Upcoming Events

Care and Machines: an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies
20/10/2017 to 21/10/2017 - University of Machester

We live with machines. This has become obvious in contexts as diverse as medicine, education, military, leisure, food, and industry, where we form a range of complex relationships with technologies. By bringing researchers and practitioners from these contexts together, this conference invites reflection on practices of care that are developed and challenged between humans and machines, as well as other ‘nonhuman’ groups.

Machines with ever-advanced capabilities are now being developed and deployed to provide companionship and treatment for elderly people, as well as young children with autism and other conditions; they are being sent out to battlefields and hostile terrains to locate mines, patrol borders, and provide defence; and they have been outperforming humans in mass-scale industrial operations for many years now, replacing human labour in a number of processes. The increasing agency of machines, as well as efforts to increase their autonomy, may challenge the assumption that machines are inert tools, as they participate in increasingly complex relationships with humans.

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prof Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield; Robot Wars); Prof Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam); Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths University, London); Dr Stuart Murray (University of Leeds); and Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente). These discussions will explore care in contexts ranging from healthcare and mobile technologies, to prosthetics and dis/ability, to machines as companions, and sexual tools and partners. Researchers are invited to propose papers on these themes and other aspects of care to be presented at the conference.

If you are interested in proposing a 20 minute paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short author bio (of approximately 100 words), to scott.midson@manchester.ac.uk. The closing date for proposals is 1st June 2017, and authors will be notified of decisions by 1st July. Registration for the conference (for presenters and delegates) will open in June.

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Language Variation in the Classroom two-day workshop
24/10/2017 to 25/10/2017 - Queen Mary University of London

Have you ever wondered why some students speak differently to others? Are you interested in spoken language and how it varies between speakers? Do you wonder how to integrate the voices of students from different backgrounds into curricula? Then this event is for you!

The Linguistics department at Queen Mary University of London is excited to invite you to Language Variation in the Classroom (LViTC), a two-day, ESRC-funded conference exploring language variation in educational contexts.

This event will be a workshop-style conference aimed at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and students in order to discuss and share ideas about language variation, i.e. accents and dialects, in the classroom. No knowledge of linguistics will be assumed beforehand. The conference is aimed at a mixed audience so will incorporate theory and practice from a wide range of researchers and practitioners.

Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Jenny Cheshire
Professor Urszula Clark
Dr Julia Snell
Dr Fiona English
Mr Ian Cushing
Mr Stewart McNicol
Representatives from AQA, Dr Ruth Johnson and Mr Ben Smith

We invite all students (secondary, undergraduate, postgraduate), researchers (academics and those in policy) and teachers to apply. Please note, although hosted by the Linguistics Department, we wish for this event to be as interdisciplinary as possible.

If you have any questions, please email event organisers Shivonne Gates (s.m.gates@qmul.ac.uk) and Christian Ilbury (c.l.ilbury@qmul.ac.uk)

For more information, please see the event website:


NCRM Autumn School 2017 – New Data Horizons
22/11/2017 to 24/11/2017 - Highfield House Hotel, 119 Highfield Lane, Highfield, Southampton, S017 1AQ

The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will be holding its 12th residential autumn school in Southampton, 22 – 24 November 2017.

The topic of this year’s autumn school is New Data Horizons and will explore innovations and changes in the data landscape. The autumn school will feature sessions on innovations in surveys, including online survey data collection, data linkage and use of (linked) administrative and census data, social media data and big data, and biosocial data.
The Autumn School places are fully-funded. Applications from PhD students and early career researchers welcome.

Deadline for application is Friday 6th October 2017.