Lunchtime Talks Spring 2023 programme

(All talks on Wednesdays via Microsoft Teams)


26 April 2023, 2-3pm: Hazel Marsh, Associate Professor in Latin American Studies, PPL

The ethical challenges of working with conflict-displaced people in Colombia: reflections on an arts-based approach

In Colombia, five decades of violent conflict have displaced millions of people, many of whom now face severe risks from flooding, landslides and other environmental hazards in the places they have found to resettle. In our research, we used innovative arts-based methods to engage ‘at-risk’ communities, and policymakers, with disaster risk reduction. In this seminar I will explore the ethical challenges of working with conflict-displaced people, and reflect on how community-based creative arts methodologies can create spaces for people to tell their stories with dignity and agency.  


17 May 2023, 2-3pm: Kate Stewart, Associate Professor in Sociology, SWK

#MeatToo: The re-scripting of patriarchal power in the representation of veganism and gender in cookery books

There is a long history of feminist scholarship and activism linking patriarchal oppression and the use of nonhuman animals. This research analysed how the design and presentation of vegan cookery books reinforce and reproduce sexist imagery. Encouraging the uptake of vegan practices by rendering veganism appropriately masculine for the mainstream threatens veganism’s transformative capacity with regard to multiple intersecting oppressions. Critical Animal Studies scholars seek to reassess scholarship practices and methodologies, based on the premise that social transformation needs distinctive research methods (Griffin 2014). The use of creative, visual qualitative methods is a key strand of this and has been a key feature of much of my work in this area, and I will share some of the methodological issues that inform and are raised by this work.


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