Events Applied Sociology Research Group

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Black History Month Event - 26-28 October 2019

Applied Sociology Group Annual Conference 2020 - Dates TBC

Windrush Event - 20-22 June 2020

RECENT EVENTS

Creative and Collaborative Imaginations - Applied Sociology Research Group Annual Conference - 12 July 2019

The focus was on the practical and intellectual experience of using creative and collaboration approaches in both the collection and the presentation of research data. The day included a keynote presentation by Professor Maggie O'Neill, University College Cork; panel-based presentations; workshops focusing on the 'world cafĂ©' approach to research debate and discussion; auto/biographical collage making and an open-mic session to enable participants to share small stories from the field (which can be told 'traditionally' or through song, poetry, art etc.).


From Mother's Land to Mother Country: A Windrush Day Celebration - 22 June 2019


'Livin Your Best Life' Autobiographical Reflections on Navigating Lives in Current Times - 24 May 2019

This autobiographical symposium included students' reflections on a diverse range of life experiences, perspectives on their identities and how they construct them and their views of life in current times. Presentation was in the format of student papers, drama enactments, research posters, spoken word and poetry.


Me? I Just put British! - 31 January 2019

A performance based on black women's experiences of belonging and homemaking. After contributing to British society for many years, like their families before them, their postcolonial links and rights to citizenship have been offensively disregarded. They are categorised as migrants and pushed to the margins of society. This performance used improvisation, live music and spoken word to bring alive experiences and was followed by thought-provoking discussion.


Intergenerational Legacy of Windrush Nurses: Exploring the impact on successive generations of African-Caribbean people in the UK - 29 October 2018

To mark 2018 Black History Month, we celebratrf 70 years of valuable contribution and legacy that Windrush nurses have made and continue to make to the NHS workforce. This event provided a range of activities including presentations, roundtable discussions, performance pieces and an exhibition of archive and memorabilia showcased by the Retired Caribbean Nursing Association.


Methodological Imaginations - 9 July 2018


Livin' an Learnin' - Critical reflections on diverse educational journeys in relation to social identity - 25 May 2018


Connecting Communities: Participatory Arts and Social Action Research - 10-11 November 2017

This international multidisciplinary conference looked at how participatory and creative research methods create a space for exploring, sharing and documenting processes of belonging and place-making that is crucial to understanding migration, citizenship and belonging. Academics from a range of social science, humanities and arts disciplines including sociology, social policy and applied theatre, alongside policymakers, artists and practitioners (including in migration, families, arts and performance) exchanged knowledge on related fields of research and the use of participatory arts methodologies to explore broader sociological and policy issues.

Keynote speakers: Professor Michelle Fine, City University of New York; Professor Deirdre Heddon, University of Glasgow; Sanjoy Ganguly, Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed and International Research and Resource Institute, India.


Community Cohesion Workshop - 31 October 2017

Community cohesion and radicalisation are issues that have been concerns for a long time. However, recent events (e.g. Brexit, terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, etc) have made these issues much more significant. This workshop explored the potential for using music and poetry to facilitate community cohesion and discuss whether community cohesion is an effective tool to deal with radicalisation.


Making it Count: Presenting impact and quantifying 'soft' outcomes - 29 June 2017


Sociological Imaginations: Theory, Methods and Practice - A University of Greenwich Symposium, 22 June 2017


SYMPOSIUM SERIES: Brighter Futures: Higher Education Enhancing Opportunities for all (July 2015 to July 2016)

The series of four symposium events proposed will critically explore the issues affecting academic attainment and outcomes of students at The University of Greenwich.  The series broadly entitled 'Brighter Futures' - Higher Education: Enhancing Opportunities for All' will take place over a12 month period during 2015-16.

1) The Brighter Futures Symposium - 9 July 2015

The one-day event was highly stimulating, with much positive discussion around the issues mentioned above. It began with a thought provoking and detailed keynote speech from Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon. She spoke of her own personal relationship with the University of Greenwich as a student and staff member, and then applied this to the broader issue of institutional racism faced by Black and Minority Ethnic students at all levels in the education system. She also highlighted the lack of representation of BME as senior academics, and in senior management positions were issued that needed to be addressed.  She also called for Universities across the UK to do more to embed racial equality into all their practices.

2) 'Telling it like it is: Analysing Black and Minority Ethnic students' experiences at the University of Greenwich' Symposium, 10 November 2015

The event centred predominantly on the perspectives of current undergraduate and postgraduate students from Black and Minority backgrounds, The keynote speaker was Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora.

3):  'Does my face fit?' - 28 April 2016

Exploring the experiences and the likelihood progression, considers the experiences of BME academics, the extent to which they are being valued in the higher education sector, and their progression to more senior positions in the profession. The presence of BME staff in higher education can have a bearing on BME students'  experiences, aspirations and outcomes.  The Keynote Speaker will be Dr Gurnam Singh. Principal Lecturer, University of Coventry.


Rethinking Resistance Conference 2012

The Rethinking Resistance Conference examined political dissent taking recent international unrest as a starting point from which to explore the contemporary politics, ethics, culture and aesthetics of dissent including some of its legal and social facets. By generating new perspectives, this multi-disciplinary Symposium was directed towards a rethinking of the relation between resistance, power and subordination.

Applied Sociology Research Group is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.