News from the School of Applied Social Sciences-Durham

1) We have a Fulbright Scholar hopefully arriving in May. Prof Jan Haaken who has a long history of feminist activism and scholarship, especially around sexual and domestic violence -her latest book ‘Hard Knocks’ has excellent reviews. She is also a documentary film maker egs., ‘Queen of Hearts’, ‘Guilty Except for Insanity’ and her latest film ‘Minndzone’ takes place behind the front line in Afghanistan and tells the story of the therapists working with service personnel to help them through the trauma they are experiencing in order to go back to active service or  be sent home..Jan and Maggie O’Neill will be working on a visual project with women refugees and asylum seekers.

2) We have Margareta Kern, artist in residence arriving on Feb 1st to SASS.http://www.margaretakern.com/  Margareta will be with us until October.

3) Prof Suvi Ronkainen [Finland] joins Nicole Westmarland in February  and will be staying at Josephine Butler College.Areas: sexuality/sexual violence/research methods.http://fi.linkedin.com/pub/suvi-ronkainen/35/186/635 She will be doing a public lecture on attitudes to sexual violence for staff, students and visitors and also holding a ‘mistress-class’ for students interested in pursuing a career in gender research. For more info contact nicole.westmarland@durham.ac.uk

4) Maggie O’Neill is organising a conference on Biographical Methods 17th May at Durham, in response to postgraduate student requests and her own interests. For further info contactmaggie.o’neill@durham.ac.uk

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