The Theory Study Group provides a forum for those interested in sociological and social theory. After a well-attended event at the BSA 2007 annual conference – on ‘Sociological Theory: Still Going Wrong?’ – it was decided that there was scope for future activities organized under the auspices of the Theory Group. To signal the start of a new period of activity for the group, we decided to organise a high-profile conference to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the events of May 1968 (see below).
If you would like to join the Theory Study Group click here. Please use an institutional email address when requesting to join. If, for some reason, you would like to use an alternative account, please email Ipek Demir (id34[AT]le.ac.uk) with your request.
For further details on Theory Study Group events, calls for papers, publications, etc, please see the website at: http://bsatheory.org.uk/
Forthcoming Theory Study Group Events
- Rethinking the Modern: Colonialism, Slavery and Empire
Connected Histories, Connected Sociologies: Rethinking the Global, ESRC Network conference, held in association with the Theory Study Group
11-12 July 2010, Birmingham Midland Institute
Past BSA Theory Group Events
- 1968: Impact and Implications - BSA Theory Study Group Conference in collaboration with Birkbeck Institute for Social Research on 3-4 July 2008 at Birkbeck, University of London.
This conference was timed to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of May 1968. It sought to provide a forum for reflecting back on the events of that time as well as thinking about their implications for current and future endeavours – theoretical and political. Alongside plenary events with keynote speakers and roundtables, there were also a number of parallel paper sessions. For more details about the conference please use the link above.
- BSA Annual Conference 2009, 16-18 April, Cardiff City Hall
Theory Study Group sub-plenary: Global Social Inquiry: The Challenge of Listening
Saturday 18th April, 11:00-12:30, in the Assembly Hall.
- Lisa Adkins (Goldsmiths, UK) The Future and Futurity of Time: Gender and/at the End of Hegemonic Clock Time
- Les Back (Goldsmiths, UK) Global Attentiveness and the Sociological Ear
- Rolando Vázquez (Utrecht, Netherlands) Social Struggle as Epistemic Struggles, or the Fight against Invisibility
The papers from this sub-plenary were published as a special 'Debate' section of Sociological Research Online. You can access them here
- BSA Annual Conference 2010, Glasgow, 7-9 April, 2010, Glasgow Caledonian
For further details of all sessions in the Theory stream, please click here.
The Theory stream sub-plenary session is on Amartya Sen's work and, in particular, his new book The Idea of Justice.
Changing Interpretations of Capabilities: The Contested Neoliberalisation of Sen
Sylvia Walby (Lancaster)
The Global Reach of Sen: Working Lives, Entangled Histories and Social Justice
Alice Mah (Humboldt)
Democracy and Public Reasoning in the Capability Approach: Toward a Sociological Understanding
Jean-Michel Bonvin (Lausanne)
Public Reasoning Without Sociology: Problems in Sen's Theory of Justice
John Holmwood (Nottingham)
Gurminder K. Bhambra
Steve is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in the philosophy of the social and natural sciences, critical social theory and the sociology of knowledge.
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A new volume has been published from the 1968 conference called, Sixties Radicalism and Social Movement Activism: Retreat or Resurgence?
A new award has been established by the BSA to support early career scholars. See here for details.
The papers from the 2009 Theory sub-plenary at the Annual Conference were published as a special 'Debate' section of Sociological Research Online.
Selected papers from the Theory group's inaugural conference on '1968' were published as an edited volume: 1968 in Retrospect: History, Theory, Alterity