Stickin' it to the Man: The Geography of Protest Stickers

Authors: Hannah Awcock*, University of Central Lancashire
Topics: Urban Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: Protest Stickers, Public Space, Dissent, Urban
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Stickers are a common sight in cities, adorning street furniture and walls around the world. They serve multiple purposes, including advertising, art, and the expression of dissent. The latter—protest stickers—is the focus of this poster. Protest stickers are used to express opinions on a whole range of topics, including electoral politics, human rights, animal rights, gender, sexuality, health care, anarchism, and anti-fascism. In a similar manner to speech and actions, stickers can function as a contribution to political debate in public space. As such, their analysis can contribute to scholarly debate on the relationship between dissent, space, place, and the city.

Despite their ubiquity, and whilst there has been some research on protest stickers in visual culture (see Vigso, 2010), they have yet to be explored from a geographical perspective. This poster explores the geography of protest stickers as an area of research including: the spatial variation of stickers both within and between cities; their impact on urban public spaces; and how the public interact with them.

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