Coffee & Cocktails Episode 4: Dealing with isolation in academia

Dr Chelsea Robles, Research Specialist at the Institute of International Education in New York City, talks about coping strategies she has developed when dealing with isolation in academia.

Host: Dr Ann Wand (Oxford University)

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Coffee & Cocktails Episode 2: ECRs and the job market (part II)

Leading on from episode 1, this is part II to the podcast discussion on ECRs and the job market. This podcast is set up in two parts: part I focuses on dispelling the myths for ECRs working on job applications, while part II concentrates on the additional responsibilities that come with being a full-time academic.

Coffee & Cocktails Episode 2: Part 2- ECRs and the job market

Host: Dr Ann Wand (Oxford University)
Guest speakers:
Dr Nicolette Makovicky (Oxford University)
Dr Robert Parkin (Oxford University)
Dr Pietro Antonio Sasso (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville)

Coffee & Cocktails- Episode 1: ECRs and the job market

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‘Coffee and Cocktails’ is a podcast for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and/or individuals thinking of taking the plunge and diving into academia. We discuss and address issues faced by ECRs in academia by trying to recognize and think of solutions to current debates across different fields. This week’s topic focuses on issues faced by ECRs in the job market. Topics discussed include: job insecurity and mobility, teaching vs. publications and using social media as a job promotion platform in both American and British institutions.

Coffee & Cocktails Podcast- Episode 1

Host: Dr Ann Wand (Oxford University)
Guest speakers:
Dr Venetia Congdon (Oxford University)
Dr Chihab El Khachab (Oxford University)
Dr Timothy Thurston (Smithsonian Institute)

‘Coffee and Cocktails’ ECR podcast on the job market to air later this summer

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On Saturday 24 June ETE will be hosting (and recording) the first of a two part podcast series called ‘Coffee and Cocktails’. The first program will discuss issues faced by early career researchers/ recent doctoral graduates regarding the job market. Watch this space for future details regarding the show’s premier on YouTube later this summer.

Host: Dr Ann Wand (University of Oxford)
http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-ann-wand

ECRs:
Dr Chihab El Khachab (Universtty of Oxford)

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-chihab-el-khachab

Dr Venetia Congdon (University of Oxford)

https://www.isca.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-venetia-congdon

Dr Timothy Thurston (Smithsonian Institute)

http://timothyothurston.weebly.com/

Alterity and the Research Imagination Conference (Lisbon, 25-26 January 2018)

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25–26 January 2018

School of Human Sciences ׀ Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon

Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine”—a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) and Arif Dirlik (1994) have argued that, owing to its reliance on poststructuralist approaches, postcolonial thought excludes questions of economic and political power structures. A staunch Derridean who uses deconstruction to uncover and disrupt such inevitable hegemonic relations of power in the academy or elsewhere, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999) has likewise dissociated herself from the postcolonial mainstream. Edward Said (1983), whose groundbreaking book Orientalism (1978) sets out a toolbox for colonial discourse analysis, has grown more and more dissatisfied with the untenable apolitical nature of the theoretical insights of Derrida, Foucault and others. Yet, some scholars, and Said himself, have pointed to the geocultural limitations of his theoretical model. In considering discourses of orientalism and balkanism, for instance, Maria Todorova (1997) argues that, unlike the Orient, the Balkans is a concrete entity that is peripheral, but not completely other, to Europe. Paul Gilroy has challenged the racial and ethnocentric biases inherent within British cultural studies in his first major work There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (1987). His discussion of diasporic hybridity (1993), however, has been censured for being gender-neutral. In his seminal essay The New Cultural Politics of Difference (1990), Cornel West locates his polemic on the emergence of the new black (or African-American) cultural worker in a critical historical juncture that might be comparable to what Stuart Hall calls “the end of the innocent notion of the essential black subject” (1988). More recently, Arjun Appadurai (2006) has made the case for research as a human right—an exercise of the imagination that is intrinsic to knowledge citizenship in the era of globalization. This conference considers the theoretical and methodological conundrums researchers and practitioners in the humanities, arts and social sciences face when encountering sites of alterity. We invite proposals that engage with the concept of alterity and subject it to a searching critique through the lenses of multiple disciplines. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Representations of alterity in film, literature, architecture, the visual and performing arts, etc.
  • Alternative media, politics and creativity
  • Multicultural, intercultural and transcultural communication
  • Critical human geography
  • The everyday—its antecedents and simulacra
  • Sociality and the ethics of care
  • Hybrid modalities of identity and difference
  • Ethnographic translations of radical alterity

The working language of the conference is English.

Individual paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Proposals for panels of 3 papers (90 minutes) or roundtables of 3–5 participants (60 minutes) related to the theme of the conference are welcome. We aim to integrate an ambitious range of perspectives. Proposals incorporating practice as research, or other creative work, are encouraged.

Please send an abstract (250 words) and a brief biographical note (150 words) to alterityresearchimagination@gmail.com. All proposals should include a title, your name(s), contact details and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s). The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2017. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent on 1 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 15 November 2017.

Organizing Committee
Amani Maihoub (CECC-UCP)
Gregor Taul (CECC-UCP)

Contact
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon
Portugal

Website: www.alterityresearchimagination.wordpress.com
E-mail: alterityresearchimagination@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/170653563468620/
Twitter: twitter.com/AlterityVII

‘Coffee and Cocktails’ Podcast series: looking for Early Career Researchers, 24 June 2017

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SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017

Time: 14.30-15.30 (GMT)

ETE is on the search for three early career researchers to participate in a two-part 20 minute podcast series based in Oxford called ‘Coffee and Cocktails’. The first podcast will focus on issues faced by early career researchers/ recent doctoral graduates regarding the job market, accompanied by drinks and snacks. This podcast is designed to be a laid back approach to rather serious concerns faced in academia. If you’d like to participate and/or have any ideas for future topics, please contact ETE’s Founder.

Oxford University’s ‘Winter Festivals and Traditions’ conference- available online!

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The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) at Oxford University has published their ‘Winter Festivals and Traditions’ conference on ETE Education’s YouTube Channel. More information on the speakers and their abstracts can be found here. Otherwise the presenters’ videos can be accessed here.

Enjoy!