2019 Conference

5th - 7th April, Sheffield University

 
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We're delighted to be at Sheffield University for the fourth Academic Archers conference, starting with Friday night welcome dinner, the conference over the weekend, and a Saturday night dinner, just so we have even more time to talk all things The Archers.  

 

The schedule can be found below and the box office is open. Ever mindful of wallets, we’ve kept the cost of tickets as low as we can and have options for a day-only conference ticket, Early Bird rates and across the dinners and the conference, tickets can be bought in separate transactions to help you spread the cost.

Topics cover cradle to grave themes and everything in between. Former pregnancy services worker Carolynne Henshaw talks birth rates and attitudes to pregnancy in Ambridge, and writer and journalist, Rob Stepney answers a common listener question of why are so many of The Archers still around to annoy us, with his paper ‘A series of unfortunate events? Mortality and medical incident in a small Borsetshire village.’

We’ll be looking at childhood, particularly that of Henry Archer, in ‘‘We Should have called him Damien.’ A discussion of the impact of Henry Archer’s early years on potential crimes of the future’, by Nicola Maxfield, Curriculum Manager for Health, Public Services and Education, Alton College, and the quandaries of middle age, through the prism of Shula and Reader in philosophy, St. Mary’s University, Hannah Marije Altorf’s paper, ‘This isn’t about curry, Alistair’: Shula Hebden-Lloyd and Iris Murdoch on Love.’

Brian will be pleased to know that farming business gets its own strand this year. But maybe not so pleased with two of the papers, ‘What to do when you’re no longer Borsetshire’s Business Person of the Year or How to handle a scandal’, from Olivia Vandyk, Communications Strategist, and ‘Borsetshire Businessman or Feckless Farmer?’ from Armchair Soil Scientist, Christine Narramore.

This year also sees strands on Ambridge and rural identities and the demographic composition of Ambridge, and three papers will be queering the village and its residents. Hit of the 2018 conference, NATO advisor James Armstrong is back, with a podcast satire on counterinsurgency in Borsetshire.

 

2019 Academic Archers Annual Conference Schedule

Friday, 5th April

Welcome Dinner, doors 6.30 pm for 7 pm, Halifax Hall, Sheffield University

 

Saturday, 6th April

Conference, The Edge, Sheffield University

8.30 am                                Doors and registration

9 am – 9.15 am                  Welcome from Dr Cara Courage and Dr Nicola Headlam

 

9.15 am – 10.35     Session 1 - Agri-business/Agro-business: The professional and the political of Ambridge enterprises

9.15 – 9.35, What to do when you’re no longer Borsetshire’s Business Person of the Year or How to handle a scandal, Olivia Vandyk, Communications Strategist

9.35 – 9.55, Borsetshire Businessman or Feckless Farmer?, Christine Narramore, Armchair Soil Scientist

9.55 – 10.15, Making it all better: The Role of Market Research and Planning for the Bridge Farm Businesses, Lucy Saunders, PR/Marketing Professional

10.15 – 10.35 , Is Ambridge Parish Council fit for purpose? The Localism Act (2011) and its impact on decision-making and governance in a small rural community, Christine Michael, Editor, The Ambridge Observer

 

10.35 – 11.25         Session 2 - Hot Fuzz: Crime and the Causes of Crime

10.35 – 10.55, And it’s Burns, Burns, Burns: The rural policeman comes around, Charlotte Bilby, Reader in Criminology, Northumbria University

10.55 – 11.15, ‘We Should have called him Damien.’ A discussion of the impact of Henry Archer’s early years on potential crimes of the future, Nicola Maxfield, Curriculum Manager for Health, Public Services and Education, Alton College

11.15 – 11.25, Counterinsurgency II: The podcast, James Armstrong, NATO

 

11.25 – 11.45         Morning break

 

11.45 – 12.35         Session 3 – Women of Ambridge Redux, Part 1: Sisters are doing it for themselves?

11.45 – 11.55, Queering Shula, Karen Pollock, Psychotherapist specialising in Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity

11.55 – 12.05, Engineers as earth mothers: can fiction plough a furrow for female participation?, Fiona Gleed, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath

12.05 – 12.15, The pipeline of future UK scientists: Ambridge and the STEM gender imbalance, Jane Turner, Director Primary Science Quality Mark, University of Hertfordshire and Clare Warren, PhD student, University of Hertfordshire

12.15 – 12.35, ‘Almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men’: Ambridge women and their conversations, Sarah Kate Merry, Research Associate, Centre for PostDigital Cultures, Coventry University

12.35 – 12.45, ‘Oh baby!’ Unplanned pregnancy and a woman’s right to choose,    Carolynne Henshaw, Pregnancy Services (former)

 

12.45 – 1.30            Lunch

 

1.30 – 2.30 pm       Session 4 - Women of Ambridge Redux, Part 2: Women and the Life Course

1.30 – 1.50, Get me to the church in time…I do. I don’t. I won’t: An analysis of weddings and marriages in Ambridge, Borsetshire, Louise Gillies, Clinical Academic

1.50 – 2.10, ‘This isn’t about curry, Alistair’: Shula Hebden-Lloyd and Iris Murdoch on Love, Hannah Marije Altorf, Reader in philosophy, St. Mary’s University

2.10 – 2.30, Maiden, Mother, Crone: Menopause as a watershed in women’s lives in Ambridge, Lucy Saunders, PR/Marketing Professional

 

2.30 – 3.30              Session 5 - Rural Identities 1: The cultural world of Ambridge

2.30 – 2.40, A History of Ambridge in 100 Objects, Felicity Macdonald-Smith, University administrator (retired), collections volunteer at the David Parr House

2.40 – 2.50, Queering Lower Loxley, Dr Cara Courage, Tate

2.50 - 3 pm, The church flower rota; so who is doing the flowers these days?, Felicity Hall                                       Postgraduate Programmes Administrator, V&A

3 pm – 3.20, Rude mechanicals– Professional representations of the ‘amateur’ in The Archers Pantomime, Hamish Fyfe, Professor Emeritus

3.20 – 3.30, Ambridge: All the World’s a Stage?, Nicola Boyle, Teaching Fellow, Harlaxton College

 

3.30 – 3.50              Afternoon break

 

3.40 – 5.20             Session 6 - Rural Identities 1: Towards a sociology of Ambridge life

3.40- 3.50, The Deserving and Undeserving of Ambridge – Class, Judgement, and Narratives of Victimhood in The Archers, Helena Bennett (TBC)

3.50 – 4.10, Living arrangements and lifestyles among ethnic minority residents in rural communities: is Ambridge atypical?, Maria Iacovou, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

4.40 – 5 pm, Heteronormativity in Ambridge – the Ambridge Pride March, or why don’t Adam and Ian have any gay friends?, Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Stirling 

5 pm to 5.20 pm, Are you actually related? A linguistic family case study of the male Grundys, Rob Drummond, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Head of Youth Language, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

5.20 pm – 6.05, Session 7 – Potpourri and DumTeeDum singalong recording

5.20 – 5.30, New Zealand – antipodes or alter ego?, Katharine Hoskyn, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

5.30 – 5.40, Spirits of the Am - A Paranormal Tour of Ambridge, Martin Lighturn, What Rob Did Next

5.40 – 6 pm, Pint of Shires, the Elixir of Youth?, Sara Long, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

6 pm – 6.05, DumTeeDum singalong recording 

 

6.45 pm                   Meet for pre-dinner drinks, The Edge

7 pm dinner          The Edge

Sunday, 7th April

9.30 am                    Coffee

9.40 – 10 am, From kitchens to smartphones: Updating our understanding of The Archers listening practices in the digital age, Jerome Turner, Research Assistant, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University

10.00-11.15            Live Listening, Sunday The Archers Omnibus – and world record attempt at the Tweetalong

 

11.15 – 12.35         Session 8 – Post-mortem: Live long and prosper? 

11.25 – 11.45, Not with a bang, but with a whimper?’: attitudes to death and dying in The Archers, Abi Pattenden, Chair, Membership Committee, National Association of Funeral Directors

11.45 – 12.15, Death at Ambridge Hall: How the Archers demonstrates the impact on owners when they lose animals, Bronwen Williams, Researcher

12.15 – 12.35, A series of unfortunate events? Mortality and medical incident in a small Borsetshire village, Rob Stepney, Writer/journalist