News and Events 2015/16

Call for Papers: Religion, Gender and Sexualities One-Day Conference

Friday 1st July 2016, 10.00-16.30

Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Guest speaker:
Dr Kristin Aune, Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University: “Feminist Spirituality as Lived Religion: How UK Feminists forge Religio-spiritual Lives”

To celebrate the formation of the Gender, Sexualities and the Body and the Religion, Ethnicity and Nationhood research streams within the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture at Aston University, we are hosting a joint inaugural event. Entitled ‘Religion, Gender and Sexualities’, this one-day conference will explore the intersection of religion, gender and sexualities within everyday contexts. Scholarship has started to unpack these multi-faceted relationships, but this is still an emerging research area which requires further study and exploration. We welcome abstracts which address any element of this relationship and could include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Sexual practices and negotiations within religious environments
  • LGBTQIA experiences and religion
  • Sexuality support networks within religious communities
  • Singleness; celibacy
  • Gendered power negotiations in intimate relationships
  • Marital experiences
  • Commitment ceremonies (e.g. civil partnerships, marriage)
  • Parenthood/non-parenthood
  • Virginity
  • Monogamy/Polygamy/Polyamory
  • Embodiment and religion
  • Gender, sexual and religious identities in different contexts (e.g. the workplace, leisure)
  • Religious ritual, gender and sexuality

There will be no charge for speakers to attend this one-day event. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. For delegates wishing to attend but not present, there will be a small charge for refreshments and lunch (£12).

Deadline for abstracts: May 27th 2016. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Sarah-Jane Page (s.page1@aston.ac.uk) and Dr Katy Pilcher (k.pilcher@aston.ac.uk).

Professional Development with Dr Anne Marie Trester

On 1 March 2016, Dr Anne Marie Trester will hold two interactive workshops:

  • Life After a Linguistics Degree: Career Paths and Professional Development (MB 549, 1-2pm)
  • The Language of LinkedIn: Interactional Sociolinguistics and Social Networking (MB 549, 3-4pm

See more here.

Linguistics Beyond Academia

On 3 March 2016, the founder of Career Linguist Dr Anne Marie Trester will speak at Aston University on the application of linguistic knowledge to professional contexts. Read more here. 

Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum

This event follows the first meeting of MYLMF at the University of Warwick in November 2015. The second meeting at Aston will bring together regional policy-makers, employers and representatives of organisations that work with and for young people and who are concerned about their transitions from education to employment.

Rethinking migration for a good society

Dr Katherine Tonkiss was invited to write a report for Compass, a left-leaning national think tank, on migration rights and social justice. Read it here.

‘Crevices Exposed: Blind Spots in Galician Textuality’

Dr Olga Castro has guest-edited the special issue ‘Crevices Exposed: Blind Spots in Galician Textuality’, together with Dr Maria Linheira, for the journal ‘Abriu: Estudos de textualidade de Galicia, Brasil e Portugal.’ Find it here.

Join the conversation - Syrian refugees

Dr Katherine Tonkiss, Dr Amanda Beattie and Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik will be hosting an event on the refugee crisis on 21 October. The discussion will ask whether or not the UK should be accepting more refugees from war-torn Syria. Further details can be found here.

French in Multilingual Urban Centres Conference at Aston University (Friday 12th – 13th June)

Emmanuelle Labeau is organising a two-day conference which will conclude a pilot study, French as Spoken in Brussels, funded by the British Academy. Click here to read more.

Professor Judith Baxter is giving a presentation entitled: ‘The Language of Women Leaders’ on Monday 16th March for the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Women in Business Conference. Click here to read more.

Erika Darics and Stephen Pihlaja are organising a networking event for PhD Students and early career researchers. Click here to read more.

Dr Katy Pilcher and Dr Olga Castro are welcoming all to join them for an informal discussion around the topic of: ‘Feminism in the Media and Media Sexism’. Click here to read more.

 The joint CCISC/ACE series of events in collaboration with the European Commission launches this week with ‘HEAR ME OUT’ an open-door event for young people. Click here to read more.

Professor Judith Baxter, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Aston University, has joined forces with the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) to launch the online series entitled ‘Using Language Effectively’. Click here to read more.

This event is being run by CCISC in partnership with the European Commission. The aim of the project is to engage young people from the Birmingham community using performances and open discussions to look at issues which affect them, primarily focusing on the impact of the European Union on their life chances. Click here to read more.

The global human capital research and advisory firm Cape Group are currently gathering input from leading practitioners and academics on cutting edge thinking and best practice in creating a more inclusive working environment for all employees. Click here to read more.

This seminar led by Dr. Urszula Clark, draws upon recent, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research into the relationship between English and social, regional and national identities. Click here to read more.

This expert workshop marks the offical launch of the British Academy Project 'French as spoken in Brussels', led by Dr Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston) in collaboration with Dr Anne Dister (unversite St Louis, Brussels), and Prof. Florence Lefeubvre (Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle). Click here to read more.

Launch of major EU Research Project investigating Social Innovation and Young People

CCISC, the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture, invites you to the launch of CITISPYCE by Professor  Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor, Aston University, a  major EU research project into the changing terrain of social inequalities, and the existence of social innovation among young people in cities across Europe. Click here to read more.

Your Europe? Your Future?

CCISC, in partnership with the European Commission, launched the first in a series of 5 events entitled ‘Your Europe? Your Future?’ The event focused on unemployment in the EU and the prospects for new graduates in the labour market. Click here to read more.

How do local people feel about their neighbourhood, the city and changes faced by Birmingham? What do people think about poverty in the city and are we missing key issues by using mainstream definitions of deprivation? Click here to read more.

Regional varieties have become an important contributor to identity construction processes, and an increasingly important issue for the individual and the community in late Modernity: the individual is under constant and increasing pressure to define who s/he is and has to choose from an ever growing pool of possibilities to construct social identity in an increasingly globalized world, which is perceived as incomprehensibly complex. Click here to read more.

Why women's jokes fall flat in the boardroom

Professor Judith Baxter's research featured in the Guardian. Click here to read more.

By'eck, accents are thriving: Regional dialects are getting stronger as people aim to retain a sense of identity

Aston research featured in the Daily Mail. Click here to read more.