Hybrid EUniWell Conference: Managing Sensitive Topics in Teaching and Research Confidently (MASTERY)


EUniWell Online / University of Birmingham EUniWell-Event

This international conference brings together academics from a range of disciplines, countries and career stages. Our shared aim is to improve how we deal with ‘sensitive’ topics in academia. Topics that are commonly regarded as sensitive include violence and death, political activism, mental health, harmful sexual behaviours, and sexuality. Although it is widely known that sensitive topics can cause distress, academics receive no training on how to deal with their potential emotional impact.

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EUniWell Conference: Managing Sensitive Topics in Teaching and Research Confidently (MASTERY)

24 February 2023:

  • 10:00 CET / 9:00 GMT: Arrival and Coffee
  • 10:15 CET / 9:15 GMT:Welcome from Organisers
  • 10:30 CET / 9:30 GMT: Panel 1
    • Stephanie Ng (Hong Kong):
      Part of the picture: considering researcher wellbeing in studies of mental health issues [online presentation]
    • Joanne McCuaig (Birmingham):
      A Self-Identification Trauma Map for Researchers and Students Working with Sensitive Topics 
    • Dr Sophie Hatchwell (Birmingham):
      Using Co-authored Learning Agreements to teach challenging subject matter 
  • 12:00 CET / 11:00 GMT: Coffee break
  • 12:15 CET / 11:15 GMT:Keynote by Prof Stefan Wolff (Birmingham)
  • 13:00 CET / 12:00 GMT:Lunch
  • 13:45 CET / 12:45 GMT:Panel 2
    • Dr Antonio Raimondo Di Grigoli (Florence):
      Education and support for academic scholars on non-normative sexuality issues 
    • Sophie Eyssette (Rome):
      Taboo Language and Incest in the Media: Epistemological Risks of not Breaking Taboos in Research 
    • Abby Gilsenan (Birmingham):
      Researching Young People and Sex – Moving from Safe to Sensitive Topics 
  • 15:15 CET / 14:15 GMT:Coffee break
  • 15:30 CET / 14:30 GMT:Panel 3
    • Amarachi Emeruwa (Birmingham):
      One with the Ugliness - Vicarious Trauma and the Qualitative Researcher 
    • Dr Elliot Evans (Birmingham):
      Promoting Consent on Campus [online]
    • Jonathan Davis (Birmingham):
      Masculinity and sensitive topics

17:00 CET / 16:00 GMT: Conference ends

Further information

To participate online, register on our Eventbrite page.
On-site location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, 12th floor, Muirhead Tower

This conference is funded under the EUniWell Seed Funding Programme as part of the project "MASTERY - Managing Sensitive Topics in Teaching and Research Confidently".


Dr. Katharina Karcher: K.Karcher[at]bham.ac.uk