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Real issues, real people, real data: how lived experience can contribute to a more equitable society - CANCELLED

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Past event - 2022
10 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club, 60 Hampton Street,
Birmingham B19 3LU
Over the course of this evening, we will explore the implications of social injustice on the daily lives of 'real people'. From the upsurge in demand for food banks to using photography to communicate what it is like to live with chronic illness, tonight's speakers will employ a critical lens to illustrate inequalities within our societies and how we might do better.


Photos and phenomenology: how do young adults represent their experiences of chronic health conditions and claiming welfare?

William Day (PhD Researcher at Aston University)
In psychology, qualitative data is often collected by talking to people about their experiences of a phenomena. But might there be different ways to understand what certain experiences are like? Given the increased access we have to photography, how might young adults use photos to express what it is like to live with a chronic, ‘unseen’, health condition whilst claiming UK welfare (e.g. PIP, ESA or UC)? Can psychological theory help us understand what these photos may represent? I argue that this holistic approach to data may help improve how welfare eligibility is assessed.

What does disability look like?

Vera Kubenz (Early Career Researcher in Critical Disability Studies)
We might think we know how to recognise a disabled person. But do we really? And does it depend on who is doing the looking? The wheelchair is the ultimate symbol of disability, yet is used by less than 10% of disabled people. In recent years, campaigns have highlighted that “not all disabilities are visible”, but do they reinforce the problem? This talk will explore how ideas about difference and disability are created and reproduced, and discuss the real-life consequences for disabled people for both looking and not looking ‘disabled’, challenging us to think differently about disability.

#Rightsnotcharity: why we need to move towards the end of food banking

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite (Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham)
For over a decade in the UK, food banks have grown rapidly and become a normalised and increasingly institutionalised ‘response’ to poverty and insecurity. Now more than ever, ‘emergency’ food is playing a key role in responding to the needs of those most vulnerable to the effects of the cost of living crisis. In this talk, I reflect on alternatives to the current charitable food model, which is often stigmatising and inadequate to meet peoples’ needs. I also outline the power and potential of solidarity to challenge and change dominant narratives around poverty and food insecurity.

Other Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club events

2022-05-09 "Whoever controls the media, controls the mind": why representation matters - cancelled Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom
2022-05-11 What's in a name? How language shapes society Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom