Previous Postgraduate Research Seminars

'Gender inequalities & Sociology of bridge'

7 April (Room A, Iris Murdoch Building)

Held by Liz Graham

This talk focuses on one of the key themes from my masters dissertation which explored gender inequality and identity in the card game of bridge. The question underpinning the research was: Why are men statistically better than women at bridge? What emerged was that sexist attitudes and behaviours, that at times point to gender harassment, significantly impact on female players’ opportunities. Moreover, segregating men and women in the form of open bridge and women’s bridge visibly displays these differences and not only set men and women apart, but highlight male superiority and afford women an inferior status. Therefore, this presentation will provide reasons why there is nothing to suggest that men are better than women at bridge but that men are provided with more opportunities to be more successful.


'Women’s Rights and Legal Consciousness in Bolivia'

5 May 

Held by Ashley Rogers

In 2009, Bolivia enacted a new constitution which, for the first time, included a section dedicated to the rights of women. The study of women’s rights posits law and society as mutually constitutive, therefore the meanings that women attach to law and legal transitions in Bolivia not only shape legal structures but have an influence on women’s identities and subjectivities. This presentation will highlight some preliminary findings of 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in La Paz, Bolivia. Interviews and participant observation were used in order to gather data from organisations, government bodies and women in order to map legal consciousness and highlight the relationship that women have with the law, and how this in turn can influence identities and subjectivities. The recently enacted Comprehensive Law to Guarantee Women a Life Free from Violence (Law 348) was explored in particular, due to the ongoing social and political mobilisation around this issue in Bolivia. The paper will present preliminary findings on the disjuncture between law on paper and in practice in Bolivia and how this has impacted women's experiences and trust in legal systems, and in turn the State. Law remains a meaningful but often contradictory presence in Bolivian women’s lives.

'Decision making by the Children's Panel' and 'Digitising the Neighbourhood'

17 March

Held by Judy Warbuton and Cate Pemble (respectively)

'Decision making by the Children's Panel' (Judy Warbuton)

This talk will be a brief introduction to Judy’s research project which will look at the effectiveness of the Children’s Hearing System in making decisions about the futures of vulnerable children in Scotland.   The research seeks to understand the global and Scottish context in which Children’s Hearings make decisions and, using research and theory on decision-making and judgement, to examine how individual Panel Member’s actually make decisions.

'Digitising the Neighbourhood' (Catherine Pemble)

Catherine will present the outline for her forthcoming research project which focuses on the identification of the barriers and challenges which can make it difficult for a person with dementia to leave their home and access their community. Catherine will give a brief overview of the theoretical perspectives that have guided her research thus far, and discuss the three studies she plans to undertake. 

'An ethnographic exploration of the substance use of young people living in a temporary accommodation hostel'

10 March, Iris Murdoch Building

Held by Jenny Hoolachan   

This seminar will provide an overview of Jenny's entire thesis which explored the substance use of a group of 16-21 year olds living in a homeless hostel.  Jenny will concentrate particularly on her  main findings and how her thesis provides an original contribution to what is currently known about youth substance use and youth homelessness. Jenny will also be using this as a practice for her viva and so intends to leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.  

Jenny submitted her thesis in December 2015 and her viva is scheduled for April 2016.

'Exploring the lived experience of impact: Journeys of self/other'

18 February 

Held by Katrina Roszynski

Essentially the talk will be focused on the philosophical underpinnings of the impact/evidence-based practice policies. These will be considered in the context of social care, with a look to explore what such policies might look like if the corresponding impact/evidence-based practice research did not focus on measurability. As such, my doctoral project will look at how researchers and carers of looked after children negotiate spaces of learning, working and their relationships with others along the impact journey.

Impact Session - Annette Webb

4 February, 1-3pm 

Held by Annette Webb       

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