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eSocSci ECPG Network The Importance of Public Scholarship
June 19, 2017 04:37 PM PDT
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A panel of public scholars will discuss the importance, perils and possibilities of getting scholarship out beyond the ivory towers.

Ocean Mercier, Victoria University
Ocean is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui (School of Māori Studies), where she teaches courses on Māori science, Indigenous knowledge and cultural mapping. In the Te Whata Kura Ahupūngao project she worked to produce multimedia NCEA physics resources in te reo Māori. She and numerous Māori studies students produced the online Te Kawa a Māui Atlas. She is the presenter of Māori Television’s Project Mātauranga. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps.

Tom Baker, University of Auckland
Tom Baker is a lecturer in human geography at the University of Auckland. He researches the circulation and implementation of social policies, focusing on policies that address marginalised populations. He is a committee member of the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Forum.

Shaun Hendy, Te Pūnaha Matatini, University of Auckland
Shaun Hendy is Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland. In 2012, Shaun was awarded the Callaghan Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize for his work as a science communicator. In 2013 he co-authored Get Off the Grass with the late Sir Paul Callaghan, and his new book, Silencing Science, was released in May 2016.

Lisa Te Morenga, University of Otago
Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Ngāti Whatua, Te Rārawa, Ngā Puhi) is a nutritional scientist in the Department of Human Nutrition and a principal investigator with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research. Her research includes developing better methods for assessing sugar intakes and participatory research with Māori communities to find more effective approaches for achieving long-term good health and reducing health inequities. Lisa has provided recommendations to the World Health Organization, is an associate investigator with the Riddet Institute and the Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Centres of Research Excellence.

eSocSci ECPG Network:Which Journal and Why?
May 28, 2017 10:13 PM PDT
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A panel of experienced editors will discuss the nitty gritty of getting published. We will address ‘which journal and why’ and ‘what makes an editor recommend acceptance’?

Chair: Karen Nairn
Panelists: Alex Gunn, Janine Hayward, Etienne Nel

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.

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