Sociology News and Events
CSWG Lecture on the 29th October: Mizrahi Mothers, Wrapped in the Flag: Ultra-Nationalism, Apartheid, and the Divinity of Bureaucracy in Israel
Speaker: Smadar Lavie (University of California, Berkeley)
Come along to this public lecture, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.
Everyone is welcome, and a wine reception will follow.
Narcissism and Melancholia: Reflections on a Century
This centenary symposium brings together scholars and writer-practitioners of psychoanalysis to consider the legacy of two of Sigmund Freud's most important metapsychological papers: 'On Narcissism: An Introduction' (1914) and 'Mourning and Melancholia' (1915).
Date: 11th and 12th March 2015
Eric Jensen's report on social media in government-commissioned public dialogue published
The report was commissioned by Sciencewise-Expert Resource Centre, the UK government’s source of expertise on public dialogue used to help department’s engage publics around new or on-going policy domains. Published on the Sciencewise-ERC website (http://www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/our-thinking-2), The report addresses the following research questions:
The report provides a basis for policymakers’ decision-making about the use of social media in public dialogue as well as highlighting important directions for future research and evaluation.
Dr Jensen is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. This report builds on previous and current projects on social media and other online platforms funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Nesta (see: qualia.org.uk) and JISC (see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/staff/academicstaff/jensen/ericjensen/pero).
Alice Mah's new book, Port Cities and Global Legacies, will be published in September
Alice's book, Port Cities and Global Legacies: Urban Identity, Waterfront Work, and Radicalism, advances the concept of 'global legacies' - enduring forms, processes, or ideas of the 'global' that shape urban identity and politics. Global legacies provide a key lens on the difficult pasts and uncertain futures of cities. In particular, port cities, with their distinctive global dynamics, long histories of casual labour, large migrant communities, and roles within international trade networks, exhibit fascinating global legacies.
Take a look at video footage from our recent Max Weber conference:
Gillian Rose Room, 3rd floor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry
5:00–6:30pm, followed by a drinks reception in the foyer of the Ramphal Building
Book your tickets for the MYPLACE Film Series - What Does It Mean to Be Young in Modern Europe?
The film, What Does It Mean to Be Young in Modern Europe? was created by the team of research center "Region" (Ulyanovsk, Russia), and Center for Youth Studies (St. Petersburg, Russia) for international European project MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement).
The film will be shown in three parts -
Tickets are free and each film will be shown on campus, in Ramphal R0.12.
For more information, and to book your place, visit the website.
Sociology Seminars, 29th January: Enduring love? The in/significance of sex and sexuality in long-term couple relationships
The Enduring Love? study (ESRC RES-062-23-3056, 2011-2013) is exploring what it means and feels like to be a couple in contemporary Britain. Shifting the emphasis away from media hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims about what everyone is doing, and policy–professional practice emphasis on the ‘stressors’ which may contribute to relationship breakdown, we are focusing on the things that help people sustain their ‘enduring’ relationships. Drawing on survey (n=5494) and qualitative (n=50) data this paper will explore which factors count in shaping relationship experience, and, in particular, the in/significance of sex and sexuality. Survey findings indicate that gender, parenthood and sexuality are significant factors in shaping couple relationship experience. For example, non-heterosexual participants are the most positive about their relationship; in heterosexual relationships, parenthood appears to have an adverse impact on sexual desire. However, differences in sexual frequency and desire do not per se affect perceptions of relationship quality. To tease apart these survey patterns, I draw on rich multiple methods data to explore how couples variously work to fit themselves into the ideal or extend ‘the story’ to fit their lives. These data provoke us to rethink the couple (dyadic) relationship and its slippage into and conflation with cultural understandings of the heteronormative ‘couple norm’. For more information please see our project website: www.enduringlove.co.uk
Sociology Seminars, 15th January: Dashboards: Indication, Performance and Expertise in Everyday Life
Dashboards are now an increasingly ordinary and handy feature of everyday life. City dashboards display real-time data on transport, weather and administrative performance; mobile devices allow users to configure their own dashboards, keeping them updated on various indicators and data flows; political authorities construct their own dashboards, so as to keep performance indicators constantly available. But this type of interface or device has received little critical or theoretical scrutiny in itself. In the past 'audit' and 'risk' have been explored as foundational rationalities or templates for entire cultures or societies. What would it mean to treat 'dashboard' in a similar way?
The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar Series begins on the 22nd January with 'Constructing Sexual Subjects'
5pm-7pm in Room R0.12 (Ramphal)
Julieta Vartabedian, University of Newcastle- Do they transgress? On Brazilian travesti sex workers and their perceptions of themselves
Stephen Symons, University of Northampton - Any swing goes? Discursive constructions of swinger- identities in a mononormative and gendered culture
Jacob Breslow, London School of Economics - The Theory and Practice of Childhood: Interrogating the Gendered, Sexual, Racial and National Deployment of Childhood in Contemporary British and American Contexts