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eSocSci ECPG Network: Becoming an Academic Writer
April 09, 2017 08:43 PM PDT
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Becoming a good academic writer doesn’t happen by accident. Academic writing is hard work, full of joy and loathing. Who are you as a writer? How do you cultivate yourself as a writer? Join the panel in addressing these questions – we will share secrets of how we trick ourselves into writing!

Panel members
Associate Professor Barbara Grant
Barbara is interested in what it means to be an academic writer and how to enjoy the writing life. Over the past 20 years, she has run writing retreats for academic women (and occasionally men) in Aotearoa and elsewhere; as a result of this work, she has written a guide to retreat facilitation. Until recently Barbara was the Executive Editor of the journal Higher Education Research & Development, which meant not only reading hundreds of manuscripts exhibiting the full range of writerly craft but also often mourning the lack of a good first sentence!

Associate Professor Clinton Golding
Clinton is a writer. He writes lots of articles and chapters and has just started a blog, but he also teaches about writing, reads about writing, writes about writing and thinks by writing.


Associate Professor Karen Nairn
Karen recently introduced a new postgrad. course Writing for publication in the Social Sciences to focus on the art of writing journal articles. Creating more sustained opportunities to engage in the craft of writing has been her mission after years of offering one-off workshops and one-hour fortnightly writing groups. She has published about demystifying academic writing and her writing group’s mutiny. Writing about writing really focuses the mind on the craft of writing!

eSocSci Mobilities Network Sven Kesselring Strategies of Modern Mobility Pioneers
December 14, 2016 07:03 PM PST
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The seminar presents empirical data from a research project on mobility pioneers. It shows different strategies of ‘mobility management’ and describes constellations of mobility and immobility, movement and motility (mobility potential). The author raises the question as to whether the reported subject-oriented strategies for coping with the modern ‘mobility imperative’ open up a perspective on a structural change in the modern concept of mobility and mobility practice. In concluding, it introduces a distinction between ‘transit spaces’ and ‘connectivity spaces’ as relevant issues for further research on new configurations of spatial, social and virtual mobility.

Sven Kesselring is research professor in Automotive Management: Sustainable Mobilities at Nuertingen-Geislingen University and is presenting virtually from Munich, Germany.

eSocSci Mobilities Network: Anita Perkins "Mobilities Travel Pioneers of the Sattelzeit (saddle period) of 1770 – 1830"
December 07, 2016 05:09 PM PST
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How does the experience of travel transform culture over time? This is the question at the heart of Dr. Perkins' book ‘Travel Texts and Moving Cultures: German Literature in the Context of the Mobilities Turn’, recently published by Peter Lang Oxford. This eSocSci presentation focuses on one aspect of this publication: the mobile experiences of travel writers in a period of a significant period of global social change: 1770 – 1830. Examples from the works of Friedrich Nicolai, Adelbert von Chamisso and Georg Forster reveal ways in which a culture founded on mobilities and a desire for travel emerged in this historical period.

Anita Perkins works at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and is presenting virtually from Wellington, NZ

eSocSci Mobilities Network: Christopher Howard "Being Where?"
December 01, 2016 06:46 PM PST
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This talk explores some of the meanings and implications of mobile technologies and 21st Century media. Drawing on research on ‘around the world travellers,’ it focuses on the role the internet and mobile technologies play in mediating embodied perceptions and performances of place. Based on a phenomenological understanding of place and the body, an analysis of how mobile technologies allow human beings to extend their corporeal presence across “planetary landscapes” is performed. Facilitated by contemporary media and mobility infrastructures, it suggests that digitally equipped travellers are relationally “inter-placed.” With this concept the talk aims to illustrate how virtual mobility overlaps with corporeal mobilities.

Christopher Howard lectures virtually in Chaminade University, USA, and is presenting virtually from Wellington, NZ.

eSocSci Social Movements Wendy Larner
November 30, 2016 06:37 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Wendy Larner at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Social Movements Sue Bradford
November 30, 2016 06:19 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Sue Bradford at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Social Movements Leonie Pihama
November 30, 2016 06:07 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Leonie Pihama at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Identities: Leon Salter Investing in objects of the holistic tradition: the political identifications of New Zealand education activists
September 26, 2016 03:47 PM PDT
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The writings of Ernesto Laclau represent a rich theory of political identification, with his central claim that our identities are always already dislocated, unfixed and unstable, because they must always refer to externalities. For Laclau there are no fixed, essential identities, but only processes of identification within discourse. This insight has radical implications for scholarly work interested in how social identities become political; or how and in what circumstances do people identifying primarily as teachers become involved in political activism?

The empirical material for this study is in-depth interviews with 21 education activists; all prominent critics of recent neoliberal reforms of the school sector (including bloggers, school principals and union employees). Analysis reveals that the activists draw on social democratic principles and New Zealand’s strong holistic teaching tradition as symbolic resources, in order to create an ethical gap between being (narrowing tendencies of instrumentalism) and the ought-to-be. The theory of Lacan and Foucault, both highly influential in Laclau’s work, is also drawn upon to offer added insights into the affective investments that create strong ethical stances, and the ethical importance for a researcher such as myself in bringing to light the perspectives of illegitimated knowledges.

eSocSci Identities - Esther Fitzpatrick Along a continuum of entanglement with the human and non-human – becoming Pakeha today
August 10, 2016 03:31 PM PDT
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This presentation explores Pākehā identity as a dynamic process of becoming along a continuum of entanglement with our diverse histories, touchstone stories, and relationship with Māori. Each Pākehā’s experience of becoming is therefore unique depending on their position on this imagined continuum of entanglement, at any one time. It is a future always entangled with our past, layered and enmeshed in a mutual becoming. Through exploration those silent stories become visible and the knots on the landscape of our becoming, those intra-actions between matter and meaning, between human and non-human, are threaded into place. A place where “every entwining is a knot, and the more that life-lines are entwined, the greater the density of the knot” (Ingold, 2009, p. 37).

eSocSci Mobilities Network - Tracey Skelton: Young Aucklanders’ and Singaporeans’ Narratives of Travel: Relationality and Identity Formation
February 01, 2016 06:07 PM PST
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This paper draws upon a comparative project conducted in the multi-cultural, cosmopolitan and highly mobile cities of Auckland and Singapore. All interviewees were aged 16 to 23 and had been born and brought up in either city. The paper considers the narratives of these young people about travel overseas and explores the role such mobilities play in relationality and identity formation.

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