Sociology News and Events
2 June - at The University of Warwick
The Centre for Social Ontology invites applications for this practical workshop aimed at those investigating human reflexivity through empirical research. The ‘internal conversation’ was developed by Margaret Archer as a solution to the problem of structure and agency: a mediatory mechanism that accounts for how society’s objective features influence its members to reproduce or transform society through their actions. Since initially discussed in Being Human, this account of human reflexivity has been developed through a trilogy of books reporting on empirical studies into the distinct modes through which reflexivity operates. This body of work has been used in projects across a range of disciplines and been the topic of much theoretical and methodological debate.
This workshop intends to support those who are currently undertaking or in the process of planning empirical research investigating the internal conversation. The day will begin with an introductory lecture by Margaret Archer in which she will discuss the development of her work on reflexivity, ranging from the initial formulation in Being Human through to her recent work with Pierpaolo Donati on relational reflexivity. Then Mark Carrigan (Warwick), Monder Ram (Birmingham) and Balihar Sanghera (Kent) will each give a shorter talk about their experience of investigating reflexivity through empirical research. The rest of the day will address the methodological and theoretical questions often encountered when studying reflexivity e.g. how to identify the modes of reflexivity of research subjects.
The workshop is free but registration is essential. If you would like to participate then please e-mail email@example.com with a brief description of your project. We’re keen to adapt the content as much as possible to meet the needs of participants. If there are particular issues you would like us to address then please suggest these in your initial e-mail.
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.
Mapping Immigration Controversy research film and Westminster briefing
On Monday 2nd March, the Mapping Immigration Controversy research project shared findings with policy makers in Westminster. The project has been looking at the wider effects of high profile immigration enforcement campaigns by the Home Office since the notorious "Go Home or Face Arrest" vans toured London in summer 2013.
Dr Hannah Jones of Warwick Sociology is leading a team of researchers from 7 universities who are working on the project. You can find out more about the research findings at www.mappingimmigrationcontroversy.com and watch a short film about the research at www.mappingimmigrationcontroversy.com/film
Applications are now open for an ESRC-funded collaborative PhD between the Department of Sociology, the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, and The Drum Arts Centre in Birmingham.
The Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Warwick, one of 21 such centres in the UK, embodies the university’s commitment to producing the next generation of leaders in social science research. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, Warwick is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partner The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham, to commence in October 2015.
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