Two of our members, Gertrud Reershemius and Elvis Yevudey are organising and supporting this year’s BAAL Language in Africa SiG meeting at Aston University.

Futher details can be found in this blog:

Details of the meeting are below:

Date: Friday 22nd May 2015

Theme: “Developing languages in Africa: social and educational perspectives”

Venue: School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham. Rooms MB549 & MB550.

Time: 9:30-17:00.


Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Workplace – Seminar 3

Yves Guillaume and colleagues are holding the next seminar in the “Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Workplace” ESRC seminar series at the University of Sheffield on 10 June 2015.

This seminar will explore practices designed to promote and make best use of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in work settings. The seminar will feature 4 speakers: two high profile academics based in the US, Derek Avery and Eden King, and two UK-based diversity experts and practitioners, Yvonne Coghill and Harpal Dhatt.  The seminar will also feature sessions for wider discussion about the topics considered, and further networking opportunities.

The seminar will run from 10.15-3.30 (registration at 9.45). Attendance is free and lunch will be provided, but registration in advance is essential as places are limited. This can be done via the seminar web site at:

Galician Studies Events…Olga Castro

Recently, one of our members, Olga Castro, a lecturer of translation studies and Spanish, gave a paper at the 11th International Association for Galician Studies Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7th April.

Furthermore, Olga was invited to give a lecture at the “Galician Studies in North America: Creating community, bridging gaps” symposium,  held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US, on 24th April. The event was organised by the UWM Galician Studies Research Group which was called The Politics of Translation in contemporary Galician Studies.

In addition, Olga also gave a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Chicago, US, on 23rd April. Her paper titled: Sex in the Media: Critical Discourse Analysis of Prostitution Ads in the Spanish Press was part of the Specialty Group Sexuality and Space.

Knowledge Cultures – Call for Papers – Abstract Deadline May 1st

Sarah Hayes ( has issued a call for papers with Knowledge Cultures. The deadline is fast approaching so if you are interested then please find further details via the following link:

Further details of the journal can be found here:

Dismantling Diasporas

One of our members, Dr Demelza Jones joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Sociology in 2013. Demelza’s research interests include international migration, diaspora, transnationalism and ethnic identifications. Her PhD (completed at the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies) explored the everyday identifications experienced by Tamil migrants in the UK through qualitative research with Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore in the Midlands and South West of England.

She recently had a new chapter published in –

2015: ‘Identifications with an ‘aesthetic’ and ‘moral’ diaspora amongst Tamils of diverse state origins in Britain’, in Christou, Anastasia and Mavroudi, Elizabeth (Eds.) Dismantling Diasporas: Rethinking the Geographies of Diasporic Identity, Connection and Development. Farnham: Ashgate

Demelza also convenes the Tamils in Europe Research Network.

Mental Health: the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities speak.

Enabling NHS service co-production

A few days before the 2015 UK General Election, Navigate Organisation Ltd (a micro business committed to well being for all and truth telling about disadvantage, racism and the need for meaningful effective change) is creating the platform for an innovative dialogue about mental health in and for BAME communities.  This includes identifying how we can help guide the NHS in deploying mental health budgets to responding to BAME service user needs.

Our day time event, with breaks and lunch, recognizes that this is a systemic issue closely linked with concerns about racism and the micro-aggressions that impact service providers, communities and those in distress. 

Experts and thought leaders will feed ‘provocations’ into facilitated generative table discussions and will cover the following topics:

  • –      Defining the race and mental wellbeing agenda
  • –      The current lived experience of seeking and accessing help
  • –      ‘History is Therapy’ initiatives
  • –      Race equality standards in the NHS
  • –      What inclusive leadership for BAME service providers and professionals looks like
      The event will be held on Friday 1st May 2015 and held at the ITV studios, London.
       Please arrive at (9.30 am for a 10am start.  Event finshes at 4pm and will include breaks and a lunch time meal.  The cost of the tickets goes towards event costs, food and donations to the relevant charities.
      The Head of Diversity at ITV has very kindly provided the venue and infrastructure as part of their commitment to inclusion at reduced cost to the organisers as they recognize the importance of this discussion.

Women in Business Conference 16th March

Professor Judith Baxter will be speaking about the effective use of language in business at the Women in Business Conference 16th March 2015. Professor Baxter’s research focuses on the relationship between language, gender and leadership in educational, business and professional contexts.

Professor Baxter’s research regularly features in the media including the BBC2 series, Women at the Top and BBC Radio programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Business Daily.

The conference follows the success of the 2014 ‘Women in Business’ conference. With the proportion of women in UK senior management roles at just 20%* and the number of women entering certain industries remaining low, it is recognised that more needs to be done by employers to change their cultural behaviour and invest in the leadership development of its talented women.

Date & Time: 16/03/2015 09:30 – 15:00
Location: De Vere Venues Colmore Gate, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QD

To register please follow the link below:

Gender Bias at Work Talk

Interland’s Gender and Leadership research group is hosting a talk by Professor Binna Kandola and Jo Kandola on their book, The Invention of Difference: Gender Bias at Work, to be held on Friday 20th March at 11am. All are welcome!

Please do contact Professor Judith Baxter if you are interested in attending this talk.

Friday 20 March – Interland Gender and Leadership Research Group talk, MB549, 11am 12 noon

Development and other dirty words: The story of organisation development in Africa

Sarah Owusu and Judith Okonkwo, Practitioner Consultants in Africa 
As African Organisation Development (OD) practitioners we wish to share our story with you, and allow you to build on it in a way that helps us all explore the clear opportunity that Africa presents for OD – both in practice and learning – and to overcome some of the hurdles that we inevitably face. We will provide a space to question the relevance of OD and to define our roles.
By looking at OD in Africa we will:
•Spend time recognising what is happening in the OD field elsewhere in the world, and exploring our awareness of it.
•Expand, transform and elevate our mindsets by engaging explicitly with the purpose of OD in different cultures.
We hope to explore OD as something universally applicable and globally interconnected. As Ubuntu philosophy would say: I am because we are.
Come join us Wednesday 4 March at 4.30 in room MB257 at Aston University.

Feminismos, gynocine y el cine español

Come join us Wed 11th March @ 5:30pm for a talk given by Prof. Barbara Zecchi.

Prof. Barbara Zecchi´s (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) research focuses on Gender Studies, Film adaptations, Digital Humanities and Spanish Cinema. She has authored, edited or coedited several books, such as La pantalla sexuada (Cátedra, 2014), Desenfocadas: Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Icaria, 2014), Gynocine (Univ. Zaragoza, 2013),Teoría y práctica de la adaptación fílmica (ed. Complutense, 2011), La mujer en la España actual, ¿evolución o involución? (with Jacqueline Cruz, Icaria, 2004),  Sexualidad y escritura (1850-2000) (with Raquel Medina, Anthropos, 2002). She is currently coordinating the Digital Humanities Project «Gynocine: A History of Women’s Cinema».

Prof. Zecchi comes to Aston as Distinguished visitor from 9 March to 12 March 2015.  In addition to her public talk on `Feminismos, gynocine y cine español´, she will contribute to the teaching of LS3006 Hispanic Film and LU2001 Migrant and Transnational Cinema, and will hold meetings with students working on their Hispanic Film essays.  Dr Medina and Prof. Zecchi are currently working together on a research project on gender and ageing in Spanish cinema.

For further information, please contact Dr Raquel Medina: