We’re All Going To MMU…

A couple of summers ago a colleague mentioned that she’d been to the Summer Institute in Qualitative Research at MMU and had found it hugely stimulating. I remember at the time regretting that I had not been sharper in making time to go. So when a couple of colleagues mentioned that they’d signed up this … Continue reading We’re All Going To MMU…


Second reading group in Brighton and Hyderabad

Brilliant summary of what was an engaging and insightful discussion. It was so interesting to see how people from many disciplines, researching a variety of topics, were all able to draw on and relate this article to their own experiences, academic, personal and professional. I know many of us involved in the discussion wish it could have gone on for longer!

Connectors Study

IMG_4992 Graffiti art, East London

A few weeks ago we ran our second reading groups at Sussex University in Brighton and at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) in Hyderabad. Both groups read Judith Butler’s piece on Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance. Below Vinnarasan and I have written up a short summary and impressions from the two discussions.


Personally I’ve always struggled with Butler’s writing so when my colleague Barry Luckock sent me this paper back in November I didn’t know what to expect. I started tentatively skimming it on my phone and very quickly found myself completely absorbed, and quite relieved to be able to ‘understand’. My second reading of the paper in preparation for the reading group was equally rewarding and I now find myself in possession of a colourful PDF document highlighted at every turn.

I’m also left with the somewhat daunting task of trying…

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Notes on teaching the Brilliant

By Ruth Ponsford Ruth is a Research Fellow at the School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM and is a guest lecturer on the MACYS course. She completed her PhD at the Open University under the supervision of Rachel Thomson and Mary Jane Kehily Having fairly recently completed my PhD and looking for opportunities to … Continue reading Notes on teaching the Brilliant


A jouney to a PhD Studentship

By Sarah Goldsmith I started the MACYS course in September, after many years working as a playworker in after school clubs and holiday clubs as well as delivering playwork training. The MACYS course enabled me to think differently about various aspects of childhood across a range of disciplines, which has in turn allowed me look … Continue reading A jouney to a PhD Studentship


Winter Graduation

Wonderful to be at Winter Graduation today and to congratulate 2 MACYS students (Jessica and Arlie) receiving their Masters degrees, two MSc Social Research Methods students (Elsie and Louise) and 3 PhD students (Rebecca, Claire and Denise) all linked to CIRCY. Many others couldn’t be there in person because of work or because they are … Continue reading Winter Graduation