Centre for Research in Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics at the University of Brighton. Invited speakers included: Fernanda Balata (New Economics Foundation), Dr Jason Lim (University of Brighton), Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London).
The event considered the following: the contemporary English seaside is, according to many observers, characterised by a range of social, cultural and political changes. But why is it changing, and what are the influences and processes that underpin these shifts? Conversely, which aspects of coastal life are more resistant to social transformation and utilise a worldview that looks back rather than forward?
Attendees considered specifically the role that race and racialisation play within these developments and discussed the pressing questions about the seaside past, present and future. The event was free but donations to a charity for refugees in Brighton, were made on the day.
The event closed with the launch of Dr Daniel Burdsey’s book Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Attendees with Dr Daniel Burdsey
Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, Dr Daniel Burdsey and Professor Julie Doyle