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CRESC Annual Conference 2014: Power, Culture and Social Framing

3 September 2014 - 5 September 2014

The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

What is social and cultural change? How can social science address the persistent inequalities that characterise the contemporary world?

'Epochal' theorising will not do. Structures are real, but the extent to which they reflect simple patterns is limited. Instead it is important to ask ambitious and well-theorised questions about particular institutions, power and inequalities.

In CRESC's 2014 and final conference we are seeking theoretically informed and empirically-grounded contributions to explore change, power and inequality and how it is that these get framed - and how they might be opened up to contestation.

Further information about this event and registration details are available on the conference site.


Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) is an ESRC-funded research centre hosted at The University of Manchester and The Open University. CRESC offers interdisciplinary analyses of social and cultural change using state of the art research methods to challenge contemporary myths and offer empirically grounded accounts of change in specific key areas. CRESC website:


Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens

18 September 2014 - 19 September 2014 (09.30-17.30)

Clarence Centre, London South Bank University, Borough Road, London, SE1 OAP

An International conference co-organised by Dr Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University).

This event is part of the Research Project Migrant Mothers caring for the future, led by Dr Umut Erel (The Open University) and Prof Tracey Reynolds (London South Bank University).

This international multidisciplinary conference engages with perspectives from cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, migration studies, and the creative arts to explore how migrant mothers realise and problematise their role in bringing up future citizens in contemporary societies, which are increasingly characterised ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social diverse.

It will ask important questions about the processes that shape migrant mothers' cultural and caring work in enabling their children to occupy a place as future citizens. It also interrogates how immigration and integration policies produce particular obstacles and limitations for migrant families and children.

In considering migrant women's caring, cultural and social practices as interventions into citizenship the conference aims to find out what we can learn by understanding transnational social and cultural resources of care, and also the inter-relationship between motherhood and nationhood.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California

Professor Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona, U.S

Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, London

Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

To register for this event, please visit the conference site. If you have any questions about the conference / research, please contact Dr Umut Erel (email: