Wednesday 13 December 18:15 - 19:15

Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
Gower Street

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Kinaesthetic cities: public spaces and everyday practices of sport and fit

Sports & Fitness

Prof Alan Latham's Inaugural Lecture: Kinaesthetic cities: public spaces and everyday practices of sport and fitness and why they matter.

About the lecture

Cities are full of people engaged in all sorts of physical fitness and sporting activity. People climbing, running, cycling, swimming, dancing, playing, training, jumping, crawling, skating, balancing, skipping, racing, diving, fighting, wrestling, and walking. This talk examines the ways social researchers study the entanglement of city life with these popular practices of sport and fitness. It looks at the distinctive ways such practices animate urban public spaces, as well as how they might help make for more inclusive, healthier, cities.

About the speaker

Alan Latham is a Professor of Human Geography at University College London. His research focuses on social infrastructures and the public life of cities. He is a Co-Editor of the Journal Royal Geographical Society Journal Area.

Inaugural Lecture Series 2023/24

This lecture is part of the 2023/24 series for UCL's Department of Geography. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

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Access profile

We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible so if you have any accessibility requirements please let us know in advance so we can try to make reasonable adjustments and ensure the appropriate measures are taken.

- The Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre G06 is located on the ground floor of the Roberts Building.

- There is step-free access to the lecture theatre.

- There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre.

- The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.

- This lecture theatre does not have a hearing assistance system.

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