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Challenges in the Study of Hong Kong History: 2nd Early Career & Postgraduate Workshop

Dr Loretta Lou recently attended this event at the University of Bristol. Here's her account of the day:

On Friday I presented my recently published article ‘In the Absence of a Peasantry, What, Then, Is a Hong Kong Farmer?’ at the HKHP Workshop. I used this opportunity the publicize my new publication among a group of Hong Kong specialists. The talk was well received and I had fruitful exchanges with my fellow speakers about non-elites’ contributions to Hong Kong’s social and economic development; Hong Kong’s development during the post-war years; transnational Hong Kong; and the place of Hong Kong in British Empire. We’ve exchanged contacts for future collaborations. During the roundtable discussion, I also had a chance to learn from former BBC Hong Kong-based journalist Vaudine England about writing academic books for general audiences.

Image of Loretta presenting her paper

Image of Loretta presenting her paper

Tue 16 Jan 2018, 16:49 | Tags: toxic expertise Research Conference, Debate or Seminar

Morteza Hashemi receives Farabi International Award

Morteza Hashemi, a recent PhD graduate from Warwick’s Sociology department, has been awarded the Farabi International Award, the highest honour for research in the humanities and social sciences given by the Iranian government.

The award was for Morteza’s first book (Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age, Palgrave 2017), based on the PhD thesis, which was supervised by Professor Steve Fuller and Dr Claire Blencowe.

The awards ceremony took place on 14 January 2018 in Tehran, and the president Hassan Rouhani was the keynote speaker.

Morteza is currently an Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Edinburgh.

Tue 16 Jan 2018, 16:37 | Tags: Research

Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour - event roundup

Over the past few months, Professor Akwugo Emejulu has worked on a range of events focused on Black Feminism, intersectionality, and higher education.

Conference: Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour - Amsterdam

On 7th October 2017 in Amsterdam, Prof. Emejulu co-organised the 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe conference. This event attracted 159 women of colour artists, activists, practitioners and scholars from across Europe and North America.

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Keynote: Intersectionality: A Challenge to the Academy - Equality Challenge Unit

Prof. Emejulu was invited to give a keynote talk, 'Intersectionality: A Challenge to the Academy', to the Equality Challenge Unit's annual conference on 7th November 2017 in Birmingham. Watch her talk on YouTube.

Panel: Black Feminism and Post-Cyber Feminism - Institute of Contemporary Arts

On 18th November 2017 at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, Prof. Emejulu co-organised and chaired the event, Black Feminism and Post-Cyber Feminism as part of the Post-Cyber Feminist International season at the ICA. Listen to the panel discussion on the ICA website.

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Keynote lecture: Towards a Fugitive Feminism - Gender Research Centre Annual Lecture

On 29th November at the University of Bristol, Prof. Emejulu gave the Gender Research Centre Annual Lecture, 'Towards a Fugitive Feminism?'.


Hila Zaban: "Diaspora Jews shouldn't be Israel's top priority"

This week Dr Hila Zaban published an article in Haaretz (an Israeli newspaper which is equivalent to The Guardian) following her current research on British Jews.

The article was published in Hebrew first and also in the English edition available below. 

Hila has also been invited to discuss the topic on an Israeli TV show two weeks from now.

Mon 04 Dec 2017, 14:09 | Tags: Research Publications

Professor Akwugo Emejulu in the THE: Target UK’s black female professor deficit ‘with bespoke strategy’

Ahead of her keynote address at the ECU’s annual conference (Birmingham, 6 - 7 Novembemer 2017), Professor Emejulu spoke to the Times Higher about tackling inequalities in Higher Education.

Wed 29 Nov 2017, 18:04 | Tags: Research

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: Applications open now

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.

Wed 22 Nov 2017, 14:19 | Tags: Postgraduate Research Students

Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities

Dr Maria do Mar Pereira was a keynote speaker at the international conference Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities, at Ruhr University – Bochum, in Germany.

The conference brought together researchers, equality practitioners, and scientific policy-makers from across Europe to discuss the relationship between scientific excellence and gender equality, and particularly the ways in which contemporary definitions of scientific excellence normalise and reproduce problematic gender inequalities.

Maria do Mar’s very well received keynote address was based on her new book Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship: an Ethnography of Academia (Routledge, 2017) and discussed the association of scientific excellence with intense productivity in contemporary universities. Maria do Mar argued that this association can paradoxically undermine the excellence of the knowledge we produce, because it is harder (and sometimes impossible) to create excellent knowledge in academic cultures of intense and individualised labour, in which many academics struggle to find the time necessary not just to write their research, but also to read, peer review and engage with other colleagues’ work.

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Dr Maria do Mar Pereira's participation in this conference was supported by departmental conference funding.

Thu 16 Nov 2017, 14:31 | Tags: Homepage Research

Jim Beckford awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Our colleague Jim Beckford has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Jim received the Award during a ceremony at its annual meeting in Montréal in August.

Congratulations to Jim. It is good to see his work recognised in such a way

Tue 05 Sep 2017, 08:25 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Research Staff Publications

Dr Ana Chamberlen awarded article prize - BSC Annual Conference

Dr Ana Chamberlen has been awarded the article prize for the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice section of the British Society of Criminology. She will receive the award in person in Sheffield next week at the BSC Annual Conference www.bsc2017.org.uk/

The prize winning article is: Chamberlen, A. (2016) ‘Embodying Prison Pain: Women's' self-injury practices in prison and the emotions of punishment’, Theoretical Criminology 20(2), pp 205-219.


Dr Lucy Mayblin awarded SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence for her article: ‘Other’ Posts in ‘Other’ Places: Poland through a Postcolonial Lens?

The SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence is awarded annually to one paper in each of the BSA’s four prestigious journals:  Cultural Sociology  Sociological Research Online  Sociology  Work, Employment and Society

Dr Lucy Mayblin's winning article

‘Other’ Posts in ‘Other’ Places: Poland through a Postcolonial Lens? (co-authored with Aneta Piekut and Gill Valentine) available http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0038038514556796

was announced at the BSA conference in Manchester in April.

The SAGE award panel commented: While all of the shortlisted articles exhibited significant levels ...


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