Location

Hallam Hall
54 Howard St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LX

Date

22 Feb 2023

Time

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Working Beyond Disciplines 2023: MA Social Research Students

The Working Beyond Disciplines training day introduces students to the ‘grand challenges’ within the thematic fields of their Interdisciplinary Training Pathway, and highlights the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to research. It prepares students for the cutting edge debates they will encounter at doctoral level.

It is compulsory for all ESRC funded MA students registered in September/October 2022, to attend this training day. It is also compulsory for non-ESRC funded MA students registered on the common framework WRDTP MA Social Research programme. You will be informed if you are required to attend.

Training format/ Schedule

10:00 – 10.30 – Arrival and coffee

10.30 – 10.40 – Welcome and introduction to the day

10.40 – 12.00 – Question time panel session

In the morning students will be able to watch and interact with an expert panel, speaking on ‘The War in Ukraine.’ The panel will aim to discuss this theme in relation to Social Science research.

12.00 – 1.00 – lunch

1.00 – 2.00 – Pathway-specific session 1

When you register your attendance at this event you will be asked to choose an interdisciplinary Pathway which most closely relates to your research. Each Pathway will be offering a slightly different programme for the afternoon and you may be asked to do some preparatory reading. Pathway schedules will be added below closer to the date of the training and any documents or articles will be forwarded to you in time to prepare for the session.

2.00 – 2.15 – Coffee break

2.15 – 15.15 – Pathway-specific session 2

When you register your attendance at this event you will be asked to choose an interdisciplinary Pathway which most closely relates to your research. Each Pathway will be offering a slightly different programme for the afternoon and you may be asked to do some preparatory reading. Pathway schedules will be added below closer to the date of the training and any documents or articles will be forwarded to you in time to prepare for the session.

15.15 – 15.30 – Concluding remarks

We are going to have a guest speaker: Preeti Raghunath, delivering a talk on the use of ethnographic and archival work in the context of global issues, with a focus on data and AI (‘Studying Global Inequities in AI and Data: A Multidisciplinary Perspective’). The presentation will be followed by Q&A (15 mins) and then by an interactive task based on the topic of her presentation.

Students will work in pairs or small groups to design an interdisciplinary research activity investigating how the war in Ukraine is affecting education, children and young people. Maximum diversity of methods, disciplines and empirical focus is encouraged, drawing on students’ own areas of expertise. For example, students might plan an activity investigating direct effects of the war on Ukrainian children or education, or the experiences of children elsewhere (e.g. in communities where refugees have been resettled). But equally students might wish to explore more indirect effects, such as media representations of the war’s impact on children, and wider implications for social constructions of childhood in the context of geopolitical instability.

In the afternoon session the wellbeing health and community team will work with you to explore the impact of the war on the health and wellbeing of individuals and their communities within Ukraine and how research could address some of the health challenges Ukrainian people face

Please note that this training forms part of a compulsory Working Beyond Disciplines module within the MA Social Sciences Research degree. If you are required to attend this module in order to complete your degree, but are unable to do so due to COVID-19 related circumstances or separate issues please contact your institution’s MA module lead.

This training session will be delivered face-to-face at Sheffield Hallam University. 

PLEASE NOTE: The morning panel session will be recorded and will be available on the VIRE in an edited format for those students who cannot attend. If you wish to join this session but do not wish for your contributions to be included in the edited VIRE resource, please ensure that you select NO when prompted in the online booking form regarding recording.