All 30 entries tagged PhD
October 28, 2016
So, I've been a bit quiet on this blog since June. I have been very busy, however - finishing my PhD! I'm very pleased to say that I passed my viva last week.
As a celebration of sorts, I'll be doing a lot of travelling in November to talk about my research. Here are the upcoming events where you can see me speak:
Saturday 12th November
GLADD Annual Conference 2016
University of Westminster
Title: An Adversarial Assessment? Addressing Mistrust Amongst Trans Patients
I will be talking about mistrust in healthcare settings, looking particularly at the context of assessment appointments are Gender Identity Clinics. This event is aimed at LGBT doctors, dentists, and health researchers.
>>> Registration and more information can be found here.
Thursday 24th November
The Practice of Public Sociology
Manchester Digital Laboratory
I will be taking part in a roundtable discussion on the practice of public sociology, with Maddie Breeze, Ipek Demir and Lambros Fatsis. This event is aimed at 'Early Career" Researchers.
>>> Registration and more information can be found here.
Action For Trans Health Annual Conference
Norfolk Park Heritage Centre, Sheffield
Title: Becoming an 'Expert': The changing landscape of trans health
I will be talking about the role of 'expert' knowledge within trans healthcare and activism over the past decade. This event is being run by and for trans people, but is open to all.
May 17, 2016
I'll be talking about my research at this event next week, hosted by the University of Warwick Staff LGBT+ Network.
A series of talks exploring LGBTUA+ identity and inclusion in the workplace, family, and society
OPEN TO EVERYONE
Join us for a series of talks, discussion and post-talk refreshments
Professor David Smith - University of York
Dr Fiona MacCallum - Department of Psychology, University of Warwick
Ruth Pearce - Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
FOLLOWED BY AN INTERACTIVE PANEL SESSION WITH THE SPEAKERS AND GUEST
John Gore - Film Programmer, Warwick Arts Centre
Monday 23 May, 17:30PM–19:30PM,
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April 05, 2015
I've already posted about the Sexual Cultures Conference - this is now just a few days away! I'm greatly looking forward to sitting on one of the conference's keynote panels on the first day with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence), Jade Fernandez (Stonewall) and Kat Gupta.
The overarching theme of the conference (and, by extension, the panel) is "academic meets activism". I'm planning to talk about my move into academia from activism and my involvement in events such as the Emergence of Trans seminar series and Spotlight on: Genderqueer that attempted to speak to both academia and activism. I'll be aiming to highlight some of the limitations and drawbacks of such events as well as their strengths, and think about how future organisers might be able to build upon these lessons.
The whole programme for Sexual Cultures is fascinating, and I'll certainly be dropping by as many sessions as possible. However, I'll also be popping out for a few hours on Thursday to attend a Trans* Health Workshop at King's College London. At this event, I'm planning to speak about some of the early findings from my PhD research, including reflections on the emergence and evolution of 'trans' narratives and their intersection with medical discourse.
April 15, 2014
I'll be talking about some of the initial findings from my PhD research at the British Sociological Association national conference, Changing Society, next week.
I'm speaking in the 11am-12:30pm session as part of the Social Divisions/Social Identities stream. A copy of my abstract can be found below.
#transdocfail: What makes a Twitterstorm important?
In January 2013 hundreds of trans people took to Twitter to share stories of alleged medical malpractice. The catalyst
for this outpouring of anger and accusation was the creation of #transdocfail, a hashtag intended to promote
discussion of issues faced by trans people accessing medical services in the UK. Within weeks #transdocfail was
being discussed within the mainstream media and the General Medical Council had launched an investigation. How
did an expression of outrage from members of a small minority group so rapidly result in wider recognition and
This paper draws upon a range of qualitative data – from Twitter, Facebook, bulletin boards and newspaper opinion
columns – to explore how #transdocfail was constructed as an ‘important’ and ‘meaningful’ event by trans activists,
allies and community advocates. I argue that several factors contributed to the impact of #transdocfail beyond the
social media platform from which it originated: these included the prior existence of widespread discontent, increasing
publication opportunities for trans journalists, and a strong belief in the importance of the event amongst participants.
I also explore how online discussion of #transdocfail intersected with a contemporaneous controversy over articles
about feminism written by Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill. The resulting dispute between journalists, news editors
and trans activists ultimately served to provide a wider platform for the dissemination of complaints originating with
March 27, 2013
I have created a new website for my PhD research project, which is looking at discourses of trans health. The idea of the site is to communicate the basic aims of my research and the approach I'm taking. I'm also hoping to maintain a blog in which I can discuss issues pertinent to the project as it progresses.
The site is available here: Trans Health Study.
November 26, 2012
I'm involved in running this event on Thursday. It's the first in a four-part ESRC-sponsored seminar series exploring the emergence of 'trans' repertoires.
July 05, 2012
I had a conversation with a colleague a few months back that really stuck in my mind. She argued that in the media decisions that would never, ever be considered ethical in the academic world are taken on an everday basis. I believe the conversation revolved largely around the activities of journalists working in print media, but I found myself thinking about the relationship between media and research once again whilst watching a couple of reality television programmes this week.
March 08, 2012
I’m currently working on a document that explores the methodological approach I am planning for my research into trans experiences of (primary) health provision.
In the paragraph I’m currently working on, I note the increased importance of social media to activism within trans communities. I cite Trans Media Watch as an example, noting the popularity of their Facebook page and Twitter feed.