Social Justice Research Cluster Graduate Seminar Series
Inequality and Social Justice In Education: Issues of Class, Race, Gender and Sexuality.
Social Justice Research Cluster, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.
In an epoch constrained by labour market opportunities for young people and high levels of precarious employment and unemployment, the acquisition of educational qualifications gains increasing significance within an increasingly globalized and highly skilled economy that young people now find themselves competing in. Young people today are barraged with the pervasive public discourse that asserts success in work and life more generally with high levels of formal education. Politically, educational success and failure is increasingly framed in terms of individual agency, the winners and losers within education system are merely those who have worked hard and those who have not. However, academic research has long provided evidence illustrating that different individuals and groups have different educational experiences and outcomes with much research seeking to address the question of why this is. The seminar series will explore research-addressing issues of social justice and inequality within primary, secondary and higher education both in terms of a UK context and overseas. There will be a meticulous focus on issues relation to social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and disability.
BSA Regional Postgraduate Event: ‘Close to home: moral dilemmas, ethical practice and complexities of reflexivity in ethnographic research.’
Friday 3 June 2016, London School of Economics
Confirmed speakers: Claire Alexander (University of Manchester), Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths), Karen Lumsden (Loughborough University), Lisa Mckenzie (LSE), Laurie Taylor (BBC Radio 4).
Ethnography as a methodological tool is founded in a long tradition of social science research and over the past decade ethnography has moved once again to forefront of sociological concern. Considered one of the few research methods able to escape the shackles of the academy in full form, in recent months ethnographic accounts have both topped the best sellers lists internationally alongside attracting much academic and lay commentary and critique (Goffman, 2015; Martin, 2015; Mckenzie, 2015). Central to such debates is the concern and question regarding who is permitted to conduct ethnographic research citing the occupational hazard ethnographers risk in eroticising or misrepresenting their research subjects and sites. Appreciating the diverse forms that ethnographic research can take, this event explores the role of the researcher in ethnographic research, reflecting on the challenges the researcher faces in the collection and presentation of data. The event opens with the question of how the researcher can facilitate critical thought and provide valuable contribution to the discipline, whilst avoiding inaccuracies or enacting symbolic violence, however unintentional. Critically reflecting on the concept of reflexivity, the event looks to investigate power dynamics alongside the emotional experience of the research field.
The Department of Sociology is proud to announce the publication of Dr Mark Carrigan’s new monongraph. Social media is an increasingly important part of academic life that can be a fantastic medium for promoting your work, networking with colleagues and for demonstrating impact. However, alongside the opportunities it also poses challenging questions about how to engage online, and how to represent yourself professionally.
This practical book provides clear guidance on effectively and intelligently using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicising your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. It is supported by real life examples and underpinned by principles of good practice to ensure you have the skills to make the most of this exciting medium.
It is with great pleasure that the Department of Sociology is able to announce that Professor Gurminder K Bhambra has been elected to the 2016 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra. This is an honorary position and will involve a series of high-profile activities in Coimbra in the autumn.
The Department of Sociology is very proud to announce that Professor Gurminder K Bhambra has been named Current Sociology’s Sociologist of the Month. Current Sociology is the International Sociological Association’s main journal and they will be featuring a profile of Professor Bhambra and her publications over the month of March.
The call for papers has been released for an upcoming event, Arguing with Justice. This event is being organised by Ros Williams and Amy Hinterberger and sponsored by our Markets, Technology, Expertise research theme. We look forward to abstracts from Early Career Researchers interested in the broad intersection of social justice and the biosciences. More information can be found here: https://arguingwithjustice.wordpress.com/cfp/
SOCIOLOGY PUBLIC LECTURE
The Lens of Race: Conceptualizing Difference in Italy and the United States
Department of Sociology
Co-hosted by the Inequalities and Social Change & Economy, Technology, Expertise Research Groups
Ann Morning, Department of Sociology, New York University
Marcello Maneri , Department of Sociology, University of Milan – Bicocca
New article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra looks at the dominant intellectual genealogy of the concept of citizenship and examines its deeper racialized structures. The article, ‘Citizens and Others: The Constitution of Citizenship through Exclusion’ is published in the journal, Alternatives. You can read it here. http://gkbhambra.net/articles/
This new article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra examines the implications of the financial crash and the recent crisis of migration on the stability of the European Union project. The article, 'Whither Europe? Postcolonial versus Neocolonial Cosmopolitanism?' has been recently published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. You can read the article here.
A BSA regional event on Educational (In)equalities: Towards an elite but not elitist society will take place on 11th March 2016. Keynote speakers will include Professor Fiona Devine (University of Manchester) and Dr Clare Maxwell (IOE UCL).
We welcome abstracts of 250 words on the topic of unequal distribution of privilege in educational practices. Themes can include but are not limited to:
- Class and social divisions
- Structural social inequalities
- Ideas of privilege and social stratification
- Social class in contemporary urban contexts
Please send all correspondence to I.Konstantinou@warwick.ac.uk by 31st January 2016.
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