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Latest news and events from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

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Professor discusses how we should understand mental health in inaugural lecture

Description
The College of Social Sciences were delighted to welcome over 60 guests to the inaugural lecture of Professor Jerry Tew, Professor of Mental Health and Social Work. Taking place on Wednesday 3 May, the talk discussed the current disease model used in mental health treatment, and a shift to a more context-based approach.
Date:
08 May 2017

Does the European ruling on religious clothing suggest a move towards a more Islamophobic stance?

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Dr Chris Allen discusses the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that two Muslim women, one in Belgium, the other in France, who were dismissed by their employers for wearing headscarves did not suffer direct discrimination.
Date:
26 April 2017

Is the EU's response to the refugee crisis fuelling marginalisation of migrants in Europe?

Description
On 29 March IRiS academic Dr Nando Sigona spoke about the plight of undocumented migrants in Europe at an event organised by Green MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Date:
10 April 2017

IRiS academic speaks about implications of labelling migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Description
In a workshop in Geneva about displacement and migration, Dr Nando Sigona offered some reflections on the implications of adopting different labels to describe the people crossing the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels.
Date:
10 April 2017

Fully funded PhD opportunity within Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)

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Applications are now open for a fully funded PhD in 'Sexual and gender based violence in the refugee crisis: understanding resilience in the refugee journey', supervised by Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.
Date:
05 April 2017

Birmingham welcomes world leading social work experts to further research in social interventions and social work practice

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Professor Paul Montgomery a world leading researcher in behavioural interventions and Professor Harry Ferguson a leading expert in social work practice are to join the University of Birmingham's Department of Social Policy and Social Work, which has a 100-year history of training social work professionals.
Date:
28 March 2017
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SPSW Events

Unpacking superdiversity: New directions in diversity research

Date
25 May 2017 (00:00)
Location:
Room 417 Muirhead Tower
Description
The purpose of this symposium is to provide the opportunity to develop experience presenting research and researchers from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and theoretical as well as empirical papers are welcomed.
Categories:
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences

Materialism without matter? Some thoughts on the notion of materiality in science and technology studies

Date
31 May 2017 (16:00-18:00)
Location:
Room 417 Muirhead Tower
Description
The aim of this talk is to present some shared notions of materiality and their ontological underpinnings in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and provide a materialist critique of contemporary research in this field.
Categories:
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
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