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December 12, 2011

It's nearly Christmas…hurrah, I finally have time for my PhD!

Term is over, the undergraduate population has largely evaporated overnight, and Warwick's campus is once again quiet. Time for a well-earned rest? Hah! No way...

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


November 03, 2011

Gender, Bodies & Technology: (Dis)Integrating Frames

My paper, "Genderforking: deconstructing gender norms in a community blog", has been accepted for the second Gender Bodies and Technology conference. The conference, which is hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech, will take place on 26th-28th April 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia, USA.

I'm very excited at the prospect of presenting my work in this setting! I've never attended a conference outside of the UK before, and the conference itself - an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationships(s) between gender and technology - should be fascinating, so it will certainly be an experience to remember.


October 24, 2011

Technological experimentation is FUN

A little while back I wrote about my experiences planning a videoconference as part of what we believe to be the world's first international gathering of researchers in the new field of asexuality studies. With the event - organised by a shiny new research network - rapidly approaching, I can think about little else!

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


October 12, 2011

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar series Programme 2011/12 (Autumn Term)

We've finalised the first two streams for this year's graduate seminar series! The sessions will take place from 5pm in the Gillian Rose Room (R3.25) in the Ramphal Building, University of Warwick central campus. All are welcome!


Session One: Processess of interpretation: gender and sexuality in celebrity culture – 2nd November 2011

Melanie Kennedy, University of East Anglia: The Jonas Brothers as Tween Pin-ups: The Negotiation of Desire in Young Feminine ‘Becoming’

Clare Reed, University of Reading: The Changing Face of Lesbian Programming

Izzy Gutteridge, University of Warwick: Picturing Fame


Session Two: Gender, migration and citizenship – 23rd November 2011

Evelyn Sulem, University of Warwick: Transnational Migration in Mexican Indigenous Communities: The Reconstruction of Gender and the Empowerment of Indigenous Women

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, London School of Economics and Political Science: Nexus between Gender, Migration and Forest Governance: Re-thinking Community Forestry Policies in Nepal

Menah Raven-Ellison, Queen Mary, University of London: Beyond Detention: Women, Home and Mental Wellbeing


October 11, 2011

Eureka! The cleaning ritual as a nexus of academic creativity

showerA month or two ago I had an extremely productive shower. As my thoughts idly wandered, I began to explore the concept of intersubjectivity - an idea I've had some attachment to since my undergraduate degree in Philosophy. I wondered if I could possibly apply the concept to an article I was working on, in order to better explain a particular social process I had observed.

Suddenly, everything made perfect sense! I spent the next couple of days blissfully fleshing out the idea in my head, wondering if it might even provide the foundation for an ontological backdrop to my PhD project.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


October 10, 2011

Why don't we use video conferencing more?

I had a good old experiment with the the video conferencing software in one of the Wolfson Research Exchange seminar rooms the other day. I'm quite frankly amazed it isn't used more often: the equipment is very powerful and surprisingly user-friendly, although you do need to set aside an hour or two in order to learn how to use it.

What's more exciting than sharing a talk or taking part in a seminar with a person (or even a room of people!) in another part of the world? I admit that's a bit of a geeky question, but then I am a shamelessly geeky researcher. Video conferencing allows you to exchange ideas and engage in discussion with people you might otherwise never be in direct contact with. This is particularly beneficial if your field – like mine – is somewhat obscure. Moreover, it's far less expensive (hire of the seminar rooms is free!) and considerably more comfortable than travelling to a far-flung conference.

>>>Read more at Phd Life.


September 10, 2011

Call for Papers for the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Seminar Series

We recently extended the deadline for the below call for papers, so you now have until Thursday next week (the 15th) to submit an abstract. The seminar series is a friendly environment in which postgraduate students may discuss their research with others, and I thoroughly recommend it!


Call for Papers for the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Seminar Series

DEADLINE: September 15th, 2011

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick would like to invite postgraduate students from any institution working in the field to present at the Graduate Student Seminar Series for the coming academic year 2011/2012. We welcome submissions from a number of disciplines on any gender related topic. As well as welcoming conventional papers, we also encourage innovative and creative methods of presentation (such as the use of visual or more interactive materials, for example).

The annual Graduate Seminar Series provides a friendly, informal setting for graduate students to give presentations and exchange ideas relating to women and gender studies. Seminars aim to be interactive, and at each meeting students present for twenty minutes each on a topic of their choice, followed by a question-answer session and general discussion. Attendance is open to everyone, both faculty members and students, within and outside the university. Seminars will take place on two or three Wednesdays per term at 5pm (dates TBC).

The goals of the seminar series:

  • To provide a safe and comfortable venue for students to present their research, to fine-tune conference presentations/possible publications or to simply get used to the idea of speaking in front of a group.
  • To encourage everyone to get together informally to learn about what the student community in the UK are working on in relation to gender/feminist studies.

This centre is interdisciplinary and draws its membership from across the university. It aims to provide a focus for research and teaching on women and gender in the university and to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary research in the area of women’s and gender studies. Women’s and gender studies has been established for around twenty years at Warwick; the Centre itself was established in 1993 and in the summer of 2002 it became a research centre based in the Department of Sociology. For more information about the Centre please visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/gender/

Abstracts should be:

  • Maximum 200 words
  • Submitted along with a brief biography of the author; including their institution and department, and research interests.
  • Submitted by September 15th, 2011
  • Email abstracts to Donna Greene: D.L.Greene@warwick.ac.uk

August 09, 2011

How to work whilst London burns?

I've been following the news quite heavily since the weekend and obsessively since last night as riots break out across England. I have many friends in London and Birmingham and am concerned for their safety. I'm a shamelessly political individual and have strong views on the way our country is run, but regardless of blame (and I'm very much inclined to blame certain authorities and social institutions for this mess as well as the morons running around setting fires to people's home) the whole sitution is just plain disturbing.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


July 26, 2011

Research in the sun

We've had some beautiful weather during the past few days as the sun finally (re)appeared. At such times I'm increasingly tempted to simply wander onto a welcoming patch of grass and work from my laptop for a while.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


July 07, 2011

Residual Guilt

I've got this theory that guilt is a key driving force for many PhDs.NO

This is hardly an original theory. If I was to conduct a thorough literature review I'd no doubt be citing innumerable personal accounts (and of course a large number of strips from PhD Comics) that bemoan the impact of guilt: guilt about not having written enough, guilt about not having read enough, and guilt about being woefully unprepared for the next supervision. However, I'd like to offer a positive spin on the phenomenon of residual guilt.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.


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