The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public. Here you will find details of our MI lunches, annual lectures, work in progress seminars, and more!

Jan
22
Tue
MI Lunch Seminar with Ayesha Ahmad @ Room 1.01, 21 Buccleuch Place
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

with Ayesha Ahmad

Talk Title: Approaches and Responses to Psychological Sufferings from Conflict: Clearing the debris of western-centred ‘traumatizations’

Abstract

In this talk, I parallel the notion of traumatization, as conveyed through biomedical paradigms of understanding trauma, to medicalization. Through the reduction of trauma to a psychiatric disorder, conflict-related experiences of suffering are understood through a personal narrative, rather than a collective narrative that reveals epistemic injustice. In this sense, I argue that the dominant western approach to understanding and responding to psychological suffering from conflict is a form of silencing. By reducing lived experiences of war to a framework of symptomology, diagnosis, and treatment, the denial of the consequences of war is legitimized. Given that western-centred and biomedical frameworks of trauma govern the mental health status of conflict-affected populations that are typically non-western, the issue of race and ethnicity must be factored in. This critique is essential if we are to actually respond and receive the experiences of psychological suffering from individuals in, during, and following conflict/s. Currently, I conclude, the smokescreen of traumatization prevents the lived experiences of war from being known in ways other than a psychiatric disorder – namely, gross violations of human rights.

Respondent: TBC

About Ayesha:

Dr. Ayesha Ahmad (PhD) is a lecturer in Global Health at St. George’s University of London and Honorary Lecturer at the Institute for Global Health, University College London. She specialises in transcultural psychiatry with a focus on mental health and gender-based violence during conflict and humanitarian crisis with a  focus on cross-cultural notions of trauma. She is the Co-investigator on an MRC/AHRC funded 2-year project called Story-Telling for Health: Acknowledgement, Expression, and Recovery (SHAER) bringing together collaborators from Kashmir, Afghanistan, Turkey, Tunisia, and South Africa. Her work also includes providing expert reports for asylum seeker cases. She has published widely in academic journals and national and international media outlets as well as speaking at conference and public events worldwide. Her book Humanitarian Action and Ethics co-edited with James Smith was published in 2018 (Zed Publishers).

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.

If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

Jan
24
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ TBC
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jan
31
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ TBC
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Feb
7
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Room 1.01, Dugald Stewart Building, The University of Edinburgh
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Feb
14
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ TBC
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Feb
21
Thu
The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2019 @ Room CL205, Collins Suite, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2019

‘In what ways, if at all, should the best interest test with regard to care of children be reformed?’

If you wish to register to come along as an audience member then please register with Eventbrite as an audience member. However, if you are considering taking part as a member of one of the debate teams, then please read on for some further information about what this will involve and how to reserve your place on a team.

We are delighted that you are considering taking part as a debate team member. Below is some additional information that we hope will help to inform your decision. If you are a University of Edinburgh or University of Glasgow Law or Medical school student (undergraduate or LLM), or a Strathclyde Law student (undergraduate or LLM), and would like to join a team, please send an email to annie.sorbie@ed.ac.uk, copied to edward.dove@ed.ac.uk, as soon as possible, as multidisciplinary teams will be selected on a first come, first served basis (more detail below).

We will aim to respond to all expressions of interest, and you will be informed in due course whether or not you have been selected for a team. If not, we will operate a waiting list, and hope that you will come along to support your colleagues and form part of the voting audience!


Information for potential participants

This is provisional and further, confirmed information will follow nearer the date of the debate

 

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019, 5:30-8.30pm (including reception).

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Collins Suite, Room CL205, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XH

Organisers: Your key contacts for this event are Annie Sorbie, Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics, and Edward Dove, Lecturer in Risk and Regulation, both of the Mason Institute (see email contact details above).

Transport: Transport arrangements will be provided for University of Edinburgh staff and students to/from Glasgow, but are provisional at this time. Further information on travel will follow closer to the event.

Motion:  “This House believes that the best interest test with regard to care of children should be reformed.”

As demonstrated by the recent high-profile media cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, there are live questions around whether the ‘best interests test’ is fit for purpose in an era of increasing importance of patient and parental autonomy. Long-standing debate rivals, Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde will consider issues of medical law and ethics arising over possible changes to the best interests test.

Glasgow/Strathclyde team: Once teams have been selected, a coin toss will decide which team is arguing for and against the motion.

Edinburgh team: Once teams have been selected, a coin toss will decide which team is arguing for and against the motion.

Teams: Each team captain will lead a team consisting of five members, comprised of law students and medical students. The teams will be selected on a first come, first served basis, although to ensure that the teams are multidisciplinary we will aim for a 3:2 ratio between team members from each discipline. The organiser’s decision on team selections are final.

Team captains: The team captains for Glasgow/Strathclyde and Edinburgh will be responsible for organising team meetings, practice sessions and liaising with the Mason Institute to discuss debate logistics. If you are willing to be a team captain, please let us know when you indicate your desire to join a team.

Format: The debate is anticipated to last around 1hr 30mins, commencing at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm, with a wine and food reception to follow the debate). There will be an invited audience, and the debate will be chaired by Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Co-Director of the Mason Institute. Members of both teams will prepare submissions for or against and will be permitted to see a ‘skeleton’ outline of the arguments to be made by either side beforehand to prepare counter-arguments. (Submissions to opposing teams will be due around the beginning of February 2019.)

The event will not be a traditional moot – the chair will not interrupt the arguments of either team and team members may not respond outwith the allocated response timings (to follow in due course). There will be a time keeper to let each speaker know when they have 1 minute left and also when their time has finished. A University academic will be invited to act as the impartial, expert judge to determine the victor. Furthermore, the invited audience will be asked to vote for or against the motion both before and after arguments. The audience vote tallies will be announced after the expert judge has rendered the decision.

Three members of your team (including the team captain) will set out substantive arguments for or against the motion; the other two team members will set out the counter-arguments to the opposing team’s points. The team captain begins submissions for their teams and provides closing arguments. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

Feb
28
Thu
MI Writing Retreat
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Mar
7
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Room 2.29, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH, UK
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mar
13
Wed
MI Lunch Seminar with Mark Flear @ Room 2.07, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9LE, UK
Mar 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

with Mark Flear

Talk Title: TBC

Abstract

TBC

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

 

Mar
14
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ TBC
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up