Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lancaster Sociology Intellectual Party

Sociology Summer Conference and intellectual party 2012
2-3 July 2012:

Lancaster Sociology research students would like to invite other PhD students to our annual Intellectual Party in the summer of 2012.

The summer conference in 2-3 July is a great opportunity to present your work at Lancaster, collaborate with other research students, participate in practical workshops, and have a great time. The deadline for abstracts is 14th March 2012.

The 2012 Intellectual Party offers you the chance to meet other Sociology research students; share your work in a friendly, encouraging environment and meet and engage with staff from Lancaster’s department of Sociology. For 2012 we are planning a special gallery of ideas about crises, and a spectacular finale. If you want to stay an extra day, you are welcome to join us on a ‘sociological expedition’ to the Lake District. Our Intellectual Party is more than just another conference; it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun!

All participants have to give a 20 minute talk. This year we are inviting people to submit abstracts in relation to a series of themed ‘Salons’ and more mysterious ‘Secret Gardens’.

Salons: If your research relates to one of the themes listed below, you can submit your abstract for inclusion in a ‘Salon’ – a dedicated session, chaired and hosted by well known ‘Salonnieres’.

Monika Buscher: Digital, mobile methodology, intra-active,
Tim Dant: Stuff, materiality, bicycles, culture, wheels, bags, boxes, things, assemblages, human-thing interaction, guns
Anne Marie Fortier: Multiculturalism, citizenship and migration
Maureen McNeil and Celia Roberts: Gender, sexuality and reproduction
David Tyfield: Crisis, finance, political economy
Elizabeth Shove: Social practice, change and transition, ordinary consumption
Lucy Suchman: STS, feminist technoscience, ICTs, design, innovation
Bron Szerszynski: Climate change
John Urry: Mobilities
Sylvia Walby: Gender, violence and the economy

Secret Gardens: You might prefer to submit your abstract to a ‘secret garden’. Abstracts can be on any theme or topic, but in making your submission we’d like you to pick five key words from the list below that bear some relation to your research. Ambiguity, Body, Complexity, Difference, Energy, Fear, Globalitis (meaning references to globalisation, the global, etc.), Heritage, Income, Justice, Knitting or networks, Love, Myth, Nomadic, Organic, Power, Qualitative/quantitative, Risk, Structure, Time, Un- (as in unnatural, unpleasant, unlikely etc.), Virus, Work, Xperience (deliberately mis-spelt), Yellow, Zone. Secret garden sessions will consist of papers that have key words in common.

If you are interested in joining us and presenting a paper in one of our Salons or Secret Gardens, please submit your abstract by March 14th 2012.

The registration fee for non-Lancaster students is £65. This includes refreshments, dinner and lunches during the two day conference. If you have any queries please contact Angela Loxham.

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