Heriot Watt University

Workshop Programme

International Doctoral Programme "Transformations in European Societies"

Edinburgh Workshop

28/10-2/11/2013

Draft Programme v.2

28-29 October: Research Laboratory (Seminar Room, Esmee Fairbairn building)

Andreas Hackl, Seraina Müller, Miriam Gutekunst, Angela Firmhofer and Daniel Kunzelmann will work on the content of the web-blog, prepare for the student-led sessions and most likely also have the web designer with them to finalize the first sample of the actual website.

30 October (ca. 09:00-12:00): Edinburgh on the trail of Patrick Geddes (to be confirmed)

Given the time of year and unpredictability of the Scottish weather at the best of times, an excursion with in-door opportunities seems appropriate. Geddes was a significant figure in Edinburgh (and Scottish) cultural development, not least in the field of town and country planning, work, and social transformation. Exploring places he was associated with offers insights not only into the city and country we are visiting, but also into the themes of the doctoral programme.

30 October (15:15-ca.17:45): Staff-led Session (MB G.20, Mary Burton building)

Work across Europe I

Workshop with students and staff who explore work in different settings and contexts throughout Europe. Work is understood broadly and includes also family-work issues, migration, etc. We will discuss different approaches and probable future collaboration and eventual publishing. The workshop is organized by staff from Copenhagen and Murcia, who also present parts of their own research: Klaus Schriewer, Thomas Højrup, Jeppe Høst, Niels Jul Nielsen.

See also http://lifemodes.ku.dk/results/europeatwork/

This session will also have input from colleagues at Heriot-Watt.

30 October (18:30-19:30): Public Lecture (LT2, Main Concourse)

Katharina Eisch-Angus (Graz): "One Hell of a Big Story": Everyday Narration  in the Society of Security

 

31 October (09:00-16:30): Presentations of Papers (Scottish Storytelling Centre)

Students have 15-20 minutes to present their project, followed by 10-15 minutes for individual feedback. Bearing in mind that staff should have read each proposal already, students should concentrate on highlighting key points, to leave maximum time for feedback. In the interest of equity, please keep allocated time.

Session 1: 09:00-10:45

  1. Aldina Camenish & Seraina Müller (Basel): Swiss Emigrants (09:15)
  2. Emma Hill (Heriot-Watt): 'Can the Immigrant Speak? Locating the migrant voice in Glasgow City' (09:45)
  3. Lydia Maria Arantes (Graz): Beyond Symbolic Meanings of Knitting and Knitted Things (10:15)

TEA/COFFEE BREAK

Session 2: 11:00-12:30

  1. Christina Besmer (Basel): Spatial Constructions and urban Sociality in Polymedia (11:00)
  2. Michelle Piccirillo (Munich): In Love with the Other. Xenophile Actors Blurring Cultural Boundaries (11:30)
  3. Salvador Cayuela Sánchez (Murcia): Survival Strategies and Self-Employed Life Mode in Murcian Agriculture (12:00)

LUNCH

Session 3: 14:00-16:00

  1. Vitalija Stepušaitytė (Heriot-Watt): The Experience of Home: Lithuanian Migration to Scotland from the 1990s (14:00)
  2. Rasmus Blædel (Copenhagen): Agriculture's Future (14:30)
  3. Avital Binah-Pollak (Tel-Aviv): Cross-border Marriages between Mainland China and Hong Kong (15:00)
  4. Johanna Stadlbauer (Graz): Research Up, Gender and Migration: Expatriate Spouses as Ambivalent Agents (15:30)

short break

Session 4: 16:15-17:00

General discussion

 

31 October (17:30 onwards): Communal Dinner (Fisher's in the City)

 

1 November (09:00-12:30): Student-led Sessions (Esmee Fairbairn building)

From 8:30 - Poster Set-Up, Esmee Fairbairn building

Session 1: Presentation of Blog project and discussion (09:00-10:00)

In this session we present our Blog concept to the doctoral students and professors: the key idea, who we are, our motivation and our aim.

The discussion about the necessity of going public as anthropologists will be raised: After explaining the main idea we give first examples of content and a sample of our website. At the end we have to explain our next steps, preliminary dates and how doctoral students and professors can be involved in this project.

Session 2: Writing Workshop: Bridging academic aims with journalistic style (10:15-12:30)

This session is a writing and engaged anthropology workshop. We do not only discuss the question about how we can write for a wider audience without betraying anthropological aims, but we will try to do so rather innovatively:

In the first hour we present general basic tools in writing and social media and discuss samples of content written by the core team. Together we should develop guidelines, criteria and tools for writing on our future blog. (Possibly a break ca. 11:15-11:30)

In the second hour every doctoral student has the possibility to discuss his/her own text/mutlimedia content - which we will ask students to send in before the Edinburgh meeting. Feedback and discussion of articles would be done in rotating pairs. Meaning that everyone gets one or more "editing" buddies, who should give feedback on the article and suggest changes. This way both the writing process and the editing process will be "felt" and experienced by all, which should motivate all to contribute to our project.

LUNCH

1 November (14:00-17:00): Presentation of Posters (Esmee Fairbairn building)

Following a pattern similar to the Murcia workshop last March, posters will be discussed in five small groups that rotate every 30 minutes, so each student receives three rounds of feedback.

  1. Angela Firmhofer (Munich): Cultures of sustainability in Munich, Barcelona and Copenhagen
  2. Miriam Gutekunst (Munich): The role of “relationship” and “marriage” in the context of the European Border Regime
  3. Michel Massmünster (Basel): The Co-Production of Night, City, and People in Basel
  4. Stephanie Tomschitz (Graz): Boredom: Clusters of Meaning
  5. Patricia Jäggi (Basel): Field Recordings and Noises in the Swiss Radio Production of the 50s and 60s
  6. Andreas Hackl (Tel Aviv): Minority citizens coping with multiple crises and the struggles of the everyday in urban space
  7. Natalia Gutkowski (Tel Aviv): Sustainable and Multifunctional Agriculture Implications for the Arab Palestinian Citizens of Israel

 

1 November (17:30-19:30): Board Meeting (Esmee Fairbairn building)

 

2 November (09:00-12:00): Staff-led Sessions (venue tba)

Work across Europe II – 09:00-12:00

Workshop with students and staff who explore work in different settings and contexts throughout Europe. Work is understood broadly and includes also family-work issues, migration, etc. We will discuss different approaches and probable future collaboration and eventual publishing. The workshop is organized by staff from Copenhagen and Murcia, who also present parts of their own research: Klaus Schriewer, Thomas Højrup, Jeppe Høst, Niels Jul Nielsen.

See also http://lifemodes.ku.dk/results/europeatwork/

Final Round-Table - 12:00-12:45

 

2 November (afternoon/evening): sightseeing/fieldwork etc.

 

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