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Imposterism in Education: An individual problem or public feeling?

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An ESRC funded event about how imposter syndrome is framed, negotiated and refused as an individual problem in Higher Education.

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Ever felt like an imposter? We have and we want to talk about it. We're tired of the popular notion which tells us to just 'fake it til you make it'. Imposterism is commonplace in society and yet it remains a hidden, individualised issue often framed as personal stress and anxiety. In a time of extreme competitiveness and endless measuring across all sectors, belonging, 'fitting in' and success are not straightforward and can foster imposterism.

This 1-day event focuses on how imposter syndrome becomes framed, negotiated and refused as an individual problem. We explore public perceptions of imposterism and try to locate these in a broader context, in relation to inequality, education, and employment. We're interested in how questions about 'who you are' 'where you come from' and 'what you do' impact on feeling more or less like an imposter.

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Dr Lisa Mckenzie, Durham University

The Girl's Network: School Students share insights of imposterism

Dr Vicky Mountford, Newcastle University

Thrive-Teesside: Poverty, imposterism and education

Keynotes: Professor Yvette Taylor and Dr Maddie Breeze, University of Strathclyde

Join us at the beautiful Lit & Phil library* in the Lecture room, where the format of the day includes speakers, panel discussion and a workshop which will unpick how an imposter position is understood, recognised, resisted, and re-worked. It brings together exciting work from the edited Palgrave Macmillan Handbook (Addison, Breeze, Taylor, 2020) 'Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education', Breeze's work on 'Imposter syndrome as a public feeling' (2018) as well as drawing on Addison (2016) Social Games and Identity in the Higher Education Workplace: Playing with Gender, Class and Emotion, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

This FREE event is open to everyone who is interested in understanding more about imposterism. We aim to bring together members of the public, people from the education sector, students, and multi-disciplinary academics from different career stages across the UK, to discuss ‘imposterism’.

#ImposterSyndromeHE

This event is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of the 'ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019'

Organised by Dr Michelle Addison, Northumbria University, Dr Maddie Breeze and Professor Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde

*Please see accessibility statement from The Lit and Phil library for detailed information: http://www.litandphil.org.uk/access-statement/

Please contact us if you have any questions about access.

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