January 2021 Newsletter

Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project 

On Wednesday 13th January, the Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project were pleased to have hosted their third online session, ‘What is The Colonial Global Economy?’, with speakers Dr Paul Gilbert, Professor Genevieve LaBaron, Dr Keston Perry and Dr. Perla Polanco Leal. 

An additional lecture by Professor Catherine Hall has also been added to the ‘Colonial Global Economy’ module and is available to view here

The Sociological Review is delighted to be supporting The Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project. Connected Sociologies responds to these challenges by providing resources designed to support students and teachers interested in ‘decolonising’ school, college, and university curricula. There are currently three modules on the website; follow them on Social Media for updates @CSociologies.

Current Issue

Our Current Issue, Volume 69 Issue 1, includes papers exploring the remaking of contemporary studenthood by Maike Pötschulat, Marie Moran and Paul Jones

A selection of our Free to Access papers include Lorena Gazzotti’s questioning of ‘illegality’ as experienced by different groups of foreigners in Morocco and Helen Trail’s exploration into the ambiguities of how community is imagined and practised within an urban community project.

You can also find all our Online First papers here.

Digital Series: Themes for 2021

Throughout January, we’ll be taking our Annual Break from publishing blogs. However, we are open to ideas for content connecting with the themes listed, with details, deadlines and guidance for submission here. 

We are also looking for book reviewers for the titles introduced below. 

Our Digital Themes this year are:

February – Migrations (submissions closed)
Books for review: Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant identities in a Globalized World by Tahseen Shams, and Deporting Black Britons by Luke De Nora.

March – Art and Representation
Books for review: Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries by Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor.

April – Class
Books for review: Living Against Austerity by Emma Craddock, and Austerity, Women and the Role of the State by Vicki Dabrowski.

May – Digital Social Life
Books for review: The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain by Francesca Sobande, and Sonic Intimacy: Reggae Sound Systems, Jungle Pirate Radio and Grime YouTube Music Videos by Malcolm James.

June – Sociological Theories
Books for review: Decolonising Sociology by Ali Meghji.

July – Climate Justice
Books for review: The Anthropocene in Global Media: Neutralizing the Risk by Leslie Sklair.

August – Film and Television
Books for review: tbc

September – New Solidarities
Books for review: tbc

October – Generations
Books for review: tbc

November – Methods and Methodologies
Books for review: Problem Spaces: How and Why Methodology Matters by Celia Lury.

December – PGR open call

We look forward to receiving your pitches! 

– The Digital Team

All of the ‘Methodologies’ digital series from 2020 can be found here

Book Reviews 

Reviewed by PhD candidate Mayya Shmidt, the final book review of 2020 was Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald’s ‘Generation Share.The change-makers building the Sharing Economy'(2019). Schmidt writes that ‘the book contributes to our understanding of sharing outside of the for-profit platforms and the five sectors where the new business model is the most prevalent, and takes a global perspective showcasing sharing economy initiatives outside of the Anglo-American world.’

We welcome proposals for book reviews in connection with our Digital Themes, reviews of books written in non-English languages, and reviews of sociological fiction and film. 

All reviews can be found here

Illustration by Fran Murphy

Solidarity and Care

Our initiative to document caring and solidarity initiatives around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic, Solidarity and Care, has continued into 2021. 

Still open for submissions: 
 Having published over 75 contributions in 2020, we continue to invite diverse submissions related to caring labour, and, now, with vaccine politics being a growing subject of public debate, we are also interested in reflections on the question of “conspiracy theory” and how these may be affecting cooperation, solidarity and care in your household or social circle. 

Our editor of Solidarity and Care, Erica Lagalisse, develops a critical anthropology of “conspiracy theory” in her book Occult Features of Anarchism, so she is ready for diverse analyses of the “plandemic”.  Visit our submissions page here.

After Progress | Digital Exhibition | Call for Stories!

How to reimagine human and more-than-human arts of living and flourishing from the ruins of the modern idea of progress? What would counter-progressive stories sound like? What would they read like? What might earthbound, collaborative forms of storytelling engender after progress?

We are inviting storytelling proposals from groups and individuals from around the world, with stories that might help us envisage ways of living and dying well outside of the modern coordinates of progress. The deadline for proposals is 1st February 2021. See the Call for Stories for further details.

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