Public Themes

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These themes were generated at PubliCamp.

  1. Public Utilities what infrastructures are necessary to constitute a public: - what resources / utilities / institutions / technologies / knowledges / etc, are necessary. Conditions of constitute a public. - eg. the difference between 'public' and 'community'. The limits of 'being in public'.
  2. Public address modes of addressing / speaking / communicating / demanding. HOW people act / speak constitutes WHAT the public is. That results in various typologies of public speech and typologies of publics. For example, making a final statement before being hanged versus the Chartist petition as a political speech act. How might making a speech at Speaker's Corner be different from making a speech in Kennington Park?
  3. Archeologies of the Public how The Public constitutes itself in various cultural, discursive and historical contexts. For example in relation to the history of Parade Ground (prison, training hospital barracks, museum, academy) and other localities - let's invite speakers with knowledge/experience/links with specific PUBLIC spaces. And Ubuntu other non-Westerns notions of publicness
  4. Glocalization
  5. Public Ownership what do we mean by calling resources / goods / domains / services / knowledge public – does it mean that they are state-owned, publically-managed, or commonly accessible? Rights and responsibilities.
  6. The Public Body bodies in public and the socialization of space: - how Public space caters to some bodies and not others. What kind of subjects/bodies/genders/races and ablilities are authorized to enact the Public, and how? What kind of groups are included / excluded from the Public (closely linked to issues of visibility and invisibility - like the Vietnamese community in Warsaw, and the invisibility of disable bodies in archives).
  7. Being in Public Performing or enacting the Public, or - If we don't use it, we'll lose it. – public domain / space / services/ knowledge/consciousness, etc is only ever performed. It is rather a process then a 'being' The public is a messy, unknown, conflictual and unpredictable mode of 'being in common'
  8. Sustainability - Environmental conditions and how they shape public space, such as Heathrow's flight paths, police sirens, rain and wind
  9. Expectations of how public space should be used; disruptions of these expectations - public space as unknown
  10. The relationship between Public and Private. Does participation make public? Where does the individual fit? How is ONE responsible for activating different modalities of being in public? Public relations and private relationships.
  11. The emotions and affects of being in public - optimism / enjoyment / frustration


  • The value of comparative studies between/among contexts
  • alternative points of view: micro > < macro

Enthusiasm Index

Please rate your preferences by listing them by number in the chart from Monday 13 July. See examples below.

The Enthusiasm index emerged as a means of gauging the level of commitment among Critical Practitioners to see an idea through to completion, to actually make it happen - Enthusiasm with responsibility. Low numbers do not necessarily indicate a lack of interest. Rather, they signal more a lack of will to develop the theme. Votes range from 1 to 11 to match the number of themes.

Name Theme 1 Theme 2 Theme 3 Theme 4 Theme 5 Theme 6 Theme 7 Theme 8 Theme 9 Theme 10 Theme 11 Comments
Cinzia 8 1 10 1 3 11 11 3 9 11 -> <- 11 10 and 11 could be merged and include sub-themes about how spaces are configured.
Ken 9 3 8 1 5 11 11 1 4 2 1 Could 1 and 5 be merged? I think sustainability should be implicit in what we do rather than a theme.
Kuba 9 10 10 1 6 7 11 1 1 1 1
Neil 11 5 10 1 6 11 7 1 1 1 1 once we establish the top 4/5/6 - I think we could start breaking them down in to sub-sections, and associating potential contributors
Michaela 8 6 5 3 4 4 3 2 1 1 6
Marsha 5 1 2 7 5 3 4 8 9 10 11 I'm going to approach BC about possible Ubuntu experts at SOAS - Also, Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Ubuntu GNU software) spends a lot of time in London and could be a good resource/speaker.

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