Sitting in this Park Sitting in this park Listening to the sounds of the city The rustle of leaves and coos of pigeons drowned out by the hollering hearts Standing on the paved ways in the way out of the way He plays his guitar, voice amplified baggy pants, small cap, bedraggled hair … More Sitting in This Park
What better way to spend your Friday night in Dublin, Ireland than to visit the famous Temple Bar? Of course, if you’re seeking great traditional Irish music, you’ll have to first weave your way through a raucous crowd of rugby fans and then make your way up a narrow staircase to the second floor, to Gogarty’s Bar … More Trad Music at Gogarty’s
The hills of Ireland are steeped in history, from prehistorical settlements and pagan kingdoms to the Celtic saints of the early centuries after Christ and the church as it grew in Ireland. As I travelled, encountering these fascinating spaces and exploring the intricacies of Celtic Christianity, it was interesting to also see how we as a … More On Fire and Steep(ed) in History
“…in making the city, man has remade himself.” – Robert Park, quoted by Harvey Probably one of my favorite urban theories is the idea of recreating the city by living in and engaging with it. David Harvey, a huge proponent and influential theorist of things like the right to the city and the recreation of the … More The Cartographic Imagination: Katie in Edinburgh
Private spaces are curious spaces because they can be simultaneously welcoming and exclusive, safe and disconcerting, open and closed, intimate and alienating. How we come to discover private spaces – beyond the comfort (or lack thereof) of our own flats – is an adventure, as it requires leaving the public sphere and entering into a new … More Intimate Spaces
When I came to Edinburgh, I had a certain image in my head of a particular lifestyle ubiquitous to all I would meet, and a key feature of that lifestyle was frequenting pubs. I imagined I would fall into this lifestyle mainly because I love pubs and it seems like the proper Scottish thing to … More I’ve been to more cafes than pubs, but I’ve not been to many of either.
This week, my readings focused mainly on the role that gender plays in creating spaces like the pub and cafe, how certain perceptions and expectations of masculinity and femininity are perpetuated as well as contested in these ‘gendered’ spaces. Using as guides Bernadette Scott’s (2006) article on ‘Scottish Cafe Society’ and Emslie and Hunt’s (2013) article … More Pubs & Cafes: Gendered Spaces, Normative and Divergent