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Pushing the Boundaries: Talking about Race and Gender in Contemporary Acade...

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Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Rd

Bethnal Green

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Organised by the Women and Politics as well as the Race, Migration and Intersectionality Specialist Groups of the Political Studies Association and the Gendering International Relations Working Group of the British International Studies Association, this interdisciplinary feminist workshop will bring together scholars from Politics, International Studies and other disciplines to consider the race and gender dynamics of contemporary academia.

It will explore equality and diversity initiatives in higher education and whether they are conducive to sustainable change. It will explore precarity, pay gaps and mentorship, thinking about how academics continue to support each other and build professional networks, while also recognising that up to 50% of UK academics are on precarious contracts and that this has gendered and racialized implications. Another big focus of the day will be the decolonisation of our curriculums, and the ways forward for the discipline of Politics and International Studies, as well as academia more generally.

Three sessions, based on the three themes of Equality and Diversity; Precarity and Mentorship and; Decolonising Curriculums will shape discussions, with a series of excellent speakers to kick-off each session.

This workshop is designed to be conversational and dynamic. Based on a professional development model, a series of engaged and interactive roundtables will consider some key challenges facing contemporary academia from the starting point that that the personal is political. It will be a forum to share experiences across contexts, career stages, disciplines and institutions and to build networks and foster collaborations.

As a reflection of feminist innovation, contemporary intersectionality and creative academia, the workshop will conclude with a film screening of the Bafta-nominated film Pili and a Q&A session with the film's producer, Professor Sophie Harman.

Provisional Programme

11:30 Registration & Introduction

11:45: Session One: Equality and Diversity

13:15: Lunch

14:15: Session Two: Precarity, Pay Gaps, Mentorship

15:45: Coffee break

16:00: Session Three: Decolonising the Curirculum

17:30: Pili film screening + Q&A with Professor Sophie Harman & wine reception


Pili Trailer: https://vimeo.com/192767913

Image source: Times Higher Education at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/uk-higher-education-has-shrugged-its-shoulders-race-and-gender-discrimination


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