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Wed, May 30, '18
3pm - 5pm
Time is of the Essence: Racial Essentialism and White Temporality

Time is of the Essence: Racial Essentialism and White Temporality
Dr Matthew Hughey (University of Connecticut, USA)

Institute of Advanced Study International Visiting Fellow 2017-18

Wed 30 May 15:00 – 17:00

All welcome; designed for early-career researchers. Light refreshments will be served.

Register for events: Dr Matthew Hughey

Wed, Jun 6, '18
3pm - 4:30pm
Seminar: "Ethnography, Gifts, and Relations: Or The (Un)Desired Gender Identities of Baking Your Way through Fieldwork"
S0.10 (Social Sciences Building)

Ethnography, Gifts, and Relations: Or The (Un)Desired Gender Identities of Baking Your Way through Fieldwork

Pedro Monteiro (University of Warwick)


The social sciences, especially those studies with an interactionist stamp, can be characterized as a study of social relations; and in ethnography, we find ourselves investigating social relations through relations. While rapport and the challenges involved in the ethnographic encounter have been widely discussed, the theme of gifts from/to informants is still a taboo. In this presentation, I reflect on my experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a large industrial organization and the chain of gifts — especially food offers — shared with informants. I explore how these material-effective exchanges shaped my (gender) identity and my access to specific individuals and groups in the organization. I argue that gift exchanges offer a ‘concrete’ basis to explore current debates in (feminist) ethnography about rapport and fieldwork relations thus enabling us to re-think the dichotomy between collaborative and exploitative research.

Speaker Bio:

Pedro Monteiro is an Early Career Fellow at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study and a Research Fellow at Warwick Business School. He is an ethnographer of work and organizations with a particular interest in classic themes in management and organization studies. In 2018, he received the Academy of Management's Louis Pondy Award for Best Dissertation Paper.

The seminar will be chaired by Maria do Mar Pereira (Department of Sociology, and Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick).

This event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be provided. Pedro will generously offer some of his own (amazing!) baking, to enact and demonstrate the real-life baking exchanges he will describe in the paper. An opportunity not to be missed!

Thu, Jun 14, '18
10am - 6pm
Symposium: Feminism, Queer and Neoliberalism - Critique, Complicity and Complexity
Oculus Building - OC0.04

This symposium brings together academics, activists and artists from a range of disciplines to discuss the relationship between feminism, queer and neoliberalism. We will consider how feminism and queer have resisted neoliberalism, and how feminism and queer have been complicit with it, but we also want to go beyond that conventional binary framing and engage with the many complexities of that dynamic relationship. The symposium will feature panels on feminism as a brand/commodity, on feminism within/against neoliberalism in international development and social movements, and on activism and art.

This event is free and open to all, but participants must book in advance. You can book here.

If you have any questions, please email Maria do Mar Pereira on


The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets nearby. If you face other access barriers or require more detailed accessibility information, please let us know (by emailing Maria do Mar Pereira on or calling Amy Burdis on 02476524771) so we can support your full participation.


This symposium is organised by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, and the “Inequalities and Social Change” Research Cluster in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.