During the 2021-22 academic year, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Over the past decade we are proud to have supported hundreds of students through their doctoral studies and via our internship programme, investing over 35 years of research work into Scotland’s economy.
Over the coming academic year, we will be delivering 10 keynotes to celebrate 10 years of SGSSS. The keynotes are intended to provide a forum for reflecting back on the contribution Scottish social science has made over the last 10 years to academic debate and policy development, and to consider the critical role of social science in taking the opportunities and addressing challenges facing Scotland over the next decade.
The full programme will be published shortly, however we are thrilled to invite the SGSSS community to join us for our first keynote. This keynote also aligns with our Black History Month programme, which can be viewed in full here.
In this conversation, we ask who benefits from an overemphasis on resilience in conflict settings and in our everyday life. How does resilience create violent structures of expectations? We start from a point of care and empathy as a language that may work better than expecting resilience. Join us for a 90-minute conversation to discuss these thoughts together, with dedicated time for Q&A in the second half of the session.
Shambhawi Tripathi is a first-year PhD student at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. Her doctoral work seeks to explore the absence of a conceptual human in International Relations and the alternative worlds that can be apprehended through an emotional retelling of the human and of the discipline. She is interested in moments of transformation and emotional storytelling as a way to study and practice international politics.
Malaka Shwaikh is an associate lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. Her research is at the intersection of prison resistance, decoloniality, and hunger strikes. She is interested in languages of care and empathy and in ways that ensure our world is a better place.