Past Events

Caring and Precarity: Parents, Carers and Early Career Research

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  • 16 May 2022
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Online

This is an event for ECRN and DRN members and other interested parties. You can find out more about the networks here.

This facilitated event will explore the personal, professional and political dimensions of parenting and caring as an Early Career Researcher. The online session will be a space for developing informal connections and networks with other academics (particularly ECRs or otherwise precarious workers) who have parenting and caring responsibilities. Topics will include: the challenges of both part-time temporary and full-time permanent contracts; caring as responsibility and as identity; and intersections with gender, sexuality, race, class, disability and mental health.

This event will be facilitated by Pandora Syperek, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Loughborough University London, Visiting Fellow at the V&A Research Institute and mother of two. Speakers will reflect on their diverse experiences as carers and as precarious workers in various capacities, and how these combined roles have informed their work. Participants will be invited to share their experiences with one another in small groups before joining the larger group towards the end of the event to discuss the possibilities for how this informal network could serve parent and carer ECRs going forward.

This event will be a closed Zoom event. Tickets are not available on Eventbrite. If you would like to join and participate in this session, please email us at [email protected] and we will include you in the invitation email. Participants are welcome and encouraged to join whilst fulfilling caring responsibilities, if possible.

About the speakers

  • Headshot of CohenMiller

    Anna CohenMiller, PhD, is an internationally renowned qualitative social justice methodologist and award-winning educational leader who uses compassionate and transformational research/leadership to address issues of gender equity and inclusion in higher education in Kazakhstan and internationally. She is a founding faculty member at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education and specialises in arts-based research to facilitate/amplify the voice of marginalised communities. Recent research includes an innovative online photovoice study of motherscholars during the COVID-19 pandemic and a comparative international study through the British Academy to address the co-construction of gender-equitable futures in higher education in the UK, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Morocco and India. Dr. CohenMiller is Co-founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars, Founder of The Motherscholar Project and Editor in Chief of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Her recent book (with N. Boivin), Questions in Qualitative Research in Multicultural Contexts is now available through Routledge and she is currently working on multiple other texts to guide and encourage researchers in socially, economically and ecologically just work.

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    Yelizaveta Kamilova is a Master of Library and Information Science and an Expert Manager at Nazarbayev University Library in Kazakhstan. Yelizaveta has more than a decade of experience in academic librarianship. Her research interests include academic librarianship, library virtual services and information literacy. She advocates for gender equality and follows the beliefs and principles of sustainable development goals (SDG). In particular, Yelizaveta co-organised and coordinates annual events for the Week of Women, Human Library and is also part of the organising committee of the annual International Nazarbayev University Library Conference; organising committee member of the Consortium of Gender Scholars (GenCon) including spearheading key aspects of the annual GenCon Gender Forum; and member of the The Motherscholars Project. She provides training and experience-sharing sessions to local librarians and is a working group member in developing information literacy modules to educate students in utilising information. Yelizaveta is a reference editor of the international journal Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy and a reviewer of the international journal, Jurnal Kajian Informasi & Perpustakaan.

  • Catherine-Grant-profile-photo CROPPED

    Catherine Grant is a Senior Lecturer in the Art and Visual Cultures departments at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-editor of Fandom as Methodology (2019), Creative Writing and Art History (2012) and the questionnaire on “Decolonizing Art History”, Art History, 2020. She is a co-lead of two research networks: “Group Work: Feminism and Contemporary Art” and “Animating Archives”. Her book A Time of One’s Own: Histories of Feminism in Contemporary Art, will be published by Duke University Press in Autumn 2022.

  • Lizzy Harris wearing red dress with white polka spots

    Lizzy Harris is a co-chair of the Parents and Carers’ network at Tate and has helped to shape the network’s manifesto and to deliver a programme of events to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face balancing their work and caring responsibilities. She is a full-time carer to her mum who is paralysed from the chest down and uses a wheelchair.

    She is the Coordinator for the British Art Network and is based at Tate Liverpool in National Partnerships Department and is responsible for the delivery of the British Art Network programme. Her previous role was Administration Manager at Tate Modern where she led a group of exhibition assistants in delivering projects across the Tate Modern programme as well as supporting the operational planning of the gallery. She has worked at Tate for seven years and has a wealth of experience in visitor experience, development, legal and finance and curatorial.

  • Headshot of Pandora Syperek

    Pandora Syperek is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London, and Visiting Fellow at the V&A Research Institute. Her research examines the intersections of science, gender and the nonhuman within modern and contemporary art and cultures of display. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is co-editor of Oceans (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, forthcoming 2023) and a special issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on “Curating the Sea” (2020), both with Sarah Wade. Pandora was postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art from 2016–2017, and she holds a PhD in the History of Art from University College London.