Sociology & Communications News Archive
New Interdisciplinery 'Cost of Living' blog
A new interdisciplinary blog 'Cost of Living' http://www.cost-ofliving.net/ has been launched in collaboration with the Open University and University of Essex.
Dr Lesley Henderson, contributing editor (Co-Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Regulation) explains: “The blog, funded by the Medical Sociology Group/BSA, is aimed at facilitating public engagement in Sociology from a wide readership across politics/economics/sociology". It provides a vibrant mix of topical comments, analytical features and contemporary reviews. Articles will address both enduring questions in health and more immediate concerns – anyone interested in contributing (350-1000 words) should consult the author guidelines on the blog or contact one of the editors.
Brunel medical sociology research student, John Gardner, has received a prestigious grant to help host a conference on the subject of bioethics. The event will provide a platform to discuss how health professionals perceive and deal with a number of ethical issues.
Media Regulation conference debates the future of public service broadcasting, communication rights and “snoopers’ charter”
On Tuesday 3rd July 2012 the newly formed Centre for Media, Culture and Regulation (CMCR) successfully hosted a colloquium - The Future of Media Regulation: Issues and Challenges.
Dr. Sarita Malik has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant as part of its Connected Communities programme, which explores community-related issues.
Professor Barbara Prainsack’s new book, Tracing Technologies, which looks at convicts’ perceptions of crime scene technologies, will be released at the start of next month.
The Brunel Professor of Sociology and Politics of Bioscience’s book, which was written with Professor Helena Machado from the University of Minho in Portugal, will be available from 1st May.
Brunel’s Professor Barbara Prainsack worked in conjunction with Dr Alena Buyx, Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCoB) to produce a report on how solidarity could influence decision-making, which was launched in November.
The project was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and administered by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Brunel University will soon be working with the Rathenau Institute on a Sociology master's degree module.
Research funding for Clare Williams
The Wellcome Trust has awarded Professor Clare Williams funding for her project Selective Reproductive Technologies: framings, choices, responsibilities. The trust’s Ethics and Society Small Grants Committee agreed to fund research leave for the Brunel Professor of Medical Sociology to work on the project. The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation that supports those who specialise in biomedical research and the medical humanities.
Grant Success for Research on Disabled Comedians
Dr Sharon Lockyer, Lecturer in Sociology and Communications, has been awarded a research grant by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for a project entitled Exploring the Potential of Disabled Comedians in Improving the Lives and Experiences of Disabled People. Through interviews with comedians, research will examine how live comedy can be used to as a vehicle to challenge stereotypes and caricatures surrounding disability, and how disabled comedians can have a positive impact on their audiences’ understandings of disabilities. The research, supported by The Big Difference Company, will also look that the social and political implications of such performers.