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Mr Sam Slatcher, MA

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Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
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Contested geographies of coexistence: encountering difference in faith-based projects in West Yorkshire

My PhD research explores the multiple and shifting encounters that take place across ethnic and religious diversity in local inter-faith projects across northern England. The research focuses on projects that have been funded by the Near Neighbours – a partnership between the Church Urban Fund and the Department for Communities and Local Government – in Bradford, Dewsbury, north Leeds and Burnley. In particular, the research focuses on projects that utilise the potential of creative arts to bring people together to open up new ways of thinking about faith and living in diverse communities. I am interested in the nature of the sites and how the activities in the projects create the conditions for meaningful encounters.

It is hoped the research will contribute to a growing literature on the geographies of encounter (Valentine, 2008; Matejskova and Leitner, 2011; Wilson, 2013), whilst developing a nuanced account of how religion is shaped by and shapes the encounters across difference. I am particularly interested in the relationship between narratives of coexistence - a set of ideas around how people should belong or coexistence – and what takes place in moments of encounter, whether cognitive and reflective, embodied or visceral.

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Selected Grants

  • 2013: ESRC - Studentship Award (3.5 years)
  • 2010: RGS-IBG Small Grant (£1500)