Reflections on the Social Policy Association conference, 2013

As a first time attendee at the SPA conference I was interested to hear from prominent social policy academics on the current crisis of welfare and the decline in public support for social security. For the most part, I was impressed by the commitment to rigorous, empirical research that expressed a desire to influence public debates. This was especially true in the session I attended that addressed the issue of stigma and shame under austerity. I was also interested to hear Joanne Warner’s excellent presentation on the issue of class in relation to parenting under austerity – a presentation that had been adapted from a paper in ‘Health, Risk and Society’. My concern, however, as with most conferences I’ve attended, lies with the impact of our internal debates on the wider discourses pertaining to welfare and social security in the UK.

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Call for Submissions: Social Science Postgraduate Conference

The PGR conference committee is pleased to invite postgraduate researchers to our annual social science conference entitled Translation and Transformation, to be held on Wednesday 5th June, 2013 here in the Department of Sociological Studies at The University of Sheffield. We are pleased to announce that this year our key note speaker will be Professor Richard Jenkins.

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We are inviting proposals for papers and posters aimed at exploring your research to date and encourage your presentations to be innovative in their delivery, organisation and range of topics – with special emphasis on how they might convey your message to other doctoral students.  Continue reading

Call for Submissions: Troubling Gender Conference

Charlotte Jones and Jennifer Kettle, convenors of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network, have organised a one-day interactive conference about intersectional feminism. The conference, entitled Troubling Gender: The Question of Multiple Identities will be held on Friday 24th May, 2013 at ICOSS, University of Sheffield, and will be open to academics and activists from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to share ideas and research in a friendly and supportive environment.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Bridget Byrne (University of Manchester) and Professor Avtar Brah (Birkbeck, University of London). Details of workshops will also be announced soon.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 24th February, 2013. For more information, please take a look at the conference website.