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Public Lecture Series 2022/23

Our CASS public lecture series is open to the public to engage and attract external practitioners and academics. 


In 2022/23, the following Public Lectures were held:

An intersectional analysis into gender and age in relation to choice and support by Sarah Connelly

24 May, 1:30-3:00pm, Sir Tom Cowie Campus (Room 009, Prospects) and online.

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This paper will explore how public perceptions and responses to private matters regarding gender and age can impact policy and support. Research shows that there is a complicated and entangled relationship between gender and age. This working paper will use an intersectional analysis to examine how this relationship between gender and age can become even further compounded when aiming to achieve legitimacy and authenticity, in relation to identity.

From public appeals due to the misreading’s of the Equality Act 2010 to claims around “harmful” support for young people, the existence of transgender and non-binary support has become a public interest once again as support agencies are questioning their legitimacy. Various narratives exist within this space but still the question of when a person can choose ‘authentically’ to decide to transition in socio-legal and medical spaces remains unanswered. This research sets out to examine the right to choose, and when this right can be exercised in relation to young people and the intersections between medical/political choices and gender identity. This paper will provide the foreground of this research as the literature and early research design will be presented.

The Normalisation of Online Hate: Trolling, Diet Culture and Filtered Lifestyles by Lauren Doyle

26 April, 2:00-3:30pm, Sir Tom Cowie Campus (Room 007, Prospects) and online.

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The academic study of the vulnerability posed by the digital world remains an evolving interdisciplinary discussion. Social media plays a significant role in the growing incorporation of the digital world in day-to-day living; even more so following the Covid-19 pandemic. Although social media provided a forum for enhanced connectivity in the isolating period of a global lockdown, it has been recognised as a potentially harmful and vulnerable space for its users (see Lavis & Winter, 2020; Bailey et al., 2022; Price et al., 2022). This lecture aims to explore the potential 'harms' posed on social media platforms through a zemiological lens by drawing upon the early findings of the presenter's doctoral research. The findings of this study will be framed through the lens of participant's lived experience of the 'normalisation of online hate' in the form of trolling, weight stigma and the [lack of] regulation of expressions of hate online. This will be thematically positioned into the context of diet culture and filtered lifestyles.

Exploring the experiences of Thai Women following migratory marriage to England by Dr Angela Wilcock

29 March, 1:30-3:00pm, Sir Tom Cowie Campus (Room 414, Reg Vardy Building) and online.

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This paper draws on empirical research examining the narrative accounts of Thai women now living in England following migratory marriage. The focus on Thai women as ‘mail-order brides’ (Esara, 2009; Sims, 2008; So, 2006) has given incentive for the United Kingdom (UK) to become a favourable destination for Thai women pursued by western men. Regardless of this, there is little focus on the integration and experiences of Thai women within families and their communities (see Charsley, et al, 2011; Chuenglertsiri, 2020; Sico, 2013; Statham, 2019). This qualitative study, using semi-structured interviews, explores the narratives of seven Thai women following marriage migration to England. The findings identify that the women have little or no support, narrating a deep dependency on the husband emotionally and financially, resulting in isolation given impetus through language and cultural barriers. The women have been, and are vulnerable to domestic abuse, with some reflecting on heinous sexual violence. Coercive and controlling behaviour is also evident in ensuring the women conform to their gendered positioning in the home. Unfortunately, through marriage migration the women are dispersed around the country, and I suggest this has resulted in a hidden population within society making the women a hard-to-reach sample.