The future of sociology

The future of sociology: extinction, stagnation or evolution?
By Richard Jenkins

One, very likely, first response to this paper’s title might be: ‘Why even bother to ask that question?’ Such a response would be completely understandable, but wrong. There are several reasons why it is appropriate to speculate, in a critical frame of mind, about the future of sociology. In the first place, that we should not take for granted the continuing existence of anything is a sensible ontological precaution. As humans, and despite everything that we know to the contrary, we tend to live our lives as if the world that is presently around us is a more-or-less permanent state of affairs; but nothing is actually permanent. This is the shared lesson of all the academic disciplines: everything changes. Nothing persists in an unchanged state indefinitely. 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.