Month: April 2013

In the wake of a foiled terrorist attack in Canada, recent comments have offered a fascinating insight into mindset of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Now is not the time to “commit sociology,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday in the wake of a foiled terrorist plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train that has some now […]

It’s an attempt to develop an explanatory framework through which personal changes over the life course can be explained retroductively in a sociological way. I’m using an empirical case study (two years of longitudinal interviews with 18 students taking different degrees over their first two years of university) to try and develop a practical strategy for […]

The Spotlight on Genderqueer event takes place on Monday, April 29th. The event is free and is hosted at Warwick University, Wolfson Research Exchange (In the library) between 9am to 5pm. It is being presented by Ruth Pearce and lyndsey Moon from the Sociology Dept. Zowie Davy is the the keynote speaker and there are a range of fantastic papers alongside. […]

Then keep the 16th July free for the first BSA Digital Sociology event. Booking form to follow in the near future:  This inaugural event for the BSA’s Digital Sociology group brings together a diverse range of speakers who, in a variety of ways, work within the nascent field of digital sociology. Rather than proceed from […]

This interesting article in the Guardian Higher Ed reports on empirical data which supports something I’ve believed for quite some time: communications offices are, at least in some respects, ill suited to using social media for student recruitment. Their role as an official channel and concern to manage the corporate brand leaves them tending towards sanitised offerings […]

Where Do Neoliberals Go After the Market? Calculation, computation and crisis A one-day conference organised by Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick 13th June 2013 10am-6.30pm Room S0.21 Neoliberalism is commonly identified as a belief in the self-regulating powers of markets, especially financial markets. Markets, from this perspective, are powerful information-processors, which are uniquely capable […]

FINAL REMINDER – only 3 days left to submit! Abstract submission closes at midnight on Friday 19 April Work, employment and society Conference 2013 States of Work: Visions and the interpretations of work, employment, society and the state Dates: Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 September 2013 (Postgraduate Workshop: 2 September 2013) Venue: University of Warwick […]

Recognising Diversity?: Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice 20th & 21st June: Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds Recognising Diversity?: Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice marks the end of the research project ‘Recognising Diversity?: Equalities In Principle and Practice’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) […]

INVITATION TO CSISP SEMINAR (FYI): Please join us for presentations by Ana Gross (University of Warwick) and Lonneke van der Velden (University of Amsterdam; CSISP Visiting Fellow) about their on-going research on online devices for the collection of personal data, the enactment of persons by digital means, and their politics. Date:  April 24, 2013, 16:00 Location:  Goldsmiths, Warmington Tower […]

How did the Goldsmiths MA/MSc in digital sociology come about?  Is it difficult to unify the disciplines that are represented on the course?  How would you describe the aims of the course?  What sort of students are attracted to the course? Do you think digital sociology courses like this will become more common over time?  You can find out […]

The Causal Power of Social Structures Dave Elder-Vass, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, £50.00, 240pp. Explaining the Normative Stephen Turner, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2010, £18.99, 240pp. Normativity is a concept with a contentious history. While most would accept its centrality to everyday human experience, the question of what exactly it is and how it is to […]

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Imagination in Late Modernity Centre for Faiths and Public Policy, University of Chester Wednesday 11th September 2013 Keynote Speaker: Professor Scott Lash (Goldsmiths College, University of London) Apocalypse captivates the human imagination. Once synonymous with ‘end of the world’ scenarios and confined largelyto the religious, the term […]

Room AG22 College Building, St John Street EC1V 4PB http://www.city.ac.uk/events/2013/may/valuing-the-bbc-a-half-day-seminar-at-city-university-london City University London presents a half day seminar exploring the public value of the BBC. The seminar offers a range of perspectives on the BBC’s role in public life, discussing the BBC Trust, science reporting, research with the BBC and public service broadcasting in an […]