WRDTC Welcome Event 2015: Poster Exhibition

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Poster Exhibition

Sadiq ABID
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
Imam Ali Shrine: the impact of the external and internal forces on local conservation management (PDF, 1.7MB)
The poster focuses on the external and internal interventions that have been acted on the Imam Ali Shrine in the holy city of Najaf /Iraq. Undisputedly, the Shrine has a special character and a significant cultural heritage. However, Najaf as a pilgrimage city has many problems which the central and local government have been trying to resolve through development projects. The main concern is that these projects have led to the demolition of the identity of Najaf. Moreover most development solutions have been adopted from elsewhere rather than being specific to Najaf and, ultimately, the city will be left without history or historic character.

The Shrine is not just a physical building, but it carries tangible and intangible values associated with local memory. Therefore, its effect isn’t only spatial, but extends temporally and spiritually, because the memory is the container of local awareness of the past.

School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
China & Soft Power、中国与软实力: altering a nation’s image to attenuate the impacts of economic power (PDF, 942KB)
The 21st century is a multi-polar world where economies are intertwined, creating a balance of powers. China’s recent economic growth, spanning three decades in a globalised economy, illustrates that China has become a regional leader and a prominent actor in international affairs. States have an influence on others, and are influenced by others, as a result of the circulation of goods, ideas and culture.

I am focusing on how soft power can be an effective tool to alter China’s image into a “peaceful rise”. A Foreign Policy concept coined by Joseph S.Nye, soft power involves attraction to culture, policy and values. I am aiming at providing an understanding of how the shifting global order is shaping International Relations; more specifically, I am examining how China seeks to monitor and alter its image so as not to be perceived as a “threat”, by expanding its cultural and diplomatic influence worldwide.

Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
‘Not Just a Girls’ Sport: Gender, Identity and Masculinity in Men’s Roller Derby (PDF, 7.4MB)
Roller derby has been theorised as a women-only space; a space for the reconstruction of ‘emphasised femininity’, including hyper sexualised clothing, into a feminist display of empowerment; an aggressive, full-contact sport, which allows women to challenge gender norms simply by participating; and a serious, athletic sport. Whilst studies explore the impact roller derby has on the women who play, researchers routinely downplay the involvement and impact of male participants. Using participant observation and unstructured interviews, this research explores roller derby through its male participants, and foregrounds their experience for the first time.

Education, University of Leeds
Do their beliefs matter? A study of teachers’ beliefs and the teaching of speaking (PDF, 2.33MB)
It is now widely accepted that to understand what teachers do in the classroom we need to gain insight into the beliefs that shape their work. In this poster I report the general findings of my qualitative research study on Saudi teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding the teaching of speaking. The study included five case studies. The participants were five female Saudi untrained English language teachers who are teaching English to the preparatory year students in a Saudi University. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews and classroom observations. This poster focuses on teachers’ beliefs and their teaching practices and the relationship between these beliefs and practices.

Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
Making Space for Curiosity and Innovation: Reshaping Sheffield Museums (PDF, 2.3MB)
How do museums provide spaces for curiosity and innovation? Based on the first year of collaborative researching, a museum experience survey and literature review, this poster presents the resulting project design and a selection of visual findings to date.

Environment, University of York
Food production or environmental conservation: competition for land in the United Kingdom and Canada (PDF, 2.1MB)
By 2050 the world’s population is projected to surpass 9 billion people which will require global food production to increase by as much as 100 per cent. At the same time, farmers are increasingly expected to provide more than an adequate supply of food but also ensure a range of other ecosystem services, such as environmental conservation. How can both of these objectives be achieved on a finite land base? This study will explore this issue within two regions, Canada and the UK, first by conducting a comparative analysis of land use policies, supplemented by in-depth interviews with policymakers/stakeholders, and secondly by conducting in-depth interviews with farmers to better understand the motivations behind decisions to produce food and/or set-aside land for environmental purposes. Overall, the aim of this research is to support the creation of land use policies that better achieve both food production and environmental conservation objectives.

School of Geography, University of Leeds
Hoarders at Home: Mental Health Meets Material Culture
My poster introduces my research, currently in progress, with people who self-identify as a compulsive hoarder. It situates my work within recent efforts to think through the everyday (home) lives of people with a ‘mental health problem’. I argue against the medicalisation of difference and instead approach hoarding as a practice of material culture, one which challenges the normative limits of how people live in the world with objects. I outline my methodology for capturing the daily realities of hoarders’ lives and the way they live in and create their homes. This is through both interview and a participant created video project, where hoarders film and narrate tours of their houses. This work extends how we understand not only what life is like for people with a ‘mental health problem’ but also challenges our academic concept(ion)s of the meaning of ‘home’.

Lu (Alison) XU
School of Law, University of Leeds
Party Autonomy for Property Rights – Solution or Delusion? (PDF, 493KB)
Putting party autonomy into property rights definitely sounds like a challenge in the area of conflict of laws. Traditionally, the majority of legal systems have founded their choice of law rule for property rights on the lex situs base, the law of the place where the property in dispute is situated. However, there is a promising sign that some jurisdictions already allow parties to decide applicable law for certain proprietary matters.

The research will analyse central questions including current conflict of laws theories involving party autonomy, development of choice of law rules for property rights, and practical approaches adopted by jurisdictions in which party autonomy has been used in choice of law rule for property rights.

Finally, this research aims at providing suggestions specific for Chinese latest legislative reform.