Committing Sociology rss

This will be a seminar series in 2013/2014 – watch this space!

An Invitation to DIY Sociology

For the last few months I’ve been playing with the idea of DIY Sociology, largely as a result of my dissatisfaction with professional associations. The intuition underlying this is that the institutional forms of academic life are not immutable, arising in… Read More ›

The Art of Listening

This is a preface to the new Japanese edition of Les Back’s The Art of Listening, published by Serica Shobo and translated by Dr Takeshi Arimoto. It is republished here with permission.  Since its publication in 2007, The Art of Listening has been… Read More ›

Blind Eye Forward

How does a critical sociologist approach a troubled world? Bill Carroll, professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada), has sent us this awesome music video. The original composition, entitled “Blind Eye Forward”, is a… Read More ›

Sociology and poetry

Sitting near a lake See more than our reflections So this is sociology K.J., sociology student There is an uneasy relationship between traditional sociology and the arts, in particular openly irrational registers of writing, such as poetry. I’m not sure… Read More ›

Journeys Through Sociology

UC Berkeley have produced a great series of video interviews with former presidents and current board members of the International Sociological Association. These engaging interviews mix professional interests and personal reflections in a way that we rarely encounter within the… Read More ›