The annual researchers’ day across Europe on 29 September had me talking about social media at two different events.
This event has been a long time coming. The grant award from British Council that I won back in December 2016 is now coming to use, as close to 40 early career researchers from the UK and Turkey gathered in Glasgow this week to discuss the issues of refugees and gender-based violence.
The aim of the event was to encourage collaboration between UK and Turkish participants on future grant proposals and publications and to create and maintain an international network of researchers on this topic in academia, NGOs, and government organisations in the two countries.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me! As a result of it, I got the second place in the overall photo competition Images of Research at Strathclyde. The final winners were determined by a public vote and were announced on 15 June in Drygate.
A great venue, craft beer, fabulous food and an award. What more could I wish for from a night out!
Want to learn more about the research behind body image and social media? Watch this brief video, which tells the story behind the picture from my entry in the Images of Research 2017 competition.
This is an annual competition, which evolves into an year-long exhibition bringing the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands at art galleries, museums and public spaces. This year the exhibition will be shown at the Glasgow Science Centre, the Drygate, and, very exciting, the European Parliament.
My entry was a family affair. The photo was created by my brother, Deyan Stoev, who is a professional photographer, under my creative guidance.
But most importantly, now it’s up to the public to decide the overall winner in the competition. Please, vote for my entry! You can do it here: Images of Research vote.
Our essay “The Female Body on Social Media”, co-authored with long-time colleague professor Yusuf Kalyango Jr., has come out in the volume Social Media: A Reference Handbook, edited by Dr Kelli Burns. The essay presents an overview of knowledge on the relationship between social media and body image. We also present the findings of our research, which asked women about the content of their Facebook posts related to their weight, body image, dieting, or weight loss.
This summer I’ll get another chance to work with my colleagues at Anadolu University in Turkey when we organise a research workshop on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees. The workshop is sponsored by the British Council’s Researcher Links programme and will aim to bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Turkey to discuss the topic and establish long-term connections. I’ll post more updates as they become available and we develop the programme of the event.
I am the new coordinator of the school’s research seminar series, which runs every Wednesday. The programme for the autumn semester is ready and is a great one.
Wednesdays 4-5pm ● Lord Hope 104abc (except for 9 November)
28 September Dr Claudia Gualtieri (U of Milan – English, Modern Languages)
“Stages of Lampedusa: The spectacle of migration”
Another happy announcement from the research desk. My doctoral student Anke Jobsky’s paper has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ECREA 2016 conference in Prague in November. Anke is writing a conceptual article about the beach body and proposing a new definition. And if you think that the beach body is just a body on the beach, think again. It’s a lot more than that and Anke is working to define the concept properly.
ECREA is the European Communication Research and Education Association, which gathers hundreds of communication scholars from across Europe at its biennial conference. It also holds smaller events throughout the continent and supports various publications.