Call for Proposals: The Sociological Review Seminar Series 2019

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Tuesday 24th July, 2018

The Sociological Review Foundation makes available up to £10,000 each year to fund the organisation of scholarly seminars on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the journal. It particularly supports research seminar series and/or research symposia that bring together established and new researchers to share and produce imaginative cutting-edge work of cultural and social significance. We seek proposals that involve collaborations across institutions and disciplines and welcome those that connect to wider communities and the arts.

The funding to run a single seminar or a series is offered annually through open competition to both widen the scope and readership of the TSR and provide the opportunity for scholars, early career researchers and research groups to benefit from connection and collaboration with TSR.

The deadline for application submission is Friday 5th October, 2018, 17.00 BST. Further details and an application form are available from The Sociological Review. An application form can be downloaded here. For any enquires regarding the call for proposals and applications for the seminar series, please contact

All applications will be reviewed by a team of Sociological Review editorial board members drawn from a variety of research interests and career stages.

As part of the Foundation’s mission to serve and enhance the future sociological community, seminars and symposia should also be open to members of sociological teaching groups in colleges and schools. For example, a number of places could either be made available to local colleges and sixth forms, or sessions could be video recorded and offered to these audiences, in order to support and facilitate the development of Sociology and related disciplines.

Guidance for applicants

Each year we support (a) one themed seminar series – three or more linked symposia of 4-6 speakers – allocating up to £6000, and (b) provide two separate grants of up to £2000 for one-day symposia taking place in the United Kingdom.

The scheme will be advertised in September for seminar series and symposia taking place the following year. Applications for funding should be submitted through the online application form. Decisions on applications will be made by the Sociological Review Foundation on the advice of a sub-committee and notified to applicants by end of December. The sum awarded will be available for expenditure at any time during that calendar year.

Applications must set out details of the proposed seminar(s), themes to be addressed, details of proposed speakers (together with an indication of whether the speakers have been approached and given any commitment to participate), and a budget for the event.

It is expected that funding will provide for room and equipment hire, consumables, hospitality, travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

It is expected that delegates will not be charged a fee for attending.

Budgets should include details of planned expenditure on: Catering; booking of room(s); travel, accommodation and per diem allowances for those presenting papers or acting as discussants; travel grants for Early Career Researchers in need; administrative and organisational support (e.g. student helpers); any other items, with details of why they are necessary.

Note that the Foundation is a registered charity and will not include in its awards any element for overheads or profit generation nor co-fund seminars for which funding is made available from elsewhere. The intention is to fund seminars which could not otherwise take place. Awards will usually be paid to the higher education institution which employs the applicant(s) or the institution where the seminar is being held if this is different.

Successful applicants are required to write a report on the event to be submitted no later than one month after the event (in the case of a series of events, a report on each event must be submitted) and to write a blogpost for the Sociological Review blog.

Seminar Series award holders are encouraged to submit a proposal for a special issue/monograph from the successful seminar series. However, please note, the award of funding is accompanied by no guarantee of publication in the journal. Seminar series award holders will join the open competition for this opportunity with all other applicants.

Previous Winners


Welfare Imaginaries

Three seminars organised by Tracey Jensen, Kayleigh Garthwaite, Ruth Patrick, Sara De Benedictis and Kim Allen (Lancaster, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brunel and Leeds).

New Ethnographic Contexts

One seminar organised by Dimitrios Theodossopoulos, Tom Bell and Dawn Lyon (Kent).

Put to the Test

One seminar organised by Noortje Marres and David Stark (Warwick).


Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises

Organised by Yang Hu, Daniel Nehring, Karen Broadhurst and Eleonore Kofman in a seminar at Lancaster University

The Future of eSports: Challenging Work and Gender Issues in the UK’s Professional Computer Gaming Industry

Organised by Tom Brock, Mark Johnson and Jamie Woodcock in a seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A Sociology of contemporary Chinese Motilities: Educating China on the Move

Organised by Xu Lingling, Catherine Montgomery and Cora Xu in three seminars at Keele University, UCL Institute of Education and University of Bath.


Growing up and global austerity: Comparing youth opportunities, aspirations and civic values around the world

Organised by Dr Avril Keating (UCL, Institute of Education), Professor Andy Green (University College London) and Dr. Jennifer Silva (Bucknell University)

Down the Pan: New Perspectives in the Sociology of Dirt

Organised by Dr Lucy Pickering (University of Glasgow), Dr Phillippa Wiseman (University of Glasgow) and Dr Sarah Armstrong (University of Glasgow),

A sociology of ‘Brexit’: citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership

Organised by Dr Chris Moreh (University of Southampton), Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza (University of the West of Scotland) and Professor Derek McGhee (University of Southampton)

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