Paris days 14-22: Project discussions, Versailles and other attractions, and reading/writing

So, I’ve been even more slack at posting on here, partly due to a combination of things being eventful (so not having time) and then things being quiet (so taking time to read and write).

The last couple of days with all the people from the project involved a lot of really interesting discussion following the frustrations at Gare du Nord. In fact, they turned out to provide the basis for a paper we’ve started writing with the provisional title: ‘Pour votre tranquillite’: ambience, atmosphere, and the practise of surveillance…Is going to be an interesting process of writing with all 6 of us contributing, though started with an entertaining ‘6 person simultaneous writing on googledoc’ flurry. You can see it being pieced together with colour coded post its here:

[Damien, Nicolas, and Laure arranging]

After Pete and Patrick left, Lou arrived so Saturday was spent largely around the Left Bank and Sunday we went to Versailles, St Germain, and Montparnasse with Damien and his daughter. A running theme of the  weekend was celebrity grave spotting…

Since then it’s been a mix of reading and writing for the Media Geographies ‘Space of Affect’ chapter which has been more of a struggle than I’d anticipated (a whole load of work on cinema and affect that I’d not read previously and so have had to be catching up on), but it’s starting to take shape now. Fingers cross, with another few good days, I’ll be taking a complete draft back to Plymouth with me next week…

Tomorrow is going to be a mix of video editing with Damien and Laure in the morning, reading/writing in the afternoon, and late-night opening at the Louvre in the evening…

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About Paul Simpson

I am currently a lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele University. I've previously lectured at Plymouth University, and again at Keele before that. I completed my PhD (titled 'Ecologies of Street Performance: Bodies, Affects, Politics') at the University of Bristol in 2009.
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