Weekly Favourites: Our Top SAS Events 15 – 21 March 2021

Why does it feel like yesterday that our semester started? Well, this might blow your mind but the end of the semester is but a week away! Last week, we held our inaugural International Women’s Day Symposium, we wrote about Mental Health and revealed our theme for our A-Z April ChallengeEven though this might feel like the last hurdle in a long marathon before you can recuperate, there is still some time to squeeze some precious nuggets of knowledge! 

There are, of course, more events taking place within SAS, so we highly advise you to visit SAS’ Events Page to get more of an idea of the extensive events that are available. 

If you’d like to review one of the events, you can! Click here for more information. 

Asking for the Moon: An investigation of memory and hope in activist movements  – IHR
Monday 15th March 2021, 17.30 – 19.00, Book Here

Is there anything better than starting your week with a talk that is part of  the Socialist History Series, facilitated by IHR? Join Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh in a fascinating discussion on “Memories of Activism: Make History of Their Struggle Part of the Struggle itself” where Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh will examine “how collective memory and experiential learning shapes and generates visions of the future or what the state of desired change could or might look like and how memories of past struggles shape learning and identity.” For our sociologists in training, historians, and everyone else interested in cultural memory, this session is not to be missed. 

Writing the Main Body of Your Work
– SAS Central
Tuesday 16th March 2021, 11.00 – 12.00, Book Here

Are you worried about the main body of your work and you just want it to be as perfect as it can be? Then, this session is for you! The seminar will explore how you can build up an effective argument within the main body of your work, both in terms of overall structure and within individual paragraph. The session will focus on essays and shorter pieces of writing. Students are invited to send the workshop leader a short paragraph from the main body of their work (c. 150-200 words) which they are happy for others to read and discuss as a group. Remember to send your paragraph to elizabeth.dearnley@sas.ac.uk before March 15th. 

Languages and Environments Reading Group – IMLR
Tuesday 16th March 2021, 14.30 – 15.30, Book Here

An interdisciplinary event for those interesting in ecocriticism and eco-critical concerns and how those concerns can be translated across different languages. “Participants will be invited to reflect on tensions between — on the one hand — needing a lingua franca for such research and — on the other hand — valuing non-Anglophone terms, discourses, and cultures in ways that move beyond dominant linguistic hierarchies and colonising forces. Matters for discussion will include: what would help to foreground the value of working across languages in the context of environmental concerns? What landmark environmental studies have occurred in languages other than English? What are some particularly inspiring collaborations about environmental matters involving multiple languages and disciplines? What could a multilingual and multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues achieve?”

Open University Contemporary Cultures of Writing Seminar – IES
Tuesday 16th March 2021, 18.00 – 19.00, Book Here

This event we think is not only appealing to those that are interested in contemporary writing in an academic, critical capacity but to those that also are interested in practising creative writing. The Open University Contemporary Cultures of Writing seminar “investigates how writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction work with the words of others.” Join Claire Hynes (University of East Anglia) who will speak about her engagement with oral histories for her writing project, Room, which includes research into her Antiguan family past and Erica Masserano (University of East London) who will talk about her work with CityLife, a public engagement project in which writers process the life stories of London elders into creative non-fiction. 

Applying for Academic Jobs – SAS Central
Thursday 18th March 2021, 14.00 – 15.30, Book Here

If we have realised something during our time here at SASiety is that a lot of us dream of being part of an academic, intellectual environment long-term, beyond our PhDs. We wrote an article about courses on FutureLearn catered to Early Career Researchers, but we also thought that hearing about the ways in which you can apply for academic jobs straight from an academic  would be helpful. Joseph Ford (Institute of Modern Languages Research, SAS) will discuss about the different forms a job letter might take, depending on the role you are applying for. As part of this session, participants will work toward producing key sections of the job letter, including a digestible and effective statement about your research, thesis, or future book project. 

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