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Christmas 2DIFFERENCES, INEQUALITIES AND THE SOCIOLGICAL IMAGINATION

Call for Papers:

‘Differences, Inequalities and the Sociological Imagination’

12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague, Czech Republic, 25–28 August 2015

Critical Political Economy Research Network (RN06)

Re-Imagining Class – Materialities of Resistance, State Power and the Commons

In a context of increasingly authoritarian processes of austerity measures in response to the crisis in Europe and beyond, various groups and social movements have articulated quests for more democracy and reclaiming the Commons. Categories of public goods and the commons include amongst others education, health, environment, food, water, air, energy, land, housing, transport, cities, or waste management. These notions generally engender new forms of horizontal participatory and inclusive bottom up democratic decision-making and communal ownership structures not considered for profit. Democratic imaginaries are however only seldom spelled out, as if such wished-for democratic structures were without a teleology. This raises the question of which concrete conceptions the (radical) Left has to offer with respect to the political economy of democracy and the commons? Which lessons can be drawn from prefigurative politics and existing/real life examples in the organisation of the economy and public goods? Which implications would such imaginaries have for rethinking class, and the materialities within social movements? At the same time, in order to contextualise these processes in the concrete materiality of crisis and resistance, we need to understand the changes and continuities in the imaginaries of state power and authoritarian governance, and the relations between social forces struggling over the prerogatives of resistance and contestation.

As the overall conference theme suggests, it is through sociological imagination that we can begin to understand the current conjuncture and formulate alternatives. Re-imagining class should be a core focus in this process. We are interested in hosting a wide range of topics in sessions that are linked to the above themes. This could include a focus on various social movements on the Commons; contestation and resistance to austerity measures; new forms of democratic participation and citizenship; conceptual reflection and critique on the use of class concepts; authoritarian dimensions of the ongoing capitalist restructuring; new manifestations of the capital-labour conflict; or the social/human geography of contestation and resistance. Of particular importance here are critical feminist political economy perspectives that challenge underlying patriarchal structures and social relations.

We are interested in all of the above plus more. We invite contributions (papers and/or panel proposals) from those with an interest in critical political economy research, regardless of their disciplinary affiliation and whether they are in academia or not. We also hope to attract a diverse range of participants, from a number of countries and backgrounds.

Notes for Authors

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2015. Conference website and abstract submission platform: www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions regarding this call, or the Critical Political Economy research network, please contact us at cpern@criticalpoliticaleconomy.net.

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Religion

Religion

BSA SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION STUDY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014

(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Keynote speakers: Professor Manuel Vásquez, Professor Sophie Watson and Professor John Wolffe

A long-standing assumption in the sociology of religion is that there is a correlation between religious resurgence and intense moments of political, economic and socio-cultural crisis. We are living at such a moment of crisis now. A crisis of trust between experts, leaders, elites and emergent publics has led to a moment of profound disjuncture and given rise to possibilities for new religious and spiritual solidarities and connectivities as well as conflict. This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the sociology of religion and related disciplines that address, in innovative and imaginative ways, the following themes:

Religion and austerity * Religion and debt * Religion and money * Religion and the gift * Religion and capitalism/neo-liberalism * Religion and the state * Religion and the environment * Religious resurgence, religious decline * Religion and critical theory * Religion, citizens and publics * Religion and social movements * Religion and media * Religion, space and place.

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered. Abstracts must be submitted by FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2014 to Dr Marion Bowman and Dr Paul-François Tremlett at Arts-SocrelReligionandCrisis2014@open.ac.uk.

Bursaries are available for postgraduate/early career scholars.

For further details, visit the Socrel website: http://www.socrel.org.uk.

For further details about the BSA visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk.

Contact the BSA Events Team, Email: events@britsoc.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)191 383 0839

See: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/60830/SocRel_CFP_2014.pdf

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Health

BODY WORK IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Call for Papers

BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group Conference: Body Work in Health and Social Care

British Library Conference Centre,London

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Supported by the SHI Foundation and the British Library.

 

This day conference seeks to extend and deepen interest in the concept of ‘body work’ – understood here as work focusing on the bodies of others, typically undertaken in a paid context. As such it is a component in a range of occupations in health and social care, and beyond. We invite abstracts for papers that address the relevance of ‘body work’ to the sociology of health, illness and care, and to policy debates in these areas. Research on body work and ageing, including the experience of both providers and recipients of body work, is particularly welcome. We are also keen to include papers that draw comparisons with other areas of work such as personal services like hairdressing or sex work. Papers addressing methodological issues in studying body work (including, for instance, ethical questions, or the use of visual representations) are also welcome.

Topics of interest include:

  • The transformation and discipline of the body through health, care, and death work
  • The role of gender, class and racialisation on constructions of body work and body work interactions
  • The temporal and spatial organization of body work
  • Recruitment and training for body work and the embodied practitioner
  • Emotion, touch and reflexivity
  • Power, intimacy, and vulnerability
  • Dirty work and abjection
  • Formal and informal resistance by practitioners or patients or clients
  • The political economy of body work provision and its transformation over time

The Conference is organised by the BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group and supported by the Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation. It marks the publication of the recent Special Issue of Sociology of Health and Illness and the forthcoming monograph Body Work in Health and Social Care.  see (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/shil.2011.33.issue-2/issuetoc).

Co-ordinators: Professor Julia Twigg (Kent), Dr Carol Wolkowitz (Warwick), Dr Rachel Cohen (Surrey) Dr Sarah Nettleton (York), and Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel).

Abstracts for papers and posters: max 250 words should be submitted by 27 June 2011 online at http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/eventAbstract.aspx?id=EVT10136. Acceptance confirmation by 12 July. Programme online from 22 July.

Registration:  £45 BSA members, £85 non-members, £35 postgraduates. Fee includes buffet lunch, refreshments and wine reception in the early evening. Online registration at www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing. For further information email conference@britsoc.org.uk

Join the Ageing, Body and Society Study Group: The group organises seminars, workshops conferences and other events. New members, including students, welcome. Information on how to join: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/specialisms/AgeingBodyandSociety.htm

 

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Sociology

AFRICAN-CENTERED SOCIOLOGY

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Critical Sociology

Critical Sociology (http://crs.sagepub.com) invites papers for a special edition on African-centered / Africana Sociology. Africana Sociology critically investigates and interrogates the social worlds of people of African descent from African-centered theoretical and/or methodological perspectives. This special edition seeks articles that address the major issues of identity, education, health, criminal justice, sexuality/gender, methodology, racism/oppression, religion/spirituality and intellectual history.

Despite the fact that this special issue is targeted at a sociological audience, we wish to encourage papers that have sociological import in the areas delineated below written by sociologists and others, recognizing that critical African-centered perspectives may be interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary in nature.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
· The rationale for African-centered Sociology
· Definitions and conceptual models/orientations in African-centered Sociology
· History of the development of African-centered Sociology
· African-centered Sociology in literature
· The relationship between African spirituality/philosophy and African-centered Sociology
· Media images and Africana identity
· Sexuality and sexism in Africana communities from an African-centered perspective
· The training of Africa-centered sociologists
· The social viability of African-centered Sociology

We also welcome book review essays of recent and new publications within the domain of African-centered/Africana Sociology (contact cs_reviews@sagepub.co.uk for more information).

The selection criteria will involve: relevance to theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance, and originality. Please send a 250 word abstract by July 1st to Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, with full paper expected by September 1st. Solicited manuscripts (approximately 10,000 words) must be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/critical-sociology (further instructions will follow with the notification that your abstract has been accepted).

Contact:

Dr. Nikitah Okember-RA Imani, Special Issue Editor
Email: imanino@jmu.edu

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Professor David Fasenfest
Department of Sociology
Editor, Critical Sociology
http://crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor, Studies in Critical Social Sciences
http://www.brill.nl/scss

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