Celebrating Fresh Thinking:
Professorial Lecture Series
Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academia made by Professor Kate van Heugten and Professor Philippa Martin in the final Professorial Lecture Series for this year.
Date: Thursday, 2 November 2017, 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Engineering Lecture Theatre, E14
I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend these lectures, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.
“Why are you taking it so personally? The social construction of workplace bullying and the practice of parrhesia.” – presented by Professor Kate van Heugten
Workplace bullying has most frequently been framed as an interpersonal problem and interventions largely deal with bullying on a case by case basis. More recently, however, social scientists have begun to call attention to the ways in which definitional discourses limit perspectives on bullying, and constrain attention away from the organisational and macro socio-political context in which bullying takes place.
This talk considers research and theorising about depersonalised bullying in the neoliberal workplace context, dialectical power relations, and some of the resistance oriented practices in which workers engage. The emphasis of this talk is not on finding solutions to bullying but rather on the value of academics asking uncomfortable questions and practising parrhesia: speaking “truth” to power (Foucault, 1983).
“Communicating through a thousand paper cuts: the bleeding edge of engineering” – presented by Professor Philippa Martin
Abstract: We are on the cusp of 5th generation communication systems which will have a massive impact on society, due to remote sensing, distributed control, machine to machine communications and data gathering on a never seen before scale. In this context what is privacy? How will our data be used? How will this impact women? What will be the impact if women are under-represented in designing and harnessing this new technology?
Women are still vastly outnumbered in engineering. Over the past four years the percentage of women in engineering intermediate has grown by over 1% a year, to reach 18.4%. This comes after a long period of pretty static numbers. In Electrical and Computer Engineering we have oscillated around 10% women for over 20 years. In this seminar, we will look at how far we’ve come in terms of gender equity in engineering and how far we still have to go. Finally, we will look at concrete actions we can take to create an inclusive, diverse and dynamic college of engineering. We will discuss ways to empower people to stand up and make a difference.
Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor |Tumu Tuarua