Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

Located within the Department of Education in the School of Education and Social Work, the research centre CHEER has been established to consolidate higher education research and scholarship at the University of Sussex.

CHEER's director is Professor Louise Morley.

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Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 2-3.30pm
Title: Family, Work or Me Time? Navigating gendered shomoyscapes and faculty life in the urban Global South

  • Riyad A. Shahjahan: Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE), Michigan State University
  • Naseeb K. Bhangal: Doctoral Student, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE), Michigan State University
  • Tasnim A. Ema: Undergraduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Temporality remains underexamined when exploring faculty’s gendered subjectivity in the urban Global South. Less is known about how clock time influences gendered shomoyscapes (temporal landscapes) of faculty in rapidly developing HE systems, like Bangladesh.

Drawing on interviews and participant observations with 22 faculty in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the speakers seek to illuminate gendered shomoyscapes and highlight how faculty refuse, complicate and embrace clock time with local temporal desires. They will also highlight three major temporal forces through which faculty navigate their desires: a) family time, b) work time, and c) me time.

Ultimately, they argue that modern clock time makes in/visible social differences within an urban Bangladeshi context, illuminating temporal hierarchies that open or foreclose faculty’s desires. Although clock time grips the world, they recommend more local, situated analyses in Global South contexts to map out how clock time intersects with and, ultimately, shifts gendered subjectivities and desires among faculty in the Global South.



Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Organiser: Emily Danvers, Lecturer in Higher Education Pedagogy, Department of Education, University of Sussex
Title: CHEER Writing Retreat

An informal and encouraging space to write alongside each other as colleagues, this retreat will comprise of chunks of individual writing time interspersed with whole-group meeting and also meeting in smaller break-out groups to discuss the frustrations and pleasures of writing in and about higher education. No-one will be expected to read aloud anything they have written. The opportunity is simply to share - if wanted - how well we feel we are progressing in our chosen tasks. Whatever they may be. Attendance can be for all or part of the day.


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CHEER Director:
Professor Louise Morley
T: +44 (0)1273 876700
E: L.Morley@sussex.ac.uk

CHEER Co-Director:
Professor Kelly Coate
E: K.Coate@sussex.ac.uk

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