Dear Colleagues and fellow PGRs ,
I hope this finds you well!
I would hereby like to invite you to an open discussion around the topic of ‘Academia and Political Involvement’, specifically related to the research conducted by people in the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities’, taking place at the Marriot hotel Durham (meeting at reception) on Monday, 2nd July at 1pm (for lunch or simply coffee).
A lot of the research done within the centre can be seen as having direct impact on practice settings and policy-making- but should it? What is our role, as academics or aspiring academics, in relation to the people we research and the discoveries we make or structures we disclose in relation to Sex, Gender and Sexualities? Are we obligated to actively seeking political involvement in relation to LGBT issues and Gender issues or should our academic work take a different, stand-alone role ?
Please, note that this is simply an internal and informal event to gauge interest in this area, at this point, but can be developed if a sufficient number of colleagues wish to do so.
If you are interested in coming along to this, please simply send me an e-mail, so I can book a table at the Marriot if necessary, but it is also ok to spontaneously come along !
Eric Christian G. Baumgartner is a Doctoral Researcher at Durham University (SASS)