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|Researching Class in Wales - Day Conference|
Please check out our latest programme of events for the Class in Wales Event by going to: http://blogs.cf.ac.uk/classinwales/resource/ClassinWalesProg.doc
The event is due to take place on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University. We are very pleased to have Professor Valerie Walkerdine (Cardiff School of Social Sciences) as a confirmed keynote speaker. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is no fee for registration (although the number of participants is limited).
This aim of the ‘Researching Class in Wales’ Day Conference is to bring together and showcase the work of early career researchers in Wales whose research has been influenced by, or engages critically with ‘new’ cultural analyses of class. The conference aims to highlight the work of early career researchers (including PhD students) in Wales in taking up the call to push the boundaries of class in new and exciting (theoretical, methodological and substantive) directions. It also aims to exchange dialogue on the distinctive perspectives on contemporary class(ed) cultures that arise from studying Welsh contexts. If ‘new’ cultural analyses give us fresh perspectives on class, can perspectives from Wales likewise feed back distinctive insights into debates around historical and contemporary class(ed) cultures in Britain? We are keen to attract papers from early career researchers (including PhD students) from the humanities and social science disciplines. If you are interested in attending or giving a paper at this event please contact Dr Carrie Coltart and Dr Jody Mellor (co-organisers) at: email@example.com
Qualitative research on class has undergone resurgence in Britain in last 15 years in the wake of high-profile and groundbreaking publications by academics such as Beverly Skeggs, Valerie Walkerdine, Diane Reay, Stephen Ball, Mike Savage and many others. United against arguments which herald the ‘death of class’, these thinkers have revitalised debates around contemporary class(ed) cultures by tapping into a rich range of theoretical and methodological perspectives (e.g. Bourdieusian, feminist, poststructuralist, narrative and psychosocial perspectives), and by linking issues of class to a broad base of topics (e.g. gender, ethnicity, education, sexuality, media, social policy). The return to class in qualitative analyses is bringing about renewed interest in releasing the potential of classic studies and texts written within a variety of linked academic traditions ( e.g. Paul Willis’ ‘Learning to Labour’, Carolyn Steedman’s ‘Landscape for a Good Woman’ and Sennett and Cobb’s ‘Hidden Injuries of Class’) . Enthusiasm among researchers about the potential of ‘rethinking’ class in Britain can be can be seen in numerous publications (including a Sociology Special Issue on ‘Class, Culture and Identity’), seminars and conferences (such as the ESRC ‘Working Class Lives: Sociologies and Geographies’ programme and the ‘Our Working Class Lives’ series), and research programmes (such as the ESRC Identities and Social Action programme). The combined force of this research activity is arguably helping to reinstate class as a key concept and topic of inquiry in the social sciences and humanities.
We will be using this blog to post information and updates about 'Researching Class in Wales: An Interdisciplinary Day Conference for Early Career Researchers' to be held at Cardiff University in February 2011. The conference is supported by Cardiff University (Research and) Graduate Schools Interdisciplinary Activities Fund. We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in getting involved in this event, Carrie Coltart and Jody Mellor.
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