IHC CMI Seminar and Auto Biography Research Cluster discussion
  • Room 116, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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The Institute of Health and Community and the Centre for Methodological Innovations are delighted to invite you to attend a seminar led by Professor Elizabeth 'Betsy' Ettorre of the University of Liverpool, entitled 'Autoethnography as a Feminist Method: Sensitising the Feminist I and Raising Oppositional Consciousness'. This will be followed by our next Auto Biography Research Cluster discussion focusing on 'Memories'. 

Professor Ettorre explains "The paper begins with the assumption that A/E can be feminist  research, writing, and method for making the personal political as well as exposing precarity. The paper is divided into 3 sections: 1) I will tell stories of  Being 'a sexual pervert'; An old female body confronts a thyroid problem; Doing Research with drug using women and 'She wrote it but look what she wrote'; 2) I choose two stories to demonstrate how A/E relates to the feminist slogan 'the personal is political'; 3) I choose the remaining two stories and make connections with the notion of precarity as a human condition in today's neo-liberal world. Finally, I will conclude that  A/E can help us to make the personal political as well as to raise oppositional consciousness in an awareness of the conditions that give rise to precarity."

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ettorre is an internationally known feminist sociologist. She has written in the areas of substance misuse, genetics, reproduction and autoethnography. Currently, she is Emerita Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool, Honorary Professor, Aarhuus University, Denmark and University of Plymouth, UK and Docent in Sociology, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University. Besides publishing in a number of international peer reviewed journals, her scholarly work includes: Health, Culture & Society (forthcoming); Gendering Addiction: The Politics of Drug Treatment in a Neurochemical World (with Nancy Campbell), 2011; Culture, Bodies and the Sociology of Health, 2010; Revisioning Women and drug use: gender, power and the body, 2007; Making Lesbians visible in the Substance Use Field 2005; Reproductive genetics, gender and the body 2002; Before Birth: Understanding Prenatal Screening 2001; Women and Alcohol: From a private pleasure to a public problem?  1997; Society, the Body and Well-Being 1996 (with K. Suolinna and E Lahelma); Gendered Moods: Psychotropics and Society 1995 (with Elianne Riska); Women and Substance Use 1992; Drug Services in England and the Impact of the Central Funding Initiative 1990 (with S. MacGregor, R. Coomber and A. Crosier) and Lesbians, Women and Society 1980. Betsy has been awarded this year (2015), a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to work on the project, "Writing the self, the other and the social: Using Autoethnography as a feminist method of 'sensitising the I' .

Lunch will be provided at this event. This session is open to all but booking is essential via the Eventbrite website.

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