Monday, 10 December 2012

MMP Grad Prog (12/12): Research Resources / Stigma and Sex Work Research

Two talks this Weds ---- the first of interest to all PGRs in terms of resources available to you, and on what to expect when it comes to thesis submission time!

The second will be of particular use to those engaged in collecting field data, and those engaged in the study of "difficult" (controversial, contested) topics... as well as those thinking of working in research outside of academe.

Internal Speaker: 3.10 - 4pm, Room 3.02, MediaCity (Salford Campus)
External Speaker: 4.10 - 5pm, Room 3.02, MediaCity (Salford Campus)
(I'll be at reception to sign anyone in who isn't Salford PGR/staff at 3pm and 4pm)

Everyone welcome. Drinks after, as usual!

Wednesday 12 Dec
Internal speaker
Anne Sherwin (Salford)
Salford’s library resources for PGRs, and submission of theses
Anne works to support PGR research in terms of library resources; she’ll be discussing what’s on offer, and talking about new university arrangements in respect to thesis submission and electronic archiving.

External speaker:
Sarah Kingston (Leeds Metropolitan University):
Managing Stigma as a Sex Work Researcher

Literature has documented how researching sex work has been fraught with challenges, due to the stigma attached to its subject matter, the perceived dangerousness of participants, and the barriers faced in reaching hidden populations. By reflecting upon research experiences and drawing upon a body of reflexive sex work research, this paper explores how I experienced stigma not only in my professional role as a researcher, but also in my personal life. By applying Goffman’s (1968) notion of stigma by association; and considering how stigma often associated with prostitution became transposed onto me, I consider how I managed my “spoiled identity” and consider the implications for researching a stigmatised topic.

Dr Kingston’s research interests centre on the sex industry, youth and youth justice, sexuality and sexual consent, and employment law, and her PhD research explored the perceptions and impact of prostitution on residential and business communities. She is currently writing a monograph based on this research for Routledge, Prostitution in the Community: Attitudes, Action and Resistance. Dr Kingston is currently involved in research in conjunction with Brunel University and Middlesex University, which explores young people’s perceptions and attitudes towards religion. This research project is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council Large Grants (Religion & Society) Scheme. It is a two-year project entitled “Negotiating Identity: young people's perspectives on faith values, community norm and social cohesion”, carried out in the Bradford/Keighley area, and the London Boroughs of Hillingdon and Newham. Recent publications include: “Intent to criminalize: Men who buy sex and prostitution policy in the UK”, New Sociologies of Sex work (Sanders, Kingston & Hardy, Ashgate, 2010) and “Demonising desire: Men who buy sex and prostitution policy in the UK”, Sex Work and Pleasure (Research for Sex Work Journal, Vol 11, 2009).

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