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The Value of Social Equality: Insights from Normative & Empirical Research

Sponsored by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s, as well as the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. Convened by Fabian Schuppert (QUB), Emily McTernan (UCL), Christian Schemmel (Manchester) and Martin O'Neill (York). Speakers: Richard Wilkinson (York) Heather Bullock (UC Santa Cruz) Emily McTernan (UCL) Jo Wolff (UCL) John Baker (UCD) Christopher Whelan (QUB) Ivo Wallimann-Helmer (Zurich). Growing inequality threatens social cohesion, increases social risks, and undermines people's self-respect. While it is clear that we live in deeply inegalitarian societies, there exists wide disagreement over how best to understand the ideal of equality, and over which norms and policies should be pursued in efforts to improve the status quo. One promising answer, distinct from more familiar 'distributive' views, is the idea of relational or social egalitarianism, which postulates that all citizens should relate to one another as equals. But what exactly does this idea entail, and how can it inform public policy and practical politics? In this second workshop, we will investigate the value of social equality by looking at both normative and empirical findings concerning its importance, with a particular focus on social stigma, gender, class relations and epidemiology.

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DRC Training Event

'Introduction to Systematic review' Facilitator: Dr Laura Dunne

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CoE Seminar by Professor Andy Jones

CoE Seminar by Professor Andy Jones (University of East Anglia) "Where do we go now? Understanding the meaning of neighbourhood as a determinant of diet and physical activity behaviours"

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Thinking Based Learning

Workshop 1, Monday 19 January 2015, (requires no previous TBL experience) Workshop 2, Tuesday 20 January 2015, (requires some previous TBL experience) Robert Swartz is a leading international educator on thinking-based learning and has worked with teachers and schools around the world. He is an emeritus faculty member of the University of Massachusetts and Director of the National Centre for Teaching Thinking (NCTT). He has published numerous books and articles on this subject. Carol McGuinness is Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and has previously worked with Northern Ireland teachers, developing thinking lessons through infusion (the ACTS project), and has advised CCEA on thinking aspects of the Northern Ireland curriculum. For more information go to: http://go.qub.ac.uk/thinking

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Inaugural Lecture, Prof. J Bengoechea

Messieurs, c'est les microbes!

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France, Vichy and Me

Memories of the Second World War remain vivid in France, mainly because the full extent of the French State (Vichy)’s collaboration with Nazi Germany only came to light in the 1970s, triggering numerous heated debates. A whole generation of scholars experienced this major historiographical/memorial turn when they were young researchers and many of them chose to dedicate their careers to French perspectives on and representations of WWII. The aim of this workshop is to explore the impact of this major historiographical and cultural change on the intellectual trajectories and career pathways of leading scholars in the field, across academic disciplines such as history, literature, languages, film and cultural studies, and across five countries. Speakers, who will reflect individually and collectively on their research trajectories, include: Margaret Atack Marc Dambre Laurent Douzou Hilary Footitt Robert Gildea Richard Golsan Bertram Gordon Chris Lloyd Colin Nettelbeck Denis Peschanski Renée Poznanski Henry Rousso Susan Rubin Suleiman Peter Tame Annette Wieviorka This workshop will challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries and, in order to foster dialogue across generations of researchers, a number of travel bursaries will be offered to ECRs and PG students. Retired staff can also apply.

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Blood in the Soil: 'Approaches to Identity, Belonging, Attachment and Emotions in Family Farming'

Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Fellow Dr Linda Price will begin her series of 'Blood in the Soil' Roundtable discussions on the Institute theme of 'Creativity in Imagined Worlds' with 'Approaches to Identity, Belonging, Attachment and Emotions in Family Farming'. Further speakers on the day include Dr Jude McCann; Dr Mark Riley; Dr Brian McGrath; Dr Anne Cassidy; Professor Owain Jones; Professor Sally Shorthall. Enquiries should be directed by email to Linda Price.

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Growing Up in 'Post-Conflict' Northern Ireland

The purpose of the seminar is to: Introduce you to the work of the Special Interest Group on Children, Political Conflict and Conflict Transformation; Showcase some of the research being carried out by academics at Queen’s with young people growing up in ‘post conflict’ Northern Ireland; and Explore ways of further developing links between Queen’s and the voluntary and community sector and policymakers concerned with exploring issues of relevance to children and young people. The seminar is open to academics, groups and policymakers working with children and young people. To register, please contact Dr Milena Komarova by email at m.komarova@qub.ac.uk by 12th January 2015. As places are limited early booking is advised.

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DRC Training Event

'Writing an Introduction to your dissertation' Facilitator: Prof Ruth Leitch

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The Plantation of Ulster: Deonstructing the Myths

The course will use the up-to-date assessment of the Plantation by Jonathan Bardon and the reports of recent archaeological digs to demonstrate how this momentous event is understood by professional historians. The course will also explore how and why this differs so radically from the popular myths used to shore up current day political positions.

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Career and Life Planning, Group 2

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’. Eleanor Roosevelt. This one-day workshop explores how we can get more joy and fulfilment from our professional and personal lives. If your goal is to achieve a better work/life balance and to take practical steps to help you think better, feel better, work better and live better- then this workshop is for you.

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 2

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 2

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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DRC Training Event

'Making your survey work: Using factor analysis and other tests of reliability and validity'. Facilitators Dr Karen Orr & Dr Stephanie Burns

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Inheritance Tax: A Guide to Preserving Family Wealth on Death, Group 2

How keen are you to adopt the Chancellor as another child? Have you considered how much of your hard earned wealth might pass in surplus tax to the Government rather than your family when you die? The recent resurgence in asset prices alongside the Government’s decision to freeze the amount exempt from Inheritance Tax could easily leave your loved ones paying thousands of pounds in Inheritance Tax. This half day Saturday workshop is an introduction to the basic principles of inheritance tax. It will be of interest to all those who wish to plan carefully to protect their family wealth.

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