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Equality

THE SPIRIT LEVEL: WHY EQUALITY IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

27 June 2011

Conference Centre, British Library, Euston Road, London from 18.30–20.00
An event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the British Sociological Association 

Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage birth rates, drug abuse, child wellbeing, obesity rates, levels of trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. What accounts for the difference?  

The key is the amount of inequality in each society. The more unequal a society is, the more ill health and social problems it has. Compelling new evidence which highlights the benefits of more equal societies was published in 2009 in the best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. 

To promote public discussion and understanding of the issues, the British Sociological Association, working in partnership with the British Library, invites you to attend an evening with Richard Wilkinson, the co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Richard is co-director of The Equality Trust, which aims to gain public and political understanding of the consequences of widespread inequality and he will explore some of the ideas and themes covered in the book.  

Please join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event, as well as the opportunity to meet one of the authors of this groundbreaking book.  

Register now at: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event122196.html.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Price:  £7.50/£5.00 concessions.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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Ageing?

FUTURES OF AGEING: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE BODY

Monday July 19th at the British Library, London

We are delighted to announce the programme for our annual one day conference ‘Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and the Body’ on Monday July 19th at the British Library, London.

In particular, we are delighted to present an excellent, dynamic and inter/national line up of keynotes, plenary papers, concurrent paper session, and posters. This includes:

Keynote address:

Professor Simon Williams (University of Warwick) ””Boosting the Brain?” Neuroculture, Active Ageing and Cognitive Decline’

Plenary papers:

Prof Joanna Latimer (Cardiff University) Intimations of (Im)mortality: how aging scientists debate the relation between the normal, the natural and the pathological.

Prof Paul Higgs (University  College London); Prof Ian Rees Jones (Bangor University) ‘Anti-Anti-Ageing’, progressive critique or conservative metaphysics?

Prof Stephen Katz (Trent University, Canada) Embodied Memory: Ageing, Neuroculture and the Genealogy of Mind

Prof Chris Gilleard; Prof Paul Higgs (University College London) Refusing to face the future?  Developments and tensions in the discourses of anti-aging surgery.

Plenary panel: Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada);

Louis Neven (University of Twente);

Dr Katie Brittain (Newcastle University, UK)

Chairs: Dr Kelly Joyce (College of William and Mary, USA) and Dr Meika Loe (Colgate University, USA)

We also have a wine reception sponsored by Wiley Blackwell and launch of the latest Sociology of Health and Illness monograph Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

We very much hope you will join us for this exciting day of debate and discussion. 

We invite delegates to participate in this exciting area of study and if you wish to attend or hear more about the conference, please contact the British Sociological Association conference office at conference@britsoc.org.uk or alternatively download a booking form from http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing

We hope to see you all soon! b/w Wendy and Julia, co-convenors

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David Cameron

‘THE MEANING OF DAVID CAMERON’ – WITH RICHARD SEYMOUR

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Description:
Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

DOUGLAS KENNEDY

 

Ruth Rikowski has written a subtantial article on the work of the American novelist Douglas Kennedy. You can view Ruth’s article at her Serendipitous Moments blog: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.com/2009/10/douglas-kennedy.html

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Manufacturing Happiness

 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Manufacturing Happiness: Investigating Subjectivity, Transformation, and Cultural Capital

The Graduate Students of George Mason University invite paper proposals for our 4th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

This conference considers practices, institutions, and products that promise happiness, in a sense of inducing “the good life,” typically expressed as self-realization or finding one’s purpose-borrowing Agamben’s term, subjective technologies that have a specific relationship to social and political forces. How do practices designed or claimed for such diverse purposes as personal stress management, recovering from colonization, parenting, global conglomeration, and corporate development work? What kinds of transformations do they bring, in terms of personality, power, and communitas? And what becomes of the living cultural traditions from which these practices are abstracted, as in the care of the psychotherapeutic practice of “western Buddhism,” which Zizek claims is the “hegemonic ideology par excellance of late capitalism?” From the transmission of packaged idealisms and practices with a putative relationship to traditional sources to the commodified transactions for services and goods, the conference organizers seeks papers that investigate the growing cultural industries, both global and local, devoted to manufacturing happiness.

The wide-ranging contexts for our investigation include, but are not limited to: the social positions within the family, home, workplace, community, or nation-state; geographical and global considerations of institutional development and affiliation; the political economy of corporate training models; cultural capital and legitimation; media and mediation (print, television, DVD, Internet, radio, etc.); religious connections and origins; the confirmation and construction of identities (gender, physical, class, spiritual, national, sexual, and race) in social or political realms; and the rise and intensity of ecological subjectivities.

Examples:
* Integral Institute, Integral Naked, and Ken Wilber
* Est Training
* Shambhala Training
* Eckhardt Tolle and Oprah’s Book Club
* Weight loss and Constructing Beauty
* The “Human Potential” Movement
* The Zen Alarm Clock
* The Secret
* Hollywood Kabballah Centre
* Transpersonal Psychology
* The “Self-Help” Industry
* Magazines such as What Is Enlightenment?

Please e-mail a 500-word abstract of your presentation along with a short CV to Michael Lecker (mlecker@gmu.edu) no later than June 15, 2009.

 

Additional information:

http://www.allconferences.com/conferences/2009/20090427183905/

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=168118

http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/happiness/

 

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Political Economy of Work

 

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)

 

Inaugural Day Conference of the ‘Political Economy of Work’ Working Group

 

University of Leeds, 5th May 2009

 

Programme

 

11:00 Reflections on the ‘International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy’

Ben Fine, SOAS

 

11:30 Towards a ‘Political Economy of Work’

Andrew Brown and David Spencer, LUBS / CERIC

 

Discussant: Damian Grimshaw, University of Manchester

                   

12:45 Lunch

 

1:30 – 4:00 Focus on Well-Being at Work

 

1:30 Labour, Nature and Dependence

John O’Neill, University of Manchester

 

2:30 Coffee

 

3:00 Job Quality in Europe

Francis Green, University of Kent

 

 

Cost:  £20 including lunch, tea and coffee.

 

To Register Contact:

Miss Gaynor Dodsworth (g.l.dodsworth@lubs.leeds.ac.uk) (0113 3436839)

 

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change

 

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