Sociology News and Events
July 8th - The Shard, London
This innovative conference brings together leading figures from a variety of fields which address issues of digital technology and digital data. We’ve invited speakers with a range of intellectual perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds who engage with questions relating to digital data and digital technology in their work. Our suggestion is that social ontology, however this might be construed, represents a potential common ground that could cut across this still rather siloed domain of inquiry into the social dimensions of digital technology.
The conference aims to explore this possibility by assembling a diverse range of perspectives and drawing them into a dialogue about a common question, without assuming a shared understanding of the topic at hand. Our aim is to extend this digitally via twitter, podcast and blog beyond the event itself, in order to facilitate an extended conversation that will draw more people into its remit as it circulates after the conference itself.
To this end, we invite each speaker to address this theme (the social ontology of digital data & digital technology) in whatever way they choose. Each speaker will have 30 mins to talk and 15 mins for questions. We’ll have an accomplished audio editor on hand to record each talk as a podcast. These will be released on www.socialontology.org and will be circulated on social media in order to try and stimulate a continuing debate around the issues raised at the conference. The hashtag for the day will be #socialontology.
This conference is aimed at people actively working in this field.
Professor Simon Williams 'Bringing Up Britain'
Professor Simon Williams appeared on Radio 4's 'Bringing Up Britain' on the politics of children's bedrooms. To listen to the full episode click on link below:
Mark Carrigan featured on Woman's Hour
'Following the introduction of civil partnerships and statistics which indiacte half of all children in the UK are being born outside marriage, it appears that attitudes towards sexuality have greatly relaxed. However, there is one demographic who feel increasingly marginalised in our more openly sexual society; it is estimated that one per cent of people in this country describe themselves as asexual'.
Woman's Hour Wednesday 29th February 2012
Mark Carrigan in The Observer 'Among the asexuals'
Among the asexuals
'In a society obsessed with sex. It's hard if you have no sexual desire at all. Some are searching for a new form of intimacy'.
The Observer Sunday 26th February 2012
Professor Jim Beckford in The Times
Church of England faces a fresh blow with the loss of leading role in prisons - read full article here
Mark Carrigan featured on BBC News website
What is it like to be asexual?
Sam Lyle - 'Social class and Kate Middleton'
Sam Lyle, one of our PhD students, was recently on local radio talking about the social class aspects of the recent royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. To catch up go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00c3gqf#synopsis
Sam says "Speaking on BBC radio, local or national, is one of the more interesting ways that I get to engage people in sociological issues. It's great when events such as the impending royal wedding capture the popular imagination as it's an opportunity for sociologists to stimulate their own and the general public's sociological imagination."
Sociology at Warwick is reaching wider audiences and increasing its global impact across the social sciences. Professor Steve Fuller's recent lecture at the University of Uppsala on evolution vs intelligent design has been discussed on 29 September 2010 the Swedish 'thought for the day'. For more go to : http://sverigesradio.se/sida/arkiv.aspx?programid=1165&date=2010-09-27
Food Justice: report of the Food and Fairness Inquiry, July 2010, Food Ethics Council
Publication of Food Justice: report of the Food and Fairness Inquiry - a year-long investigation into social justice in food and farming, undertaken by a committee of respected and influential figures from across the food sector.
Dr Gurminder.K.Bhambra - 'Black ideas of Emancipation'
Dr Gurminder.K.Bhambra spoke on Wednesday 11th August on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed on Black ideas of Emancipation. You can listen to the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tbgwr