A Safe Space - Reflections on BSA PGForum Event "Making Space in Academia", 8 November 2019 I’d heard the phrase “safe space” before in the context of academia and in all honesty I greeted it disparagingly. As a former secondary school teacher, the concept of a “safe space” evoked memories of liaising with social workers… Continue reading A Safe Space – Reflections on PGForum Autumn Event 2019
The 21st century in the United States continues to be marked by persistent disparities between members of different classes, races, genders, and sexual orientations. Influencers of this society seem bent on polarizing citizens along their diverse identities, often blaming those already disadvantaged for the nation’s apparent plights. Elite white men still benefit from a political,… Continue reading Making social justice advocates of straight white college men, Jörg Vianden
Dr Mona Livholts writes about writing and her new book: Situated Writing as Theory and Method. The Untimely Academic Novella. When I finished writing my dissertation, it had three different endings. One was written in the form that academic readers would expect, based on how dissertations in social work and the social sciences are usually… Continue reading Situated writing as theory and method – or why don’t you write a novella instead of an article? Dr Mona Livholts
We are WalkingLab, a queer-feminist walking research-creation collective.[i] At WalkingLab we organise international walking events, conduct research with diverse publics including youth in schools, and collaborate with artists and scholars to realise site-specific research-creation events[ii] that complicate and rupture the White-cis-hetero-ableist-patriarchal canon of walking scholarship. There is currently a global momentum on walking methods, indicated… Continue reading WalkingLab by Dr Sarah Truman and Dr Stephanie Springgay
As the great wave of digital technology breaks across the world, artificial intelligence creeps increasingly into the very fabric of our lives. From personal virtual assistants and chatbots to self-driving vehicles and tele-robotics, AI is now threaded into large tracts of everyday life. It is reshaping society and the economy. Klaus Schwab, founder of the… Continue reading The AI Revolution: Balancing Opportunities and Risks, by Prof Anthony Elliott
Here are the results of our poll: The other responses were: all of the above + 10 supervision problems impact on mental health problems with academic culture stressing over being good enough finding time to work on PhD when doing it part-time responding positively to challenging feedback From this poll, it looks like, for a… Continue reading Poll and results: What’s the most challenging part of doing a PhD?
During my undergraduate degree, my “working-class” credentials became a central part of my identity. I then embarked on a PhD exploring working-class transitions with conviction that my research would help others “like me”; shedding light on their stories and making sure their voices were heard. Two years on, and having heard these stories, my commitment… Continue reading Why I stopped calling myself working-class