BSA Pre-Conference Postgraduate Forum: Disability Panels, Newcastle

Date: Monday 9th April 2018

Location: Northumbria University, Newcastle

British Sociological Association (BSA) Postgraduate Forum Pre-Conference Day:

‘Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community’

The British Sociological Association’s Postgraduate Forum holds an annual pre-conference day every year before the annual BSA conference at the same venue. They have put together the programme for this years events and are now accepting registration. While it is organised by sociologists, it has a cross disciplinary relevance for all post graduate qualitative social scientists (including those in disability studies) as it explores the academic contexts they will be researching and working in.

This event is centred on the theme of personal and practical problems faces during PG study and will draw from the core themes of the main BSA Annual Conference. It will focus on PG community, solidarity, equality and intersectionality.

Prof. Peter Hopkins, Newcastle

Prof. Peter Hopkins’ research draws attention to the ways in which various forms of discrimination and marginalisation shape people’s lives. He has previously served as the Academic Director of the ESRC North Doctoral Training Centre and as the Postgraduate Director for the School of Geogrephy, Politics and Sociology.

Prof. Yvette Taylor, Strathclyde

Prof. Yvette Taylor is the author of Feeling Academic int he NeoLiberal University: Feminist Flights, Fights and Failures (2018). Her research explores the areas of inequality, class, religion, gender and sexuality.

Dr Kim Allan, Leeds

Dr Kim Allen’s talk will tie together both the practical and personal challenges postgraduates face. She will focus on academic identity and community as well as discussing attending and speaking at conferences.

Postgraduate Panel Discussion

Our panellists will discuss a range of personal challenges they have faced during tehir PhDs, including disability, race and motherhood. Along with the panel, attendees are invited to reflect, and the panel will take questions from the audience.

Setting up a Student Sociology Journal: Challenges and Opportunities

The Sheffield Student Journal for Sociology will be hosting a workshop covering the very practical challenges postgraduates face in relation to writing and publishing and provide useful tips.


BSA member day rate: £20

Non-member day rate: £40

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