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Call for Participants: Women and Social Mobility Workshop

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We are pleased to announce a call for participants for a half-day workshop on Women and Social Mobility to be held 1-6pm at the University of Oxford on 24th May 2018.

The workshop is convened as part of the new interdisciplinary project Doing Well? Social Mobility, Health and Well-Being in Britain, funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF. The project brings together social science and humanities scholars for the development of a novel, timely, and policy-relevant analysis of the impact of educational mobility on contemporary British citizens’ well-being, with particular focus on women, across the 20th-century. The project explores patterns of women's mobility by historicising and contextualising their experiences within an analysis that takes account of the changing educational policy landscape. In the process, it sheds new light how structural shifts in education can affect women's experiences of opportunity and constraint across the life-course.

The workshop will present preliminary findings from the project, fostering innovative cross-disciplinary discussions on approaches to women’s social mobility, and on the relationship between mobility trajectories and well-being. Workshop discussions will be led by two interdisciplinary roundtables, the first exploring women’s social mobility, and the second exploring mechanisms and experiences of educational mobility. Roundtable speakers will include Prof Carol Dyhouse (History, Sussex), Dr Steph Lawler (Sociology, York), Dr Sol Gamsu (Education, Bath) and Prof Geoff Payne (Sociology, Newcastle).

We are looking for participants from a range of disciplines who would like to attend the workshop and take an active part in our discussions. We would especially like to hear from postgraduate research students and early career researchers. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send us a brief (100 word) bio and a short paragraph on why this workshop is of relevance to your current research by 9am on 7th May 2018 to doingwell.womensocialmobility@gmail.com.

Workshop organised by Prof Stanley Ulijaszek (Anthropology), Dr Christina de Bellaigue (History), Dr Karin Eli (Anthropology), Dr Eve Worth (History), and Charlotte Bennett (History).