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Workshop: Dangerous Consumption

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Dangerous ConsumptionNext Friday (11th July) GAMSOC is hosting a British Academy Early Career Researcher Event called Dangerous Consumption in the Orangery between 9 and 5. Everyone is welcome, but please let us know if you intend to come (by using the form at the foot of this page) so that we can make sure that we have enough space and food.

Alcohol, tobacco and gambling have long exchanged marketing and lobbying techniques, not to mention personnel. And yet, as researchers we tend to stay together in our own bunkers, talking only to other people in our fields or disciplines. Like these industries, we should be learning from one another, pooling resources and ideas to better understand the political economy of producing knowledge in difficult fields.

Dangerous consumption includes anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, experts in public health, and activists, working in areas including alcohol, tobacco, gambling, sex work, mental health, and intensive farming. The focus will be on exchanging ideas and experiences. We want to have an open and honest discussion about the particular challenges we face when we enter a fraught field where our participants are savvy and in some cases very powerful. How do we gain access to organisations which have a vested interest in remaining closeted away from critical attention? How do we compete with industry supported research which seeks to preserve the status quo and marginalise critical alternatives? All research depends upon gaining trust and access to data. What is the nature of cooperation in this context? What is partnership? What kinds of relationships are created in areas of dangerous consumption? How should we understand this process? Is it one of seduction? Or of cultivation? Are we lovers? Or horticulturalists? What ethical guidelines and professional codes are available in our areas? How do they work in practice? What social worlds do they perpetuate?

If you are free, and any of these ideas resonate with you, please do come along and join us for a lively discussion and pleasant lunch.

While the emphasis of the day is discussion, speakers will include:

Steve Sharman, Cambridge, ‘Picking the nap’; a form guide for an early career gambling researcher.

Jenny Hatchard, Bath, The power of evidence in public health policy.

Farah Jamal, UEL, Researching schools and young people’s health risk behaviours using mixed methods.

Oscar Alvarez, Kent, Itinerant across disciplines and the ‘insecure scholar’ syndrome.

Trine Mygind Korsby, Copenhagen, Anthropological Seductions: Pimps and Human Traffickers in Eastern Romania.

Karen Evans-Reeves, Bath, ‘Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.’: Publishing research in real time.

Stephanie Scott, Newcastle, ‘Autonomy, Special Offers and Routines’: A Q Methodological Study of Marketing Influences on Young People’s (aged 14-17) Drinking Behaviour.

Ben Hawkins, Department of Global Health and Development, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on UK alcohol policy and evidence based research.


Written by samkelly2014

July 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

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