Call for Papers: Issues of Power in Social Research


To colleagues who have submitted abstracts for the 8th Enquire Conference – many thanks. Speaking with a number of colleagues, however, we are aware that there are some who were eager to submit but missed the deadline. So, we have decided to extend the deadline to 7th August 2015.

As a reminder, the Enquire Conference is an annual, one day conference organised by PGRs from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, this year taking place on 7th November 2015. The theme this year is ‘Issues of Power in Social Research’ and we are excited to announce that we have Lisa McKenzie (LSE), Les Back (Goldsmiths) and John Holmwood (University of Nottingham) as keynote speakers. Please see details below regarding call for papers. This is also attached as a PDF file, as is the poster for the event.

Call for Papers

Issues of power are central to both theoretical and empirical research in most social sciences (sociology, politics, economics and psychology, for example). As such we invite doctoral and early career researchers to submit abstracts concerned with issues of power in social research. Power here should be understood in a broad sense, and we have deliberately left it undefined. We are interested, for instance, in both substantive research on power and broader reflections on power in the practice of social research. We therefore welcome abstracts for papers concerned with empirical and/or theoretical research based around issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Issues of power at the micro-interactional level of research practice, for instance between participants, between researcher and the researched, between researcher and gatekeepers, between funding bodies and researcher, or even between supervisor and supervisee during the PhD process.
  • Ethical issues in relation to power, such as coercion, payment and informed consent.
  • The role of the expert and associated issues such as the relationship between power and knowledge, dissemination, and implications of research for policy.
  • Macro-level power structures including those of an institutional kind such as governments and other political organisations, and interactional structures such as ‘race’, gender, sexuality, class, status and age, how they intersect and how they perpetuate inequalities.
  • The lived experience of power, resistance to it, and attempts to overcome power imbalances through social movements.
  • Grand theoretical debates on power questioning, for instance: what power is, how it should best be understood, and how and by whom theories of power are written.

This is a one day event taking place on 7th November 2015 costing £15 (£10 early bird rate available: ends 7th September 2015). We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to deadline for submission: 7th August 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind Regards,

The Enquire Conference Team

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