Sun, 3 July 2011
The PGF is happy to announce that transcripts are now available for several episodes of PG Focus. The link for transcripts can be found at the bottom of the relevant podcast posts.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:26 PM
Sun, 17 April 2011
Here are another set of slides from our PGF Workshops at the 2011 BSA Conference. These come to us from Phil Jones, a member of the Sociologists Outside Academia group who presented in our session on Negotiating Careers Outside of Academia. Phil shared with us his experience working outside academia, and his suggestions about the kind of things you need to consider in non-academic career paths. His presentation can be found at http://prezi.com/7xzzs7jfo1m_/bsa-annual-conference-pgf-presentation/.
Category:BSA Conference 2011 Workshops -- posted at: 10:25 AM
Wed, 13 April 2011
Category:BSA Conference 2011 Workshops -- posted at: 3:55 PM
Thu, 7 April 2011
If you missed the PGF Workshops at the BSA 60th Anniversary Conference, you will be able to catch up on some of the discussions in upcoming blog posts and podcasts. Here are slides from a discussion-based seminar on writing led by Allison Hui, Lancaster University. If you're looking for references about writing process, style, and groups then take a look and feel free to share your favourite resources in the comments.
The presentations slides are available here:
Category:BSA Conference 2011 Workshops -- posted at: 11:27 AM
Mon, 28 March 2011
The programme for our annual PG Day has been finalised and will soon be available on the conference website (http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/conference). Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect. If you would like to join us and haven't already registered, please contact the conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Conference PGF Day Programme 2011
1200-1230 Registration and Tea/Coffee
1230-1330 Session 1 (Alumni Theatre): Data dissemination in the 21st Century:
Meeting the challenge of wider public reporting
- Michelle Monkman and Dr. Steven Rogers, Office for National Statistics
Session 2 (Wolfson Theatre): ESRC support for researcher development: what’s in it for you?
- Professor Mike Wallace, ESRC Strategic Adviser for Researcher Development
- Ursula Edgington, Canterbury Christ Church University
1430-1515 Negotiating Careers: Part 1 – Academia (Wolfson Theatre)
- Dr. Keith Khan-Harris, Open University
- Professor John Holmwood, University of Nottingham
1545-1700 Negotiating Careers: Part 2 – Outside Academia (Wolfson Theatre)
(in collaboration with the BSA Sociologists Outside Academia group ‘SOAg’)
- Nigel Goldie, CEO, Social Research Association
- Allison Hui, Lancaster University
Session 2 (Alumni Theatre): Knowing your rights
- Monika Krause, University of Kent
- Jane Thompson, UCU
Category:BSA Conference 2011 Workshops -- posted at: 11:00 AM
Fri, 25 March 2011
In this podcast we talk to Nick Couldry, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, about his recent work on neoliberalism and the possibility of a post-neoliberal politics. The conversation encompasses his last book, After Voice, as well as the broader issues he engages with: how has neoliberalism embedded itself in contemporary society and how can a critical social science help provide the intellectual resources to mobilise resistance to it?
This episode was produced, edited and hosted by Mark Carrigan for the BSA PG Forum.
Tue, 8 March 2011
Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage
An Interdisciplinary Disability Research conference
University of Warwick
Wednesday 13th July 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS
We are pleased to announce this one day conference, Postgraduate Disability Research: A critical space to engage, taking place at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 13th July 2011. The event is sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. We would therefore like to invite postgraduate student researchers working in the broad field of disability to present at the conference. Internationally renowned academics Professor Dan Goodley, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Professor Carol Thomas, University of Leeds, have been confirmed as keynote speakers.
CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES
In concluding his ground-breaking work mapping the terrain for critical disability studies, Goodley (2011 p.157) asserts: ‘while critical disability studies might start with disability, they never end with it’. Whilst the journey might well be non-linear, along the way ‘intersections’ are encountered and engineered which ‘connect disability studies with other important agendas of class, feminist, queer and postcolonial studies’ (p.157). The literatures and debates surrounding disability continue to expand and diversify. And yet, these flows are happening against economic, social and policy backdrops which serve to further challenge the potentials for change. There is then, ever more, a need to open up spaces for transdisciplinary debate about the position and future(s) of critical disability studies. Postgraduate students addressing and engaging with these issues and debates are part of the vanguard of this work.
CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Critical disability studies is an emerging subfield within the UK, but collective and collaborative spaces within which to explore and interrogate its options are infrequently opened up. This conference will bring together postgraduate students, disability activists and professionals/practitioners to explore some of the key questions which connect to the embrace of a critical perspective to disability research. In particular, what kinds of critical disability researchers might we ‘be’ and how should critical disability studies research be ‘done’?
Excitingly, the event will see the launch of a postgraduate disability research network, Critical Disability Space, which will provide a critical space for postgraduates on a longer term basis. Please see our new website https://criticaldisabilityspace.wordpress.com/ for more details.
ISSUES AND THEMES
We welcome papers that address issues, agendas and debates which take, at least broadly, a critical disability studies approach. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
• Concepts and their Re/Conceptualisations: ‘disability’, ‘impairment’, dis/ableism, as well as approaches based upon models, theories and ideological standpoint positions;
• Performances of Power: artistic, cultural, political, poetic, ritual; protest and activism; violence/non-violence; politicized and contested spaces
• Histories and Historical Ontologies: globalisation; colonialism and the postcolonial; empire; industrialization; materialism; gender; ethnicity; sexualities; time and memory.
• Difference and Dialogue: single impairment through to collective disability identity emphases; identity; intersectionalities; diversity; subjectivities; individualism; normalisation
• Bodies: impairment; embodiment; self and others; performativity; corporeality, materialization; discursive/transgressive/queer bodies; gendered/raced/classed/sexed bodies; cyborgs and hybrids
• Action, Motivation and Practice: choice, desire, dependence/independence/co-dependence; freedom/constraint;
• Methodology and methods: examples and experiences of empirical research taking approaches such as: critical; emancipatory; participatory; emerging;
Please submit a 300 word abstract or poster proposal accompanied by a 100 word biography to the conference organisers, Kirsty Liddiard and Simon Blake at email@example.com. Presentations must be no longer than 30 minutes inclusive of 10 minutes for questions. We would also like to welcome the submission of research posters. Posters must be between paper sizes A3 – A1.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 28th March 2011.
The event is free to attend for British Sociological Association members and £25.00 for non-members.
University of Warwick University of Nottingham
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04 PM
Thu, 10 February 2011
‘HOW RELEVANT IS SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY, IN PARTICULAR, CLASSICAL THEORY, TO CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY?’
Date: Saturday March 19th 2011.
Location: Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ.
Introduction to Conference:
If physics students are not given a twelve week course on Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, why are students of the social sciences taught with such a strong emphasis on the ‘Founding Fathers’ of their discipline?
Have the social sciences grown beyond the theoretical framework set out by those such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel, or do the principles set out by their paradigm forming works still have relevance to research conducted by academics in the present day?
This conference has been organised with the motive of addressing questions concerning the relevance of the classical social theory canon. From as to whether we can still learn anything from a Marxist analysis, to what makes a work worthy of acceptance into the ‘classical canon’, this conference will explore numerous perspectives, from both leading academics and students who are conducting research relevant to this topic, in hope of engaging with and suitably addressing the debate as to whether classical social theory is still relevant today.
Timetable for BSA Regional Postgraduate Day in Glasgow – Subject to change.
As a means of successfully exploring and addressing our decided topic we have enlisted high profile academics and current postgraduate students. In doing so we hope to not only explore the work and perspectives of those within our discipline with long standing track records, but will be looking to current postgraduate students as the academics of tomorrow to contribute fully and in a manner which would see the held in equal esteem to our more senior contributors.
We are currently considering the publication of a conference paper as part of a special edition in 'e-Sharp' owned by and run entirely by postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow.
Lunch and social event:
A buffet lunch and non alcoholic drinks will be provided to all as part of registration. All attendees will be invited to a social and networking event in the evening after the conference.
BSA members - FREE
Non members - £25
Event limited to an audience of 30.
Anyone interested in attending should book online at
For more information please contact us by email at:
Janine Ballantyne – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Stapp – email@example.com
Or if preferred, you can write to us at:
The School of Social and Political Sciences,
University of Glasgow,
Adam Smith Building,
40 Bute Gardens,
With thanks to Professor Bridget Fowler (University of Glasgow), Dr Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow) and Dr Emmanuelle Tulle (Glasgow Caledonian University) for their input, ideas and assistance towards this event.
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52 AM
Tue, 1 February 2011
RESEARCHING INEQUALITY: A THEORY FOR EVERYTHING?
Friday 6 May 2011
Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Open University, Milton Keynes
Key Note Speakers
Professor Mary Maynard (University of York) Dr Val Gillies (London Southbank University)
We are pleased to announce this one day conference on the theory and practice of researching inequality, sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. This event will be of interest to postgraduate researchers working in the broad field of social inequality.
The conference intends to create a forum for exploring the current state of sociological theories and methodologies on inequality and to consider their application in research practices. As well as two keynote speakers, there will be an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work and share their experiences of applying sociological theories of inequality in their empirical research.
The organisers invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts of a maximum of 300 words for 20 minute presentations that address the following themes and questions.
The state of sociological inquiry into inequality:
· What are the current trends and future directions in sociological theories on inequality?
· How can we theorise the intersection between different socio-economic inequalities?
· Is it useful to theorise an overarching theory of ‘inequality’ or do we risk creating a ‘theory of everything’ that lacks specific and contextual relevance?
Putting theory into research practice
· How can theories of inequality be applied at each stage of the research process? (i.e. research design, fieldwork practices, data analysis, dissemention of findings)
· How can methodological developments provide innovative ways for better researching and understanding inequality?
· How can sociological theories help researchers address the issues of power and ethics arising from researching social groups affected by inequalities?
The organisers intend for this to be an interdisciplinary conference and would like to hear from postgraduate researchers working on various aspects of inequality (for example disability, gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, income, health and social care provision, etc.) and from those using qualitative and/ or quantitative paradigms.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 28th February 2011.
Abstracts should be submitted to Ester Mcgeeney (firstname.lastname@example.org) and general enquiries addressed to Godfred Boahen (email@example.com). Successful abstract authors will be informed by Monday 7 March 2011. Event organisers will meet the transportation cost of all students presenting at the conference.
This event will be free to attend for all BSA members, non-BSA members will be charged £10. We will send out a separate call for attendees in the near future.
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41 AM
Tue, 11 January 2011
In this tenth edition of the main PG Focus podcast series we are very pleased to welcome Allison Hui, who will be giving a talk on the value and practicalities of Writing Groups for PhD students.
In this episode, Allison reflects on her own experiences of forming and participating in a writing group - and gives advice on the strategies and areas of focus for those looking to form their own groups.
This episode was edited and hosted by Mike Bracher for the BSA PG Forum.
Two great books that talk about writing PhDs by Rowena Murray and Patrick Dunleavy can be previewed here: