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New Article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra

This new article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra examines the implications of the financial crash and the recent crisis of migration on the stability of the European Union project. The article, 'Whither Europe? Postcolonial versus Neocolonial Cosmopolitanism?' has been recently published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. You can read the article here.


BSA Regional event 11th March 2016 - A Call for Abstracts

A BSA regional event on Educational (In)equalities: Towards an elite but not elitist society will take place on 11th March 2016. Keynote speakers will include Professor Fiona Devine (University of Manchester) and Dr Clare Maxwell (IOE UCL).

We welcome abstracts of 250 words on the topic of unequal distribution of privilege in educational practices. Themes can include but are not limited to:

- Class and social divisions

- Structural social inequalities

- Ideas of privilege and social stratification

- Social class in contemporary urban contexts

Please send all correspondence to I.Konstantinou@warwick.ac.uk by 31st January 2016.


New Article by Professor Deborah Steinberg - Bowie, Diana, and Why We Mourn in Public

The Department is pleased to announce Professor Deborah Steinberg's new artice in The Converation on Public Mourning. You can read the article here

 

 


New Article by Dr Thom Davies on Informal Refugee Camps in Calais

A new article by Dr Thom Davies (Warwick) and Dr Arshad Isakjee (Birmingham) reflects upon some preliminary research in the informal refugee camp in Calais, northern France. The short piece, titled ‘Geography, Migration and Abandonment in the Calais Refugee Camp’ is published in Political Geography, Vol. 49. You can read the article here.


New Article From Dr Stella Chatzitheochari on the Time Allocation of Young People

Dr Stella Chatzitheochari is co-author of a short article on measuring time allocation of young people in the Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 survey, with colleagues from the University of Oxford, University College London, and Ipsos MORI. The article appears in Volume 12 of the electronic International Journal of Time Use Research (eIJTUR) and can be accessed here: eijtur.org/content.php 


Keynote Address from Professor Gurminder K Bhambra on ‘Postcolonial and Decolonial Reconstructions: The Difference that Haiti Makes’

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra will be delivering a keynote address on ‘Postcolonial and Decolonial Reconstructions: The Difference that Haiti Makes’ at an international conference at the University of Kassel, Germany. The conference is on 14-15 January and is titled, Beyond the Master’s Tools: Post- and Decolonial Approaches to Research Methodology and Methods in the Social Sciences. For more details, see: http://www.uni-kassel.de/veranstaltung/beyond-the-masters-tools/welcome.html


New publication from Professor Wing Chan

The Department of Sociology are delighted to announce that Professor Wing Chan and Professor John Ermisch have had an article pulished in Population Studies. The article entitled 'Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009–10' can be found in Population Studies, 2015, Vol. 69, No. 3, 355–372.


Festival of Social Sciences (6-16 May)

The ten day festival starts tomorrow! View the complete programme here.

The festival will shine the light on social sciences by providing a variety of events for students, staff members and the wider public.

Here is a snapshot of just a few of the sessions which will take place:

  • 12 May, 11.00-13.00: Dr Cath Lambert's 'Centre for Study of Women and Gender: Archive in the making' - R1.13, Ramphal
  • 12, 13, 14 May, 19.15: Perfomance: 'Coney's Early Days (of a Better Nation) - Arts Centre. Booking required - book for this event here

So, join us and explore social matters throughout the years, whilst celebrating Warwick's 50th anniversary.


Investigating the Internal Conversation Workshop

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 socialontology@warwick.ac.uk 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.


The Social Ontology of Digital Data & Digital Technology Conference

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.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chair: Celia Lury (Warwick)
  • Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths) – Does Digital Sociology have a Problem?
  • Jochen Runde (Cambridge) – Non-materiality and the Ontology of Digital Objects
  • Alistair Mutch (NTU) – title TBC
  • Susan Halford (Southampton) – title TBC
  • Nick Couldry (LSE) – title TBC
  • Emma Uprichard (Warwick) – Big Data, Complexity and Time.

Eventbrite - The Social Ontology of Digital Data & Digital Technology

Fri 10 Apr 2015, 13:08 | Tags: social sciences Postgraduate Research Staff

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