I study the work of mathematicians. I don’t call them informants but participants, because “informants” is a horrible word. Some of my participants enjoy being part of the research and take pains to explain and verbalise stuff to make it… Read More ›
This will be a seminar series in 2013/2014 – watch this space!
An interesting series of Sociology videos from The School of Life:
BSA Sociologists outside Academia, in collaboration with Sage Publishing Ltd and the Sociological Imagination Practical Sociology: Agenda for Action A half-day workshop British Psychological Society meeting rooms, Tabernacle St London EC2A 4UE … Read More ›
So the 2016 US presidential race will pit Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump. Who should be their respective running mates for the vice-presidency? To be sure, there’s some grim historical truth to John Garner’s remark that the role… Read More ›
A lovely video with occasional SI author Les Back (HT Dave Beer):
This is very much geared towards the specific format of A level exams in the United Kingdom but it might be useful for others:
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 ›