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Conference Programme

Have We Ever Been Post? Critiques of Sociological Knowledge

BSA Theory Study Group Conference, 2009 / Held in collaboration with the University of Warwick

Programme - final update

 

Thursday 17th September, 2009

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1330-1400 / Registration and Coffee

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1400-1515 / Keynote Plenary

Keynote: Steven Seidman, State University New York

From ‘Capital’ to the Politics of Difference: Reconfiguring Social Theory

Discussant: Gregor McLennan, University of Bristol

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1530-1715 / Plenary Session

- Les Back (Goldsmiths, University of London)
The Promise of Sociology in the 21st Century: C Wright Mills, Imagination and Freedom / Abstract (PDF Document)

- John Holmwood (University of Birmingham)
‘Sociology’s Misfortune’: Problems of Achieving a Discipline / Abstract (PDF Document)

Discussant: Margarita Palacios, Birkbeck, University of London
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1715-1745 / Coffee

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1745-1915 / Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 1: Sociological Knowledge and Institutional Environments / Chair: John Holmwood

- Claire Donovan (The Australian National University)
Beyond Post-modernity and the Post-modern University / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Richard Ratcliffe and David Mills (University of Oxford)
Assertions, Morphopticism and the New Social Sciences / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Elisabeth Simbuerger (University of Warwick)
What is Left of Critique? British Sociologists' Selective Practices of a Key Principle(PDF Document)

 

Session 2: Sociological Narratives and (Post) Secularism  / Chair: Gregor McLennan

- Joshua Lowe (University of Warwick)
Have we ever been Secular? Antonomies of the Secularisation Thesis

- Rosa Vasilaki (University of Bristol)
Postsecular Feminist Subject: Anti-secularism, Empowerment and the Critique of Western Knowledge / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Alp Klanten (Humboldt University)
Are we all Lyotardists? Religion and Secularization in Iran: Postmodern Conditions in Extra-European Societies / Abstract (PDF Document)

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20.00 / Conference Dinner

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Friday 18th September, 2009

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0900-1015 / Keynote Plenary

Keynote: Sylvia Walby, University of Lancaster:

Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities

Discussant: Christina Hughes, University of Warwick

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1015-1030 / Coffee

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1030-1200 / Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 3: Between Sociology of Knowledge and Social Epistemology / Chair: tba

- Simon Susen (Newcastle University)
'The Relativist Turn’ in Social Epistemology / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Alejandro Romero (University of Granada)
The Postmodern Condition for Sociology of Knowledge / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Dave Elder-Vass (University of Essex)
Towards a Social Ontology of Knowledge / Abstract (PDF Document)

 

Session 4: Practising Sociology: Critical Encounters between Past and Present / Chair: Alana Lentin

- David Ferguson (University of Chicago)
Reclaiming the Past in a ‘Post’ World: Sociology in the Jim Crow South /Abstract (PDF Document)

Dariusz Gafijczuk (Lancaster University)
Post-modelling, or the Art of Sociology / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Rodrigo Cordero Vega (University of Warwick)
Thinking in Critical Times: Capitalism and Crisis Theories

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1200-1300 / Lunch

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1300-1430 / Plenary Session

- Alana Lentin (University of Sussex)
Post-race, Post-politics: The Paradoxical Rise of Culture after Multiculturalism / Abstract (PDF Document)

- Margarita Palacios (Birkbeck, University of London)
Sociology and Psychoanalysis: A Happy Marriage? / Abstract (PDF Document)

Discussant: Robert Fine (University of Warwick)

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1430-1500 / Coffee

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1500-1630 / Roundtable session / Chair: Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Warwick)

Gregor McLennan (University of Bristol)

Robert Fine (University of Warwick)

- Sylvia Walby (University of Lancaster)

- John Holmwood (University of Birmingham)

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