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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Durham Book Festival: Writing in the Academy: Meet the Authors - Dr Nadja Reissland, Professor Gary Craig, Dr Erika Rackley

24th October 2012, 12:30 to 13:30, Institute of Advanced Study, Seminar Room, Durham University, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RL

Writing in the University requires a particular set of skills and is shaped by some very particular pressures.  Academic authors need to present original research, to respond to the cut and thrust of peer reviews, to engage in scholarly debate with colleagues, and to be accessible to wider audiences.  What is it like to write in this context?  Find out by meeting a range of University authors at these events.

This event is free and open to all.

This event is in conjunction with the Durham Book Festival and features:


Dr Nadja Reissland; 'The Development of Emotional Intelligence'

How do children learn about the expression and meaning of emotions – both happy and sad? This book answers questions regarding the foundation of emotional intelligence, and examines how children become emotionally literate as they are socialised into their family environment from birth to 2 years of age. These early stages are vitally important in teaching children to understand themselves and others, as well as how to relate to people, and how to adapt to and cope with their immediate surroundings.

In order to examine the development of emotional intelligence, Dr Reissland presents an overview of the literature on the subject and in the second part of the book presents a case study in which the concepts introduced in the first part of the book are revisited. Based on daily tape-recorded ‘conversations’ between a baby and her father, the data demonstrate how, over a two-year period, the child learns to express and understand emotions within social interactions. This capacity to reason with emotions is examined through four areas: perceiving emotion, integrating emotion, understanding emotion and managing emotion.

Nadja Reissland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Durham University. Her research concerns emotional development from the prenatal period to early childhood in relation to maternal stress and depression. Her latest research examines fetal facial expressions in utero.

Professor Gary Craig; 'Understanding Race and Ethnicity'

Many welfare states are now struggling to deal with the issues and tensions raised by the growth of minority ethnic populations and increasing ethnic diversity. The fact that most societies in the developed world are now multicultural raises many challenges for policy and for the delivery of welfare services which most states have yet to address, retreating into forms of institutional racism to deny minorities the services they need. Using the UK as an exemplary case study, this much-needed book combines historical and theoretical approaches to the issue of 'race' and ethnicity within welfare provision, including an examination of how minorities experience welfare in a range of service settings. The book inspires new ways of approaching welfare and social policy, in anticipation of a society that is equal, inclusive, fair and just for all and will make essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Gary Craig is Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the Durham University. He has worked in large-scale community development projects and four other UK universities. His research interests are in social justice, 'race' and ethnicity, local governance and community development and has published widely on the issue of 'race'. Gary has over 250 publications, including books, chapters in books, journal articles and research reports.

Dr Erika Rackley; ' Women, judging and the judiciary; from difference to diversity'

Women, Judging and the Judiciary examines debates about gender representation in the judiciary and the importance of judicial diversity. It offers a fresh look at the role of the (woman) judge and the process of judging and provides a new analysis of the assumptions which underpin and constrain debates about why we might want a more diverse judiciary, and how we might get one.

Erika Rackley is a senior lecturer in law with particular expertise in judicial diversity and appointments. She joined Durham Law School in April 2006 and was promoted to senior lecturer in January 2009.  Erika has written widely on judicial diversity, particularly in relation to the representation of women and the importance of difference-based arguments in the context of judicial diversity.

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