The BSA postgraduate forum is sponsoring an event of Social Class and Educational Aspiration for postgraduates involved in this area of research. The Conference and Workshop will be hosted by the University of East London On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March 2012. The event is structured around five keynote lectures by leading social class and education academics alongside two tutorial PhD workshops, conducted by the academic speakers. Conference abstracts are sought from 18 postgraduates; eight of whom will be selected to give a 20 minute talk and the rest will be invited to give a poster presentation. There is an option to only give a poster presentation but you must still send an abstract. It is intended that the conference theme is interpreted widely, however the following themes in relation to social class are of particular interest:
· Educational aspiration,
· Educational attainment/achievement,
· Access to higher education,
· Recent changes in educational policies,
· Theoretical and methodological discussions on social class and education.
If you are interested in taking part in this event please see http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/postgrad.htm for further details on how to apply. You will need to complete the application form and write an abstract of no more than 250 words on how your research demonstrates a sociological and/or educational critical engagement with social class and education – in particular educational aspiration.
If you have any further queries please contact Jenny and Tamsin at: firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for applications is Monday February 6th 2012. Please note that this event is free for all participants who are BSA members and £25 to all non-BSA members. All participants are expected to be present for the full two days.