Month: December 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

I’ve always been fascinated by the question of why people hold the political beliefs they do. In part this is because of how badly most people handle this question. From across the political spectrum, there is a pervasive tendency to explain away the beliefs of others: idiocy, ignorance, naivete, self-interest etc. In a recent Twitter conversation, someone invoked […]

University of Wales, Newport (City Campus) 22 February 2013  |  09:45-16:45 Ethics and Social Theory: The Work of Andrew Sayer Andrew Sayer’s work in critical social science has ranged across political economy, social theory and ethics — combining insights from each, and shedding light across them in rare and valuable ways.  His most recent books The Moral Significance of Class(Cambridge, 2005) and Why […]

Creating Publics keynote lecture event with Rachel Pain (University of Durham)  Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together?  Tuesday, 19 February 2013, 14:00 – 16:00 Michael Young Building, Room 1&2, Ground Floor, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA Outline: “The University is just one site where the idea of public good […]

Qualitative360 Europe: 3rd Annual Conference April 17-18, 2013 Berlin, Germany For anybody wanting to submit a presentations synopsis for the upcoming Qual360 Europe conference, the deadline is coming up shortly – 22 December. Qualitative 360 Europe, now in its third year, is the cross-disciplinary event bringing together academics, professional researchers and consumer insights specialists […]

Course: Doing research inclusively, doing research well Date and place: 7-8 February 2013, Southampton Presenters: Professor Melanie Nind and Dr Hilra Vinha Fees: £60 for UK registered PhD students; £120 for staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations; £440 for all other participants. Further info and register: This training is […]

In this interview I talk to Alex Smith (right) about the New Ethnographies book series he edits. I was interested in this series because of its deliberate intention to embrace and ferment the extension and productive growth of this most traditional of qualitative approaches. As Alex describes in the forward to the series which is quoted from below: […]

Prestige: reputation or influence arising from success, achievement,rank, or other favorable attributes. distinction or reputation attaching to a person or thing andthus possessing a cachet Journals seen as prestigious have a reputation for possessing favourable attributes: they are well managed, have high editorial standards, publish good papers. In fact all these factors are, in practice, related. They’re also seen to be related – perhaps, once might suggest, to an extent which outstrips the reality. Great faith has been placed in […]

BSA Bourdieu Study Group Event Thursday 13th December 2012 Gender and Bourdieu, “Is doing gender unavoidable?” Bourdieu first entered the sociological discussion of gender relationships in the 1990s. In 1998 he published La Domination masculine . Bourdieu argues that the relations between men and women are tied to masculine domination and that this masculine domination […]

Learning, team-working and co-creation of knowledge: Two case studies Dr Mark Childs Wednesday 5th December Venue: WE029 1.30 – 2.30pm Learning, team-working and co-creation of knowledge  have  specific  needs,  barriers  and solutions.  This  seminar  will  present  two  research projects  conducted  earlier  in  the  year  that  employ different techniques for learners to work together at a […]