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.
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