A research team based at the University of Warwick, led by the sociologist Dr Hannah Jones, has won a grant to research the wide-ranging impacts of the Home Office ‘Go Home’ immigration campaign. The project will go beyond the Home Office’s internal evaluation of the ‘Go Home’ van to uncover impacts on local migrant and non-migrant communities, public debate and activism.
The grant, for £200,000 over 18 months, is one of the first successful applications to the new Urgency Grants Mechanism, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, to support social science research projects responding quickly to urgent or unforeseen events.
The project will be carried out by researchers from universities across the UK and in conjunction with research partners including the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network, Migrant Voice, Runnymede Trust and Scottish Refugee Council. Researchers will collaborate with community groups in Barking & Dagenham, Bradford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Ealing and Hounslow, and Glasgow.
Dr Hannah Jones said: “In July 2013, the UK Home Office launched a series of high-profile interventions which directed public attention to an increasing ‘hard line’ from the government on ‘illegal immigration’, including: an advertising campaign in London boroughs calling on migrants with insecure legal status to ‘go home or face arrest’; high-profile immigration checks and raids in public spaces; and pictures of arrests circulated through the Home Office Twitter account using the hashtag #immigrationoffenders. These initiatives have drawn public attention and generated debate and activism in an acute way which needs urgent attention.”
Using a combination of online, textual and visual analysis, large-scale surveys, interviews and participant observation, this project will study the operation, impacts and implications of these initiatives, and the responses to them. The project will engage directly with policy makers, local activists and public debates, including through a series of public events and online dissemination through social media and a project blog.
Rita Chadha, Chief Exec of RAMFEL (Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London), said: “In areas like Barking and Dagenham, where the Go Home Vans toured this summer and where the local authority and councillors were reluctant to speak out against what some viewed as an act of incitement to racial hatred, it is absolutely vital that we develop a strong and robust evidence base to capture and chronicle what local communities think about race and immigration today.
“The Government’s own evaluation report is full of inconsistencies and many continue to doubt the numbers put forward, especially in view of the Home Secretary’s own admission and acceptance that Go Home vans were a failure. We need a way of understanding what the short and long term impact of the Government’s Go Home campaign was on communities, just in the same way as money was invested in understanding the impact of the riots.”
Dr Rob Berkeley, Director of the Runnymede Trust said: “Runnymede is deeply concerned about the impact that recent developments in immigration policy and enforcement has on race relations and access to citizenship for people from minority ethnic communities in the UK. Immigration is a policy area that remains largely driven by ideology and anecdote, and research like this will be exceptionally useful in providing a credible base to begin to tackle this.”
Course: Doing research inclusively, doing research well
Date and place: 7-8 February 2013, Southampton
Presenters: Professor Melanie Nind and Dr Hilra Vinha
Fees: £60 for UK registered PhD students; £120 for staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations; £440 for all other participants.
Further info and register: http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/training/show.php?article=3820
This training is a dialogical encounter based on the approach of Paulo Freire. It builds from an ESRC study looking at quality and capacity in inclusive research in which researchers outside and inside the academy, with and without a label of learning disabilities, came together in focus groups to discuss their research methods, priorities and working practices. The research generated guidance for judging quality in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities, together with practical guidance and case study materials for teaching which are used here. The trainers work from the position that it is unhelpful to limit ourselves to an uncritical ‘nothing about us without us’ agenda in which one way of doing inclusive research becomes prescribed and policed. Instead, there are many different models of inclusive research and much to be learned from exploring these. Participants should expect an interactive/active experience using dialogue and involving seeing, reading, using and developing a range of methods that change the dynamics of knowledge production. The examples come from the field of learning disabilities but the methods have relevance for researchers in other fields.
Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies, and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.
Keynote Speakers: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University), Bernadine Evaristo (Novellist), Inderpal Grewal (Yale University), Ylva Habel (Soderton University), Alana Lentin (UWS), Walter Mignolo (Duke University)
Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities. There will be 7 streams at the conference, listed below. Please identify clearly which stream you would like to be included in when submitting an abstract.
1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice
2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders
3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice
4. Asylum after Empire
5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
7. Diaspora, Colonialism & Postcolonialism
Further details about the streams can be found here: http://rmcconference.wordpress.com/streams/
Send your abstracts to email@example.com
Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012
Thinking the present with Max Weber: The University, the Scholar and the Student
Organised by the Max Weber Study Group of the BSA. Supported by the University of Salford & UCU Salford
The hypothesis of the University of Warwick’s Being Human Research Network notes that, “Human life is increasingly driven and mediated by technology and technological change with profound implications for human identity and behaviour.” Indeed, the way in which we express ‘what it means to be human’ occurs in close relationship to the technology of our age. As actors in this phenomenon we find ourselves constantly redefining who we are through the way in which we both use and understand the metaphors associated with latest technological advancements.
HOST: Dr Emma L. E. Rees, the Department of English, University of Chester, UK
DATES: 26th-28th March, 2013
VENUE: The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK
PAPER PROPOSALS: 20-minute papers (or poster presentations) are invited on topics related to the themes of the conference. Scholars, practitioners, researchers and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines (art, performance, art history, social history, and history of science, literary criticism, theology, (eco)feminism, political theory, medicine, jurisprudence, and more) are invited to submit proposals. Questions to be considered include (but are absolutely not limited to):
- How does the idea of the ‘taboo’ impact on self-perception? How do writers and artists articulate that taboo?
- How do visual artists represent the complexities of the embodied self? Or, how can writers, performers, or musicians do so?
- How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body?
- What happens when the ‘talking body’ conflicts with the ‘talking mind’?
- How do (consensual or non-consensual) body modifications silence the body, or ‘allow’ it to ‘talk’?
- What relationships do erotica, porn and the ‘obscene’ have with the embodied self?
- How does representation of the body facilitate political activism?
- Where do gender and ideology intersect on the site of ‘the body’?
- Is language ever sufficient in talking about bodies?
In addition to the conference presentations, there will be an exciting feminist keynote speaker; a talk from an editor from a prominent publishing house; a conference ‘Marketplace’ with book and craft stalls; a feminist pub quiz; a small exhibition by artists from the ‘Birth Rites’ Collection; and a reading/performance by the pioneering, Brighton-based ‘Trans-Mangina Monologues’ group.
ABSTRACTS of no more than 250 words should be emailed to the conference organiser, Emma Rees, at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE for submission of abstracts: Friday 30th November, 2012
CONFERENCE ORGANISER: Emma Rees
email: email@example.com (Queries about the conference should also be directed to this email address.)
The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movement, Moments, and Mobilisations
Biennial FWSA Conference
21-23 June 2013, University of Nottingham
Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS, University of London)
Professor Diane Elson (University of Essex)
Dr Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths University)
The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) is pleased to announce details of its 2013 conference, ’The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations’ that will be held from 21 - 23rd June 2013 at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Full details of our Call for Papers can be found in the attached poster. We welcome the submission of abstracts for panel proposals by 15th October 2012 and for individual papers by 30 October 2012 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of the conference can be found on our conference website: www.fwsaconference.co.uk
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the conference organising team: Trishima Mitra-Kahn, Claire O’Callaghan, and Srila Roy.
CALL FOR PAPERS CLOSES 2ND NOVEMBER – CRFR International Conference, Edinburgh 10th – 12th June 2013
We are delighted to announce the Centre for Research on Families and
Relationships 4th International Conference will take place in Edinburgh from
Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th June 2013
Researching Families and Relationships: innovations in methods, theory and
10th – 12th June 2013
John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh
Full Registration Fee @ £325.00
The 4th international conference, hosted by CRFR, will explore ways in which
research on and with children, families and relationships have been
developed in new and innovate ways in recent years.
The call for abstracts is now open and closes on 2nd November 2012.
Abstracts are invited which address the conference themes. Abstracts will
be considered for either an oral or poster presentation
. Theoretical, substantive and ethical challenges in children, families and
. The impact of the digital age and access to resources across the world
. The development of participatory, sensory and visual methods
. Learning from the challenges of time and the life course
. Innovations in understanding transnational families and relationships and
addressing minority/majority worlds
. Addressing issues of inequality
. The role of families and relationships in big ‘global’ issues
The venue will be John McIntyre Conference Centre, which is an ideal
conference venue, set in the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, with
accommodation on-site or within walking distance.
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Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.
The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.
Visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk/publications/PAM.htm for more information on the nomination process.
Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012
The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:
- Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA
- Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.
- Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology
- The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.
- The nominated book must be a sole-authored book
- The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology
- There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)
- Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book