03 December 2012 – Impact (internal event)

Impact and CSGS – Sylvie Gambaudo (Philosophy) and Eric Baumgartner (Sociology)

Following our first meeting ‘Academia and Political Involvement’ on 02 July, we are looking to continue our discussion about impact in CSGS. The aim will be to produce an ‘Impact Document’ that will reflect the interdisciplinary needs of the Centre and state what our aspirations might be.
We hope the drafting of the Impact Document will facilitate discussions about interdisciplinarity, about CSGS impact, its potential but also its limitations.
We will meet on 03 December in Chapters between 2pm and 3pm . If you are interested in taking part in this project, e-mail sylvie.gambaudo@durham.ac.uk so I am aware of numbers.
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“A Litany For Survival: The Life And Work Of Audre Lorde”

Louder Now! “A Litany For Survival: The Life And Work Of Audre Lorde”

Thursday 6th December 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne

An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings – spanning five decades – articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century.

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‘Gender Perspectives in Music’ Symposium

Durham University Music Department

‘Gender Perspectives in Music’ Symposium

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Keynote speech (tbc)

You are warmly invited to submit a paper for the Gender Perspectives in Music Symposium, to be held in the Music Department on December 11th, between 1pm and 5pm. The event is going to be the first symposium of this academic year, aiming to include contributions from several departments of Durham University in order to create an inter-disciplinary event.

The relationship of music to gender studies is never seen as a straightforward one. It can manifest itself as a critique of the male-dominated Western music tradition, and its relationship to gender representation. Music can also be seen in the light of ‘queer theory’, or as a way of expressing feminist movements – situating music in the spectrum of gender issues raises innumerable ideas and questions; the proposed symposium seeks to encourage further debate upon the topic.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

    • gender representations: femininities and masculinities
    • queer theory
    • music and sexual identity
    • popular music and gender subcultures
    • etc.

Due to the intended fast-paced, interactive nature of the symposium format, papers are limited to 10 minutes and will be arranged in the form of round table discussions which will be grouped  according to related topics. Proposals of up to 150 words are invited for individual papers. Please submit proposals by email to [maria.kouvarou@durham.ac.uk] to be included by the organising committee.

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 4th December.

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24 October – The Organizational Gendering of Becoming Adult

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31 October – Men Understanding Health

Qualitative Health Research Group

‘Men understanding health’
Prof Steve Robertson
Leeds Metropolitan University

Wednesday 31 October, 1212 @ 12.00
Wolfson Research Institute, room F009

While research on lay perspectives of health now has a well
established history, specific empirical data on male lay perspectives
of health and wellbeing are largely absent. Drawing on focus
group data and indepth interviews with 20 lay men (including sub
samples of gay men and disabled men), and seven health profes
sionals, this discussion explores how the men conceptualized
‘health’ and the gendered nature of such conceptualizations. Spe
cific emphasis is given to considering notions of ‘control’ and
‘release’, and the associated issues of ‘risk’ and ‘responsibility’, in
the participants’ health narratives. A conceptual model for under
standing ‘masculinity’ and ‘health’ is presented.

We will begin at 12 noon with sandwiches and coffee;

Please contact Sally Brown to confirm your attendance. s.r.brown@durham.ac.uk

The Qualitati ve Health Research Group is supported by the Wolfson Research Ins tute.

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22 November 2012 – Problematising ‘problematic’ pregnancies

Workshop: Problematising ‘problematic’ pregnancies

Organised by Abi McNiven (Department of Geography)

With Professor Robyn Longhurst (Department of Geography, University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2012

Time:  9.30am- 12noon (coffee/tea available at 9.30am; workshop starts at 10am)

Location: Room W215 (Department of Geography, Durham University)


Dr Sally Brown (Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University) ‘What’s the problem with teenage pregnancy?’
Dr Rachel Colls (Department of Geography, Durham University) ‘Interuterine space and the politics of fat’

Abi McNiven (Department of Geography, Durham University) ‘“I still don’t know what’s normal”: accounts of pregnancy loss’

Discussant: Professor Robyn Longhurst (Department of Geography, University of Waikato, New Zealand)

This workshop presents a space for dialogue around how we can critically approach notions of ‘problematic’ pregnancies within the social sciences, arts and humanities. As an opportunity to explore and reflect upon the ways in which pregnancy, and specifically certain kinds of pregnancies, can be deemed problematic (medically, socially, politically, economically, etc)- this workshop will entail 3 presentations, discussant feedback and an opportunity for wider discussion amongst attendees. 

Please do circulate information about the workshop onto those who may be interested. This workshop is open to all, but attendance spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. To reserve a space, please email Abi McNiven (
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25 October 2012 – The Power of Hesitation: Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, and seeing differently

McGill University, Canada

The Power of Hesitation: Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, and seeing differently’

Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham University
Organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies
This paper asks how perception becomes racializing and seeks the means for its critical interruption.  
Professor Al-Saji’s aim is twofold: first, to understand the recalcitrant and limitative temporal structure of racializing habits of seeing, a structure that restricts their responsivity and improvisational openness.  While racializing perception can be understood to build on the intentionality and habituality of all 

perception (as Linda Martín Alcoff has shown), its distinctive intransigence and de-humanization call for further phenomenological study.  In this paper, 

Professor Al-Saji will argue that racializing perception is both more and less than habitual perception: more in its representational over-determination, less in its af­fective closure to difference and change.  Drawing on the phenomenologies of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Frantz Fanon, she shows how this perception is reduc­tive and naturalizing; it constitutes racialized bodies as bodies that 
cannot be seen otherwise.  As a counter­weight to the closure of racializing seeing, the second aim of this paper is to uncover resources within the temporality of perception for a critical awareness and destabilization of racializing habit.  Reading Henri Bergson and Merleau-Ponty in dialogue with Iris Mari­on Young and race-critical feminism, Professor Al-Saji finds in hesitation the phenomenological moment when racializing habits of seeing can be internally fractured.  Hesitation, she claims, can make visible the exclusionary logic of racializing and objectifying perception, coun­tering its affective rigidity and opening it to critical transformation.  Hesitation thus opens the possibility for perception to become at once critically watchful and ethically responsive .
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