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Research and Scholarly Activity

As a solely postgraduate community, Ustinov College provides a unique and vibrant academic environment where Ustinovians engage in dialogue and debate across different cultures and disciplines. The Global Citizenship Programme includes the Café Politique, Café Scientifique, Café des Arts, the Ustinov Seminar, and Race Crime and Justice teams, who organise seminars and debates with academics, activists and research students to share their research or insights on topics of interest. In addition, the Ustinov Annual Conference was set up in 2015 to explore the intersection of academic theory and real life practice.

Academic staff from across different departments of Durham University and beyond are members of our Senior Common Room which organises discussion groups on hot topics, careers seminars for future academics, and aims to provide support and mentoring research students.

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Ustinov Annual Conference 2022

Re-imagining knowledge production and access

After the success of Ustinov Annual Conference in 2021 on ‘Global Migration: Rights, Policies and Gender’, Ustinov College is happy to announce that we are organising an international conference on the theme of ‘Re-Imagining Knowledge Production and Access’ in the summer of 2022. 

This year’s annual conference seeks to answer questions that challenge the boundaries of knowledge production and access:

  1. Whose voices are heard?
  2. Who decides what counts as legitimate knowledge?
  3. Who can access the knowledge?

The conference seeks to contest the dominant paradigms in research, policy, and practice which are Anglo-Eurocentric, patriarchal, and heteronormative. Conference participants and speakers are encouraged to work together in re-imagining, recognising, and raising diverse yet lesser-heard perspectives that are similarly valuable and valid.

Call for Abstracts

We invite poster and oral presentation abstracts under the theme: “Re-imagining Knowledge Production and Access”.

Sub-themes include but are not limited to:

  • Decolonial studies
  • Indigenous studies
  • Children and youth studies
  • Feminist and gender studies
  • Queer and sexual diversity studies
  • Disability studies

Postgraduate students and early career researchers globally are welcome to submit their abstracts for our one and half day hybrid conference, taking place on Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June 2022.

  • Poster abstract: 100-150 words (Prize to be awarded for best posters via online voting)

Please submit your abstracts and short bio of 50 words to by 31 May 2022.