School of Law

Past, Present and Future: Historical approaches to Research

20 May 2015, 14:00-16:00

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In the fourth Law and Social Justice Seminar exploring Innovative Methodological and Theoretical Approaches, Dr Sarah Wilson, lecturer in the School of Law at the University of York, will be discussing the value of incorporating a historical dimension to research projects to social justice and beyond. This will include a discussion of the social justice issues arising from financial exclusion, poverty, and a lack of access to basic financial services. This event is interdisciplinary, and will demonstrate the value of historical approaches to all areas of research.

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This is a free event open to all but registration is required in advance at Eventbrite. Refreshments will be available.


Moot Court Room
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.

The Law and Social Justice Seminar Series on Innovative Methodological and Theoretical Approaches

Law and Social Justice, established at the University of Leeds School of Law to support scholars, activists, organisations and practitioners who are interested in and engage with questions about inequalities in welfare and social justice, are delivering a Seminar Series exploring innovative methodological and theoretical approaches to conducting research with marginalised groups.

Our speakers have been selected on the basis of their ground-breaking contributions to research in the interdisciplinary fields of law, healthcare and social policy. They have been at the forefront of developing original approaches to accessing, working with, assisting, and advocating for, disadvantaged groups; as well as developing insightful and rigorous theoretical frameworks which have helped achieve more nuanced understandings of inequality and exclusion.

This seminar series will be of interest to academics, professionals and post-graduate students researching in the fields of law, social justice, social policy, welfare, disability, race, gender studies, family relations, healthcare, access to justice, and human rights. The Series provides the opportunity to hear about and discuss exciting new ways to conceptualise and conduct research that aims to improve social justice. 

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Dr Sarah Wilson - School of Law, University of York

Dr Sarah Wilson is a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of York. Her primary research interests lie in the social history of trusts law and financial crime, with her current work including a specific focus on enriching social science studies with history, by way of a case study on financial crime. This is part of her novel methodological approach to exploring the significance of history generally for the study of law in a more ‘global’ and theoretical sense, and how a retrospective dimension can therefore translate and add value to research projects that pursue social justice. This is a particularly prevalent and innovative means by which to understand and approach debates concerning social justice, particularly in terms of comparing past and present political approaches, such as the rise of individualism in the relationship between the state and its citizens.


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