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The Silence/ing of Academic Women

Monday 5 February 17:00 until 18:30
Room 104, Fulton
Speaker: Dr Sarah Jane Aiston, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Part of the series: ESW Open Seminar Series

This event is hosted by the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER).

The underrepresentation of women in the most senior ranks and leadership positions in the academy is a global phenomenon. How and why women academics experience the higher education profession differently to their male colleagues has been the subject of extensive research.

In this seminar, Dr Aiston brings a new conceptual dimension to our understanding of this complex and enduring issue.

Based on 35 interviews with women academics from three world leading research-intensive universities, she will introduce the concept of the silence - and silencing - of academic women. The theoretical frame of ‘micro-inequities’ (small events) - which are hard to prove and covert - is used to analyse why academic women remain silent. And are silenced.


Advance booking not required.

Refreshments served.

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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Friday, 15 December 2017