We are pleased to announce that SIID will be hosting five different projects as part of the 11th Annual ESRC Festival of Social Science. This year, the festival runs from 2nd-9th November across Sheffield, offering a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

Over the week-long festival, SIID will host 3 public events and 2 outreach events with local schools.  All public events are free to attend, with no booking required.  See below for the timetable of our events.

Development Education- How Should it Evolve?
Tuesday 5th November,2-3pm, ICOSS Foyer (map)

In collaboration with Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY), SIID will host a debate on how development education should be organised in schools and universities. The debate will comprise two presentations by Sheffield teachers involved in global education (one working at primary and one at secondary level) and a presentation by Rob Unwin, lead researcher at DECSY and a recently-appointed national leader for the DFID-funded Global Education project. The debate will be chaired by Paul Mosley, professor of economics at Sheffield University and a DECSY trustee.

The backdrop to the debate will be a week-long exhibition displayed in the ICOSS foyer, that will highlight some of the projects in which DECSY is currently involved, including gender education, teacher education in China, comparative exit from poverty in North and South, and primary-secondary transitions in education.

The debate and exhibition are free to attend, no booking required. For more information on the event, contact Prof. Paul Mosley (p.mosley@sheffield.ac.uk)

Telling Stories about Human Rights
Interactive Performance Evening ¦Tues 5th Nov,7-9pm, Quaker Meeting House (map)

“Once upon a time there was a princess who could not speak, a spellbound boy, a soldier sworn to silence.”

This event is aimed at tackling the dominant narrative on human rights in British society, inviting the audience to explore the blurred boundaries of human rights in practice. This will be achieved by bringing together several techniques – storytelling, presentation and audience participation. The event will begin with a professional storyteller who will tell relevant stories from traditional tales that deal with human rights violations. These tales will be interwoven with informative sessions led by two human rights specialists from the University of Sheffield’s Law School.

This event is free to attend, no booking required. For more information, contact Dr. Lorenza Fontana (l.fontana@sheffield.ac.uk). Event Poster.

Interactive Infographics of International Development Research
Free Infographics & Launch Event ¦Thurs 7th Nov,7-8pm, Showroom Cafe (map)

We live in a time of information overload, which has fuelled public scepticism over the transparency of available information. Digital technologies have revolutionized how people interact, providing a unique medium for researchers to visualize and simplify complex information. Despite this potential, academia has been slow to adopt these technologies to communicate ideas.

Dr Johan Oldekop (SIID) and graphic designer Carl Sadd aim to address this gap through the creation of a range of infographics based on the forefront of SIID research. These infographics will be freely available to the public following the live launch event on the 7th November, during which Dr. Johan Oldekop and Carl Sadd will showcase the infographics and discuss potential for expansion.

Full details to be confirmed. Contact the event lead: Dr Johan Oldekop (j.a.oldekop@sheffield.ac.uk)

Aid Worker for a Day
Interactive workshop for local sixth-formers

“I want to help people”. “I want to use my skills in abroad”. “We need to do more for those suffering”.

Many young people are passionate about humanitarian issues, from war to famine, and often play important roles in fundraising activities and in raising awareness. Yet it is a world that can seem remote from their day-to-day experience. Not only are the countries affected by humanitarian catastrophes often geographically and culturally distant, but so are many of the UK-based agencies involved in delivering humanitarian assistance.
Our aim is to provide a practical workshop as a “taster” to pre-university students, giving them both a basic understanding of the context of international aid work and a flavour of what it is like to work in a humanitarian emergency. The workshop will be run by a combination of academic researchers from the University of Sheffield whose work engages with humanitarian issues alongside experienced aid workers. The connection with the schools and colleges involved have been set up through the UoS Outreach Team.

Please note this is a closed event. For more information, contact the event lead, Dr. Simon Rushton (simon.rushton@sheffield.ac.uk)

Volunteers & Communities in the Global South
Interactive workshops for local secondary schools & PGCE students

Participating in volunteering in the global South is increasingly undertaken by 16-18 year olds from the UK, whether as part of a ‘gap year’ or a project over the summer months, yet research has illustrated that these young people are often poorly prepared to navigate some of the ethical and moral sensitivities they may encounter. This workshop is designed to encourage young people to think critically about how volunteers from the global North interact with communities in the global South.

The session will be delivered through an interactive workshop, including considering a range of scenarios to encourage critical thinking about events which might occur whilst volunteering with communities overseas. There will be activities which also incorporate visual imagery, and a short video clip, aimed at stimulating discussion around ethical and moral issues. Through engaging young people with volunteer tourism we hope to not only encourage them to think critically about the projects they may engage with, but also to be able to practically cope with some of these issues ‘on-the-ground’ should they choose to participate in volunteering.

Please note this is a closed event. For more information, contact the event lead, Dr Tom Smith (t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk)