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Past Events

GCSJ Seminar series: Mothers, boys' circumcision and a new politics of harm in Kenya

12th July 2024

We explore how Kenyan mothers are becoming involved in male circumcision, which is usually a men-only space. The talk examines new ideas about cultural rights, genital cutting, and harm in the law and ethics in Kenya.

GCSJ Seminar series: Toothless tigers? Regional organisations and democracy promotion

14th June 2024

Since the end of the Cold War, a growing number of regional organisations (ROs) around the world have formally adhered to democracy as common norm and have adopted institutionalised mechanisms to promote, protect and defend it.

GCSJ Roundtable: Alcohol, Violence and Harm

12th June 2024

This panel will explore Alcohol-related violence and its significance to global harm

Academic researchers on Fixed Term Contracts (FTCs): human investment versus neoliberal precarity

5th June 2024

OU speakers will reflect on how they have pursued better job security and career development for research staff on Fixed Term Contracts (FTCs).  In engaging OU procedures, their efforts have faced a conflict between two employment models: human investment versus neoliberal precarity.  

GCSJ Methods surgery: Quantitative and statistical methods

3rd June 2024

The Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ) aims to connect PGR students with experienced researchers in the format of a ‘methods surgery’ where practical challenges, obstacles, tips and tricks can be discussed.

2nd Annual Research Festival on Global Challenges and Social Justice

15th May 2024 to 17th May 2024

We would like to invite you to join the GCSJ Research Festival on Global Challenges and Social Justice. The festival will bring together a variety of speakers and formats to showcase exciting OU research and give researchers a platform to exchange ideas and expand their networks.

GCSJ seminar series: Decentring the human in social science research

19th April 2024

The 'animal turn' has been gathering pace in the social sciences in recent years, with a profusion of critical perspectives emerging that question the anthropocentric roots of the social sciences themselves. This seminar brings together scholars from varying disciplinary backgrounds who share a common concern to unlock the potential of social science research to expand our understanding of who and what counts as part of 'the social'.

How to communicate key findings to policy makers and politicians

26th March 2024

In this session Simon Usherwood will be sharing tips and tricks on how to communicate research findings effectively to policy makers and politicians.

The Religious Toleration and Peace (RETOPEA) H2020 project

15th March 2024

This session reflects on the project Religious Toleration and Peace (RETOPEA), and its ‘Docutube’ method.

GCSJ seminar series: Making sense of global China

28th February 2024

The roundtable presents ongoing work of the REDEFINE project based in SSGS. Our take on the political economy of global China moves beyond the grand geopolitical narratives to explore the often long-standing and hidden processes of connection.