Month: March 2013

CfP: Special issue of Sociology on Sociology and the Global Crisis

Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis

Special Issue of Sociology Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2013

Editorial Team:
Ana C. Dinerstein (University of Bath), Gregory Schwartz (University of Bath) and Graham Taylor (University of the West of England)

We hear it, see it, and read about it everywhere; yet, to what extent are we able to translate the quotidian reality of the global economic crisis into adequate forms of knowledge? Has the crisis highlighted important limits in our sociological imagination linked either to the subdivision of our discipline or, more fundamentally, questioned the contemporary relevance of sociology as a social science?

This Special Issue of Sociology, to be published in October 2014, invites contributions that will:

· Explore how sociology can contribute to a better understanding of (the lived experience of) the global economic crisis; and/or
· Reflect on how social processes and movements confronting the crisis can inspire a new sociological imagination.

And aims to bring together contributions that:

· Bridge disciplines
· Unsettle conventions
· Cosmopolitanise epistemologies
· Renew sociology

The Editors welcome contributions on relevant topics in any field of social science engaging with sociological research, from early career and established academics, and from those outside academia.

Queries: To discuss initial ideas or seek editorial advice, please contact the Special Issue Editors by email on

Full Call for Papers can be viewed at

The Institute for Culture and Society launch their Facebook page

Hi folks,

Institute for Culture and Society UWS Facebook page

just a quick note: The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at the University of Western Sydney have just launched their Facebook page. Check it out hereand give them a ‘Like’ if you want to get updates on their research and interesting links to cultural sociology-related materials.

Some useful and funny reads on academic practice

Hi fellow Cultural Sociology enthusiasts,

we have curated a few reads for you around effective academic practice and the perks and pitfalls of being in academia. We hope you’ll find them useful. (If you don’t want to read them all, at least check out nr. 4.  Promise you will chuckle and be able to relate to at least some of these…!)

1. Tending your Ideas Garden – a blogpost on the new Digital Sociology blog by the BSA that reminds us to scrapbook all our ideas as we may find use in them later on. A little bit like the ancient Greek practice of self-writing, using a hypomnemata, explored by Foucault as a technique of self, perhaps…

2. Making Time Not to Think – Making sure we schedule down-time into our busy, busy routines and create spaces for not-thinking – and often that’s when you have your best ideas! Again comparable to another ancient practice of self: meditation. Practicing self-care through techniques of self, as Foucault described it (see e.g. Foucault, 1986; 2005).

3. Deborah Lupton’s 30 tips for successful academic research and writing – some useful tips that go through things like planning a research schedule, making a start, being efficient and connecting with others for inspiration.

4. Finally, 21 Things academics hate – just for a laugh…! Let us know which ones you can relate to most.

Have you got any other useful articles or your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments

Foucault, M. (1986) The Care of the Self: The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3. New York: Random House.
Foucault, M. (2005) The Hermeneutics of the Subject – Lectures at the Collège de France 1981-1982. New York: Picador.