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BSA Theory Study Group

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] with your request.

For further details on Theory Study Group events, calls for papers, publications, etc, please see the website at:


Forthcoming Theory Study Group Events 






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.

    may_68_2.jpgThis 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




Gurminder K. Bhambra 
Gurminder is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests are in historical sociology, contemporary social theory and postcolonial studies.

Steering Committee 

Ipek Demir  
Ipek is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Leicester. Her research interests are in the sociology of science, political philosophy, communitarian epistemology, and science studies.

Stephen Kemp 
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



Newsletter 3 (2010)
Newsletter 2 (2009)
Newsletter 1 (2008)