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    April

    Concert - Allegri Quartet

    Tuesday 17th April 2018, 6.15pm, Concert Room

    The Allegri Quartet return to Middlesex to perform Edvard Grieg’s Quartet No. 1 in G minor, and Karol Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 1 in C major (an experiment in polytonality from 1917). Also featured is a student composition selected from a workshop with the quartet earlier in the year, and a new work commissioned from Andy Kyte by the quartet’s cellist Vanessa Lucas-Smith.

    The School of Law welcomes you to attend Professor Sarah Bradshaw's Professional Inaugural Lecture

    Tuesday 17 April 2018 at Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT.
    Free booking link: https://sarahbradshawgender.eventbrite.co.uk (please rsvp for catering purposes)

    18:00 Lecture followed by Q&A in The Boardroom C219-20, 2nd Floor, College Building
    19:00 Buffet at The Claddagh Ring, Downstairs (Left side) https://www.claddagh-ring.co.uk/

    Abstract

    It’s Gender Jim, but not as we know it… Questioning how gender is included in the development agenda
    In the 1970s a movement began that challenged women’s exclusion from the policies and programmes seeking to develop the so called ‘Third World’. By the turn of the Millennium the World Bank was ‘engendering’ development while ‘gender equality and women’s empowerment’ was one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. In 2015 gender moved further up the policy agenda being mainstreamed across the new Sustainable Development Goals and in international policy frameworks on disasters and climate change. Gender had arrived!
    Or had it? Many feminist academics and activists, myself included, questioned the how and why of women’s inclusion, suggesting that inclusion could be as problematic as exclusion. One problem is that what is understood as gender by those that inform and make policy is very different from how gender academics and activists understand and ‘do’ gender.
    Reflecting on 25 years of research, work with women’s groups and movements, and participation in international policy design processes, I question how much we actually know about gendered inequalities and how far existing gender frames can advance our understanding, and consider what changes are needed if we are to move from merely recognising gender inequality, to actively promoting gender equality.  

    Biography
    A feminist and a scholar-practitioner, Sarah is a Professor in Gender and Sustainable Development. She first joined Middlesex University in 1994 as a lecturer in Development Studies and teaches development and policy issues, as well as research methods, across all three years of the undergraduate politics programmes and at the postgraduate level.  In 1998 she took what was to be a two year career break to work with women’s groups and movements in Nicaragua, work that continues twenty years later. The work led to new areas of interest, such as ‘edutainment’, and living in Nicaragua during Hurricane Mitch, led to a focus on disasters. In 2013 she published the first book that considers the nexus of Gender, Development and Disasters. She combines research with practice, having lobbied around World Bank policies, advocated for the inclusion of gendered rights in UN processes, and engaged in inter-governmental negotiations around international policy frameworks.

    Please contact c.rose@mdx.ac.uk with any queries.

    The Department of Criminology and Sociology within The School of Law at Middlesex University London welcomes you to a Book Launch:  War, Denial and Nation-Building in Sri-Lanka by Dr Rachel Seoighe

    Date: Friday 20 April 2018

    Venue: The College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT.

    Free ticket link: https://rachelseoighesrilanka.eventbrite.co.uk (please register for catering purposes)

    Agenda
    17:30 Tea and registration on 2nd Floor Mezzanine, College Building, 2nd Floor
    18:00 Panel discussion in the Board Room C219-20, College Building, 2nd Floor
    19:00-20:00 Light buffet on 2nd Floor Mezzanine, College Building, 2nd Floor

    Speaker Sinthujan Varatharajah will introduce the book.  Sinthujan is a political geographer and essayist based in Berlin, whose research and writing focuses on displacements and spatial relations to power. Sinthujan is an Open City Fellow of the Open Society foundation.

    Biography

    Dr Rachel Seoighe is a criminologist and socio-legal scholar whose work investigates human rights abuses, power and nationalistic performativity, contemporary detention estates, state terror and resistance, and state-corporate collusion. She has worked extensively on Sri Lanka's violent repression of the Tamil minority, working within State Crime frameworks. Her current research includes a project on the closure of Holloway Prison and its impact on incarcerated women (with Dr Carly Guest) and a project on the involvement of the Public Relations industry in denying mass atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka (with Dr Thomas McManus). Rachel also writes about postcolonialism and Irish language and culture, the culture of denial within the UK asylum system, with a focus on Tamil asylum applications, and the problematic provision of interpretation services in the criminal court system.
    Book link: http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319563237

    Book information: This book begins from the final, brutal months of the Sri Lankan civil war, explaining how nationalisms shaped discourse and conflict memory through this period of immense violence and into its aftermath. Seoighe offers an analysis of Sri Lanka's 'national story' and its strategic construction by the state. This book examines the political discourse of the former Rajapaksa government, highlighting how fluency in international discourses of counter-terrorism, humanitarianism and the ‘reconciliation’ expected of states transitioning from conflict can be used to conceal and deny state violence.

    Drawing on extensive interviews, Seoighe demonstrates how the Rajapaksa government re-narrativised violence through orchestrated techniques of denial and mass ritual discourse. It drew on and perpetuated a heightened majoritarian Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism which consolidated power under Sinhalese political elites, generated minority grievances and, in turn, sustained the repression and dispossession of the Tamil community of the Northeast. A detailed and evocative study, this book will be of special interest to scholars of conflict studies, political violence and critical criminology.


    Please contact c.rose@mdx.ac.uk with any queries.

    UPtimism - a global appeal to revolutionise our thinking through our everyday use of language

    A booklet about the event can be found by clicking here.

    Tuesday 24th April 2018, all day

    Let me know if you are interested in attending a staff development event about an approach called Uptomism. The idea behind Uptomism is that our outlook on life and relationships are hugely shaped by language choices and that by being aware of these we can improve things for ourselves and for others. In particular, language can be imbued with words and phrases that uphold ‘power over’ rather than ‘power with’ structures. See attached leaflet for more info. This will suit anyone who would like to communicate with more motivation with themselves (internally) and with others.

    The session will be run by personal and professional development coach/mentor Rivca Rubin (http://www.rivcarubin.com/ ). Rivca is an excellent facilitator who comes highly recommended.

    The event will be for most of the day on Tuesday 24th April.  Please reply to this email asap if you would like to come. Places are limited.

    Marketing and Strategy Seminar Series, Department of Marketing, Branding and Tourism

    Tuesday 24 April 2018, 12:30 - 2:30 (with lunch), venue C135 (College Building, the Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BQ)

    The Department of Marketing, Branding and Tourism (MBT) cordially invites you to this seminar to be delivered by Dr Eleftherios Alamanos of Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK.

    Dr Eleftherios Alamanos
    Title: Internet of Things: A Users’ Perspective


    Abstract:
    Research on Internet of Things (IoT) has been growing over the past few years. However, there is scarcity of studies focusing on the users’ perspectives in the current literature. As users’ acceptance, attitude, and use behaviours have an essential role in the implementation of novel technological concepts, our research proposes to investigate IoT services and its applications, focusing on users’ emotional responses. Two models are proposed incorporating the transition from the use of internet to the use of IoT services as well as the affective effect that the use of services has on consumers. Following an in-depth review of relevant technology acceptance literature, we summarise factors that potentially influence users’ attitudes and develop our research model based on the extended TAM / Diffusion of Innovation models.
    Short Bio: Dr Eleftherios Alamanos
    Dr Eleftherios Alamanos holds a PhD in Consumer Behaviour from Newcastle University. His work focuses on interventions in consumer behaviour. He has published papers focusing on the factors that facilitate individuals’ engagement in value co-creation activities and the effect that this has on the hedonic and utilitarian value derived from these activities and their contribution to the perceived well-being of the individual. He is currently working on projects examining the role of technology on customer journeys and in consumers’ day to day activities.

    To book contact Cherrelle Pitter (C.Pitter@mdx.ac.uk) Department and Programme Administrators, Department of Marketing, Branding and Tourism.

    Teacher Responses to Anxiety in Children - Rebecca Lerman, Middlesex University

    Thursday 26th April, 15:30 - 17:00

    “How organisations really work and how to succeed inside these complex systems”

    Event Summary: Dr Marc Kahn will explain the hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) realities of organisational life by explaining the underlying mechanisms that actually drive organisational systems. He will also share how to effectively operate as an individual inside these often confusing and sometimes difficult environments.

    Date and Time: 27th of April from 10-12pm.

    Location: CG76

    Bio:
    Dr Marc Kahn is the Global Head of Human Resources & Organisation Development for Investec Plc, a FTSE 250 financial services company with offices in 42 locations and over 10000 employees. He is a Chartered Business Coach, clinical psychologist and the author of "Coaching on the Axis: Working with Complexity in Business and Executive Coaching" (2014) London: Karnac.

    We are inviting Marc to speak about life in organisations so that young people are better prepared for interviews and for getting on inside the organisation once they are there. Marc holds a senior position in an international investment bank and has kindly offered to do this for our students. We are delighted to accept his offer.

    May

    Erasmus funding opportunity - full advert here.

    Deadline: 1st May 2018

    Application form here

    THE CALL

    FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS FROM FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES
    FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19

    The University of Kragujevak ac awards one scholarship totaling 1000 euros per month , for postdoctoral specialization for a minimum period of one month to maximum  3 months , during  the academic year 2018 /19, for postdoctoral candidates from foreign universities that would implement their specialization at one of the faculties of the University of Kragujevac.
    The scholarship is awarded to the candidate who meets  the  requirements  of  the  competition, who is employed in the foreign university and has a doctorate in one of the fields implemented at the University of Kragujevac as follows:


    A.natural sciences
    B.medical sciences
    C.technical and technological sciences
    D.social sciences and humanities
    E.art


    The right to apply has a doctor of science (PhD) who is:

    -employed at the foreign university;
    -engaged in the research project (university, national, international) ;
    -not older than 40 years.

    The applicant shall submit the following documents:
    l. Filled out Application, signed by the applicant and notarized/stamped at the registered organization;
    2.Proof of employment at the foreign university, i.e. academic title ;
    3.Proof of defended doctoral dissertation (copy of a diploma or certificate);
    4.The decision issued by the competent authority of the university, where the applicant is employed, for one's specialization, approval  of  absence  from  work  and  the  rationale  of the significance of  the  applicant' s  specialization  for  further  scientific  research  work  of the applicant and university;
    5.Biography;
    6.Bibliography;
    7.Proof that the applicant has assured a position for a specialization at one of the faculties or  scientific  research  organizations  within  the  University  of  Kragujevac  (Invitation  letter);
    8.Work plan and postdoctoral specialization proposition at one of the faculties of the University of Kragujevac during the scholarship period (prepared and signed by the applicant and the dean of the faculty of the University of  Kragujevac ,  i.e. mentor  from the scientific research organization, where the specialization would be implemented) ;

    Required documents should be sent by post mail to the University of Kragujevac:

    University of Kragujevac- Rectorate street Jovana Cvijica bb (no number) 34000 Kragujevac
    Republic of Serbia
    with a note: The Call for scholarships for postdoctoral researchers

    The deadline for submitting applications for postdoctoral scholarships is May 1, 2018.

    Incomplete and untimely submitted applications will not be considered.

    For further information and questions yo u can contact a professional  services offices of the University of Kragujevac by phone: +38134370270 , contact person: Olivera Mijatovic

    'Truth-seeking: Do public inquiries meet international human rights standards?' - Bethany Shiner

    This year the School of Law will continue to host its lunchtime seminar series, based around an international human rights theme. They will be held at Church Farm, which houses three School of Law centres: the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) and Sisters for Change (SfC).

    Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 13:00 - 14:00, Church Farm

    Please book via this link: https://truthseeking.eventbrite.co.uk

    PhD Seminar in the Law School

    This is a reminder that the next PhD seminar of the School of Law will take place on Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May in room C219-20.

    The format will be similar to previous seminars: a mixture of student and staff presentations and guest speakers, including:  
    *Andrew Drzemczewski, former senior offiial within the Council of Europe and Visiting Professor at Middlesex;
    *Amal de Chickera, co-director of the Institute for Statelessness and Inclusion and Visiting Fellow at Middlesex.
    *Louise Baddeley, Deputy Head of Student Support and Wellbeng on the services offered and how to access them
    *A session on "writing your thesis as a book" with Professor Bill Schabas  
    Please do let me know if you have suggestions for other sessions (for example, practical sessions to develop particular skills).

    If you would like to make a presentation, please send an abstract (a title and two or three paragraphs) by Friday 13 April to a.donald@mdx.ac.uk. Presentations should be a maximum of 10-15 minutes long, leaving time for questions - the more concise, the better.

    The content of the presentation can vary and it certainly need not cover your entire thesis; you may wish, for example, to discuss an aspect of your work - substantive or methodological - on which you would like to get feedback. Equally, you do not have to present on your thesis at all, but on a topical issue that interests you or that is congruent with your research. Feel free to ask your supervisors or me for advice if needed.

    If you know that you would like to present, it would help if you could email me as soon as possible to indicate that, even if your abstract will follow later. This is to avoid a situation where (as happened in November) I received several abstracts on or close to the deadline, not all of which could be accommodated. If there is no space on our agenda for all the presentations offered, priority will be given to students who wished to present in November but were unable to (whom I have emailed separately) and students who have not presented before.

    Irrespective of whether or not you will present, if you are intending to come, please register here https://mdxlawphd.eventbrite.co.uk This is to help us plan for catering.

    I look forward to seeing you there, and in the meantime to receiving your abstracts and any suggestions you may have for other speakers or practical sessions. Alice Donald

    Sufficient Gravity before the International Criminal Court, University of Westminster, 11 May 2018, featuring Prof Schabas

    Please find the flyer here

    More details can be found at https://www.westminster.ac.uk/events/sufficient-gravity-before-the-international-criminal-court-conference

    Girls Interrupted: Young Women growing up in Post-Katrina New Orleans

    Wednesday 16th May 2018, 12-1.30pm, V101 Vine Building

    Developing Critical Learners: Peer Assessment and Feedback Workshop series

    Thursday 17th May, 12:00-14:00, Register

    Clare O’Donoghue (Senior Lecturer, English for Speakers of Other Languages) and John Parkinson (Senior Academic Developer, CAPE) would like to invite to you to a series of workshops discussing Peer Assessment and Feedback.

    Assessment is ultimately about making judgements. It is however a challenge for students to take their own work and make judgements about it. Peers come extremely useful in helping students develop their ability to judge.
    Middlesex University Strategy places strong emphasis on the need to equip our students for success by developing critical thinking skills and the ability to provide, receive and act on feedback, which is required for both academic success and future employment.
    Central to this is the recognition of the rich potential to engage our students as part of a learning community supported by all, students and staff.
    This workshop focusses on how to implement peer assessment and feedback activities in order to enhance critical thinking skills, assessment literacy and employability skills of all students.

    Learning Outcomes:
    On completion of this workshop participants will:
    * Be aware of the benefits of peer assessment and feedback
    * Have explored a range of peer assessment strategies
    * Have considered the implications of adopting peer assessment within their own teaching practice.
    * Have discussed a case study to appreciate views of students and staff peer
    assessment


    Relevant UKPSF Indicators:
    A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, V2, V4

    'Young adult offenders, sentencing and life course transitions' - Jenni Ward

    This year the School of Law will continue to host its lunchtime seminar series, based around an international human rights theme. They will be held at Church Farm, which houses three School of Law centres: the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) and Sisters for Change (SfC).

    20th May 2018, 13:00 - 14:00, Church Farm

    Please book via this link: https://youngadultoffenders.eventbrite.co.uk

    June

    Refugees reception in Italy: past and present of a humanitarian crisis - Alessio D'Angelo

    Monday 18th June 2018, 2-3.30, V103 Vine Building

    'Twenty Years of PIDA: What should the next decade bring?'

    22nd June 2018, Room C219-20, The Boardroom, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

    On 22nd June 2018 the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University is holding a one day conference at the Hendon campus to mark the 20th anniversary of The Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1998 getting on the statute book.

    Thanks to sponsorship from Allen & Overy, the event is free to attend. However, numbers are limited and places should be booked early via Eventbrite. https://pidaconference.eventbrite.co.uk

    PROGRAMME
    9.30AM -10AM   REGISTRATION
    10AM -10-30AM  KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  [COURT OF APPEAL JUDGE – TO BE CONFIRMED]
    10-30– 11-15: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PIDA. [ FRANCESCA WEST, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PUBLIC CONCERN AT WORK].

    11-15-11-30AM:  BREAK

    11-30AM -12-15PM:  THE CASE FOR REFORMING PIDA.  [ JACK MITCHELL, BARRISTER ]
    12-15PM -1PM:  A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF        WHISTLEBLOWING LEGISLATION [JANE ELLIS, DIRECTOR, GOODCORPORATION.]
    1PM -2PM:  BUFFET LUNCH
    2PM- 2-45PM:  REWARDS OR EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION: WHAT CAN THE UK LEARN FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN EXPERIENCE? [ANNA MYERS, DIRECTOR, WHISTLEBLOWING INTERNATIONAL NETWORK]
    2-45-3-30PM:   WHAT LESSONS COULD BE LEARNED FROM RESEARCH ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT OF WHISTLEBLOWING? [PROFESSOR AJ BROWN, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY].
    3-30PM -3-45PM:   BREAK
    3-45PM -4-30PM: PANEL DISCUSSION: LAUREN KIERANS [IRISH BARRISTER]; SISSEL TRYGSTAD [FAFO,OSLO]; WIM VANDEKERCKHOVE [UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH]; EWEN MACASKILL [THE GUARDIAN].

    Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) Annual Conference 2018 - Social Work and Problem Substance use: Going in the right direction?

    Tuesday 26th June 2018: 9am - 4.15pm, C219, the Boardroom, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

    The role of social work in responding to problem substance use is the main theme of the conference. Against the background of current changes to social work structures and approaches, the conference will help participants to take stock of our engagement as a profession so far and to think about preparing for future challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to update on some current research findings and to reflect on how they might build on these to develop good practice with service users and carers who are experiencing alcohol and drug related problems. In particular, the conference will focus on key areas where needs may be less well understood and catered for; for instance, with contributions from carers, Black and Minority Ethnic groups, LGBT populations. It will provide an opportunity to learn more about screening and assessment tools and procedures and to hear about the results of cutting edge research. The conference will consist of plenary sessions and six workshops for participants to choose from, which will be led by practitioners, service users and researchers. The full programme will be made available nearer time.

    Confirmed speakers include:
    * Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work and Director, Social Care Workforce Development Unit, King’s College London.
    * Alex Baldacchino, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions, University of St Andrews.
    * Louise O’Connor, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London.
    * Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Professor of Social Care, Middlesex University

    All are welcome and the conference will be free to attend but booking is required. Please book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-work-and-problem-substance-use-going-in-the-right-direction-tickets-43978800777 Any questions please contact: Rachel Herring r.herring@mdx.ac.uk or Trish Hafford-Letchfield p.haffordletchfield@mdx.ac.uk
    The conference is supported by Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/idep20

    (Dis)Entangled mobilities – IMISCOE PhD Summer School 2018

    The IMISCOE PhD Summer School 2018 will be jointly organised by Middlesex and UB/UAB in Barcelona from 26 June to 30 June 2018 preceding the main IMISCOE conference (2-4 July 2018).
    IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the area of migration and integration, and Middlesex University is part of it.

    The Summer School will include lectures on topics related to the theme, ethics and methodologies, presentations by PhD students and feedback from fellow participants and lecturing staff, social media session, visit to an NGO and half day field trip in Barcelona. I
    Presentations should engage with any aspect of the theme of “(Dis)Entangled mobilities”.  Applications to participate in the PhD Summer School in Barcelona should include a 500 word abstract of their proposed presentation, a 200 word summary of what the programme would contribute to their doctoral studies, a one page cv and a letter of support from their supervisor.  These should be submitted to  imiscoephdjune2018@gmail.com by 5 February 2018. Those selected will be notified by mid February 2018.

    A number of fee waivers will be offered for the registration fee of €500 which covers the teaching, teaching materials, lunches and refreshments during the day.  Please indicate if you wish to apply for the waiver. For more information please visit here.

    For information about the Researcher Development Programme, Writing Retreats and Research Retreats, please see our training page.

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