View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences below.
Following the success of its inaugural summer school course in 2017, Applied Linguistics will, once again, be running its Leadership, Communication and Culture course between 15 July and 4 August. For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Warwick in London website.
Summer Graduation Date
The date for the CES Summer Graduation has been announced as Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 3pm - more information will follow on the Ceremonies pages https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/congregation/ceremonies
Who's Challenging Who?
The protocol for the Who’s Challenging Who? randomised controlled trial has been published, and is free to download from Trials: https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-017-2175-1
Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event
New year, new you
According to statistics January is the busiest job hunting month of the year. It’s also the time we all make resolutions about changes in our life, whether it be relationships, health and fitness, hobbies and interests or education. More people enquire about gym memberships in January but not many see it through to February. Maybe exercising your mind has a lifelong benefit which can bring about lots of rewards; meeting new friends, finding new confidence and new interests and expanding your knowledge. Perhaps even leading to new career opportunities.
Economics Video Project
The Department of Economics are looking for 6 students to work on a long-term video project.
In response to student feedback regarding having information available to them, we are planning to produce a series of short videos which would highlight information such as optional modules available as described by students who have already completed those modules as well as the staff involved in the teaching of modules.
We are looking for students to be responsible for recording raw video material which will be converted into short videos. These videos will be useful to current and prospective students, as well as those who visit our departmental website wanting to know more about studying Economics at Warwick.
What is involved?
As part of the project, we will pay for the 6 students to undergo training in order to utilise the specialist video equipment. The training will include elements such as how to shoot quality camera footage, adjusting lighting, configuring sound and graphics.
There will also be support from the Department's Online Communications Officer who will be involved in gathering the footage and directing the students on video themes. The successful students will be given briefs on what we are trying to achieve and the broad parameters within which we are working, but will be allowed the creative freedom to go out and record video material.
Professional Development Opportunity
This is an excellent professional development opportunity for students to gain new skills in photo-capturing through the use of specialist photography and video equipment, building confidence, enhancing communication and presentation skills and engaging with members of staff from the department. A voucher scheme will be discussed as the project progresses, this is not a paid assignment. This is a valuable opportunity to learn new skills whilst studying and undertake training paid by the Department.
Types of Video
Video footage captured from the students will be used in a variety of productions including:
- Student interviews
- Life as an Economics student on campus
- Economics Optional Module videos
- Academic interviews
- Open Days
What we are looking for?
You will need to demonstrate the following:
- any previous video production experience (you'll need to provide proof, i.e. a completed video);
- creativity and a passion for film and video editing;
- a keen eye for detail;
- strong communication skills, both written and oral.
- the ability to follow a brief and work effectively as part of a team;
- a high level of self-motivation and commitment;
- strong organisational and time management skills;
Please fill in the following form with your details and provide a brief passage as to why you would be suitable for this project. You can also attach any example of video(s) you have created.
Call for Papers ENQUIRE Conference: Identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century
Identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century
CALL FOR PAPERS
24 February 2018
Venue: University of Nottingham
Abstract Deadline: 8 December 2017
How do the pressures of austerity, migration and populism impact on identity and belonging in the 21st century?
What is the emotional cost of maintaining the ‘self’ in circumstances of marginalisation and feelings of ‘unbelonging’?
How are identities challenged by multiple sites of oppression and new threats to community and solidarity?
How does individual and collective action influence policy and bring about social change in this context?
Identity and belonging are dynamic sociological concepts illuminating the ways in which individuals navigate the effects of local and global inequalities. The lived experiences of individuals offer important insights into effects of ‘(un)belonging’ and the maintenance of the ‘self’.
We invite doctoral and early career researchers to present on these and related questions at the 10th Anniversary Enquire Conference. We welcome abstracts on empirical and theoretical research which could be based on, but not limited to, the following areas:
· ‘Race’ & ethnicity
· Social class
· Place & space
· Political activism
· The body
· Social citizenship
· Social Policy
This is a one-day event, costing £10, to be held on Saturday 24th February 2018, with keynote speakers including Professor Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster) and Dr Elisabetta Zontini (Nottingham). We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words in length for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to email@example.com by 8th December 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Enquire Conference Team http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/research/enquire/
New report on sexism in schools launched
The report summarising the findings will be launched today (12 December 2017) at the Houses of Parliament.
Key findings from the research include:
- Over a third (37%) of girls at mixed-sex schools have been sexually harassed while at school.
- Over a third (34%) of primary school teachers say they witness gender stereotyping in their schools on at least a weekly basis.
- 64% of teachers in mixed-sex secondary schools hear sexist language in schools on at least a weekly basis.
- Students generally do not report sexism: only 14% of those who experienced sexual harassment told a teacher and 6% who heard the use of sexist language reported it.
UK Feminista and the NEU call on the Government, Ofsted and schools to take urgent action to challenge sexism and sexual harassment in schools. The report is based on a survey of 1508 secondary school students and 1634 teachers at secondary and primary schools in England and Wales. Discussion groups were also conducted with secondary school students.
We are always proud of our staff and the amazing things they do, but in the spirit of the festive season, we thought it would be nice to highlight the most recent achievements in December 2017.
Congratulations to everyone at the Law School for all their hard work in 2017.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dr. Maria Koinova published an article "Beyond Statist Paradigms: Sociospatial Positionality and Diaspora Mobilisation in International Relations" in the December 2017 issue of International Studies Review. The article develops a new positional theory for the analysis of diaspora mobilisation in IR, seeking to shift debates beyond realist, liberalist, and constructivist thinking, and speaking to a cluster of socio-positional theories in IR. The piece provides a conceptual discussion and empirical illustrations of diaspora positionality, and its utility to account for different diaspora mobilisation trajectories across the globe. In the development of a comprehensive theory, she focuses on the agency of diasporas and their moderate and transgressive behaviors. Empirically, it discusses diaspora mobilization of Armenians for genocide recognition and of Palestinians for an emerging statehood.
This article is open access: https://academic.oup.com/isr/article/19/4/597/4732605
You can watch a short video on the article here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYSR6ErgOUM
Dr Andrea Giananti
Dr Andrea Giananti is visiting the Philosophy Department during the spring and summer terms, 2018. In his own research, Andrea works on perceptual knowledge and self-knowledge, and has a post-doc in Fribourg as part of the Fribourg-Warwick SNF project on Perception, Rationality and Self-Knowledge. Read more below:
Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.
The Department is now receiving applications for departmental support.