This year The Sociological Review’s online content will be themed each month. We’re now open to ideas for content connecting with the themes listed below. In addition to blogs, we’ll be publishing material in visual, audio, and written form (as well as continuing with our Book Reviews and Sociological Fiction). Each month, our Instagram will showcase visual explorations of our themes through inviting researchers to be ‘in residence’.
The themes for the upcoming year are listed below, with guidance for submission at the bottom of the page. All themes from April onwards are open for submission now, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you. We particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers, as well as those established in their field, and those drawing on sociology – broadly understood – to animate their projects of social change.
Please do consider the information at the bottom of this page carefully before getting in touch with your pitch.
Each month, our Instagram will showcase visual explorations of our themes through inviting researchers to be ‘in residence’. We would be happy to host existing work, or give support for the production of new work, and will discuss how to frame and introduce your residency with you. We have no predetermined ideas of what this content might look like, nor whether or not the practitioners consider themselves sociologists. If your work has a visual element and is related to our themes, of if you would like to inform us of someone else’s work, please email email@example.com by the given deadline for the relevant theme below.
We’re looking for posts exploring love in its many guises. We’re interested in how love might inform or interact with a sociologist’s research on issues as diverse as – for example – family, religion, politics, capitalism, urban planning, subjectivity, intimacy, the erotic, gender, the criminal justice system, classroom or community pedagogy, immigration law, or mental health. We want to ask how love as an idea in our media, tv, and wider culture(s) is complicated or better understood through sociology. We want to know how love (and self-love) interacts with the work of research, with our relationships to participants and places, with our notions of accountability, and our own emotional investment in the work.
We’re open to anything that clearly has the theme of ‘love’ at its heart (pun intended) and is in line with our guidance below. So please do get submitting. Deadline for pitch: February 18th. Deadline for Draft: March 10th.
May: Visual Sociology
Visual sociology has a great promise with respect to the illumination of social life. The affordance to meaningfully embed sociological analysis in, alongside, or through images, is suggestive of the potential to communicate with new publics, even to democratise sociology, and to open up dialogues with other ways of seeing. Against this backdrop, we’re looking for examples of innovative visual sociology, as well as written pieces reflecting on and responding to visually sociological work. The relationship between practice and research is pertinent here, with relationships between practitioner and subjects, and between practitioner subjectivity, and what or whom is placed on the other side of the lens and how, all needing careful thought. We want pieces exploring the ethics of representation, and interrogations of what becomes hyper-visible and what is at risk of erasure within visual studies. We really hope to receive photo essays and film pieces dealing with these issues too.
We’re open to anything that relates to ‘visual sociology’ and is in line with our guidance below. So please do get submitting! Deadline for pitch: March 28th. Deadline for Draft: April 10th.
We’re looking for work that reflects on the role of sociology in projects that are critical of the existing social order, that help us add understanding to interventions of social change and to better understand dynamics and implications of existing and projected social orders. We hope to receive pitches incorporating research that pushes for and/or enacts change: by definition this will addresses activisms in a wide variety of areas, for example: housing, healthcare, austerity, racism, surveillance, border controls, sex work, censorship, welfare conditions, the broader political landscape, etc. We want to provide a space for researchers questioning the power dynamics between the researcher and ‘the researched’, writing about how those dynamics impact study design and methodology. We’re also looking to hear from academics working actively to challenge the culture, values, and systemic injustices of their institutions, with explorations of how this change can be replicated or scaled by other academics.
We’re open to anything you understand as ‘activist sociology’, which is in line with our guidance below. If this chimes with you, please get in touch. Deadline for pitch: April 28th. Deadline for Draft: May 10th.
July: Music & Sound
Sound and music help us come to recognise the societies of which we are a part. The ways in which groups in society make music, share it, listen to it, and talk about it, has significant implications for our social lives. We hope to receive some work that draws attention to overlaps between the audio and social life, whatever form they take. We hope to receive playlists that reflect a social critique, audio recordings of everyday sites and settings, studies of lyrics and music scenes, or ‘soundscapes’ studies that borrow much from popular music analysis and accounts of atmospheres. We are also interested in analyses of the ways in which the audio is taken for granted in communication, and becomes a hostile element to bodies and worlds; critical accounts of the ableist tendencies with respect to sound are particular welcome.
We’re open to anything that sociologically interrogates music and sound, and which is in line with our guidance below. If this chimes with you, please get in touch. Deadline for pitch: May 28th. Deadline for Draft: June 10th.
August: Sociology in Schools
Sociological accounts of schools ,schooling and education have done a great deal to illuminate the ways in which social divisions are maintained, reproduced, and legitimated through education institutions. The overwriting of existing inequalities is a finding of many critical studies of education. Against this backdrop, we’d very much like to hear from you if you have an idea that illuminates the experiences of those working and studying in educationa contexts. We would also verify much like to hear from sociologists with an idea for how specific research could be translated in to Sociology curricula, perhaps in the place they live or have studied. If you’re interested in pitching for this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest and to begin a conversation about your idea.
Deadline for pitch: June 28th. Deadline for first Draft: July 10th.
We are looking for submissions in any medium exploring the sociological potential of studying textures. We are interested in how attention to the textures and surfaces of our social lives can inform and enrich our research. In The Sociological Review, 67 (3), de la Fuente called for a textural sociology that questions the presumptions of textual sociology in light of the wide-spread turn to materials across the discipline and its neighbours. We are interested in what this might look or feel like, both applied to diverse field sites and theoretically. We are open to explorations in how this is presented, and will work to support your ideas across our digital platforms.
We’re open to any experiments in textural sociology. Please get in touch with your ideas. Deadline for pitch: July 28th. Deadline for Draft: August 10th.
We’re looking for posts exploring food and sociology. We’re interested in how food might inform or interact with a sociologist’s research on issues as diverse as – for example – family, religion, politics, class, capitalism, urban planning, subjectivity, intimacy, the erotic, gender, the criminal justice system, education spaces, national identity, or mental health. We’re interested in fat activism and the ways food is stigmatised or celebrated differently through different subjectivities and cultures. We want to ask how food as a symbol in our media, tv, and wider culture(s) is complicated or better understood through sociology, and to hear how cooking, eating, and hosting interacts with the work of research, with our relationships to participants and places, and with our notions of ourselves in the work.
We’re open to anything relevant to the theme of ‘food’ that is in line with our guidance below. So please do get submitting. Deadline for pitch: August 28th. Deadline for Draft: September 10th.
We’re looking for posts that expand our understanding of sociological methods, without taking for granted the ways in which knowledge emerging from particular techniques bears their hallmark. So, we’re interested in ethical complexities, digital data management and security, qualitative methodologies, creative research methods, and methods that are framed by social intentions. What is the experience of carrying out these methods, as well as their impact on data collection? We want to feature practice-researchers and those working in interdisciplinary ways to combine methods across the social sciences and beyond. Considered critiques of particular methods and methodological traditions are welcome.
We’re open to anything exploring methodology, which is also in line with our guidance below. If you have an idea, please do get submitting to us! Deadline for pitch: September 28th. Deadline for Draft: October 10th.
December: Open Call for Postgraduate Students only
We’re interested in blog posts that showcase your exciting, innovative, and sociologically rigorous work. Your post can be engaging with any aspect of your work, although we don’t want narrative accounts of research. We want to hear about a small discovery, a sociological challenge, a new piece of data or an interesting method you’re engaged in.
This call is open, as we want to hear from any postgraduate student who has work to share and whose pitch is in line with the guidance below. So please do get submitting. Deadline for pitch: September 28th. Deadline for Draft: October 20th. N.B. The deadline for this month is earlier to ensure we can support you adequately in working towards what may be one of your first publications. Please feel free to email email@example.com for support in preparing your pitch if you’re unsure where to begin.
Guidance for Submission to the Blog
For all other submission pitches:
- Please email your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline for that theme. Each month’s deadline is above, along with details of what we’re open to for each theme. Your pitch will be considered by our Digital Editor in relation to other content we have planned for that month (including other pitches). We’re looking for strong, original ideas grounded in sociological thinking that can be encapsulated in a single blog post of 1000-1500 words, or equivalent (if you will not be using text). We do not want to receive summaries of your research, but specific, interesting angles you can pull from it, which will hold their own in an isolated piece of work.
- Pitches don’t need to take a particular form (you can write or audio-record your ideas and there’s no required word count but please be concise). They should include:
- Your core argument.
- The central ‘hook’ of your proposed blog: perhaps a specific quote, event, incident, a central question that sprang from your data, or something surprising that’s come out of your work.
- The sociologist/s that give context to your argument, on whom you’d draw in your proposed blog.
- Visual and audio contributions to our blog will be hosted in full on our Soundcloud and Instagram, with a short piece on the blog contextualising, sampling and signposting to them. The pitch process is the same. We may respond to a visual pitch inviting you to be ‘in residence’ on our Instagram across the month (see above), Please also send an example of your audio or visual work if you have one. If you are submitting content in visual or audio form, please include a note on how this could be made accessible to those who are blind, partially sighted and/or d/deaf.
- Our manifesto provides direction for those wishing to submit to TSR Journal. Similarly, at the blog, we seek contributors who: 1) see sociology as an intelligent way of understanding what is happening in the world; 2) contribute to an ethos in which reflection and critique are aimed at opening up issues for action and debate rather than closing them down; 3) actually want to read each other’s work, so as to be informed by the various bodies of writing circulating in the name of sociology and its cognate disciplines. We understand that sociological thinking does not just take place in sociology.
- Following our 2019 Annual Lecture, we encourage those submitting to the blog to state if and how theories and practices of ‘decolonising’ academia relate to their submission. This does not have to be a theme of the post by any means, but we encourage all practitioners and academics to reflect on this as part of the submission process. This sometimes means noticing the absence of such thought in our academic practices, and considering what ‘decolonising’ might mean in our own areas.
- All of our blog pitches and posts currently need to be received in English, but we welcome submissions from those using English as an additional language and will provide support to those who may need assistance adjusting their work in written English to a publishable standard. If you are working in English as an additional language and feel such support may be useful, please let us know.
- If your research relates to a community for whom English is not the only or main language, please state this in your application as we will look to get your blog post translated into other relevant languages, and will start this process as early as possible.
- Please include a short bio with your submission.
We will acknowledge receipt of your submission within five working days of you sending it. We will then get back to you as soon as we can with an indication of our interest.
Each month’s theme will also inform our social media platforms. If you do not wish to submit a pitch but would like to share articles, reading lists, art works, films or other media on these themes, please get in touch with email@example.com.
Information on submitting Sociological Fiction can be found here. To express an interest in joining our team of book reviewers, please email Dr. Charlotte Bates: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, all details about the process of submitting to The Sociological Review journal can be found here.