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IHRR Postgraduate Forum: ‘Utilising concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in research’
First IHRR Postgraduate Forum of academic year 2017-2018
Every academic year, the IHRR organises a series of postgraduate seminars with the goal of fostering links between PhD researchers from different disciplines. This Post Graduate Forum is one of the mechanisms we utilise to achieve this goal. PhD scholars from a range of departments will discuss how they utilise the concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in their research. The presentations will be 10 – 15 minutes with five minutes for questions.
14:30 - Introduction by Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director of IHRR
14:40 - Mildred Ajebon, Department of Geography ‘Translating the Concepts of Risks and Resilience in Field Research: Experience from a Non-English Speaking Country’
15:00 - Vassiliki Bathrelou, Department of Anthropology Fantasies of equilibrium, performances of transformation: Chronically resilient subjects and the dynamics of affective ecologies.
15:20 - Handing Sun, Business School Modelling asset price and managing financial risks and uncertainties using derivatives
15:40 - Maria Kenti-Kranidioti, Department of Anthropology Syrian and Kurdish refugees in Greece
16:00 – Marc Botha, Discussant
After the presentations, there will be a drinks reception where the presenters and the participants can continue discussions informally.
Mildred Ajebon, Geography, Durham University
‘Translating the Concepts of Risks and Resilience in Field Research: Experience from a Non-English Speaking Country’
Vassiliki Bathreloum, Anthropology, Durham University
Fantasies of equilibrium, performances of transformation: Chronically resilient subjects and the dynamics of affective ecologies.
My presentation investigates the usefulness of resilience as a theoretical concept in the ethnographic analysis of LGBTQ experiences. Examining the challenges faced by LGBTQ refugee communities in Greece alongside those faced by local LGBTQ persons I will demonstrate the role that fantasies of equilibrium play in engendering seemingly resilient hetero-patriarchal systems. At the same time, LGBTQ persons and communities can be seen as subjects who face consistently different challenges in an intersectional fashion and prove to be ‘chronically resilient’. Interrogating the relational aspects of resilience, I will support an approach to ‘shocks’ and challenges as non-linear, multiple and internally contradictory systems. The study of the complex dynamics of affective ecologies reveals resilience to be a technology of transformation and a potential site of resistance to singular conceptualisations of the subject.
Handing Sun, Business School, Durham University
Modelling Asset Price and Managing Financial Risks and Uncertainties Using Derivatives
Financial market can reflect the uncertainty and extreme events of the real world, from the happening of Brexit to Hurricane Irma. And the price of asset is fluctuating with all these variables. Owners of such assets would be exposed to financial risks and thus have potential loss. In this talk I will demonstrate how to price a fair value of one of the most important financial derivatives product, option, which can be used to construct portfolios to manage or hedge the asset price risk. To do such, we model the asset price movement as a multi-dimensional random process, extract the distribution information of the price in the future based on the model, and finally adjust our portfolio position to hedge against the characters of such uncertain events.
Maria Kenti-Kranidioti, Department of Anthropology
Syrian and Kurdish refugees in Greece
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