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"The challenge these days, is to be somewhere, to belong to some particular place, invest oneself in it, draw strength and courage from it, to dwell in a community"
In response to these wise words from bell hooks (philosopher, teacher, activist) we invite our Postgraduate Researcher community to come together in celebration of the potential that research holds to make a difference. Our MDX research community is united by a commitment to generate knowledge that contributes towards fairer, healthier, more prosperous, and sustainable societies. Radical creativity plays a significant role in achieving this goal. To that end, the theme of this year’s conference: ‘Radically Creative: Research towards an Equal, Ethical, Inclusive and Sustainable Future’ provides a rich ‘somewhere’ to collectively dwell upon the potential for research to be bold, creative and impactful.
We are very happy to officially open this year's preparations for the Summer Conference and welcome our colleagues and students to participate. The Conference this year is chaired by Prof Jayne Osgood and Dr Tuan Le (Programme), together with current postgraduate researchers Patrycja Brodka Pedro and Haider Alkhateeb.
We invite postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to submit abstracts which respond directly to the theme, and which set out how radical creativity informs your research. Postgraduate students at all stages of their doctoral journey are expected to submit an abstract.
The PRSC is an important event in the MDX calendar because it offers the chance to come together in celebration of the research undertaken by postgraduate researchers across the Faculties and within our Collaborative Partner Institutions. It is a vital opportunity to share ideas, create fruitful collaborations and crucially ‘dwell in a community’. The PRSC 2023 will take place on our London campus, and will include several high-profile Keynote speakers with close connections to Mdx, and whose words will set the tone of the conference. Those unable to attend in person can join virtually but we are very much anticipating an engaging, lively, and convivial in-person event.
The conference comprises of the following forms of participation:
- Individual Paper Presentation
- Self-organised Symposium
- Video screening with commentary
- Pre-recorded presentation for those unable to attend (approved by the supervisory team)
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone at the Conference!
You can find out more about training and participating in the Conference in the PRSC2023 Participants' Hub!
Joy began her leadership career over 30 years ago designing ground-breaking learning programs for marginalized communities. Then came senior leadership roles in education, local authority and civil society, including 22 years as brap’s CEO, one of the UK’s most progressive equality and human rights charities. brap seeks to rethink our approach to equality in order to make “real” change. Our efforts are designed to generate evidence, be more ambitious about our work and encourage innovation. brap’s impressive work portfolio covers research, evaluation, organizational and individual development, and community support. Joy’s insights into making equity a reality are sought after by organizations seeking real solutions to exclusion and inequity. 2019 saw Joy awarded an MBE and named one of 50 “Women to Watch” by Cranfield University. As a lifelong learner and recent graduate in process work – a psycho-social method to democratize spaces and address conflict, Joy brings her unerring curiosity and appetite for change and creativity to her work. Areas of specialty: inclusion, anti-racism, organizational change, leadership development, conflict management.
Heidi Safia Mirza is known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education and has an international reputation for championing equality and human rights for Black, Muslim, Asian women, and young people through educational reform. A daughter of the Windrush generation from Trinidad and schooled in Brixton, Heidi is one of the first and rare 35 ‘Phenomenal Women’ Black Women professors in Britain. She is author of several best-selling books including Black British Feminism and Young Female and Black, which was voted in the top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain. Professor Mirza is a leading voice in the global debate on decolonisation and co-edited the flagship book, ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy’. She currently leads the IFS Deaton Race and Ethnic Inequalities Review which includes the impact of COVID-19 on Black and minority ethnic communities.
We encourage participants to have a look at the FAQs sheet for the MDX Research Summer Festival. There you can find information about accommodation, parking and access requirements, and much more regarding the summer research events, to help you prepare.