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 email@example.com so I am aware of numbers.
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
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] to be included by the organising committee.
The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 4th December.
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. email@example.com
The Qualitative Health Research Group is supported by the Wolfson Research Instute.
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 .