Tag Archives: Trauma

April 17

When the Dust Settles

Professor Lucy Easthope is the country’s leading emergency planner/disaster expert. When the Dust Settles Stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2022. I was lucky to meet Lucy online during the start of the pandemic, which then resulted in meeting up when lockdown […]

March 11

Rich pedagogical gifts

“Class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves” (Hoggart, 1989, cited in Crew, 2021). I would like to dedicate this blog to all of the women whose resolve and dedication to education inspire me every day. I would also like to thank everybody around me who is supportive of innovation […]

February 20

The trees will know calm in the morning

I am forever indebted to the wisdom of trees. I wrote a Theology post here about God being in the rubble, and the comfort of Lammas. I have always loved trees, nature, the outdoors. It is my place of thinking and reflecting and stillness. The worst part of the pandemic response for my mental health […]

December 15

Teaching Community

Teaching is a place of transgression and transformation. Those of us who have had a non-traditional and non-linear journey into academia know that teaching is where radical change happens. Teaching from the place of pain and trauma, rather than merely to them, is an emotionally-grueling endeavour. It is a labour of love and it bears […]

September 25

Pedagogy resources

I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool. I am an ambitious T&S educator who is committed to innovative pedagogy and working towards positive change. My trajectory into academia has been non-traditional and I am very keen to advocate for the value of lived experience and the need to widen participation. I […]

September 12

God is in the rubble

I don’t write with an audience in mind for this blog. It is just my musings in a public space. I am not a Theologian, so I hope I can do justice to the work discussed. I have written elsewhere on the blog that I am angry with the church during the pandemic. My faith […]

August 23

So I trust, too

My friend Ros sent me the verse above during a difficult time. I come back to it frequently. I have made no secret that I have found myself politically homeless during the pandemic, and have been disappointed and disgusted with an organized left who have no acknowledgement of competing harms. Privileged middle class academics who […]

April 29

Criminologist or criminal? Liminal spaces as the site for auto/biography

I am delighted to announce that my article is now published In Methodological Innovations. I will record a podcast shortly to discuss the article further. You can access the article here. If you use my article for teaching purposes, please let me know for my portfolio. Solidarity to all those with messy stories and struggling […]

April 14

Podcast- Trauma-informed teaching

I have recorded a short podcast below on the value of trauma-informed teaching. I write about trauma throughout my blog and as a teacher with CPTSD I am committed to a trauma-led pedagogical approach. I welcome contact on twitter @plasticdollheads Or via email me via my institution staff webpage here. Kind wishes, Gemma x

April 11

Attention Whore: Writing to Rupture

I will start this post by thanking the formidable Mona Eltahawy for inspiring it with this essay here. If you are not familiar with Eltahawy’s work, I highly recommend her blog, twitter feed and her book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Girls and Women’. In her essay above Mona states that: “A woman who writes […]