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The theme for the 2013 Annual Conference is: Engaging Sociology.  The conference will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 3-5 April 2013. 

This conference highlights Sociology’s contribution as it engages with topical issues affecting contemporary society – whether this is the recent riots, the financial crisis, climate change, social mobility, the Big Society, or the London Olympics.  Presentations from scholars throughout the UK (and beyond) demonstrate the value of engaging with sociological theory, combined with rigorous methodological approaches, in illuminating how these compelling issues impact on us all – over the life course; in the domestic sphere; in our communities and localities; in our dealings with institutions (the worlds of work, education, the arts and media; the justice system, religion, politics and the State); through our leisure pursuits and sport; via civic participation and political involvement; and as members of a European and global society. Fifteen concurrent streams (including, for example, social divisions/identities; cities, space, mobilities & place; media, culture & consumption) allow delegates to focus on specific interests. Our engaging plenaries bring delegates together, encouraging broader sociological debate and providing an opportunity to explore synergies with other disciplines.

The 2013 annual conference promises to be dynamic, informative, inspiring and is definitely not to be missed.  

Our themes are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate.  You are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.


Who should attend?

* Senior academics looking to engage in a lively, stimulating debate with peers and bright new stars.

* Researchers looking to connect with like-minded colleagues.

* Teachers looking for new ideas and inspiration.

* Students looking and learn from experts and Postgraduates looking to present and get ideas on their research.

* Policy-makers looking for scientific facts to back or steer their ideas or to develop new directions in policy.

* Anyone looking to engage with the wider sociological community.

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

The BSA annual conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.



Engaging Sociology: Are you engaging with topical issues affecting contemporary society?

Submit your abstract for the BSA Annual Conference 2013

To find out more about the BSA Annual Conference 2013, or to submit an abstract, please visit our website:

The conference promises to be yet another dynamic, informative, inspiring meeting of minds and is definitely not to be missed.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Midnight on Friday 5 October 2012.

SUBMIT Your Abstract online NOW!

3-5 April 2013
BSA Annual Conference:  Engaging Sociology
Grand Connaught Rooms, London




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‘This invaluable book is the history of London we have been waiting for …London has a strong radical tradition and this is its story, told with elegance and precision.’ – Ken Loach


A forgotten history ofLondon: world capital of revolution

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON takes us into an unofficial, half-hidden and often undocumented world, a city rarely glimpsed: of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles, demonstrations and riots; the city of Wat Tyler, Marx and Engels, Garibaldi and Gandhi; and the countless pubs, theatres, coffee-houses and meeting-places in which radical ideas have been nurtured and revolutions planned.

Hub of empire, world port and seat of government: the things that makeLondona centre of wealth and power have also made it a centre of dissent and radicalism. As the home of national government, London is the focal point for protest and its political history is entwined with the lives of its people, a multitude often dismissed throughout the centuries as a ‘mob’.

As the government clamps down on protest ahead of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON reconnects Londoners to a vibrant and tumultuous political heritage: from the twelfth century rebellion of William Longbeard and the Peasants’ Revolt, to modern fights against fascism and racism in Cable Street and Notting Hill, the Brixton Riots, all the way to the smashed windows of Millbank and the protest camp at Occupy LSX.

Published to coincide with the mayoral elections, this counter-history reveals howLondon’s poor and its immigrant population have shaped the city’s history and identity over the ages – and why this is unlikely to change. Politicians and journalists rushed to blame the 2011 riots that began in Tottenham and spread across the country on ‘sheer criminality’. Lindsey German and John Rees show how the same cry from the defenders of the status quo has echoed down the centuries after every riot in London.

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON tells the story ofLondonas a theatre of political activism, with a focus on the lives, actions and words of the actors themselves. Asking why London has such a history of radicalism, German and Rees trace the source to many of the same elements which contribute to the alienation of so many from the city – staggering inequality and the size and impersonality of the fast- paced metropolis – and look at how the Olympic city of the twenty-first century is reproducing the conditions that gave rise to radical and socialist ideas in the past.


JOHN REES is a writer, broadcaster and activist. His books include THE ALGEBRA OF REVOLUTION and IMPERIALISM AND RESISTANCE and he is co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition.

LINDSEY GERMAN is a socialist writer and activist who has lived inLondon all her life. She is convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, stood as candidate for Mayor of London and has written books on women’s liberation, class, and war.


 ISBN: 978 1 84467 855 6 / $19.95/£12.99 Paperback / 320 pages


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