The Lecture Theatre Studies

The lecture theatre studies are using a digital photography methodology to explore seating patterns within university lecture halls.  Among other themes, the studies are exploring diachronic shifts in the nature of racial segregation over time; they are also exploring the utility of varying the social scales at which segregation is measured, examining the possibility that it manifests at different levels of granularity in the ecology of the lecture theatre (Koen & Durrheim, submitted).

The image below shows a digital photograph of one of the lecture theatres, and the schematic diagram a coding of the seating pattern.