Real / Symbol

REAL/SYMBOL is a three part podcast and publication that explores the real and symbolic questions of land, gentrification and displacement in urban contexts and how communities are responding with real and symbolic acts of defiance and hope.

Real/Symbol invites you into layers of conversation, storytelling, poetry, scriptures, and reflection with a variety of voices – local residents, activists, researchers, artists and theologians.

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Episode 3: The Art of the Radical Ordinary

In our third and final episode of the Real / Symbol series, we explore how communities are cultivating a collective sense of right to land through real and symbolic acts of defiance, survival and hope. Through conversations with community members, activists, organisers and academics from around the world, we see how this is embodied through…

Reviews of Episode 1

We’ve had some amazing responses to Episode 1 of the podcast – please have a read below to get a sense of how people from a variety of communities are responding! If you’d like to leave a review in the comments below or on Apple, Google, Spotify, it would mean a lot to us and it means…

Episode 2: Land, Place, Roots

In our often enclosed narratives of extraction and profit, we have allowed the logic of capitalism to tell us what’s possible, but our imaginations can and must stretch further. As we listen to the experiences of community members in Shieldfield and beyond, we invite listeners to expand and reimagine our collective responsibilities to the land and…

Episode 1: Even the trees are being displaced

In this episode we start at the beginning by exploring how the process of development has deeply affected the neighbourhood of Shieldfield (and neighborhoods like it) and how these processes have caused not just physical displacement but also emotional and spiritual displacement. We also ask you to consider how the processes of development are affecting…

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