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PGR and ECR Conference for Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics: Collaboration and Empowerment

Closing Date for Abstracts: Tuesday 6th September 2022

Event details

6th October – online
7th October – hybrid, Reed Hall

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, University of Exeter: Care(less) collaboration: the discovery of weakness as a springboard to redesign the forensic world
  • Professor Luna Dolezal, University of Exeter: A Feminist Phenomenology of Chronic Shame

The annual Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology conference will return in October 2022 to showcase the work of postgraduate students and ECRs in SPA. This year we are also welcoming postgraduate students and ECRs from the Politics department in order to facilitate collaboration between the SPA and Politics research communities.

Our themes this year are ‘Collaboration and Empowerment’, so we encourage all presenters to consider how their work builds on collaboration and exchange with different communities, and how research can give voice to a range of stakeholders.
Registration is free of charge and free tea/coffee and lunch will be provided for all registered attendees of the in-person part of the conference.

If you attend the conference online or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hannah (, Sawako ( or Boglarka (


Thursday 6th Oct 2022, Online

10:30 – 10:45 

Dr Amy McKay, Department Director of PGR 

10:45 – 12:15 



Session 1: Issues in Philosophy and Sociology of Biological Research 

Chair: Ana Lucia Estrada Jaramillo 

Juan Diego Bogotá - Where There is Life There is Mind… and Free Energy Minimisation? 

Dr Ellena Deeley The Ontological Enactment of Conjoined Twins in the Nineteenth-Century Freak Show 

Boglarka Kiss Enactments of “Nature” in Bacteriophage Research 

12:30 – 13:15 
Keynote Speech 

Professor Luna Dolezal A Feminist Phenomenology of Chronic Shame 


13:15 – 14:00 
Lunch break 
14:00 –15:30 


Session 2: Collaboration and Engaged Research 

Chair: Dr Aimee Midlemiss 

Lucía Guerrero Rivière and Diana Valencia - Conversations on Collaboration: Thinking Through and Reflecting on Research Practice, a Dialogue Between Two Colombian Researchers 

Hannah Mortimer - Collaborative Film-making with Regenerative Farmers in South West England 

Sergio Sorcia Reyes - Songwriting Workshops as Opportunities for Empowering the Participants of Research  

15:45 – 16:30 
The Affective Café: A Peer Support Space for Sharing Affective Impacts of Conducting Research 

Run by Kerry Sands, Dr Emily Stone, Dr Fenella Eason and Professor Samantha Hurn 

Friday 7th Oct 2022, Reed Hall, Upper Lounge

09:30 – 9:50

Coffee and Tea/Registration

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote Speech 
Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin Care(less) Collaboration: The discovery of Weakness as a Springboard to Redesign the Forensic World

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee and Tea

11:00 – 12:30

Session 1: Politics 
Chair: Abdulla Moaswes 

Luke Austin - EU-Russia Energy Relations: Securitisation, Counter-securitisation and Nord Stream 2

Andreas Karoutas - "Mission Impossible"? Or What I Learned About the Possibility of Democracy by Reading Castoriadis, Laclau, Deleuze, and Ranciere

Laura Roldan - Why Do Armed Conflicts Last So Long?

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 2: Human-non-human Relations 
Chair: Catherine Broomfield 

Benjamin Smart - Living Systems Theory and Potochnik's Coordinate Unity

Dr Virginia Thomas - Conservation in the Anthropocene: Recovering Other-Than-Human Animals in an Anthropocentric World

Kris Hill, Jes Hooper, Sarah Oxley Heaney, Dr Michelle Szydlowski and Dr Thomas Aiello - Collaborating for a Less Anthropocentric Anthrozoology (via Zoom) 

15:00 – 15:15

Final Remarks

15:15 – 16:15

Tree walk led by Aoife Strahan 
Aoife, a third year PhD student studying horticultural production in Devon and Cornwall will lead a guided tree walk from the conference room at Reed Hall to Lazenby House on the far side of campus. The walk will take in some of the University’s oldest and most interesting trees along the way. Aoife will share some interesting tidbits about the trees, their natural habitats and their ethnobotanic uses. We will be mostly keeping to the paths on campus, but the route does include some steps. Please contact Aoife in advance at if you would like to attend but have concerns about the accessibility of the route. 


Dinner at the City Gate Hotel