Thursday, 31st March, 3:30-5pm
Chrystal Macmillan Building
1 st Floor Practice Suite
Presented by Lauren Wilks & Lisa Kalayji
Event Flyer here: Women%27s Worlds Flier
Alternative forms of research dissemination are proliferating and growing in popularity amongst academics and our publics alike. These new sites of research communication include online open-access journals, blogs, and social media platforms, amongst others. As knowledge producers learn to explore these exciting new ways of communicating our research to the people who can use it, it can be easy for us to inadvertently conflate ‘alternative’ with ‘new’ media. In some cases, however, people who use our research are unable to reach across the digital divide to access our work in these forms. In others, the communities with whom we wish to share our work maintain existing infrastructures or practices of knowledge sharing which do not answer the siren call of the online space. In this workshop, we will explore ways of thinking about alternative communication of our research which are transferable to both new media and the brick-and-mortar alternative media that some of our user communities continue to rely upon.
Firstly, we will explore ways of rethinking the content of our research in order to facilitate its communication through alternative media, and will discuss how the act of reworking research to be communicated to users in new and different ways gives us new analytic insight into the substance of the work itself.
Secondly, we will engage in a fun and playful practical exercise in alternative dissemination by splitting into thematically linked groups and making ‘zines’ about our research. Zines, a mainstay of alternative media amongst many grassroots political activists, are a type of ‘do-it-yourself’ magazine characterized by aesthetic imperfection, accessible language, inexpensive production materials, and irreverently playful styles of expression and presentation. By making group zines about our research, we will be able to identify theoretical and empirical links between seemingly disparate projects, as well as to practice expressing our academic ideas in a widely accessible way which can easily translate to other alternative forms of online and offline textual media.
This Wednesday 16th March at 4:30 in 2.15 CMB is the last ‘What’s Next Workshop’ before we resume again in the Autumn. We’ve decided to offer it in two components.
During the first half of the workshop, Alex Janus will introduce you to an exciting – but little known! – way of introducing yourselves to universities and colleges in the US/Canada in connection with their applicant searches. #whatcouldthissecretbe
Then in the second half of the workshop, we’ll be collectively available to give you individual feedback – on an ‘open surgery’ basis – on any piece of work related to what’s been offered in past workshops: your CVs, book proposals, articles, application cover letters, dossiers, social media use, starting a wordpress page/twitter, and so on. So if you’d like to bring something for individualized feedback, could you please get in touch with me in advance so that the four of us can plan accordingly?
And finally, some of you might find this useful as you plan your lives : https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/workload-survival-guide-for-academics
Look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!
A Digital Turn? Emergence of a Digital Sociology
The increasing pervasiveness and subsequent normalisation of digital technology in everyday life has enlivened academic debates surrounding the wider implications of living within the so called ‘digital age’. For example, Deborah Lupton (2014) argues in her book Digital Sociology that newly developed technologies have so thoroughly infiltrated everyday life that the digital world should now become a central feature of sociological investigation. The emergence of a more comprehensive digital sociology will offer the means by which the impact, development, and use of digital technologies may be investigated, analysed and understood. Postgraduate students must lead the way in shaping this sociology of the present and future…
Researching Social Inequality Across the Social Sciences: Contemporary
Sociological Analyses of Power and Exclusion
This one day event for postgraduate researchers will focus on key sociological approaches to the study of social inequality, with an emphasis on the cross-disciplinary use of theory and method to study power and its effects. This event aims to bring together researchers working within diverse fields spanning the social sciences, such as management and organizational studies, education, social and public policy, politics and international relations, gender studies, health and wellbeing studies, criminology, socio-legal studies, critical race studies, LGBT studies and cultural studies. We invite postgraduate researchers to submit a poster summarising their research focus and methodological approach. Posters will be on display throughout the day.
Last-minute FREE places for postgraduate students
Tue 16th Feb, 10am-2pm, Mary Kinross Room, QMRI, Little France (map)
Very limited places are available on this short version of Beltane’s signature training. This interactive workshop focusses on communication and dialogue and how to effectively get your research out there. It is suitable for postgraduate students in any subject.
- Future visions of public engagement/knowledge exchange.
- What is dialogue?
- How might dialogue enhance your public engagement/knowledge exchange?
- What are the obstacles to achieving dialogue?
- Lay-expert divides and the ‘multiple realities’ relating to controversial topics.
The session is delivered by Dr Wendy Faulkner and hosted by the Little France Postgraduate Society. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own lunch!
“In the course of my academic career, I’ve been interviewed for junior and senior faculty positions as well as for administrative posts like the provostship I now hold. I have also been on more search committees than I care to count. Over time, I’ve observed (at least) a dozen bloopers to avoid at all costs in job interviews.” You can read more in this guide written by The Chronicle’s Vitae.
As seen on Twitter… and may be of interest:
The Warwick Sociology Journal is an online student-found and led journal committed to showcasing high quality postgraduate and undergraduate work. We pride ourselves on providing students with the opportunity to achieve publication; a unique and fantastic addition to any CV — academic or otherwise. The journal encourages submission of work that is sociological in nature and can take the form of — but is not limited to — an academic essay, article, report or book review.
The journal will be introducing a peer-review process in 2015. As of October 2015, all submissions will undergo an anonymous review by selected referees.
The Warwick Sociology Journal was founded in 2013 by Adam Gayton and is currently led by Jessica Tatchell. We are based at and fully supported by the Sociology Department at The University of Warwick.
We will be updating this page shortly with further information. If you have a piece to submit or any questions, please email SociologyJournal@warwick.ac.uk
The only guidance we have is that Harvard referencing is used where necessary. The piece can be as little or long as you want to make it.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Bonnie Stewart’s work explores the intersection between higher education and digital practices and her recent talk at LSE can be viewed online. Bonnie’s work on “networked identities” may be of interest for any of you on Twitter (or thinking about using Twitter.)
Two books that may be of interest if you’re already using social media as an academic or if you’re simply curious:
Social Media for Academics by Mark Carrigan.
This practical book provides clear guidance on effectively and intelligently using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicising your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. It is supported by real life examples and underpinned by principles of good practice to ensure you have the skills to make the most of this exciting medium.
Mark’s blog is also a truly excellent resource for academics, particularly if you are interested in digital work: http://markcarrigan.net/
Social Media in Academia by George Veletsianos. George writes:
I am tired of the recycled unsubstantiated claims regarding the potential of new solutions and new technologies. So, I wrote a book about scholars and social media. A book about what scholars – professors and doctoral students – do on social media and why the use them.