Supporting the The Master of Research: Education and Society Programme

Additional events and seminars

On this page we will add details of any events, seminars or conferences which we think students might be interested in. These include ESRI seminars (on Wednesday afternoons), bag lunches, and external conferences and events. If you come across any events you would like us to add to this list, let one of the course team know.

ESRI Seminars

All seminars take place at the Didsbury Campus (unless stated otherwise) on a Wednesday from 4.00 to 5.30 pm (unless stated otherwise). Tea and coffee will be provided. Conversations will continue in The Didsbury afterwards – all welcome.

October 9th in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
Dr Andrew Wilkins, University of Roehampton
Governing through accountability: linking school governance to performativity and neoliberalization.

October 16th in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
Prof Debra Myhill, University of Exeter
Researching Grammar in the Curriculum.

October 23rd in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
Dr Anne Pirrie, University of West of Scotland
Lost bodies in the academy.

November 6th in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
Professor Bernd Remmele, Wissenschaftliche Hochschule Lahr
Do playing and learning fit together?

November 20th in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
Dr James Duggan, ESRI, MMU
The emphasises, biases and constraints of a leaderist approach for improving collaboration in children’s services.

December 4th in Behrens 0.3, Didsbury Campus
To be arranged.

ESRI ‘bag lunches’

On most Wednesdays there is an informal ‘bag lunch’ in the hall in the Old Chapel and are open to all.  These usually take place between 12.30pm and 1pm and people bring their lunch. Occasionally these are based around a theme (e.g. Q&A with an ESRI professor; planning a research bid; sharing dilemmas in fieldwork). More will be added as the Research Students and Staff finalise the schedule of events. We will post these as soon as dates are confirmed.

Brownbag session on Publishing, Wednesday 30th October 2pm-4pm, Old Chapel, main Hall

The world of publishing is increasingly pressurised and complex yet the imperative to publish is perhaps more important than ever.  For early career researchers and even those who are experienced, the process  can be difficult not just on a practical level but also in terms of developing confidence in your ideas and writing style. There are also a number of ‘dos and ‘don’ts’ when aiming for different types of journals whilst some of the mechanics of the process remain more hidden. This brown-bag session aims to provide an opportunity  for early career researchers to learn more about the publishing process by inviting colleagues, who are at different stages of their careers, to share their experiences. We hope the session will be practical, provide space to engage with some of the trials/tribulations of the process and provoke a lively discussion. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

In conversation….

We have put together a programme of ‘In conversation with…’ sessions. They will take place on the dates listed below at 12.30-2pm in the hall in the Old Chapel Building. These sessions are a chance for students and others (everyone is invited) to ask the questions you have always wanted to ask about the research process and research methodology. The sessions have a theme around different aspects of research and the dates and subjects are as follows:

Wednesday 16th October: In conversation with Stephanie Daza

Stephanie’s topic of conversation is to be confirmed.

Wednesday 20th November: In conversation with Michael Dunne

Mick will be talking about and inviting questions on his thesis work involving primary aged children and their teacher’s perceptions of a short residential visit. He will provide an overview of this work, what he did and how he did it. Then there will follow a discussion about its relative merits, challenges etc.

Wednesday 27th November: In conversation with Sylvie Allendyke

The details of Sylvie’s conversation will be confirmed nearer the time.

Wednesday 4th December: In Conversation with Geoff Bright

Geoff will be talking about and inviting questions on educational ethnography

To make these events successful, it is asked of those attending that they have a think about the topics to be discussed, and perhaps prepare some questions on the subject. You can find out more about the session facilitators by looking on the staff pages here:

MMU events

There are a number of events hosted by the university which will be of interest to students. A selection are listed below, but more information about university events can be found here

Steve Miles – Inaugural Lecture: ‘Choosing consumerism: space, place and the art of identity‘ – MMU (All Saints campus), 30th September, 5-7pm

Feminism in the 21st Century: privilege, bias and feminist practice – MMU, 5th March 2014

Other conferences and seminars

BSA Education and Learning: Sociological Perspectives – a one day conference – 25th September 2013, University of Surrey.

This one-day conference, supported by the British Sociological Association’s Education Study Group, will showcase the diverse and innovative range of research that is currently being conducted within the Sociology of Education.

BSA Youth Sexualities conference,  18th October 2013, Durham University.

A one-day conference in collaboration with the BSA Youth Study Group that seeks to explore the diversity and plurality of young people’s experiences of sexuality.

Joint BSA Families and Relationship Study Group and Youth Study Group ‘JUSTICE, GENES & WELFARE: ARE INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS TOXIC?’Thursday 31st October , Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University

Intergenerational relations increasingly seem to be called into question in contemporary society, highlighted as centrally implicated in some of its key ills.  The topic of intergenerational justice has been the focus of a slew of popular and political publications, contending that the ‘baby boomer’ generation has skewed the allocation of economic, social and cultural resources in its own favour and left younger generations immersed in debt and facing a perilous future.  Early years policy reports pose parenting as formative in babies’ brain architecture, hard wiring future (anti)social behaviour and empathetic (in)abilities, as well as shaping the genetic inheritance that passes down through the generations.  Ideas about cycles of deprivation, transmitted disadvantage and intergenerational cultures of poverty and worklessness are a recurrent feature of political pronouncements, where low aspirations and benefit dependency are alleged to be passed down in families and communities. This day seminar will ask, are intergenerational relationships toxic?  Contributors will appraise: JUSTICE: Jonathan White (LSE), and Susie Weller (LSBU) and Ros Edwards (Southampton); GENES: Val Gillies, Nicola Horsley (LSBU) and Ros Edwards (Southampton); and WELFARE: Tracey Shildrick (Leeds), and Eldin Fahmy (Bristol). 

BERA ‘Education, Youth Poverty and Social Class’ one day conference – 22 November, Kingston University.

Kim will be delivering a keynote paper at this day conference hosted by the BERA Social Justice and Youth SIGs and organised by ESRI’s Janet Batsleer (along with Katy Vigurs, Valerie Coultas, Ruth Boyask and Ian McGimpsey. The event will be held at Kingston University, 22 November 2013, 11.00-16.00. The aim of the event is to move researchers beyond discussion, and towards using research as the basis of action alongside practitioners, young people and policy-workers. Kim will draw on emerging findings from the study to discuss contemporary vocabularies of injustice and how young people navigate, conceptualise and live out notions of aspiration, success and opportunity in austere and unequal times.


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