Sheffield Otherwise is a collaborative research-design project that proposes a counter mapping approach to reveal the living heritage of diaspora and queer communities in Sheffield that have been left out from official heritage narratives, urban policies and public space representations.

Sheffield Otherwise is a collaborative research-design project that proposes a counter mapping approach to reveal the living heritage of diaspora and queer communities in Sheffield that have been left out from official heritage narratives, urban policies and public space representations.

Thematic Areas

We focus on four lenses to trace and imagine living heritage:

TRANS-LOCAL (HIS)TORIES & MEMORY

Memory looks at the role of trans-local (his)stories in the production, recognition, experience and transformation of spaces in diasporic geographies and DYI cultures.

IDENTITY & LIVELIHOODS

Livelihoods looks at the politics of identity and the relations that people forge with place while continuously shaping the urban environment inhabiting.

COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS & COLLECTIVISM

Community connections looks at the role of collectivism in the production, mobilisation and reproduction of knowledge and practices of traditionally marginalised communities and individuals.

SOLIDARITY & SYSTEMS OF CARE

Systems of care look at survival strategies that weaves the individual, social and political body and which understanding cannot be detached from structural inequity.

“Thinking otherwise is another way of thinking that runs counter to the great modernist narratives.

It locates its own inquiry in the very borders of systems of thought and reaches towards the possibility of non- Eurocentric models of thinking.”

Abdulla, D, 2018 referring to Escobar, A., 2007

Project Partners

Through learning alliance, Sheffield Otherwise promotes the interaction of multiple actors, as learners,  with multiple knowledges as a strategy to deal with the complexity of the production of space.

SADACCA

is a multi-use space and inclusive association providing support to the African Caribbean community of Sheffield and district

GUT LEVEL

is a queer-led DIY event space and collective that focuses on dance music, club culture and the surrounding communities.

RESOLVE

is an interdisciplinary design collective combining architecture, engineering, tech and art to address social challenges.

BUDD

is a MSc Programme at the Bartlett DPU that immerses students in the theory and practice of urban design and its role in building just cities and communities.

Public Events

Poetry Evening

Poetry Session from Otis Mensah + TBC

Venue: Atrium – Sheffield Hallam University

Story Telling Event

Artists Grace Lee + Ashley Holmes + Tomekah George on lived experiences of Caribbean Diasporic creative practice in Sheffield

Venue: Atrium – Sheffield Hallam University

Final Presentation

Final Presentation of the project Artefact

Venue: Atrium – Sheffield Hallam University

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