A reminder about our two Calls for Papers

Social Research in an Age of Austerity

A new coalition government pledges an unparalleled age of fiscal austerity and a new universities minister promises radical ‘reform’ of higher education: what does the future hold for the British university in an age of fiscal austerity?

What is this political and economic climate likely to mean for social research? How can social researchers adapt to this climate? How can social research assist in understanding and resisting the imposition of austerity?

Articles and polemics are invited which relate to these themes. See here for submission guidelines.

Contributions also welcome on themes relating to socially and/or politically engaged social research!

Public Scholarship and Private Commitment

Why do you care about your research? What is it that makes you want to spend your time exploring this area of the social world? What does it mean for you to gain understanding of these aspects of social life? Our answers to these questions often encompass the biographical, ethical and political. However these aspects of our involvements are often relegated to the background, as the factors seen as relevant to scholarship are too frequently construed in narrowly intellectualising ways.

The Social Imagination is intended as a space in which private commitments can be reconciled with public scholarship. Therefore we are soliciting contributions (articles, polemics or research profiles) which explain how the two are linked and thus address the aforementioned questions. For submission details see here.

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