Deadline soon! @TheSocReview ECR Essay Competition

We invite essays exploring the future of sociology in its relationships with other cognate disciplines such as anthropology and geography. Echoing The Sociological Review’s Manifesto, we seek to encourage reflections on ‘what could be thought differently, and how that creates possibilities for what could and should be done next’. We are particularly interested in contributions from graduate and early career researchers working with novel theoretical and methodological approaches, oriented towards understanding emerging issues through an interdisciplinary lens.

The theme invites discussions that look at research objects from new angles or at research objects that have absconded from more conventional modes of inquiry. It encourages reflections that challenge taken for granted theoretical or methodological assumptions, hoping to draw essays that push the boundaries of sociology as a discipline and that open new avenues for creative and critical inquiries. Thinking about the future also asks that we think about the contributions that early career researchers are bringing to sociological disciplines, and the challenges they face in doing so.

One essay will be selected for the quality and the creativity of its argument. The prize awarded to this essay will be £500. The same criteria of quality and creativity will be used to select an additional 10 essays, which will be published by The Sociological Review on its Website, Blog, and through a specially prepared zine distributed by the end of 2017.

Participation is limited to early career researchers who are currently writing their thesis and those who were awarded their PhDs in the last 3 years. Submissions should not exceed 1200 words. The deadline to submit an essay is February 10th, 2017.

Essays should be submitted online through the following Google Form:

Questions regarding this call for essays can be sent to

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