the challenge of sociological writing

In this event organised by The Sociological Review’s Early Career Forum, a panel of accomplished writers with a long history of supporting younger scholars reflect on the challenges of sociological writing. Each participant will give a short talk, discussing a particular aspect of the challenge of writing, before the panel opens up for a general discussion with the audience. Building on the previous work by the journal in support of ECRs, there will be a particular focus upon the difficulties encountered in writing by early career scholars in the neoliberal academy, but also upon the pleasures and opportunities which writing offers.

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Les Back – Start Writing and Keep Writing:  Notes, Drafts, Proofs, Papers

Les Back is a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His main fields of interest are the sociology of racism, popular culture and city life. His work attempts to create a sensuous or live sociology committed to searching for new modes of sociological writing and representation. This approach is outlined in his most recent book “The Art of Listening” (Berg 2007). He also writes journalism and has made documentary films. In 2011 he published a free on-line book called Academic Diary ( that argues for the values of scholarship and teaching in the face of austerity and the attacks on the university. His research interests include sociology of youth, ethnography, political sociology, racism and right wing extremism, music, auditory and popular culture, race and social theory, photography and urban culture and the sociology of sport.

Inger Mewburn – Title TBC 

I am a researcher, specialising in research education since 2oo6. Prior to this I lectured in architecture and worked in architecture offices for around a decade.

I am currently the Director of Research Training at The Australian National University where I am responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience to inform practice.

Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, I write scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences. I am a regular guest speaker at other universities and do occassional media interviews. Some details of these other activites are below. For further information, view my Linkedin Profile, contact me by email on or visit my Google Scholar page.

Pat Thomson – Organising your writing

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. Her research is centred primarily on how schools might change to be more engaging and meaningful for more children and young people. She mostly researches the arts, creativity and other kinds of experiential approaches in school and community settings, including galleries and museums. Much of this research has been conducted with her colleague Professor Christine Hall. She also has a long-term partnership with Tate Learning. She also works in researcher education and, together with Professor Barbara Kamler, researches and writes about the writing that scholars want to, and must, do.

Monday, December 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT) Add to Calendar
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