Dear Colleague, I hope that you have come across Discover Society the online magazine which publishes pieces based on social science research for a wide audience – you may even have written for us – but if not do check… Read More ›
This will be a seminar series in 2013/2014 – watch this space!
Theorizing Social Inquiry: Contemporary Debates University of Edinburgh, Friday 6th May, 2016, 1-5.30pm Summary: This symposium will address contemporary theoretical debates about social science as a form of inquiry – as an active, ongoing process of knowledge production. Areas of… Read More ›
A really interesting project by an inspiring organisation. See more here: To this end we have built upon the historical tradition of pamphlets and aimed to re-imagine this for a contemporary audience. Pamphlets can provide information and context to a… Read More ›
A really fascinating reflection by Rob Kitchin on ten forms of academic writing beyond scholarly papers and books: fiction, blog posts, newspaper op eds, email correspondence, policy papers, policy consultation, a television documentary script, powerpoint slides, academic papers, and grant application…. Read More ›
A small collective is currently in the early stages of planning Making The Familiar Strange: A Festival of Critical Social Thought for summer 2017. See here for some background to the event. If you’d like to get involved, we’re having a planning meeting: Tuesday… Read More ›
“in an ideal world, American sociology would look like British sociology before it became Americanised”
A really nice interview with Doug Porpora by Tim Ritzou. But it ends on a jarring suggestion: “in an ideal world, American sociology would look like British sociology before it became Americanised”. What do you think?
I recently attended a workshop in which some very intelligent and informed people from several countries were brought together to discuss a range of topics that had been presented in advance as a set of interconnected, open questions. Although everyone… Read More ›
In this intensive seminar for doctoral candidates (5 ECTs), we examine how the concepts of human rights and intersectionality might together inform educational theory and praxis to enable social justice. It is open to international participants researching educational inequalities in… Read More ›
ACTIVISM IN 2016: ART, LAND AND TECHNOLOGY WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH 2016, MILLBURN HOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK Invited speaker: Dr Jenny Hughes, University of Manchester Website: http://activism2016.wordpress.com/ This one-day conference sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre will explore contemporary forms of political activism and… Read More ›
A thought provoking extract from the dialogue between Bruno Latour and Graham Harman transcribed in The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE, pg 46: So if you are a pragmatist, it doesn’t mean there are a… Read More ›
by Keith Kahn-Harris The following is adapted from a talk given at the British Sociological Association SA Sociologists Outside Academia Group’s 10th Anniversary Event Being a sociologist working completely or (as in my case) partially outside academia is not an… Read More ›
How come – at least in the UK –you don’t come across people working in industry, business, the civil service, or pretty much anywhere outside academia or independent research organisations, who have ‘sociologist’ in their job title? Sociologists seem to… Read More ›
Nice post about possible career paths for sociologists by April Schuets, on SociologyInFocus: Do sociologists work outside universities?
This piece is dedicated to Stefan Stern, who picked up on – and ran with – a remark I made at this year’s Brain Bar Budapest, concerning the need for a ‘value-added’ account of being ‘human’ in a world in… Read More ›
One problem that we have as teachers of sociology and social theory is that we are so quick to assert our authority that we end up inhibiting the honest and probing questions from our supposedly ignorant students. Nevertheless, these questions… Read More ›
Academic conference panels normally consist of three speakers, who are optimally arranged as follows: The first speaker is normal and predictable. He or she gives the textbook expectation of the topic under discussion. The second speaker is dopey and forgettable…. Read More ›
2016 Annual Meeting EASTERN SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY CALL FOR PAPERS My Day Job: Politics and Pedagogy in Academia The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, March 17-20, 2016 The online abstract submission system for the ESS annual meeting is now open… Read More ›
However much it offends their narcissistic natures, most academics are disciples of one or maybe 2-3 masters. This applies across all the disciplines, though the nature of the discipleship differs among them. In the human sciences, which tend to collapse… Read More ›
by Daniel Chernilo (featured in the newsletter of the European Sociological Association, Summer 2015 Issue 38) In this short intervention, I offer a plea for sociology’s reengagement with philosophy. To be sure, the extent to which their ties have severed… Read More ›
A feminist leaves the neoliberal university Congrats, you did not cite any feminist work! CfP: Beyond the Master’s Tools Connected and disconnected writing The place of sociology in the Second Machine Age The Fetishisation of Intelligence Under Neoliberalism PREVENT will… Read More ›
For those who still don’t know what it is, transhumanism is basically the application of science and technology to amplify the human condition, potentially well beyond our biological default settings. As someone who has increasingly identified with transhumanism since publishing… Read More ›
(HT Robert MacDonald)