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A full list of the events sponsored by the Institute in concert with the Department's research groups.

Feminist Activism 1968-2018, Spring Symposium, 1 May 2019, Sandyford Building, Rm 201, 1.30pm - 5.30pm

An afternoon symposium hosted by the Gendered Subjects Research Group. While some current women’s activism receives considerable attention (e.g. the 2018 centenary of suffrage for some women, #Timesup, and #MeToo) other forms are comparatively neglected (e.g. Black and Minority Ethnic women’s campaigns against oppressive migration policies). The history of women’s activism has also been overlooked or misrepresented by the media and academia. The symposium will examine how feminist activism has been represented and remembered, and how that activism continues to inform political movements in the 21st century.

The full programme is available here. All welcome, but please book a place here.


Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth-century: In Search of a Global Perspective, 16-17 April 2019

Organisers: Dr Jennifer Aston (Northumbria University) & Dr Catherine Bishop (Macquarie University). Participants include Prof. Mary Yeager (UCLA) & Prof. Beatrice Craig (Ottawa).

This two-day workshop will bring together scholars and doctoral students from Australasia, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America for a workshop that is the first of its kind to address nineteenth-century female entrepreneurship in a global context. This exciting and ambitious colloquium will enable scholars who are leading the way in business and gender history in specific geographic regions to share ideas and methodologies, draw on areas of commonality, identify areas of difference, and create a research network that will lift the historiography of female business ownership from fragmented individual studies to a cohesive international project. 

If you would like to attend, please email Dr Aston ( for further details.


Courtroom Narrative and Legal Meanings Through the Ages, 12 December 2018, 2pm, Lipman 332

An English Language & Linguistics / Power and Politics in Language and Literature Symposium. 

This half-day symposium, bringing together scholars from both Law and Linguistics, seeks to elucidate the nature of courtroom language as represented in proceedings from the 17th century through to the present day. A central concern for forensic linguists and researchers of public discourse, courtroom interactions such as those explored by our speakers have also proved to be an object of interest for legal scholars, literature scholars and historians alike. With reference to real-life cases the speakers will illustrate the varied ways in which language both embodies the institutional authority of the law, and maps neatly on to particular ideologies which permeate that institution and, as a result, our lives.

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The event is free to attend: Register Here 


Music and Social Movements, 30 November 2018

This half-day symposium, funded by the US Embassy in London, examines the relationship between social movements and popular music, probing the way in which the two intersect, influence, and support each other. It will include a series of academic papers and an interactive workshop at which delegates will be encouraged to think about ways of using popular music in their research and in the classroom.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Joseph O’Connell of Cardiff University on the significance of the 1985 Live Aid event. The symposium will conclude with an event at Newcastle City Library, where Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria) will be in discussion with Bob Stanley (St. Etienne; author of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop) about the practice of writing about music.

You may register for the event here.


Identities in Conflict, 31 October 2018

This half-day symposium is the inaugural event of the new Conflict and Society research group. This symposium will broadly examine the theme of 'identity'. We will be bringing together newer and established scholars to explore the various intersecting ways identities are shaped, created and ruptured by war and conflict.

The keynote address at this event will be delivered by Professor Wendy Webster, University of Huddersfield, whose recent book Mixing It (OUP, 2018) has been positively reviewed both inside and outside the academy.

The full programme for this event is available here.

Please sign-up on Eventbrite.

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