Accelerating equality in English Studies: a HAStEN workshop
This participatory workshop is hosted and facilitated by members of HAStEN (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: the Equalities Network), a real-world and virtual (hosted by Advance HE Connect, https://connect.advance-he.ac.uk/topics/14283/feed) network of academic and professional colleagues committed to 1) working for equality in those disciplines; and 2) contributing our discipline-specific expertise and insights to enrich the equalities landscape in universities.
In this participatory workshop we will work collectively to
- identify some key challenges to making English Studies a more diverse, equal and inclusive disciplinary space;
- consider how they make themselves felt in specific aspects of our working and studying lives;
- and collaborate to generate and share some concrete tactics and actions for addressing them.
We will be open to exploring challenges and possible solutions in all aspects of English Studies, including curriculum content, teaching and learning experiences, research cultures, pathways into and through the profession, and anything else that participants choose to highlight. Our goal will be for everyone to go away equipped with at least one thing they can go and do to hasten our disciplines' progress towards equality, diversity and inclusion.
Rachel Carroll, Reader in English at Teesside University and author of Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Changing Gender in Twentieth Century Writing (2018) and Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction (2012). She was co-lead with Fiona Tolan (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) of Decolonising Feminism, a Global Challenges Research Fund project.
Kate Chedgzoy, Professor of Renaissance Literature at Newcastle University and Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a feminist and queer scholar of early modern literature and culture.