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A Safe Space – Reflections on PGForum Autumn Event 2019

A Safe Space - Reflections on BSA PGForum Event "Making Space in Academia", 8 November 2019 I’d heard the phrase “safe space” before in the context of academia and in all honesty I greeted it disparagingly. As a former secondary school teacher, the concept of a “safe space” evoked memories of liaising with social workers… Continue reading A Safe Space – Reflections on PGForum Autumn Event 2019

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Making social justice advocates of straight white college men, Jörg Vianden

The 21st century in the United States continues to be marked by persistent disparities between members of different classes, races, genders, and sexual orientations. Influencers of this society seem bent on polarizing citizens along their diverse identities, often blaming those already disadvantaged for the nation’s apparent plights. Elite white men still benefit from a political,… Continue reading Making social justice advocates of straight white college men, Jörg Vianden

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Advice for anyone starting a PhD

Last month we reached out on academic Twitter looking for advice for first year PhD students. We had lots of comments with some wonderful advice that we’ve put together into one constructive, positive blog post. Here are our top picks: EXERCISE. Lots of people stressed the importance of doing exercise and making sure you take… Continue reading Advice for anyone starting a PhD

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Situated writing as theory and method – or why don’t you write a novella instead of an article? Dr Mona Livholts

Dr Mona Livholts writes about writing and her new book: Situated Writing as Theory and Method. The Untimely Academic Novella. When I finished writing my dissertation, it had three different endings. One was written in the form that academic readers would expect, based on how dissertations in social work and the social sciences are usually… Continue reading Situated writing as theory and method – or why don’t you write a novella instead of an article? Dr Mona Livholts