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The ROLL CALL continued
Posted by stories of essex sociology in Uncategorized on April 29, 2014
More names to join the ever growing list: why not add yours?
Ajay KHANDELWAL (MA, PhD,1995) has worked in a number of health and social care roles over the last twenty years across voluntary and statutory sectors. Ajay joined NESTA in 2011.
Motohiro KAWASIMA (MA PhD 2004) Assistant Professor Education and Research Support Center, Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University 4-2 Aramaki-machi, Maebashi, Gunma, 371-8510, Japan
Richard KILMINSTER ( PhD ) lectured at Leeds University and became a specialist on the work of Norbert Elias
Dave KING (1977-1986 PhD) became a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool University
Travis KONG (1993-2000 MA, PhD) is Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University and currently editor of the journal Sexualities.
Pauline LANE (1986-89,BA; 91-95 PHD) is Reader in Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University & South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, but about to leave.
Di LEONARD was one of the first to teach a feminist agenda in the department in the early 1970’s. After several years at Essex University, she moved to the Institute of Education where she became a professor in the 1990s. She died in 2011.
Chin Ju-LIN ( 2003, PhD ) is currently Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of Gender Studies in Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Ruth LISTER (1964-7) became a poverty campaigner, a social policy Professor at Loughborough University and a Dame in the House of Lords ……
Jose LOPEZ (1994-2000, MA PhD, Fellow) became associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada
Terry LOVELL is now Emeritus Professor Sociology at the University of Warwick, where she taught courses in women’s studies and cultural studies
Trevor LUMIS ( 1981, PhD ) wrote many books based on “oral evidence’; he died in September 2013 ( see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/10365001/Trevor-Lummis.html
Dawn LYON (2004-7 Senior Research Officer) is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent
Dan MAHONEY (1998-2004) is an Associate Professor with the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and is also a family sociologist with an interest in the social, cultural and health-related aspects of interpersonal relationships. Dan teaches and conducts research in the areas of health, research methods, sexuality, and family studies. His methodological interests in family-based research include interpretive ethnography, self-reflexive storytelling, and thematic and narrative analysis.
Jane MARCEAU (lecturer 1967-70) Professor Jane Marceau was formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Western Sydney
John MARSHALL (1976-82) became editor of Gay Times for ten years. After this, he left academic and gay politics to become a librarian.
Gordon MARSHALL (1978- 1990) became Chief Executive of the ESRC, Vice Chancellor of Reading University(2003-11), Director of the Leverhulme Foundation and awarded FBA and CBE.
Susan MASON (1978-2001, MA, Ph ) is now retired and lives in Ipswich.
Hannah MASON-BISH ( 2009, PhD ) is Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Sussex
Ken MENZIES (1973, PhD) Professor of Sociology, University of Guelph, Canada.
Gareth MILLINGTON (2006, PhD ) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, London
Gad MIMRAN (2005-8, BA) runs an international volunteer placement organisation called Plan My Gap Year.
Siyndu MOHANATHAS (2009-12) a business support officer with NSPCC ChildLine
Go to the cumulative listing at: ROLL CALL
Interview with Peter Townsend
Posted by stories of essex sociology in Former staff, History, Uncategorized on October 28, 2013
We have put a short extract from a long interview with Peter Townsend on the stories page. Click here…Peter Townsend interview
Here is an even shorter extracts which speaks a little about the troubles of 1968…
The crisis can be seen in large and small terms. I think, in large terms, there was a sort of revolutionary potential about some of the attitudes and values which we’ve been speaking about, which are a threat to established elites and classes. It’s almost like saying we were moving too fast into what collective gains and action would mean, and what democratic values, when properly spelt out, would lead to in terms of the organisation of society, including universities. There was that revolutionary potential, there’s no good getting away from it. And yet there were smaller issues to do with individual human rights and justice, not smaller in some important particulars of course, but where you can actually obtain restitution and acknowledgement of a dignified position more easily than you can obtain structural change, which is what I was implying a moment ago. So 1968 was extraordinary, because although, looking back, I’m sure we were, British students were influenced by what was going on on the Continent, it seemed to be something just being taken up in different universities, and certainly students in different universities became very quickly aware of what was going on among them. It started with a protest about Porton Down, and students who attempted to prevent a particular lecture taking place, and the Vice-Chancellor feeling that an example ought to be set, and the student body believing that this was an issue of freedom to protest, and this was such a serious issue that it didn’t fit easily into the customary treatment of protests about other events. And one thing led to another. The students were sent down, sent away from the University. There were appeals, there were protests within the University which escalated to such a degree that a thousand and more people attended some of the assemblies. I mean, the entire University, including all its staff, attended a few of the meetings. And this was extraordinary by anyone’s standards, before or since in my career, because although it of course swallowed up time that might otherwise have been given to teaching and learning, and research, it was quite unprecedented to have one’s nose rubbed in the whole business of what kind of society were we living in and working in, and how should it be organised, and who should have a right to have a say, and be involved in a decision that was taken? And we went through one of these principles after another, and it was very exhilarating, one has to say, I have to say, because it was like going over all the taken-for-granted aspects of professional life, shaking them up, and inviting each of us to re-cast the result.
For more, click on Peter Townsend Interview
A new name for our site
Posted by stories of essex sociology in Uncategorized on April 8, 2013
We have been asked to change the name of our web site and so for future reference we are now called Stories of Essex Sociology
For the time being we are keeping the same URL, which is essexsociologyalumni.com – but this may eventually change too. We will notify.
We look forward soon to more of your stories….
Nirmal Puwar, Research Officer 1994-1997
Posted by stories of essex sociology in Uncategorized on February 4, 2013
I came to the Sociology Department at Essex in 1994, as a Research Officer on an ESRC project with Prof. John Scott, titled ‘New and Established Elites’.
Essex left an enduring and informative influence on my life. I was part of a very vibrant department of staff and students. Travis Kong, Lyndsey Moon, Ayesha Gill, Junko Sakia, Miriam Glucksman, Catherine Hall, Vicky Randall, John Scott, Ken Plummer, Ted Benton, Mike Roper, Sean Nixon & Ian Craib made it a lively, heterodox, supportive learning environment. I still remember the shared Sociology common room, coffee trolley and the intellectually charged jolly away weekends with staff and PG students in Great Yarmouth. The coming together of Judith Butler with Mary McIntosh was a moment full of suspense. So much so that I did not take off my red leather coat while I Chaired this event organised by the student led Gender and Ethnicity Group.
Today I am a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths and Director of the Methods Lab, co-founded with Les Back. To foreground this approach we have co-edited the book‘Live Methods’ (2012, Sociological Review monograph). Both Ken Plummer and John Scott have delivered the Annual Methods Lab Lecture here (see http://www.gold.ac.uk/methods-lab/
When I came to Essex it was to work on an ESRC project with Prof. John Scott, titled ‘New and Established Elites’. My fieldwork was conducted in Westminster and Whitehall, where I interviewed over a 100 MPs and senior civil servants. In my analysis, I widened the scope and pushed the boundaries of political sociology by bringing insights from gender studies, post-colonial theory and cultural geography. From this research I gained my PhD – examined by Prof. Miriam Glucksman & Prof. Anne Phillips; and published as the book Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place’ (2004). The Australian political philospher Moira Gatens endorsed the book by saying::
“Space Invaders is the book we’ve all been waiting for! Puwar masterfully shows how neither bodies nor the spaces they occupy can be neutral…Her insights are original, her analysis clear and forceful, and the overall result is surprising, convincing and breathtakingly illuminating. Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in power and politics.”
(For a fuller review by Gatens see Feminist Review :http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/journal/v87/n1/abs/9400370a.html)
Different sectors, ranging from science to art, politics and academia have made productive use of the processes highlighted in my book – using the concept ‘Space Invaders’ for understanding the co-existence of bodies in spaces which have not been historically or conceptually reserved for them. Perhaps the most well known contemporary globally known figure of the ‘space invader’, has been the arrival of Barack Hussein Obama in the White House in 2008.
As Director of the Methods Lab I have been working across disciplinary fields towards a creative public sociology that speaks to both academic and non-academic environments. Developing the notion of ‘curating sociology’ I have worked with different situations to expand understandings and practices of space invading. The co-edited book with Les Back on ‘Live Methods’ (2012, Sociological Review monograph) foregrounds this approach.
I have also led a number of creative projects activating a sociological imagination in the sense of C W Mills. The most high profile of these has been the AHRC funded Noise of the Past, which involved a public event curated in Coventry Cathedral http://www.gold.ac.uk/methods-lab/pastevents/noiseofthepast/ The attempt to re-route militaristic nationalistic notions of war and memory through the insertion of post-colonial bodies has been central to this project. Noise of the Past launched the award winning film Unravelling, directed by Kuldip Powar with a new score by Nitin Sawhney and, the music performance ‘Post-colonial War Requiem’ composed in spatial dialogue with the live architecture of Coventry Cathedral, a site of both the trauma and memory of war. The evening screening and performance was compered by the historian Carolyn Steedman and opened by the war correspondent Martin Bell. This public event was proceeded by a conference in the Guildhall, located next to the cathedral, with a key note by the oral historian Alessandro Portelli from Rome. We now hope to take the project to Dresden, the city that was blitzed to bits soon ater Coventry Cathedral. To read more, see the Special Issue of The Senses & Society (2011) edited with S. Sharma: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berg/tsas/2011/00000006/00000003
Other projects have included the installation at Goldsmiths of the photographic exhibition ‘Pierre Bourdieu in Algeria: testimonies of uprooted’, which ran alongside a series of seminars and produced the Special Issue on ‘Post-colonial Bourdieu’ for Sociological Review (2009, co-edited with Les Back & Azzedine Haddour). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sore.2009.57.issue-3/issuetoc
The theme of space, public sphere & cinema have been articulated around what I have termed as ‘Social Cinema Scenes’ – http://sac.sagepub.com/content/10/2/253.abstract . This arose after she worked on an exhibition with the Herbert Art Gallery and co-directed the film, with Kuldip Powar, Khabi Ritz, Khabie Palladium, see:
This was followed by two further short films, Coventry Ritz (funded by the BFI) and Cinema III, directed with S.Sharma (funded by the British Academy). http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/content/articles/2006/12/05/video_ritz_feature.shtml
She has also edited ‘Intimacy in Research’ in The History of the Human Sciences (2008) with M. Fraser; South Asian Women in the Diaspora (2003) with P.Raghuram; ‘Orientalism’ for Fashion Theory (2003, English & Brazilian Portuguese) with N. Bhatia; as well as ten issues of the international journal Feminist Review, including celebration Issue 100. She has published on the space of the ‘migrant’ as a figure of fantasy and attachment in the activist journals including Multitudes (2004, in French) and Derrive Approdi (2004, in Italian) http://multitudes.samizdat.net/Speaking-Positions-in-Global
John Podgorski, BA 2003
Posted by stories of essex sociology in Uncategorized on November 8, 2012
Since leaving Essex I gained a MSc in Passenger Transport Management via a joint CILT/Aston University (distance learning) programme in 2011.
I am currently employed as a training Manager cum bus driver at Hedingham Omnibuses – part of Go Ahead Group PLC. I am also a self-employed tutor in Business (to degree level), Sociology (to A level) and English (GCSE).
Outside work I am a committee member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) for the Eastern Region and Chair of South Essex sub-group. My other interests include photography, travel, history, theatre, model making, classic vehicles, transport studies, web/computing, personal development/CPD, gender identity, urban decay.
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