Monthly Archives: January 2014

Trading Places: Encounters with diversity on a South London Street Market

David Rubyan-Ling//Geography//5th of February//1-2 pm//Arts C133

East street market london

My paper explores the notion of diversity in the context of a public street market in Southwark, South London. Street markets are seen as archetypal spaces of urban encounter and thus potentially have a positive role in generating social cohesion and inter-cultural understanding. I examine this idea through a discussion of the relationships between 3 traders on East Street Market. I find that so-called ‘strategic cosmopolitanism’ (Kothari 2008) does exist, however it is articulated alongside strikingly conservative cultural values that reflect their interests as small businesspeople in a context of economic and social decline.

David came to Sussex in 2008 on a 1+3 ESRC studentship to study the Sierra Leonean Diaspora in the UK. He travelled to Sierra Leone in 2009 where he spent 5 months learning Krio, followed by 14 months conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Southwark, South London. His undergraduate background is in Development Studies (UEA), and he is currently writing a paper on the relationship between Diaspora and complex Diversity in South London. His research interests are West African Migration, Diasporas and Development, and Urban Ethnography.


Women and religious practices in Uzbekistan: Transformation and changes in the light of the post Soviet period

Matluba Wakefield//Anthropology//29th January//1-2 pm//Arts C133


This lecture explores the experience of  transformation of Uzbek women’s religious and ritual lives in Tashkent after Independence.  The presentation is based on research conducted over four years, covering the English, Russian, Uzbek language literature and periodical press, archive materials, and oral histories of women who experienced the challenges of the Soviet system and changes during the Independence period.

This presentation examines the relationship between women’s everyday life, state and religious institutions that controlled and constructed rituals. It further explores Uzbek women’s role within a frame of changes and transformations in Uzbek social life. I suggest that religious rituals and everyday life of Uzbek women changes continuously because of the influence of different forces and institutions. The ritual and everyday life of women changed as it adapted to different historical periods and political systems; being used, controlled and constructed by the state and religious institutions for the purpose of constructing identity, ideology and controlling women.  I further suggest that women cope with the changes and transformation of everyday (ritual and religious) life and it reveals the women’s role, their use of agency and self expression as they adapted or coped with these changes.

Bio: I completed my Masters at the Institute of Social Studies, Women and Development program, in The Hague.  I am a PhD student at Sussex, I recently submitted my thesis and I am now waiting for my VIVA.  I am focusing on women and Islam, religious and life cycle practices in the Soviet and post Soviet period.

Caught in the Web: Toward new Internet based Research Methods

David Saunders//International Relations//22nd January//1-2 pm//Arts C133


 “In an attempt to trace how propaganda has or has not changed with the advent of the Internet and its associated technologies I have encountered many stumbling blocks to do with the shear size and fluidity of the online environment. Therefore I have had to look outside of traditional social science methods for potential solutions. This has meant I have explored some very unfamiliar territory with all their vocabulary, tropes and traditions. It is my aim in this presentation to outline some of the new, or at least uncommon, methods I have been using to further my research and to highlight some of the interesting possibilities and problems that these methods pose.”

Bio: “I have studied at Sussex since my undergrad days when I read Politics and International Relations. I then completed two Masters, again at Sussex, the first in IR and the second in Cross Cultural Research Methods. I am currently a part-time DPhil student focusing on new media, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and propaganda.”

Lecture Series Programme Announced

The programme for the Global Studies PhD Lecture Series is now finalised! See the poster below. 

The series takes place every Wednesday 1-2pm in Arts C 133 lecture theatre. Please circulate to any of your networks you think might be interested. The lectures are designed to appeal to those not necessarily familiar with the subject. Undergraduates in particular are invited to share their questions and impresssions. ATs publicise to you students and bring them along. Hoping to see many of you there.

22nd of Jan David Saunders Caught in the Web: Toward new Internet based Research Methods
29th of Jan Matluba Wakefield Women and religious practices in Uzbekistan, Transformation and changes in the light of the post Soviet period
5th of Feb David Rubyan-Ling Trading Places: Encounters with diversity on a South London Street Market
12th of Feb Smita Yadav Labouring Families- Work and Life of Gonds in India
19th of Feb Astrid Jamar Daily work in Burundian and Rwandan ‘Aidland’: Seeking
Reconciliation and Justice through Training and Sensitisation
26th of Feb Neil Dooley Beyond Immaturity and Victimisation: Rethinking the asymmetries of the eurozone crisis
5th of March Debbie Humphry Moving on? Audio-visual narratives of Housing Insecurity in Coalition Britain
12th of March Santiago Ripoll Food sovereignty and moral economy: the case of subsistence farmers in Nicaragua
19th of March Anneke Newman Politics of Islamic Education Reform in Senegal: Development or ‘Game of Thrones’?
26th of March Pin Hsien-Wu Diverse Forms of Environmental Participation: Case Studies of Mining in China and India
2nd of April Katie McQuaid Violence, humanitarianism and rights: Storytelling amongst Congolese refugees in Uganda
9th of April Titiksha Shukla Challenge and challenges: Dalits’ assertion of right to own land amidst the dominance of the ‘upper’ caste in western Maharashtra, India

poster updated 2014-2