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Research and the COVID-19 crisis - International Women's Day

08/03/2021 (12:30-14:00)
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As part of an ONLINE series of lectures to mark International Awareness Days, we are pleased to invite you on 8 March 2021, at 12.30pm to speed lectures and a panel discussion with our DMU academics, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of International Women’s Day. The event will be chaired by Professor Shushma Patel, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media.

Talks will include:

Professor Jo Richardson, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), Business and Law - The impact of COVID-19 on women researchers: an observation

This short talk will reflect on some of the challenges that women researchers have faced during the pandemic.  It will reflect on the gendered dimension of the impact of blurred boundaries and inequalities of working from home during lockdown; and it will suggest some ways in which women researchers can be supported.

Dr Vicky Ball, VC2020 Senior Lecturer - Escaping Covid: The Pleasures and Politics of Contemporary Period Drama
Television has performed a critical public service role during the pandemic, informing, educating and, crucially, entertaining us during these unprecedented times. Interestingly it is period dramas, from The Queen’s Gambit to Bridgerton, which have proved particularly popular during periods of lockdown. This short paper unpacks the popularity of the ‘feminine’ historical drama and examines the form’s cultural significance as mediator of women’s history.

Professor Lala Meredith-Vula, Professor of Art & Photography - ‘Women Reflected Through Me’  

‘Many women have remained hidden in history and, especially in times of conflict, their struggles have been uncelebrated and unseen. In my archives are countless images of women fulfilling their roles at the very edge of history. These archives, which cover four decades, record a period of intense turmoil in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe. Looking at them afresh from today’s perspective I see women suffering as they strive to hold their families together; and my work shows how their struggle and their achievements reflect society’s own efforts to stay in the frame.'


Places can be booked up to one hour before the event.

Registrants will receive a link to join the online talk 2 days before the event, via their provided email address.

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