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Living Multiculture Project - Key Findings

22 October 2014 (10.30 - 17.00)

Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP

The Living Multiculture project (ESRC ES/J007676/1) comes to the end of its funded life on 31st October 2014.

To mark this phase of the project finishing and its next phase of dissemination and public engagement beginning, the research team would like to take this opportunity to present some of the work of the project and share its key findings.

We have organised this event in ways that connect the Living Multiculture project with the wider sociology, geography and policy communities.

Keynote speakers are:

*Omar Khan (Runnymede Trust)

*Anoop Nayak (University of Newcastle)

*Ben Rogaly (University of Sussex)

*Amanda Wise (Macquarie University)

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CCIG Forum 34 - Methods on the line

23 October 2014 (10:30 - 16:30)

The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (Christodoulou Meeting Room 11)

This CCIG forum aims at exploring how transdisciplinarity works at the level of methods.

The boundaries between the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences are being reconfigured in multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinarity activities. At the same time, the boundaries between institutions of knowledge production (like universities) and their wider social environments (including private enterprise, state systems and NGOs) are being reconfigured in practices associated with public engagement and socio-economic impact. As this happens, so the concept of transdisciplinarity emerges as a key political, economic, social and scientific preoccupation (see Barry and Born, 2013, Pohl & Hirsch Hadorn, 2007).

Disciplines are cultural formations that function as agencies for the production, dissemination and application of specialist knowledge. They supply those who are trained in them with disciplined practices, socially recognized forms of authority (capable, for example, of annexing resources), distinct forms of professional identity, and so forth (Stenner, 2014). Disciplinarity frees up resources for specialization, but it has long been recognized that specialization comes at the price of institutionalized limitations with respect to authorized questions, methods and other practices. Interdisciplinarity and the family of terms closely associated with it are part of a theoretical and practical desire and effort to move beyond the limitations of disciplines, and this effort can be marked by the word transdisciplinarity. CCIG, for example, encourages transdisciplinarity to the extent that its members strive to integrate a concern with governance, regulation and politics with a concern with identity, subjectivity and experience.

Since discussion of transdisciplinarity often takes a rather abstract and idealized form, this forum focuses on techniques and explores transdisciplinarity at the level of methods: how is transdisciplinarity done?

Confirmed Speakers:

Celia Lury (University of Warwick) -- The problem spaces of transdisciplinarity: questions of collaboration and critique

Johanna Motzkau (OU) -- Transdisciplinary matters: Reflections on researching practice as process

Martin Reynolds (OU) -- (Critical) systems thinking as praxis for transdisciplinarity

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Social Innovation and Public Engagement Workshop

24 October 2014 (9.45am-4pm)

The Open University Business School, Michael Young Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

In the aftermath of the global crisis, a number of profound challenges to sustaining socio-economic well-being have arisen. In the face of these challenges, international policy makers are now explicitly promoting the idea of equity as a means of sustainable economic growth. A crucial feature of this approach is how the combination of social innovation and digital technologies within different institutional settings can increase social inclusion and sustainable growth.

This workshop addresses these issues and encompasses a range of interests and expertise outside of and within the Open University. It provides the opportunity for all interested colleagues to engage with each other in order to establish collaboration and create networks to take this theme forward. One of the objectives of the workshop is to identify potential joint research projects and bids.

This workshop is co-organised by the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) / Centre for Innovation Knowledge and Development (IKD).

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Higher Education in the Global South

12 November 2014 (10:30 - 12:30)

CMR 01, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The OpenSpace Research Centre is delighted to welcome Dr Ashley Gunter, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of South Africa. Ashley's presentation will focus on "Higher Education in the Global South: Internationalisation, localisation and the edu-scape of HE in South Africa".

The last decade has seen a burgeoning literature on international study. Academic mobility of student and staff, transnational education and the formation of international higher education networks have all received considerable attention.

However, most of these studies have focused on Europe, Australia and North America and more recently on Asia. South-South academic mobility has received much less attention. Dr Ashley Gunter addresses this gap by looking at Higher Education in the context of transnational education programmes in South Africa. Particularly, how this educational context, with its historical links to apartheid and the limited penetration of global satellite campuses, has an impact on the culture and dynamics of the internationalisation of HE.

South Africa is the most important destination country for international student migrants within the region. It is also an important regional hub for transnational education and for distance teaching. This is important in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, as the region has one of the highest mobility ratios of students in the world, with 4.9% of students moving to study abroad, while the world average is 2%. While transnational education still seems to be dominated by universities from the global North, regional mobility within Africa accounts for most of staff and student mobility.

This raises a number of empirical and theoretical questions: How does staff, student and institutional mobility map on to each other? What are the pedagogic requirements and practice requirements for students and academics within this transnational edu-scape? How are 'local agendas' produced and represented? And what does this mean for how we theorise the spaces of international study globally?

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Postgraduate Research Methods Day Schools

21 November 2014 (10:00 - 17:00)

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Making sense of numbers: methods to collect and analyse quantitative social data

This free research methods Day School is dedicated to quantitative social research methods. Whether you do qualitative or quantitative research, this event will introduce you to the new possibilities for social science research in our increasingly data-rich world.

The day is divided in two parts. In the first part, we will look at a variety of methods and techniques that can be used to collect and analyse social data. In the second part, participants will be invited to join one of three workshops:

a) Q-it-yourself by Dr Rose Capdevila : A workshop with Q methodology, which is used in research settings as a way to examine how people think about a topic.

b) Obtaining secondary data by Dr Katy Wheeler : A workshop that introduces you to the UK Data Service, an invaluable resource for accessing secondary data.

c) Analysing primary social data by Dr Nikoleta Jones and Mr Chrisovaladis Malesios: This workshop will introduce you to alternative statistical techniques to analyse quantitative social data. It will illustrate these techniques using a specific example of a large scale social survey.

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The Future Citizen Forum at Tate Modern

22 November 2014 - 6 December 2014

East Room, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

The Future Citizen Forum chaired by Engin Isin (Professor of Citizenship at the Open University) will explore civic activism and international arts practices through the following themes: values, borders, and affinities. The seminars will take place on 22nd, 29th November and 6th December.


Saturday 22 November 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Faiza Shaheen (Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children)

Cynthia Weber (Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and Co-Editor, International Feminist Journal of Politics)

About: Within the current political sphere in Europe and beyond we are seeing an attempt to define the values of society, values which dictate who belongs to this economy or society. What are the values that will or should guide the future citizen?


Saturday 29 November 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Bridget Anderson (Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS)

Jo Glanville, (Director of English PEN)

About: Many of the values that are being challenged today cross borders of nations: security, economy, environment, cyberspace. How are we to conceive the borders of the future citizen?


Saturday 6 December 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Daniel Baker (Education Research and Strategy Director at Cubitt Gallery and Studios in Angel, Islington)

Binna Choi (Director of Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht)

About: The fraternity of citizens long bound them to nations and their citizenship has been conceived as nationality. But if the future challenges require imagining the future citizen differently, what will the basis of their affinities?

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Critical Reflections on the Scottish Independence Referendum

26 November 2014 (14:00 - 16:00)

Michael Young Building (Rooms 1-2), The Open Unviersity, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The OpenSpace Research Centre is delighted to welcome Dr Gerry Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University in Scotland, with Emeritus Professor Doreen Massey joining as a discussant for this seminar.

Gerry's presentation will focus on "Critical Reflections on the Scottish Independence Referendum: Questions of Class, Nation and Political Geography".

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum concluded that Scotland should stay within the United Kingdom - but for how long? For some commentators the No to Independence for Scotland outcome means that the issue of Scottish Independence has been killed off for some considerable time! The reality is far more complex and the future even more uncertain.

A Referendum which has appeared to give support to the continuation of the UK as we know it today has at the same time opened-up a wide ranging set of questions which are now shaking the foundations of the UK. There is now something of a growing Constitutional Crisis in the UK - and resolution of which can only appear to be at the benefit of one of the constituent countries of the UK at a cost for the others.

The Scottish Independence Referendum did not result in a crushing defeat for the pro-Independence movement. To claim such betrays a serious misunderstanding of the basis of that campaign and of the issues that ignited and fuelled the demands for Scottish Independence.

Where now for Scotland in the uncertain futures which now increasingly shape Scottish (and UK) politics and society today?

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