Written by Dr Briony Hannell, University of Sheffield This post is published to mark the beginning of LGBT+ History Month. Photo by Cecilie Johnsen on Unsplash Over the past decade, few social media platforms have been as hypervisible in their ability to attract young queer (i.e. those broadly aligned under the LGBT+ umbrella) users as… Continue reading The queerest place on the internet?: Queer belonging on Tumblr
Written by Victoria Knowles, University of Sheffield Originally used by NFL-player Colin Kaepernick in 2016, the ‘take a knee’ gesture was born in protest of the police brutality faced by African-Americans and gained further prominence during the resurgent Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. The England men’s national team first used the gesture in September… Continue reading ‘Taking a knee’ in English football: the silent roar of the three lions
Written by Warren Pearce, University of Sheffield Photo by Aubrey Odom-Mabey on Unsplash: “Harvard Faculty Club” Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg’s story of sexual harassment and exclusion at the Harvard STS Program continues to reverberate within the global Science & Technology Studies (STS) community, and beyond into wider academia, in tweets, Zoom calls and corridor conversations. While… Continue reading It takes work: Building reasonable research cultures in STS
Written by Dr Laura Connelly, University of Sheffield and Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury, University of Manchester Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism Cover Image Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism – published by Manchester University Press in late 2021 – was initially borne out of our frustrations as PhD students with an academia that we saw as being disconnected from the urgent issues of… Continue reading Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism: Pockets of possibility?
Written by Warren Pearce Top Google Images search results for [climate change] in six different countries. Source. Environmental imagery online How does one represent something that is both as ubiquitous and abstract as ‘the environment’? This question is becoming ever-more important and urgent, as human-caused environmental damage becomes increasingly serious and debates about political choices… Continue reading Platforming environmental imagery: the increasing role of algorithms in ordering knowledge.
This post was written by Duncan Exley in December 2019 Justine Greening is indisputably a social mobility success story. But when she – the daughter of a Rotherham steelworker who went on to become Education Secretary – first mentioned “social mobility” to her parents, her mum asked whether she was talking about “scooters for people… Continue reading The End of Aspiration? Social Mobility and Our Children’s Fading Prospects
This post was written by Chris Schimkowsky, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield in August 2019. For their recent event on the 21st of June, the Everyday Life and Critical Diversities research cluster tried out something a little different: a sociological walk around Kelham Island. Organised by Lauren White and Dr Katherine Davies, the… Continue reading A Sociological Walk: Kelham Island
Written by Danica Darley, PhD student in the Department of Sociological Studies As a fledgling criminologist and social researcher, I spend too much time thinking about the type of research I want to do. Thanks to people like Professor Dick Hobbs, I’ve been able to see how I could use my own experiences to shape… Continue reading A criminologist’s reflections on Ethics and Integrity in Autoethnographic Research
ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Written by Natalie Wotherspoon Imagine feeling ill but not being believed, experiencing symptoms no one can sufficiently explain and feeling lost in a healthcare system where there is a lack of consensus on how to define and categorise your diagnosis. Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome… Continue reading A “Quality of Life” Threatening Illness
Written by Greg Hollin Knowledge regarding the causes of dementia have changed considerably over the course of the last hundred-or-so years. Nonetheless, since the discovery in the 1990s of gene variants that alter the risk of getting neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s-related dementias have been understood in primarily genetic terms, and social scientists have persuasively argued that… Continue reading Trauma Induced Neurodegenerative Diseases: Reimagining dementia?