Department of Social Sciences

  • Culture, Identities and Divisions

    This is an interdisciplinary group which focuses on the empirical and theoretical investigations into multiple facets of cultures, identities and divisions. The interests of the group span personal, collective, national/global identity formations and interrogates the dynamics of power, spatiality, temporality, inclusion, exclusion, agency and ethics. The discursive and material constitution of ‘the social’ inform our conceptual debates alongside a focus on feminist, post-colonial and post-structural theory. With this in mind, the group aims to initiate, support and review individual and collaborative research that investigates aspects of the above themes.


    Core aims

    The group encourages research across disciplines and research methods and hosts the following activities: 

    • presenting and reviewing work-in-progress by group members or guests
    • commenting on grant applications
    • sharing research expertise and practical support
    • hosting reading groups
    • generating external grant applications
    • generating internal funding bids to hold events and/or workshops
    • fostering co-operation with external partners

    Schedule of events

    2018-19 Semester 2

    • Week 2: Professor Gary Browning (Politics): Flight from the Enchanter- Post- war Migration Revisited, (Monday 4 February, 12-1pm)
    • Week 4: Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology), Stealing Time in the Insha'Allah Economy: Islamic Masculinity, Sport and Young Livelihoods at the Gambia Young Men’s Christian Association, Tuesday 19 February, 1-2 pm  G537 [new title]
    • Week 5: Dr Esteban Devis-Amaya The Lebanese Diaspora in Colombia, Monday 12-1pm G501
    • Week 7. Dr Victoria Brown (Politics)  The political philosophy of pregnancy and miscarriage, Tuesday 12 March, 12-1pm, G534
    • Week 10: Dr Andrea Bardin Automation and government from Hobbes to Cybernetics, Tuesday 1-2pm G537
    • Week 11: Professor Lydia Martens Childhood and Markets: Infants, Parents and the Business of Child Caring. (Wednesday 12-1pm) G228

    2018-19 Semester 1

    • Paper presentation: Dan Bulley: Grenfell/International: Everyday life (and death) in the global city (G506 – Wednesday 12-1pm)
    • Week 7: Professor Eric Anderson Inclusive masculinities. The Changing nature of masculinities in the 21st Century, Monday 5 November. 
    • Week 5: Tom Chambers: Lean on Me: Documents, Policy Change & the Performance of Sifarish in a North Indian City
    • Taila Picchi (PhD Candidate, visiting scholar)  Ontology, Technology and Society in Marcuse and Simondon, Weds 28 November.

    2017-18 - Semester 2

    • 26 January - 'Identities in Scotland' panel
      Alexandra Macht 'We versus I? Collective and individual identity-formations in Scottish and Romanian involved fathers’ narratives.'
      Stuart Whigham: ' "Sport, identity and politics in post-'indyref' Scotland: a contested terrain"
    • 13 February - Paper presentation
      Irmak Karademir Hazir: 'Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change: A Comparative Study of Six European Countries, 1960-2010'
    • 21 March - Joint Seminar Panel on 'Labour Migration Brokerage in Asia'
      Tom Chambers (Brookes): ‘Continuity in Mind: Imagination and Migration in India & the Gulf’
      Dr Nicolas Lainez (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris): ‘Social structure, relationships and reproduction in quasi-family networks: brokering circular migration of Vietnamese sex workers to Singapore’
    • 19 June - Paper presentation
      Ingrid Medby: 'At the Confluence of Oceanic Currents and Current Affairs: An Arctic Identity for Iceland'

    2017-18 Semester 1

    • 22 September - 'Getting to know each others' research'.
      An opportunity to find out more about what fellow group members are working on. We will each talk for about 5 minutes on our research and the issues/concepts we are currently grappling with. 
    • 13 December - Paper presentation
      Tamsin Barber - 'Moving beyond or extending the victim label? Debates on 'illegality' and undocumented Vietnamese migrants in the UK' 

    Core members

    • Tamsin Barber (Convenor)
    • Tina Managhan
    • Rico Isaacs
    • Irmak Karademir Hazir
    • Tina Miller
    • Abbey Halcli
    • Lucy Ford
    • Barrie Axford
    • Gary Browning
    • Doerthe Rosenow
    • Jon Wheatley
    • Lyudmila Nurse
    • Dan Bulley
    • Chris Hesketh
    • Alexandra Macht
    • Ingrid A Medby
    • Jeremy MacClancy
    • Andrea Bardin
    • Tom Chambers
    • Stuart Wigham

  • Contact GPES

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