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Contemporary HIV narratives: HIV2017, 6.12.17

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Wednesday December 6, 2017, 2.00-5.30pm, University of East London (USS)                  Centre for Narrative Research and Psychosocial Theory and Practice Programme

Room US1.10, University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF

How to get there: http://www.universitysquarestratford.ac.uk/find-us.htm

2.00-3.30pm: Round table: Psychosocial issues in the contemporary epidemic

With Amanda Amito (KwaAfrica), the HIV Psychosocial Network, Dr. Sara Paparini (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Sanny Mulubale (UEL/University of Zambia), and Dr.Luis Vascon (Universidade Federal da Bahia/UEL).    Chair: Professor Corinne Squire (CNR, UEL)

Contributors to this round table session will be discussing PrEP, therapeutic citizenship, stigma and HIV awareness, and the impact of ‘austerity’ on HIV issues

3.30-4.00pm: Tea/coffee

4.00-5.30pm: Is AIDS becoming a forgotten and irrelevant disease?                With Professor Alan Whiteside.  Discussant: Professor Lesley Doyal                Chair: Dr. Sara Paparini

Alan will be discussing some of the big issues facing the response to the AIDS epidemic at the moment, in the fields of resources, politics and epidemiology. Lesley Doyal will be responding and raising questions for discussion.

Alan Whiteside OBE D.Econ is CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School of International Affairs & Wilfrid Laurier University and Professor Emeritus, University of KwaZulu-Natal. His numerous publications include HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), 2008, (and second edition 2016) and with Tony Barnett,AIDS in the twenty-first century: disease and globalization (Palgrave), 2006 2nd ed.

Lesley Doyal is Emerita Professor of Health and Social Care at the School for Policy Studies, Bristol University.  She has published widely in the field of international health and health care. Her books include What Makes Women Sick (1995) and Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: inequality, diversity and human rights in the global pandemic, (Ashgate, 2013, with L. Doyal).

All welcome! Please book here : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hiv-2017-psychosocial-issues-epidemiology-and-politics-tickets-40105598926?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTM0NDgyODYvYy5zcXVpcmVAdWVsLmFjLnVrLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

This event is supported by the UEL Civic Engagement Fund

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TCRU-CNR graduate research seminars, 2017-2018

CNR-TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2017-2018

Organised by the Centre for Narrative Research (CNR), University of East London

and the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education

All seminars take place at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square,

London WC1H 0AA, from 5 -6.30pm. All are welcome, particularly graduate students.

14th November 2017

Amneris Puscasu, Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education: Intergenerational narratives and academic engagement of early adolescents.

5th December 2017

Sandra Lyndon, University of Chichester: Practitioners’ narratives of poverty in the early years.

13th February 2018

Sharon Martinelli, University of Malta: No shame, no guilt: Don’t be ashamed of your story -it will hopefully inspire others.

6th March 2018

Emily LeRoux-Rutledge, University of Surrey: Public narratives as symbolic resources for gender and development: A case study of women and community radio in South Sudan.

10th April 2018

Claire Greason, Leeds Trinity University: Title TBC

8th May 2018

Claire Feeley, University of Central Lancashire: Practising ‘outside of the box’ whilst within ‘the system’. A feminist narrative inquiry of NHS midwives facilitating and supporting women’s unconventional birth choices in the UK.

Seminar details are announced on CNR and TCRU mailing lists two weeks before the seminar date. For more details, please contact Corinne Squire, CNR, c.squire@uel.ac.uk or Carolina Guttierez Munoz, Thomas Coram Research Unit graduate partner, carolina.gutierrez.16@ucl.ac.uk

Details are also on the CNR website

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War, Gender, Memory: Feminist Scholars in Conversation

War, Gender, Memory: Feminist Scholars in Conversation
9th June, 2017, 2 – 5.30pm
University Square Stratford,
Room: USG.19/20

All welcome! The event is free. Please register on the link below.
To Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/war-gender-memory-feminist-scholars-in-conversation-tickets-34716125867
Feminist research afternoon co-organised by Centre for Narrative Research, Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, Centre for Social Justice and Change and Feminist Research Group at the University of East London.

The event brings together feminist scholars, Andrea Petö, Ayşe Gül Altınay, Maja Korac-Sanderson and Nadje Al-Ali, who will discuss their reflections on feminist research methodologies, feminist ethics, feminist politics and activism, drawing on their research on gender based violence, war, conflict, peace and memory within specific socio-political and historical contexts.

Abstracts

Narrating War, Violence and Peace in Iraq and Turkey: Feminist reflections on method, memory and ethics
Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London
My talk will engage in the dilemmas of feminist researchers to capture memories of war, violence and aspirations for peace. I will reflect on the wider methodological and ethical issues of engaging in research about gender and war. My thought and concerns are based on long-term research in the context of Iraq and its diasporas, and my more recent work on the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. How do we as researchers deal with the gaps and tensions between experience, memory and history? How do we engage with claims about “truth” on the one hand, and avoid nihilistic relativism on the other hand?

Memory politics of illiberal states : writing history of women in revolutions
Andrea Pető, Central European University, Budapest
The talk discusses how memory work, an important method of feminist politics is appropratied by illiberal states. Analysing the case of 60th commemorations of 1956 Revolution in Hungary, the talk argues that the recent writing women`s turn to “her story” writing in Central European countries is built on the achievements of feminist history writing, and argues for different feminist interventions.

Reflexions on gender, peace, and security: Rethinking feminist anti-war activism during and after Yugoslav wars of succession
Maja Korac-Sanderson, University of East London
In reflecting upon gender, peace, and security, I revisit the role and importance of women’s organising in the wars of the 1990s for the security of women and gender just peace in the Balkans and beyond. I re-examine the initial critical engagement of local feminists with the socio-political processes that were shaping the contemporary notions of masculinity and femininity. By pointing to early feminist analyses, including my own, that acknowledged multiple masculinities and how men are victimised by the hegemonic impositions of masculinity as warrior-like, I focus on the processes that led to their prevailing attention to the security of women and women victims of GBV. Reflecting back on their years of anti-war activism I argue, now and from my current perspective/location, that the lack of acknowledgement on the part of local feminist anti-war activists of the diversity of men’s experiences of the war, and of men’s victimisation by war and the sexual violence as war crime in particular, constitutes a missed opportunity for demanding more radical challenges of the patriarchal state systems of gender-power relations that discriminate against women and many men. Without this shift, in my view, there will never be a good time for gender just and positive peace. Hence, my proposition for our feminist conversations at UEL, is to discuss how feminist anti-war activism and theoretical reflections can move away from centring on women, peace and security and start addressing gender, peace and security.

Rethinking the continuum of violence: critical reflections on gendered silences
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Reflecting on my own scholarship through the years on militarism, genocide, gender based violence and memory, this presentation will discuss the ways in which the research and activism on different forms of violence continue to remain disjointed from one another, despite the widespread acceptance of the need to explore and theorize their connections. How can we better understand the gendered gaps between different scholarly debates on violence, as well as the gaps and silences in our own scholarship? What are some of the questions that have remained unasked or undertheorized? Based on these questions and others, the presentation will discuss the intricate links between the personal, the political and the academic.

Programme

2 – 2.15pm
Introduction

2.15 – 2.45pm
Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London
Narrating War, Violence and Peace in Iraq and Turkey: Feminist reflections on method, memory and ethics

2.45 – 3.15pm
Andrea Pető, Central European University, Budapest
Memory politics of illiberal states : writing history of women in revolutions

3.15 – 3.30 pm
Tea/coffee

3.30 – 4pm
Maja Korac-Sanderson, University of East London
Reflexions on gender, peace, and security: Rethinking feminist anti-war activism during and after Yugoslav wars of succession

4 – 4.30pm
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Rethinking the continuum of violence: critical reflections on gendered silences

4.30 – 5.15pm
Discussion
5.15 – 6pm
Reception

Biographical Notes:

Andrea Pető is a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, a Doctor of Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has edited fifteen volumes in English, seven volumes in Hungarian and two in Russian. Her works have appeared in 15 different languages. She has also been a guest professor at the universities of Toronto, Buenos Aires, Novi Sad, Stockholm and Frankfurt. Her books include: Women in Hungarian Politics 1945-1951 (Columbia University Press/East European Monographs New York, 2003), Geschlecht, Politik und Stalinismus in Ungarn. Eine Biographie von Júlia Rajk. Studien zur Geschichte Ungarns, Bd. 12. (Gabriele Schäfer Verlag, 2007) and together with Ildikó Barna, Political Justice in Budapest after WWII (Politikai igazságszolgáltatás a II. világháború utáni Budapesten. Gondolat, Budapest, 2012 and 2015 by CEU Press). Her recent book is co-edited with Ayse Gül Altinay: Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories. Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence, Routledge, 2016. She serves as an associate editor for the European Journal of Women’s Studies.
In 2005, she was awarded the Officer’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary by the President of the Hungarian Republic and the Bolyai Prize by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Ayşe Gül Altınay (Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sabancı University and Director of SU Gender – Sabanci University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence) has been exploring the nexus of gender, memory, militarism, and war in Turkey’s convoluted past and present. Among her recent works are The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender and Education in Turkey (2004); The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of “Lost” Armenians in Turkey (with Fethiye Çetin, trans. Maureen Freely, 2014) and Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence (co-edited with Andrea Petö, 2016).

Maja Korac-Sanderson is a sociologist; her research interests are in the area of conflict, gender and displacement; conflict, intervention and development; gender, migration and integration. Maja got her PhD from York University, Canada. She has held positions at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (Britain), Centre for Refugee Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research, York University (Canada), and University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia/Serbia). She is one of the founding members of the Women in Conflict Zones Network (WICZNET), an international network of scholars, policymakers and grassroots women’s groups from around the world. Maja co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Change, and co-leads MA Refugee Studies and MA Conflict, Displacement, and Human Security, School of Social Sciences, University of East London.

Maja’s single authored books include Remaking Home: Reconstructing Life, Place and Identity in Rome and Amsterdam published by Berghahn Books Oxford in 2009 (Serbian translation 2012); Linking Arms: Women and war in post-Yugoslav States published by Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala in 1998 in The Women and Nonviolence Series, and Captives of Their Sex: Social Identity of Young Rural Women Between Traditional Culture and Contemporary Values published by the Institute of Sociological Research, University of Belgrade in 1991 (published in Serbo-Croatian). In 2003, she co-edited a book entitled Feminist under Fire: Exchanges across War Zones, Toronto: Between the Lines (Sinhalese translation 2008; Croatian translation 2004), as well as of Women in Conflict Zones, Special Issue of Canadian Women’s Studies, 2000, Vol. 19, No. 4, York University Publications. Maja published widely in edited books and academic journals such as: Identities, Feminist Review, Women’s Studies International Forum, Gender and Education, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, the Journal of Refugee Studies, and Sociology. E-mail m.korac@uel.ac.uk

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, where she is also head of the Doctoral School. She has published widely on women and gender in the Middle East as well as transnational migration and diaspora mobilization. Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books) and Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000). Her most recent book (co-edited with Deborah al-Najjar) entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press) won the 2014 Arab-American book prize for non-fiction. Currently, she is working on a research project about the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. Professor Al-Ali is a member of the Feminist Review Collective and on the advisory board of Kohl: A Journal f Body and Gender Research, based in Beirut.

 

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Book launch, ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’

Please come along: It’s free!

‘Voices from the ‘Jungle” launch event

Friday April 21, 2017, 7-9pm

Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA https://richmix.org.uk/

With Pluto Press and the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London

 
 A panel reading and discussion of ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’- stories of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp residents in their own words.
‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’ presents the stories of residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp from their childhoods, through times of violence and harassment in their own countries, and their difficult, often terrifying journeys, to their time in the camp, and what happened to them afterwards. A panel of artists, policymakers and academics introduces the book. Accompanied by showings of the writers’ photographic work.
 Panel members:
 Lliana Bird – Help Refugees

Chila Burman – artist

Babak Inaloo –  film-maker and student, Université Lille 3

Katrine Moeller Hansen – Voices from the ‘Jungle’ co-editor, University of Copenhagen and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London

 Vava Tampa – founder of Save the Congo, a London-based campaign tackling the human tragedy engulfing the Democratic Republic

Members of the UEL refugee education Partners’ Group

 Members of the UEL Life Stories short course team

Panel chair: Dr Tahir Zaman – University of Groningen and University of East London.

Endorsements

‘Home is the first thing we experience as human beings in this world; somewhere we know, safe and warm, somewhere that keeps us. When we are forced out, we lose a little bit of ourselves; leaving us less whole. However, through these poems, these stories, we reclaim that home and the humanity that is lost with what comes with being labelled a refugee.  Writing this is not only a way for the world to know us, but a way that we may know ourselves, once again.’ – Poet JJ Bola

‘These first-hand accounts of the suffering endured by refugees fleeing unmitigated horror in their homelands paints a far more vivid picture than anything we read in the press or see on television. If you want to understand fully the extent of what refugees are being forced to endure under our very noses, please read this book.’ – Actor & activist Julie Christie

Find out more:

Web:  https://richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/voices-jungle-launch-event

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/V/bo26353742.html

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Voices from the ‘Jungle’

Published April 2017: Life stories from residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. Published by Pluto Press: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745399683&

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TO THINK IS TO EXPERIMENT

Call for papers
TO THINK IS TO EXPERIMENT Postgraduate Research Day 26 April 2017
 
The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) organises the annual Research Day for postgraduate researchers on 26th April 2017, at the University of East London. 
This year, we invite papers focusing on the analysis of narratives, discussing and reflecting on applications of analytical approaches, and decisions at any stage of analysis including ethical ones. We are interested in both broader epistemological approaches to analysing narratives and specific narrative models of analysis. 
This is a call for papers for all postgraduate researchers. Participants can contribute with a paper (15-20 minutes long) or a poster. Please send an abstract (150-200 words) to Cigdem Esin, C.esin@uel.ac.uk by 27th February, 2017. Applicants will hear back from us by 3rd March, 2017.
We look forward to meeting participants from all over the UK and Europe for a constructive day of presentations and discussions, as we did over the past years. To ‘Think is to Experiment’ has been a narrative space for postgraduate researchers from various disciplines for 16 years. The event has been home to inspiring presentations and intense conversations on multiple aspects of narrative-based research and postgraduate research experiences. The programme and abstracts from previous years can be viewed on this link https://www.uel.ac.uk/Schools/Social-Sciences/What-we-do/Research/Centre-for-Narrative-Research/To-think-is-to-experiment

Please note that this is a free event but places are limited.
All best wishes,
CNR team

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CNR Autumn events

Please see the list of CNR’s events forthcoming in autumn and winter 2016. Further details will be circulated closer to the dates. Everyone is welcome! 

Looking forward to seeing/meeting you in some of these events! 

 

19th October 2016, 2- 4pm
University of East London (UEL), Docklands Campus, Room EB1.03

As part of the UEL’s School of Social Sciences’ Seminar Series

Ethical considerations when working with narratives in Social Sciences

Bethany Morgan-Brett, title TBA
Helen Kim Telling Stories of ‘Other’ Koreans: Ethical Dilemmas in Racing Research
Georgie Wemyss ‘I can’t use that’: reflecting on ethics when your everyday work and political life become your PhD research site

 

National Centre for Research Methods International Visiting Scholars at CNR

CNR is pleased to host two international visiting scholars in November 2016, Jill Bradbury (University of the Witwatersrand) and Michelle Fine (CUNY), funded by the NCRM. The following programme is coordinated by Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin, Ann Phoenix and Corinne Squire, with Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine.

 

4th November 2016, 2 – 5pm (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

UEL, Docklands Campus, Room EB1.41

Workshop: Using narrative and participatory methods for social transformation With Michelle Fine (City University of New York) and Jill Bradbury (Witwatersrand University)

5 – 6pm Reception

 

9th & 10th November 2016, 10am – 4pm (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

UEL, USS Campus, Room US2.02 (9th) and US3.08 (10th)

Colloquium: Interdisciplinary perspectives on narrative methodologies, participation, and social transformation

16th November 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, Room TBA (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

NCRM Day School: Bringing together narrative and participatory methods
With Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine
Chair: Ann Phoenix

 

18th November 2016, 10am – 4pm, Venue TBA (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

Centre for Narrative and Auto/ Biographical Studies, Edinburgh University

10am – 1pm Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine, presenting current work
2 – 4pm Workshop on narrative and participatory methods for social transformation

Chair: Professor Liz Stanley

 

30th November 2016, 1 – 2pm
UEL, Docklands Campus, Room EB1.40

This is a collaborative event with CMRB.

Taking Our Country Back: ‘Racism, Xenophobia and Donald Trump’s Place in Context’
With Charles A. Gallagher, La Salle University, Yale University, University of Birmingham

12th December 2016, 5 – 7pm UEL, USS Campus, Room US2.30

CNR with CMRB present, on behalf of the Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugee Issues the AcSS Refugee Issues Special Interest Group Inaugural Event:

Refugees, Belonging and Society

A panel discussion on contemporary issues around refugees in the UK and European contexts, open to AcSS Fellows and to the wider public.

Panel speakers: AcSS Fellows Professors Heaven Crawley (Coventry University), Nando Seguro (Birmingham University), Jenny Phillimore (Birmingham University) and Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London).

Discussant: Professor Avtar Brah (Birkbeck College, FAcSS)
Chair: Professor Corinne Squire (University of East London, FAcSS).

7 – 8pm Inaugural meeting of the Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugee Issues

 

CNR–TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2015-2016

All seminars take place from 5 – 6.30pm at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA.

8th November 2016

Noelle McCormack, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London: Making memory sites: Extending opportunites for people with profound learning disabilities to participate in life story work

13th December 2016

Susy Ridout, Birmingham University: Narrating experience: the advantage of using mixed expressive media to bring autistic voices to the fore in discourse around their support requirements

 

For all inquiries please contact a.lounasmaa@uel.ac.uk

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Life stories in the Jungle in the media

TABLETTI - IMG_5823By Aura Lounasmaa

Our short course, Life Stories in the Jungle, is currently on a summer break. We have had a busy year teaching the course and organising related workshops, such as the Displaces photography workshops with Gideon Mendel, Crispin Hughes and Marie Godin (for more information see here) and an art workshop with the women’s centre (see here). Our last workshop, in the beginning of June, was on accessing Higher Education in the UK and elsewhere. This workshop was organised due to popular demand by many of our students.

While the course is on a summer break, we are still keeping busy. We are planning next year’s course and presenting the course and the work by some of our students at many events across the UK. The Bridge, a film by Babak Inaloo and Ali Haghooi about the Jungle and life there was screened at the London East Film Festival on the 26 June. This week Corinne Squire and Katrine Moeller presented the course at Refugee Tales opening event, and the last presentation will be at the Oral History Society Annual Conference free public event on Friday – http://www.ohs.org.uk/life-stories-from-the-jungle-free-public-event-friday-8-july/

We are also working currently on providing editorial assistance to a book that our students from the Jungle are writing for Pluto Press, due to be published next year.

Some recent media coverage of our course and related work includes an article in the Research Professional and a two-part radio series by Philip Coulter to CBC Ideas, links to all of these below.

Times Higher: ‘University for all’

Educating Syria – Research Professional

CBC Ideas, ‘No Man’s Land’ part 1, by Philip Coulter, featuring UfA’s Aura Lounasma

CBC Ideas, ‘No man’s land’ part 2, by Philip Coulter, featuring UfA’s Aura Lounasmaa

The course continues in the autumn. We are also planning activities that allow closer collaboration between UK universities on refugee education and access to HE. If you are interested in contributing your ideas on how universities can respond to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and beyond, please do get in touch with us.

 

 

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Upcoming events showcasing Life Stories in the Jungle short course

Please see below a list of events taking place in June and July which showcase the Life Stories in the Jungle short course

June 10: UEL civic engagement festival
UEL Stratford Campus
Photo exhibition from the course featuring Displaces photo project display by Life Stories students, Gideon Mendel and Crispen Hughes; and a panel discussion on ‘Responses to the refugee crisis’, introduced by Corinne Squire, Aura Lounasmaa, Cigdem Esin and Tim Hall, with Nira Yuval-Davies, Help Refugees, Art Refuge UK, and Matt Broomfield

The Barbican Conservatory 1pm
This critical celebration will examine the creative and urban culture which has emerged from refugee camps across Europe. It will bring together refugee artists, musicians, poets, chefs and builders with a programme of discussions taking place on multiple stages throughout the day.
Life Stories in the Jungle will showcase Displaces photo project and art from art workshop with women

June 22: “Different Pasts: Shared Futures” Showcasing UEL Initiatives Supporting Refugees
University of East London, Docklands Campus. Refugee Council Archive (Ground Floor, Library) and Room, 10am – 7pm


Organised in Conjunction with the Refugee Council Archive at UEL; the Centre for Narrative Research and the MA in Refugee Studies and Conflict Displacement and Human Security at UEL. Event for Refugee Week 2016. Mix of sessions to showcase the initiatives currently being undertaken by staff and students here at the University of East London to help support migrants and refugees and to showcase new projects and research to help promote and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

June 26: East End Film Festival
Location and time of screening to be confirmed
Film premiere of short film ‘The Bridge’, by two students of the Life Stories course about two Iranian refugees in the ‘Jungle’ followed by screening of an interview with the film makers and a Q&A by Skype
Spoken word session including some stories from Life Stories and poetry by refugee poets based in the UK, slide show of Displaces photo project
About EEFF. The East End Film Festival is an annual multi-platform festival presenting a rich programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses and live …
July 3: Panel at Refugee Tales opening Forum
Kent University, Keynes College 10am-8pm
presentation by Corinne Squire, Zimako Jones (by skype and film) and a poet who is a refugee. Podcasts of stories from the Life Stories course.
http://refugeetales.org/rt-forum-3-july/

refugeetales.org
Being Detained Indefinitely A Day of Thought, Performance and Action Sunday 3 July 2016 10am – 8pm Keynes College University of Kent. Refugee Tales 2016 will open …
July 8 : Public event at Oral History Society conference
Roehampton University, William Morris lecture theatre at Whitelands College, London SW15 5PU,  5.30pm-7.30pm
This session will showcase material from the University of East London’s life stories course in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. The event will include contributions from artists, photographers, poets and film makers and refugee artists and poets based in the UK

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TCRU-CNR graduate seminar, 3.5.16: Storying Mothering Online

Dr Heather Elliot, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education

 Storying Mothering Online 

Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 5 – 6.30pm

The Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit

27 – 28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA 

All welcome, particularly graduate students.

This paper considers how mothering and family life is storied online. It considers what is new (if anything) about the work.

The phenomenon of ‘mummyblogging’ has emerged as a means of documenting and sharing mothering practices and families’ lives, and of developing communities of interest as well as commercial opportunities.

It has been argued that the blogosphere has provided space for collective writing about mothering and support but also a resurgence in repressive and narrow ideas about how women mother. Women who blog about mothering are more likely than other bloggers to disclose personal information: indeed such disclosure is valued as a marker of ‘authenticity’, building credibility among online mothering communities and enhancing marketability. These new ways of making mothering public are in line with recent trends towards confessional writing about motherhood.

Drawing on narrative case studies involving analyses of blog posts and interviews with bloggers I consider the dilemmas bloggers face in telling stories about themselves and their family, particularly their children in public.

Taking a doubled look at ethics of public representation, I discuss my own dilemmas in working ‘beyond anonymization’, turning blogs into research data, illustrating the impossibility of ever knowing what is at stake for the teller, even in apparently innocuous online stories.

Dr Heather Elliott is a researcher at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, at UCL’s Institute of Education. She has interests in the psycho-social, narrative, mothering and work and in children’s imaginaries. Recent publications include:

Elliott, H and Squire, C (2016, forthcoming)  ‘Narratives of normativity, transgression and reformulation: How mothers’ blogs frame mothering, family and food in resource constrained times’ Forum for Qualitative Research as part of Special Issue on ‘Narrative Media and Ways of Knowing’ (Elliott, H and Squire, C (eds)).

Brannen, J.; Elliott, H. and Phoenix, A. (2016) ‘Narratives of success among Irish and African Caribbean migrants’  Ethnic and Racial Studies.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2015.1124125.

Her novel, Paradise Rocks, has been longlisted for the Times/Chickenhouse prize for children’s fiction.

For further details please contact Corinne Squire at c.squire@uel.ac.uk

Details are also on the CNR website

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