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What’s the Point of Ontology? PhD Workshop at the University of Warwick 18th June 2014, 10am – 5:30pm Ontology can often prove a contested and confusing issue within social research. Everyone has on ontology, explicit or otherwise, but the process… Read More ›
Routledge Journals Publishes Porn Studies March 2014 – Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) publish the first double issue of Porn Studies, the premier dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical,… Read More ›
Groups: Challenges for Contemporary Political Philosophy University of Rennes 1, November 19-21, 2014 Call for Papers Groups matter in political philosophy, most would now agree – but precisely how they matter is contentious. Group-related issues emerge in various contexts of debate: the redressing… Read More ›
For about ten years now, I’ve been arguing about the benefits of improvisational performance in academia, not simply as an experience for the audience but more importantly as a way of getting ‘experts’ and ‘luminaries’ to speak unguardedly on what… Read More ›
After a long period of monopolising academic discourse, European universities went into decline as classical scholasticism, which was primarily inward and backward looking, gave way to the ideas of Enlightenment. Intellectual development moved outside the walled gardens of academia, because… Read More ›
Stage 1: It’s complex and needs more research (funding) See here for the next two stages. I share the frustration at this belated mainstream recognition of things that many have been pointing out for years.
The Sociological Imagination invites short articles (500-1500 words) critically reflecting upon the prevailing forms of intellectual meeting within the contemporary academy. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? How could they be done differently? What are the sociological implications of these… Read More ›
Final Reminder: Second Call for Papers ‘Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters’ The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of June 2014. Confirmed keynote speakers for the conference are: Ann Phoenix, University of London Ken Plummer,… Read More ›
In this interesting video, Clinton Sanders reflects on his experiences of being taught by Howard Becker. It sheds light on Becker as a teacher and person but also offers insights into US sociology in the 1960s.
We are pleased to announce that the new SAGE journal, Big Data & Society, is now open for submissions at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bdas. The journal invites contributions that analyse Big Data practices and/or involve empirical engagements and experiments with innovative methods while… Read More ›
With the 2014 Volume, the Berkeley Journal of Sociology will focus its efforts on writing a “history of the present.” The journal will no longer publish academic research articles. Instead, we seek compelling essays, insightful commentaries, critical analyses, and topical symposiums on… Read More ›
Dear stressed student, Here are a bunch of useful resources from yours truly, the Idle Procrastinator Ethnographer for writing essays and papers: Start small: this is perhaps the most useful of all links posted here: a post about how to… Read More ›
Is it inevitable that the university will be reduced to the function of providing, with increasingly authoritarian efficiency, pre-packed intellectual commodities which meet the requirements of management? Or can we by our efforts transform it into a centre of free… Read More ›
4D Research: Early experiences of Designing, Debating, Doing and Disseminating Social Research. 7th ENQUIRE Postgraduate Conference, 14th November 2014 Call for Abstracts This conference aims to bring together post-graduate researchers from a variety of disciplines to facilitate shared critical engagement with… Read More ›
This interesting list of reasons by Audrey Osler was published by the Campaign for Social Science. Read the descriptions for each reason here. Social scientists help us imagine alternative futures Social science can help us make sense of our finances… Read More ›
What can England learn from Germany’s approach to financing higher education? “During the past eight years, university tuition fees were introduced into most west German federal states. Yet in a few months, every single state will have abolished them. These… Read More ›
Rajani Naidoo reflects on “ranking fetish” of higher education from Aarhus Universitet on Vimeo. In this video, Dr. Rajani Naidoo of the University of Bath explains how higher education is becoming increasingly market driven, thus becoming less interested in the… Read More ›
by Lisa McKenzie Coming into Higher Education as a 30 year old mum was daunting to say the least. I arrived at the University of Nottingham in 2000 as an under-graduate on the joint honours course of Sociology and Social Policy…. Read More ›
ESA midterm conference, Research Network on Qualitative Research (RN20) #Ethnography, @Amsterdam #August_27-29th_2014 http://aissr.uva.nl/ethnography Ethnography is often seen as one of the principal approaches in qualitative methodology in general. The ESA midterm conference for the Research Network on Qualitative research (RN20)… Read More ›
This is a quick rejoinder to this article by Lambros Fatsis. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of rejecting the article because of my political disagreement with it. But equally I’m not comfortable with publishing an argument that “we urgently… Read More ›