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  • Mark 6:19 pm on November 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Public Understanding of Science is a Political Issue: an interview with @AlexTTSmith 

    In this interview I talk to Alex Smith about his recent fieldwork in Kansas City, part of the larger Making Science Public project, exploring the role that debates about the status of science are having in the unfolding of the Republican primaries. We touch on broader issues about the role of science in society but also about the status of the understanding of science as a public issue. Alex argues that this must be understood in political rather than cultural terms. The public understanding of science is not simply a matter of PR for academics.

  • Mark 4:49 pm on November 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Nordic Youth Research Symposium 

    CHANGING SOCIETIES AND CULTURES: YOUTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE NYRIS12 focuses on cultural and social changes in the digital age. Rapid technological developments, structural changes in society and economic uncertainty may influence young people in some respects more than other age groups. In the highly globalising and ICT-saturated world young people can also be seen as one of the main agents of change in society.

    Technological developments have enabled new forms of participation in international communities as well as rapid exchange of ideas and cultural products. The lives of many young people are being reconfigured by new digital technologies that bring about multi-directional trends and outcomes – opportunities as well as challenges.  New cultural trends or political worldviews are often global in reach, spreading quickly to different locations while also developing unique local characteristics in different places. On one hand, technological advances like security cameras enhance safety, while, on the other hand, unregulated cyberspace creates too many uncontrolled or risky situations.  In the digital era young people have broader opportunities for socializing and self-expression but digitally disadvantaged young people may be more excluded from social life.

    Youth research has to consider all these changes, opportunities or risks while focusing on a variety of topics related to youth – youth cultures, identities, values, consumption, inequality, labour market, education, creativity, political participation, sexuality etc. Regardless of the research angle it is impossible to investigate contemporary youth without acknowledging the mutual shaping of young people’s agency, digital developments and social changes.

    Link: http://www.tlu.ee/?LangID=2&CatID=5998

  • Mark 10:16 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    My favourite Zygmunt Bauman quote 

    In what we do we hardly ever start from a clean slate. The site on which we build is always cluttered: the past lingers in the same ‘present’ in which the future tries to take root.

  • Mark 1:46 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives 

    Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies, and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.
    Keynote Speakers: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University), Bernadine Evaristo (Novellist), Inderpal Grewal (Yale University), Ylva Habel (Soderton University), Alana Lentin (UWS), Walter Mignolo (Duke University)
    Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities. There will be 7 streams at the conference, listed below. Please identify clearly which stream you would like to be included in when submitting an abstract.
    1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice
    2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders
    3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice
    4. Asylum after Empire
    5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
    6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
    7. Diaspora, Colonialism & Postcolonialism

    Further details about the streams can be found here: http://rmcconference.wordpress.com/streams/

    Send your abstracts to rrmc2013@live.co.uk
    Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012
  • Mark 1:42 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Thinking the present with Max Weber: The University, the Scholar and the Student 

    Thinking the present with Max Weber: The University, the Scholar and the Student
    Organised by the Max Weber Study Group of the BSA. Supported by the University of Salford & UCU Salford

    7 December 2012, Clifford Whitworth Conference Room, University of Salford (Manchester)
    A one-day seminar on the situation of the university, part of a seminar series devoted to thinking our current predicament. With the participation of very prominent scholars from home and abroad, this seminar will reflect on the current state of the university and its attendant practices:  what is the meaning of scholarly work and teaching when the scholar is faced by a series of sometimes contradictory conditions and imperatives: output targets in research, ‘the student experience’ in teaching coupled with compulsory debt-financing (huge fees) for students, the tension between instrumentalism and knowledge for its own sake, between a public and a market-driven university ethos, between a collegial institution and a hierarchical organisation.  What is the meaning of the new regime under which universities are put to work, with its ‘quality’ indicators and debt-incurring devices, in terms of the pedagogy practised, the kinds of reason relied on, as well as the type of human being presupposed by such regime and resulting from its implementation? More generally, what kind of scholar, what kind of student, what type of human being, is being produced by these practices?
    Contact: Carlos Frade, University of Salford, c.frade@salford.ac.uk
    Seminar programme available at
    Whole seminar series programme available at 
  • Mark 12:08 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Encounters, Morgan Centre Interdisciplinary Conference, 3-4 July 2013, University of Manchester – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 

    News from the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships & Personal Life, University of Manchester

    We are now inviting abstracts (presentations and posters) for our exciting interdisciplinary conference‘Encounters’, to be held on 3-4 July 2013 at the University of Manchester

    Keynote Speakers are:

    Jackie Kay (Poet, novelist & Professor of Creative Writing, University of Newcastle)

    Henrietta L. Moore (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

    Nikolas Rose (Professor of Sociology, Kings College London)

    **The deadline for abstracts is: 11 February 2013**

    The call for abstracts is attached. For more information, and to download the abstract submission form, please visit our website:


    If you have any queries please email us at:  morgancentre@manchester.ac.uk

  • Mark 10:07 am on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Reminder: Deadline approaching for Queer London Conference cfp 

    Queer London Conference: Call for Papers

    Saturday 23rd March, 2013
    Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of

    Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London)

    This one-day conference is dedicated to a consideration of London and its
    role in creating, housing, reflecting and facilitating queer life. It aims
    to bring together scholars from a variety of different disciplines and
    backgrounds to consider representations of queer London and how London
    itself represents queers.

    That London is a focus and centre for queer life and culture can be seen on
    its stages; in its bar and club scenes; in its film festivals and its
    representations in film; in its performance art; in its political life; in
    its gyms; in its history; in its book groups and book shops; and in its
    representations in the contemporary queer fiction of writers like Alan
    Hollinghurst and Sarah Waters. That London is a hub and an axis goes without
    saying. What the ŒQueer London¹ conference aims to do then is to offer an
    opportunity for further analysis and investigation of these
    representations/representational platforms and to consider the
    socio-cultural role that London plays in queer life.

    The conference will focus on the period 1885 to the present and welcomes
    interdisciplinary proposals and those from a wide range of disciplines,
    including: Literature, History, Art, Cultural Studies, Theatre and
    Performance Studies. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

    • Mapping queer London
    • Lesbian Londons
    • Queers of colour and London
    • Queer modernisms
    • Queer institutions and structures
    • Literary representations of queer London
    • Films of queer London
    • Queer drama and performance in/on London
    • Queer histories of London
    • London¹s queer temporalities
    • Queer flâneurie
    • London¹s AIDS narratives
    • Queer urban subcultures
    • London¹s queer festivals
    • Queer sex workers
    • London¹s queer activism
    • Heterosexual and homosexual London, meeting points and overlaps

    Please send abstracts of 500 words, or proposals for panels of three linked
    papers, by Friday 30th November 2012 to Dr. Simon Avery and Dr. Katherine M.
    Graham at the University of Westminster. Abstracts should be sent as Word
    attachments to s.avery@westminster.ac.uk and k.graham1@westminster.ac.uk,
    and should include details of your current affiliation and a very short
    author bio.


  • Mark 10:14 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Queer Homes, Queer Families: a history and policy debate at the British Library Conference Centre 

    Queer Homes, Queer Families: a history and policy debate at the British Library Conference Centre

    With Peter Tatchell; Professor Jeffrey Weeks, OBE; Dr Kath Holden; Professor Sasha Roseneil; Professor Alison Oram; and Dr Matt Cook.

    Monday 17th December 2012, 6.30 – 8.00pm
    Places still available but numbers are limited so book soon!

    The last decade has seen incredible changes in attitudes towards lesbians and gay men and their relationship to home and family. From legislation on adoption, civil partnerships and access to fertility treatments to representations on sitcoms like ‘Modern Family’ and home make-over shows, there has been a marked domestication of queer men and women. If Clause 28 famously saw all this as a pretence, these home lives are now, arguably, being taken seriously. In this panel discussion we ask what precedents there are for apparently unconventional home and family formations; how far recent shifts reflect broader changes in expectations and experiences of home and family; what they might portend in terms of assimilation, radicalism and difference; and why history might matter in all this.

    Please come and join the discussion.

    The debate is free and open to all, but booking is essential. To reserve your place please contact Katy Pettitk.pettit@uel.ac.uk

    The event is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, hosted by the British Library and supported by the AHRC.

  • Mark 10:37 am on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Calling BSA members: we’re trying to start a Digital Sociology study group and we need your support 

    Myself and Emma Head at Keele are proposing a digital sociology study group for the BSA. For it to be approved we need 15 statements of support from current BSA members. If you fall into this category and think the group is a good idea could you send  a quick e-mail (literally one sentence will be ok) to mark AT markcarrigan.net saying who you are, that you’re a current BSA member and that you support the group? Thanks. Also obviously please do forward to anyone you know who might be interested.

    BSA Digital Sociology Study Group, co-convened by Mark Carrigan (LSE) and Emma Head (Keele University)

    In spite of the increasing prominence of the Digital Humanities within the academic landscape, the form and practice which might come to be implied by the moniker ‘Digital Sociology’ remains strikingly inarticulate. While recent developments in computational social science and online research methods are certainly to be welcomed, it is our contention that the nascent ‘digital turn’ being witnessed in the academy has broader significance for the future of sociology than such specialisms can account for. Lupton (2012) identifies four major areas to the nascent field of digital sociology: professional use of digital tools by sociologists, sociological analyses of digital media use, sociological analysis of digital data and critical analysis of digital media and their attendant circuits of capital and power. Our proposed group would seek to represent each of these areas, drawing out the commonalities between them while taking care not to obliterate the distinctions between them.

    The proposal is made against the background of what Savage and Burrows (2007) identify as the coming crisis of empirical sociology, particularly the profound challenge which the proliferation of ‘big data’ poses for the traditional analytical repertoires of professional sociology. While recognising that important initiatives have been undertaken at a national level towards these ends (e.g. Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology) we nonetheless contend that there are limitations to the approach adopted and that, with regards to the long term vitality of professional sociology, there is a need for a distinctly sociological exploration of these challenges. We imagine that this would involve building digital research capacity, in a manner which would draw on and complement these existing projects, while also moving beyond them to address the broader questions contemporary circumstances pose for the future of sociology. We share Back’s (2012: 18) belief that, in spite of the profound challenges faced by sociology in an age of austerity, it is nonetheless the case that “there is more opportunity to reimagine sociological craft now than at any other point in the discipline’s history”. We propose the Digital Sociology study group as an open-ended forum which seeks to explore the nature and implications of these challenges but also to collectively elaborative creative solutions to them.


    To identify and disseminate best practice in the use of digital tools by sociologists.

    To develop and promote specifically sociological modes of inquiry into digital media use.

    To develop and promote specifically sociological responses to ‘big data’, in terms of both secondary analysis and the broader methodological questions posed by this transformation in the information systems of late capitalist society.

    To develop and promote specifically sociological analyses of the broader personal, cultural and structural changes of the ‘digital turn’ in social life.

    To provide an open forum for exploration of what the digital turn entails for sociological practice, professional identity and the future of the discipline.

    Events and network:

    The inaugural event of this study group is tentatively planned to take place in London (at the BSA meeting rooms) in the first half of 2012.  This will involve invited speakers and time for discussion and networking to create wider ownerships of the developing aims of the group.

    An event is also planned for March 2014, at Keele University, which would focus on postgraduate researchers.

    The group would have its own developing online presence and the form that this takes will be discussed at our first event (and subject to BSA approval, where necessary).

  • Mark 4:15 pm on November 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Hypoactive Skydiving Disorder 

    Have you ever skydived before? Of course  most people haven’t and have no interest in it. I have, and for me, it was a thrill. But do those who have not had, and do not want to have, this experience have a disorder? So, if you don’t want this experience, should we diagnose you with, say, hypoactive skydiving disorder because you eschew this thrilling life activity?

    Tony Bogaert, Understanding Asexuality, Pg 113.

    • Dallas 4:08 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      I’m reading this book too and it has been so nice to read something that’s both informed and funny (and not even in the “I have to laugh or I’d cry kind of way)! I met Dr. Bogaert once and I’ll be honest, never expected his book would be this much fun to read. I was planning to write a review with my favorite lines from every chapter.

  • Mark 9:12 pm on November 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Researching Families and Relationships: innovations in methods, theory and policy relevance 10th – 12th June 2013 

    We are delighted to announce the Centre for Research on Families and
    Relationships 4th International Conference will take place in Edinburgh from
    Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th June 2013


    Researching Families and Relationships: innovations in methods, theory and
    policy relevance 10th – 12th June 2013 John McIntyre Conference Centre,
    University of Edinburgh Full Registration Fee @ £325.00

    The 4th international conference, hosted by CRFR, will explore ways in which
    research on and with children, families and relationships have been
    developed in new and innovate ways in recent years.

    The call for abstracts is now open and has been extended until FRIDAY 16TH
    NOVEMBER 2012.
    Abstracts are invited which address the conference themes.  Abstracts will
    be considered for either an oral or poster presentation

    • Theoretical, substantive and ethical challenges in children, families and
    relationships research
    • The impact of the digital age and access to resources across the world
    • The development of participatory, sensory and visual methods
    • Learning from the challenges of time and the life course
    • Innovations in understanding transnational families and relationships and
    addressing minority/majority worlds
    • Addressing issues of inequality
    • The role of families and relationships in big ‘global’ issues


    The venue will be John McIntyre Conference Centre, which is an ideal
    conference venue, set in the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, with
    accommodation on-site or within walking distance.



    Please circulate this email to any individual, network or organisation you
    think relevant.  Apologies for cross posting.


  • Mark 4:07 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    CfP: Queer Senses: A One-Day Symposium at Royal Holloway, 26 Mar 2013 

    CfP: Queer Senses: A One-Day Symposium at Royal Holloway, University of London (11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF)

    Tuesday 26th March, 2013, 10.00-17.00

    Organizers: Dr Emily Jeremiah and Prof James Williams (SMLLC, RHUL)
    And ‘Queer, The Space’ (http://www.queerthespace.org)

    We invite proposals for 20-minute papers to be given at this event, which will ask: what makes queer sense? How can we think the senses queerly? Recent work in and on queer phenomenology, especially by Sara Ahmed, has drawn attention to the productiveness of seeing agency, spatiality, and orientation as embodied, as experienced sensorily and affectively. Following on from ‘Queer, The Space’, an interdisciplinary, artistic-academic exploration of space and identity that ran between September 2011 and May 2012 at the c4cc in King’s Cross, the project’s organizers/participants would like to invite theoretical considerations on the related subject of the senses. Topics for discussion might include, among others:

    The senses as queer
    Queering sense/rationality
    Embodied perception and queer touch
    Disorientation and orientation
    Desire and the senses
    Alignment and divergence
    Spatiality and agency

    Proposals should be 200-250 words in length, and be sent by email to emily.jeremiah@rhul.ac.uk andjames.williams@rhul.ac.uk by midday Monday 14th January, 2013. We look forward to hearing from interested parties. Please do contact us if you have any questions in the meantime.

  • Mark 1:01 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    The Sociology Teacher: the Journal of the BSA Teaching Group 


    The Journal of the BSA Teaching Group

    The BSA Teaching Group is a network of people keen to further the interests of sociology teaching from secondary to tertiary education.

    The aim of the Group is to encourage and promote the teaching of the Social Sciences in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education. The Group therefore provides opportunities for those teaching Sociology to develop and share ideas and strategies for the promotion and delivery of the teaching of the Sociology. To this end, one of the main activities of the BSA Teaching Group is the dissemination of information relating to teaching materials and teaching methods. The Group is also active in promoting the interests of Sociology teachers to examination boards, academic bodies, governmental and political agencies and the wider public.

    Members of the Group can be found in every sector of education, but the majority are teachers of Advanced Level Sociology.

    Could you write for The Sociology Teacher?

    This publication is an on-line journal aimed at supporting the A-Level Sociology teacher in terms of subject updates, teaching ideas, new resources and general inspiration for Sociology.  If you feel you could write for us, please send submissions to Patrick Robinson (BSA Teaching Group Journal Editor) at prs@cadcol.ac.uk.  Articles tend to be 1,500 words and are most relevant if they link to the A-Level syllabus.  (We are not a peer reviewed journal and don’t have the funds to pay for contributions but your help would be most appreciated and can lead to an invite to be a guest speaker at our conference days).

    An example of this publication can be found at http://www.atss.org.uk/download/1340809709/TST_VOL_1._ISSUE_3SUMMMERj.pdf

    For further information and membership details, please contact: bsatg@britsoc.org.uk or go to: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/about/teaching-sociology.aspx

  • Mark 8:49 am on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Interrogating “the Social Unconscious” – 25th January 

    BSA Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Study Group

    in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research


    Interrogating “the Social Unconscious”
    Friday 25 January 2013  2pm – 5pm  Room 101, 30 Russell Square


    What is meant by the concept of “the social unconscious”? What is it trying to capture, and is it a notion that can truly bring sociology and psychoanalysis into dialogue? How is it used in clinical work, and how might it be used in social research?


    This seminar features a talk by Earl Hopper, group analyst and psychoanalyst and author of “The Social Unconscious: selected papers” (2003, Jessica Kingsley) and co-editor of  “The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies: Volume 1” (2010, Karnac), followed by responses from Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Birkbeck, University of London, and Christopher Scanlon, Consultant Psychotherapist and Group Analyst.


    This event is free but registration is essential – register here                                 



    2.00pm                                 Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar

    Peter Redman and Sasha Roseneil


    2.05-2.55pm                       The concept of the social unconscious: in praise of ambiguity and conceptual elasticity

                      Earl Hopper, Group Analyst and Psychoanalyst


    2.55-3.35pm                       Towards a psychosocial critique of “the social unconscious”

                      Sasha Roseneil


    On the problem of talking about where we come from

                      Christopher Scanlon


    3.35-4.00pm                       Tea and Coffee


    4.00-5.00pm                       Open Discussion


    To find the venue: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps

  • Mark 8:50 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Romney’s musical friends vs Obama’s musical friends 

  • Mark 3:25 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology 

    Digital Methods as Mainstream Methodology

    Date            7 December 2012

    Time            9.30am – 4.30pm

    Location        The British Library, London

    Digital methods have been utilised by a variety of disciplines. In an era in which social life is increasingly played out online, such methods offer different ways of asking new questions and generating new data. However, digital methods raise some concerns for researchers, such as maintaining ethical research practices, avoiding unrecognised biases, and keeping up with the pace of contemporary   technological developments. Despite over a decade of innovation and some notable achievements digital methods have yet to be accepted into the mainstream.

    This network for methodological innovation aims to build capacity in the research community to address the opportunities and challenges that digitally inspired methods present for social research. Our second seminar showcases a cross-disciplinary range of contemporary social science research projects that utilise digital methods.

    Programme: Introduction to digital resources for social scientists at the British Library

    Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton)

    Sue Thomas (De Montford University)

    danah boyd (Microsoft Research / New York University)
    Pre-recorded talk with live Q&A via link-up

    Lightning talks from PhD students / early career researchers

    A light lunch and refreshments will be provided
    Registration: Please click here to register. Last date for registration is Friday 30 November 2012. Unfortunately seminar numbers are limited, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Confirmation of a place will be sent out after the registration closing date.
    Contact :       Helene Snee (University of Manchester) helene.snee@manchester.ac.uk
    Other Events:           Spring 2013 (Date TBC)

  • Mark 10:34 am on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Call for Papers to 12th Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS 12) 

    The organising committee for the 12th Symposium is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers is now open!

    NYRIS 12 focuses on cultural and social changes in the digital age. In the conference programme there are 30 sessions in 16 streams, covering youth-related topics from different perspectives:

    Youth participation and political activities

    Online youth activism

    Youth and digital games

    Youth and online identities

    Youth and media

    Transitions to adulthood

    Youth memory and digital age

    Youth and sexualities


    Socialisation and generations

    Educational transitions

    Youth inequalities

    Youth migration and mobility

    Alcohol and drug cultures

    Methods in youth studies

    Youth unemployment

    For more detailed information about sessions and streams see http://www.tlu.ee/nyris12sessions

    Researchers who would be interested in presenting abstracts on topics not covered by these streams are encouraged to submit their abstract in the category of “Other or uncertain”. Abstracts, written in English, should be submitted online before 31 January 2013. Go directly to the submission form: http://www.tlu.ee/nyris12submissions

    The registration will open in January 2013 and will continue until May 2013.

    The official language of the conference is English.

    For more information about NYRIS 12 and the Call for Papers please seehttp://www.tlu.ee/nyris12 or write to nyris12@tlu.ee.

  • Mark 6:42 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Online Networking for Researchers 

  • Mark 2:42 pm on November 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    NVivo for Mac looks SO good! 

  • Mark 4:26 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Pretty much everything you need to get started on social media as an academic contained within… 

    • My getting started with social media bundle has pretty much every training resource I’ve ever produced in it.
    • Some collections of other people’s stuff about Twitter, blogging and podcasting.
    • All my Prezis from social media workshops.
    • The LSE Impact Blog’s Twitter list and Twitter guide. Go through the former list, follow anyone who seems interesting and Twitter will subsequently make a lot of sense.
    • For some more theoretical and exploratory perspectives on the role of social media within the academy, see my academia 2.0 bundle.
    • Lots of papers and articles about scholarly publishing and open access, which I’d argue is the context within which academic social media use needs to be understood.
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