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Call for Papers:

‘Gender, Sexuality and Political Economy’ 
An  interdisciplinary workshop at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
24th-25th May, 2011

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Floya Anthias (Roehampton University, UK)
Professor Rosemary Hennessy (Rice University, USA)
Professor Sylvia Walby (University of Lancaster, UK)
Dr. Jon Binnie (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (University of Manchester, UK)

Workshop Themes:

This workshop aims to explore politics and cultures of gender, feminism(s) and sexuality from the angle of political economy. We see a divide between approaches which emphasise human action and agency and those focussing on persistent or ‘structural’ inequalities. While gender inequalities are more commonly theorised from within structuralist or materialist frameworks, less work has been undertaken exploring  power relations around sexuality in  connection with questions of political economy. This has implications concerning how to theorise strategies for change. We consider gender and sexuality as distinct yet closely connected categories. Yet in many sociological approaches they still appear as separate, with attempts to explain gender inequalities often marginalising heteronormativity, and work on sexualities having little to say about subordination of women.  In this workshop, we would like to bring work on gender and sexuality in dialogue. We hope the workshop will explore possible complementarities and overlaps (or incommensurabilities) between approaches within feminism(s), women’s studies, transgender studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer studies. Our aim is to strengthen understanding of the current conditions for collaborative agency and coalitional struggles. The current socio-economic crisis of course provides an urgent context for discussion of such questions and for renewed interest in ‘older’ sociological questions and preoccupations.

The focus on the political economy could be regional (in any part of the world) or global. We would like to create a space for, among other, a debate of cuts in state expenditure, neoliberal programmes and policies, growth in class and socio-economically-based inequalities, resource wars and conflicts.

Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words to:
Susie Jacobs ( and Christian Klesse (

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, 14th March, 2011.

The workshop will run for 1 1/2 days on 24th and 25th May at Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus.  The conference fee is £ 40 (£ 15 for postgraduate students), which includes coffees/teas and lunch on the second day.

We look forward to hearing from you

Susie Jacobs and Christian Klesse
Department of Sociology
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Verso Books, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and John Nichols invite you to a party to celebrate Left Forum 2011 and publication of: The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg and John Nichols’ The “S” Word.

From 9pm, Friday March 18th

Verso’s Brooklyn Loft

20 Jay Street, Suite 1010

Brooklyn, NY, 11201 / 718-246-8160


Also to note:

The Life, Letters & Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg

Co-sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, NYU’s Department of Sociology, and the German Book Office in New York. In support of The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg and to launch The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg.

With: Vivek Chibber, Paul Le Blanc, Peter Hudis, Annelies Laschitza, Helen C. Scott, and others …

Monday March 14th, 7–9pm

Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall

NYU School of Law

40 Washington Sq. South
New York, NY 10012

This is a free event open to the public but RSVP is requested to / 718-246-8160

Made possible by the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

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Volume 10 Number 1 2011

ISSN 1475-7257

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Steve Newstead. Editorial. The Shape of Things to Come

Eric Amsel, Todd Baird & Aaron Ashley. Misconceptions and Conceptual Change in Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Psychology as a Science

Paul Sander, Jesus de la Fuente Arias, Keith Stevenson & Tim Jones. A Validation of the Academic Behavioural Confidence Scale with Spanish Psychology Students

O. J. Sizemore & Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. Lesson Learned: using clinical examples for teaching research methods

Dina M. Karafantis & Maria LaPadula. Incorporating Active Learning Techniques in an Introduction to Psychology Course


Aaron S. Richmond, Russell N. Carney & Joel R. Levin. Got Neurons? Teaching Neuroscience Mnemonically Promotes Retention and Higher-Order Thinking

Shelia M. Kennison & J. Michael Bowers. Illustrating Brain Lateralisation in a Naturalistic Observation of Cell-Phone Use

Kim A. Case. The Class Interview: student engagement in courses covering sensitive topics


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Culture and Psychological Development (Dabie Nabuzoka & Janet M. Empson), reviewed by Flora Todaro Luck
Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Andy Field), reviewed by Cathy Schofield
Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: a practical guide (Michael Forrester, Ed.), reviewed by Laurence Hopkins
Essential Psychology: a concise introduction (Philip Banyard, Mark N. O. Davies, Christine Norman & Belinda Winder), reviewed by Margaret Nampijja
Movies and Mental Illness 3: using films to understand psychopathology (D. Wedding, M. A. Boyd & R. M. Niemic), reviewed by Simon Duff
Psychological Groupwork with Acute Psychiatric Inpatients (Jonathan Radcliffe, Katja Hajek, Jerome Carson, Oded Manor, Eds), reviewed by Julie Taylor
Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour (Michael Passer, Ronald Smith, Nigel Holt, Andy Bremner, Ed Sutherland & Michael Vliek), reviewed by Samantha Otero
Theories of Developmental Psychology (Patricia H. Miller), reviewed by Dawn Mannay
Your Psychology Project Handbook: becoming a researcher (Clare Wood, David Giles & Carol Percy), reviewed by Genovefa Kefalidou
‘Loftus’ Speaks (DVD: recorded lecture by Professor Elizabeth Loftus), reviewed by Julie Blackwell Young

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