Full list of University of Manchester events 2020

Teenage Kicks: Life As A Young Woman in the 1950s - 70s

Online throughout the Festival week (7th November – 15th November)

Exhibition organised by: Hazel Burke, Sociology, University of Manchester

What was life like for teenage girls in Britain between 1955 and 1974? Was it all miniskirts, the pill and deciding if you were a Mod or a Rocker? Our exhibition is based on our research with women now in their seventies and eighties who told us about their teenage lives.


Methods for Change: Showcasing Innovative Social Science Methodologies

10.30 – 12.00 on Monday 9th November 2020: Exploring the transformative power of visual social science methods

10.30 – 12.00 on Tuesday 10th November 2020: Collaborating for change through participatory methods 

10.30 – 12.00 on Wednesday 11th November 2020: Creating social change through policy-led methods  

Event organised by: Methods for Change, University of Manchester

A series of interactive events involving sharing knowledge on research methods for social change with academics and non-academics. Delivered by the Methods for Change research team, these events will focus on sharing experiences of translating social science research methods to industry, third sector, government and the public. Three themed sessions – on visual, participatory and policy-led methods – will showcase creative approaches and tools, replicating activities practised within the project. The sessions will highlight how social science methods can contribute to creating social change, via creative, accessible outputs. Attendees will leave with ideas for engaging with academic research methods and creatively communicating research methods across sectors.

Data for Good: The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in Britain

10.00 – 13.00 Wednesday 11th November 2020 

Event organised by: Dr Patty Doran, UK Data Service, University of Manchester

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector enriches British social and civic life in many, measurable ways. Demonstrating this impact increasingly requires smart use of high quality data. This interactive half-day workshop showcases impactful, interesting case studies of data use by VCSE Organisations. Learn about a range of sources of high-quality data – regulatory, service and societal – and how these can be used to illustrate and inform the work of the sector. There will be opportunities to explore some of these data resources yourself, giving you some tools and inspiration to use data for good in your own organisation.

It’s not ‘all in the genes’: Sperm and egg donors’ feelings of connection with their recipients

19.00 – 20.30 on Wednesday 11th November 2020 

Event organised by: Dr Leah Gilman, Sociology, University of Manchester

The birth of a baby conceived via donated sperm or egg creates many new connections, both within and between families. But it may surprise you to know that, for many donors, the key connection which donation creates is that with their recipients (the intended parents). In this online interactive talk, we share findings from our research with UK donors and show how the social organisation of donation, and the broader cultural worlds they inhabit, can create strong feelings of affinity with (even anonymous) recipients. We ask the audience to consider what implications such affinities might have for law and policy.

Manchester: From Industrial Revolutionary to Climate Pioneer?

17.00 – 18.00 on Thursday 12th November 2020

We are at a vital time for responding to climate change. The UK was due to host the United Nations’ annual climate conference, but due to the pandemic, the event has been postponed by a year. However, climate change can’t be forgotten, and cities play an increasingly important role in how we respond. Manchester – the home of the industrial revolution – possesses a unique role, and is developing a growing reputation as a climate pioneer.

We bring together a panel of specialists to discuss Manchester’s role in preventing climate change, what challenges and opportunities are on the horizon, and how local citizens, especially young people, can get involved. We also respond to your questions. The session will be held online, using Zoom.

Speaker line-up:

Dr Paul Tobin (chair) –University of Manchester

Councillor Luthfur Rahman – Manchester City Council

Simeran Bachra – UK cities manager, CDP

Prof. Nalin Thakkar – University of Manchester

Phoebe Hanson – Manchester Climate Change Youth Board

Jonny Sadler – Manchester Climate Change Agency

After the talk, we will use the discussions to create a free study guide and video for Manchester’s own A-Level Politics students.

Navigating The Everyday As Middle-Class British-Pakistani Women

10.00 – 11.30 Saturday 7th November 2020

Event organised by: Noreen Mirza, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester

This ethnographic research study concerns middle class British Pakistani women in Manchester, bringing to light ways in which they use their social class position to deal with prejudice and discrimination, as well as the contributions they make in creating a positive image of British-Pakistanis and Muslims. The focus of my study is also on ways of belonging. Belonging among these women is enacted through the performance of different identities that earns them power and status among friends and family. It is through a position of empowerment that they feel recognition and acceptance among a group they want to affiliate with.

Big Data in Social Science

13.00 – 14.00 Monday 9th November 2020

Event organised by: Professor Martin Everett, Cathie Marsh Institute, University of Manchester 

Our use of the internet and the world wide web has created an unprecedented amount of data and presents new challenges and opportunities. Issues such as reliability, security and inequality need to be examined in the context of this new environment. In a series of accessible short talks we explore issues around big data and its implications for the general public.

Multi-dimensional impacts of infrastructure project delivery

14.00 – 16.00 on Tuesday 10th November 2020 

This workshop is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the importance of infrastructure project delivery in the UK, and the role of the economic and social sciences in shaping the public’s understanding of how the benefits of investment are identified, justified managed and realised.

Infrastructure is a catalyst for economic and social mobility. This includes physical infrastructure (roads, railways, ports, bridges etc.) and social infrastructure (education, community centres etc). As tools for territorial restructuring and repositioning, infrastructure projects are often intended to facilitate people movement, capital investment, connecting regions, removing inequality and unlocking economic opportunities. Therefore, a clearer understanding of the impacts (costs and benefits) of major infrastructure projects is crucial for decision-making by local, regional and national governments. Based on several multi-disciplinary works on the economic and socio-political implications and management of projects undertaken by the research team members, this workshop aims to stimulate a discussion on the future for infrastructure investment in a COVID19 world.

Join us remotely to take part in a facilitated panel conversation with university researchers, government and industry professionals. Our panel includes:-

  • Ms Emily Dawson (Highways England)
  • Ms Terri Harrington (Highways England)
  • Dr Richard Kirkham (School of Engineering)
  • Prof Anupam Nanda (School of Environment and Development)
  • Dr Fiona Spencer (Infrastructure and Projects Authority)
  • Dr Seth Schindler (School of Environment and Development)
  • Professor Terry Williams (The University of Hull)

There will be opportunities to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.


Music, Health, and Wellbeing Workshop

13.00 – 16.15 on Wednesday 11th November 2020 

Event organised by: Anne-Marie Nugnes, Creative Manchester, University of Manchester

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This workshop is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the importance of musical participation in everyday life, especially for those in society who may struggle to be heard in words alone. It will include a series of short presentations by a range of speakers, including University researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in this field. We will also feature Manchester Camerata’s ‘Camerata in the Community’ programme that works across the North West with young people in schools and people living with dementia. A focus will be placed on the importance of creativity, flow and being in the moment.


Anti-Racist Art in the UK and Latin America: A Conversation

16.00 – 18.00 Wednesday 11th November 2020

Event organised by: Dr Ignacio Aguilo, Latin American Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

This two-hour online public conversation with four prominent British and Latin American anti-racist artists-activists will discuss how they use their work to counter racism. The legacies of colonialism and slavery and the persistence of structural racism are prominent in current public debate and this event will contribute by exploring the often sidelined similarities between the two regions, with a focus on cultural production. Suggested participants: Akala and Sonia Boyce (UK); Ashanti Dinah and Jaider Esbell (Latin America). The event will be moderated by Prof Peter Wade (UoM Social Anthropology), director of the AHRC/ESRC-funded project, Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America.

Uncertain Futures: Inequalities affecting women over 50 years in Manchester exposed during Covid 19

14.00 – 16.00 Wednesday 11th November 2020

Event organised by: Dr Elaine Dewhurst, Law, University of Manchester

Join us for the launch and a virtual round-table discussion of an exciting and unique participatory art project in conjunction with Manchester Art Gallery: Uncertain Futures. The art project is a cross-sectional one aimed at raising public awareness of inequalities affecting diverse groups of women over 50 years in Manchester exposed by the pandemic based on their own personal narratives. The virtual round-table will give a voice to these women to describe, debate and expose the inequalities they have faced during this time and to uncover the often overlooked strengths of these women.