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CERES Director Supports Need for more BME Teachers – The Voice Newspaper

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad has contributed to an article in The Voice reporting on the low numbers of black and minority ethnic history teachers accepted for postgraduate training courses last year, highlighting experiences of racial discrimination as a major dissuading factor for black applicants.

You can read Rowena’s comments and the rest of the article here.

CERES Addendum to 18 Month Report

The CERES addendum to the 18 Month Report is now available to read online. The addendum report covers November 2013 to March 2014 and includes details on current research, grants obtained, publications, external engagement and more.

Read CERES Addendum to 18 Month Report

The addendum should be read in conjunction with the 18 Month Report, available here.

CERES Director Provides Keynote at Five Nations Conference

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad gave the keynote address ‘Exploring multiple and political identities in a diverse society’ at the end of the first day of the Five Nations Conference on ‘Citizenship and identities: political identity’, which took place in Edinburgh in December 2013.

A video is now available of the keynote address:

Further information about the conference is available here.

New CERES Briefing

Women and Sectarianism in Scotland: Policing Ethno-Christian Relational Boundaries

Sara Diane Stewart, Independent Scholar

This briefing paper examines sectarianism and the gendered, social construction of ethno-Christian groups in Scotland. In this paper I explore the silence and invisibility of different women’s experiences of sectarianism and argue that the hegemonic masculinity of sectarianism tends to frame this social issue within public, male-dominated spheres such as football. As a result, I found that these masculine narratives seem to have impacted the female participants’ ability to articulate and accept the positionality of women in relation to sectarianism. The findings also point towards the gendered role of women as loyal protectors of identity in policing, maintaining and reproducing the sectarianized boundaries of ethno-Christian groups.

Download CERES Briefing No. 3

Bell Foundation Grant Awarded

Policy, Pedagogy and Pupil Perceptions: EAL in England and Scotland

CERES Co-Director Yvonne Foley, in partnership with Colleagues from the University of Edinburgh (Dr Charles Anderson and Dr Pauline Sangster) and the University of Reading (Professor Viv Edwards and Professor Naz Rassool), have been successful in a bid for funding to The Bell Foundation for £3,000.

This will help to fund a pilot study that aims to give EAL learners a voice in shaping and informing their learning opportunities and experiences and to identify ways in which their perceptions can be used to improve their learning experiences within UK schooling.  The project will also investigate how the differing national policies in England and Scotland are enacted at the level of the secondary school, the department and the classroom in relation to individual learners.  This project began in January 2014.

Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland

Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Seminar Series

CERES Co-Directors Kristina Konstantoni and Akwugo Emejulu and CERES Associate Marlies Kustatscher and Professor John Davis, in partnership with colleagues from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Scottish Human Rights Commission are organising a seminar series to debate children’s and young people’s complex and intersecting identities and consider the ways in which multiple social inequalities impact on children’s and parents’ lives.

The first seminar, ‘Intersecting Childhood Identities, Inequalities and Rights: Unpacking Concepts and Exploring Implications’, was held on Monday 2nd December 2013 from 9.30am to 4pm at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Here is a video with key highlights from the day:

Here are podcasts for each of the presentations:

Dr Kristina Konstantoni, Welcome and Introduction

Dr Akwugo Emejulu, Intersectionality: A Short Introduction

Dr Kylie Smith, Using multiple theoretical lenses to explore childhood intersectional identities and (in)equalities?

Dr Alison Hosie, Afternoon Panel Presentation 1

Nico Juetten, Afternoon Panel Presentation 2

The second seminar, ‘Exploring Children’s and Young People’s Views of Intersectionality’, was held on Thursday 6th February 2014 from 9.30am to 4pm at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. This seminar focuses on children and young people’s views on intersecting identities and inequalities, and discusses how their perspectives can effect change in research, policy and practice. The seminar builds on collaborations with Investing in Children, the Children’s Parliament, Article 12 and LGBT Youth Scotland.

For further information on the seminar series, click here.