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Doing research inclusively, doing research well, 7-8 Feb, Southampton

Course: Doing research inclusively, doing research well
Date and place: 7-8 February 2013, Southampton
Presenters: Professor Melanie Nind and Dr Hilra Vinha
Fees: £60 for UK registered PhD students; £120 for staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations; £440 for all other participants.

Further info and register:

This training is a dialogical encounter based on the approach of Paulo Freire. It builds from an ESRC study looking at quality and capacity in inclusive research in which researchers outside and inside the academy, with and without a label of learning disabilities, came together in focus groups to discuss their research methods, priorities and working practices. The research generated guidance for judging quality in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities, together with practical guidance and case study materials for teaching which are used here. The trainers work from the position that it is unhelpful to limit ourselves to an uncritical ‘nothing about us without us’ agenda in which one way of doing inclusive research becomes prescribed and policed. Instead, there are many different models of inclusive research and much to be learned from exploring these. Participants should expect an interactive/active experience using dialogue and involving seeing, reading, using and developing a range of methods that change the dynamics of knowledge production. The examples come from the field of learning disabilities but the methods have relevance for researchers in other fields.

Thinking the present with Max Weber: The University, the Scholar and the Student

Thinking the present with Max Weber: The University, the Scholar and the Student
Organised by the Max Weber Study Group of the BSA. Supported by the University of Salford & UCU Salford

7 December 2012, Clifford Whitworth Conference Room, University of Salford (Manchester)
A one-day seminar on the situation of the university, part of a seminar series devoted to thinking our current predicament. With the participation of very prominent scholars from home and abroad, this seminar will reflect on the current state of the university and its attendant practices:  what is the meaning of scholarly work and teaching when the scholar is faced by a series of sometimes contradictory conditions and imperatives: output targets in research, ‘the student experience’ in teaching coupled with compulsory debt-financing (huge fees) for students, the tension between instrumentalism and knowledge for its own sake, between a public and a market-driven university ethos, between a collegial institution and a hierarchical organisation.  What is the meaning of the new regime under which universities are put to work, with its ‘quality’ indicators and debt-incurring devices, in terms of the pedagogy practised, the kinds of reason relied on, as well as the type of human being presupposed by such regime and resulting from its implementation? More generally, what kind of scholar, what kind of student, what type of human being, is being produced by these practices?
Contact: Carlos Frade, University of Salford,
Seminar programme available at
Whole seminar series programme available at

Talking Bodies, Identity, Sexuality, Representation

HOST: Dr Emma L. E. Rees, the Department of English, University of Chester, UK
DATES: 26th-28th March, 2013
VENUE: The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK
PAPER PROPOSALS: 20-minute papers (or poster presentations) are invited on topics related to the themes of the conference. Scholars, practitioners, researchers and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines (art, performance, art history, social history, and history of science, literary criticism, theology, (eco)feminism, political theory, medicine, jurisprudence, and more) are invited to submit proposals. Questions to be considered include (but are absolutely not limited to):

  • How does the idea of the ‘taboo’ impact on self-perception? How do writers and artists articulate that taboo?
  • How do visual artists represent the complexities of the embodied self? Or, how can writers, performers, or musicians do so?
  • How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body?
  • What happens when the ‘talking body’ conflicts with the ‘talking mind’?
  • How do (consensual or non-consensual) body modifications silence the body, or ‘allow’ it to ‘talk’?
  • What relationships do erotica, porn and the ‘obscene’ have with the embodied self?
  • How does representation of the body facilitate political activism?
  • Where do gender and ideology intersect on the site of ‘the body’?
  • Is language ever sufficient in talking about bodies?

In addition to the conference presentations, there will be an exciting feminist keynote speaker; a talk from an editor from a prominent publishing house; a conference ‘Marketplace’ with book and craft stalls; a feminist pub quiz; a small exhibition by artists from the ‘Birth Rites’ Collection; and a reading/performance by the pioneering, Brighton-based ‘Trans-Mangina Monologues’ group.

ABSTRACTS of no more than 250 words should be emailed to the conference organiser, Emma Rees, at
DEADLINE for submission of abstracts: Friday 30th November, 2012

email: (Queries about the conference should also be directed to this email address.)

The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movement, Moments, and Mobilisations

The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movement, Moments, and Mobilisations

Biennial FWSA Conference

21-23 June 2013, University of Nottingham

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS, University of London)

Professor Diane Elson (University of Essex)

Dr Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths University)

The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) is pleased to announce details of its 2013 conference, ‘The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations’ that will be held from 21 – 23rd June 2013 at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Full details of our Call for Papers can be found in the attached poster. We welcome the submission of abstracts for panel proposals by 15th October 2012 and for individual papers by 30 October 2012 via email to

Full details of the conference can be found on our conference website:

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the conference organising team: Trishima Mitra-Kahn, Claire O’Callaghan, and Srila Roy.

CALL FOR PAPERS CLOSES 2ND NOVEMBER – CRFR International Conference, Edinburgh 10th – 12th June 2013

We are delighted to announce the Centre for Research on Families and
Relationships 4th International Conference will take place in Edinburgh from
Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th June 2013

Researching Families and Relationships: innovations in methods, theory and
policy relevance
10th – 12th June 2013
John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh
Full Registration Fee @ £325.00

The 4th international conference, hosted by CRFR, will explore ways in which
research on and with children, families and relationships have been
developed in new and innovate ways in recent years.

The call for abstracts is now open and closes on 2nd November 2012.
Abstracts are invited which address the conference themes.  Abstracts will
be considered for either an oral or poster presentation

. Theoretical, substantive and ethical challenges in children, families and
relationships research
. The impact of the digital age and access to resources across the world
. The development of participatory, sensory and visual methods
. Learning from the challenges of time and the life course
. Innovations in understanding transnational families and relationships and
addressing minority/majority worlds
. Addressing issues of inequality
. The role of families and relationships in big ‘global’ issues

The venue will be John McIntyre Conference Centre, which is an ideal
conference venue, set in the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, with
accommodation on-site or within walking distance.



Please circulate this email to any individual, network or organisation you
think relevant.  Apologies for cross posting.


BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2013 – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

  • Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA
  • Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.
  • Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology
  • The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.
  • The nominated book must be a sole-authored book
  • The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology
  • There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)
  • Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book

CfP BSA Theory Group biennial conference

Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives

Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies, and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities. There will be 7 streams at the conference, listed below. Please identify clearly which stream you would like to be included in when submitting an abstract.

1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice
2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders
3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice
4. Asylum after Empire
5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
7. Diaspora, Colonialism & Postcolonialism

Further details about the streams can be found here:

Send your abstracts to

Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012

BSA Regional Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Event: ‘Ways to Enhance Your CV’

BSA Regional Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Event:

‘Ways to Enhance Your CV’

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 11am-3pm

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Hosted by Dr Pam Lowe, Head of Sociology & Senior Lecturer:

& assisted by senior colleagues from the Sociology & Social Policy Dept, Aston University, & BSA Postgraduate Co-convenor/represenatives

Agenda: (subject to change)

11:00 – 11:15       Registration & Welcome
11:15 – 12:00       Writing for publication
12:00 – 12:45       Beginning teaching
12:45 – 13:00       Lunch
13:00 – 14:00       Working with the Media
14:00 – 14:45       ‘CV clinic’ (please bring a copy of your CV)

14:45 – 15:00       Reflections on the Day

Registration £10 for BSA Members or £15 Non-Members

Refreshments & Lunch Provided

Places are limited. Please reserve a place via the BSA Events Team

 Tel: 0191 383 0839 or email:

Wikipedia for Researchers – Free Workshops at the British Library

Friday 16th November, 14:00-15:00, British Library Conference Centre, Eliot Room

This 1 hour bite-size talk will provide an introduction to Wikipedia and its community. Andrew will introduce ways Wikipedia can be used by researchers, as well as discussing research done using Wikipedia as a subject.

 Friday 23rd November, 14:00-16:00, British Library Conference Centre, Eliot Room

This 2 hour workshop will involve a short general introduction to the Wikipedia projects and a discussion of how they are created and developed, followed by a more in-depth practical session involving learning the basics of editing and engaging with other contributors.
Please bring a laptop; there is wireless internet access, but computers are not provided.

Places are free but limited, so please book your place soon to avoid disappointment by emailing, specifying which of the sessions you wish to attend.

FREE Software Planning Seminar, 9th November, Birmingham University

Choosing the right software for your qualitative and mixed-methods analysis

Choosing the appropriate analysis software package is an important part of planning any qualitative or mixed method research project. There are a range of options available, but it is not always easy to visualise exactly what a package offers when exploring it for the first time yourself.

The CAQDAS Networking Project website provides a range of materials that highlight important considerations in the decision-making process.This seminar builds on this information, discussing the issues to a more advanced level. The range of products are described and compared, their methodological benefits and weaknesses appraised, practical utility and illustrated using data from a range of research studies.

Topics covered include: Handling ‘data’: data organisation – Closeness to data – Output/reporting – Coding and alternative ways of handling analysis – Complex interrogation of data – Expressing ideas in visual ways – Transportation of projects – Team work logistics.

The seminar is structured in such a way as to foster discussion and debate and participants are encouraged to come along with questions to generate discussion during the seminar about their project and its requirements.

Places are FREE but must be booked. For more information and to book a place see here


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