March 2020 Newsletter

This is a challenging time as we all adjust our lives to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Sociological Review will endeavour to do all we can to support colleagues as their working lives change. For this reason, the below updates may be subject to change. We will continue to publish across our digital platforms, and welcome any ideas on how we can make them useful at this time – please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.


The Sociological Review’s Early Career Researchers’ Writing Retreat
22nd – 24th July 2020, Gladstone’s Library, Flintshire, Wales

Since 2016, we have been organising an annual early career researcher writing retreat. We are delighted to announce that for 2020 this will be facilitated by The Sociological Review editorial board members Prof Steven Brown and Dr Cath Lambert. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend three dedicated days writing in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere under the guidance of qualified writing retreat facilitators, with the opportunity to rest, socialise and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Hawarden village.

The retreat will be held in Gladstone’s Library located in the village of Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Hawarden is 7 miles from Chester and 30 miles from Liverpool Airport. All writing sessions, meals and accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July 2020 are provided. 

The retreat is for 13 early career scholars or postdocs (within 3 years of award of doctorate) including postgraduate research students within the final year or write-up year of their PhD thesis. 

We invite applictions here by the extended deadline of March 30th.

Call for Monographs

We are looking to commission two monographs to be published in March and July 2022 respectively.

The monograph series is an integral part of the journal. It publishes themed collections of articles of approximately 80,000-100,000 words (around 256 pages). These appear simultaneously as Special Issues of the journal.

Dedicated to showcasing the very best and most innovative sociologically informed work, and to promoting emerging as well as established academics, the series has for over 50 years produced intellectually stimulating, coherent volumes of the highest quality. The books are available to buy separately, but are also included as part The Sociological Review journal subscription price. For more information and how to apply, see here

Call for Book Reviews

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.

If you would like to review one of the below books – or suggest a title for review – please get in touch with our reviews editor, Charlotte Bates: Please say why you want to review the selected title and how it connects to your own work and expertise. Our reviews are usually around 1,000 words and are published online. For guidance see here


Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music by Nick Crossley

Working-Class Boys and Educational Success by Nicola Ingram

Caught in the Path of Katrina by J. Steven Picou and Keith Nicholls

Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood by Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright

Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality by Imogen Tyler

The Entangled City: crime as urban fabric in Sao Paulo by Gabriel Feltran

In Plain Sight: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict edited by Gaby Zipfel, Regina Muhlhauser and Kirsten Campbell

Call for Digital Submissions on the theme of ‘Visual Sociology’

Continuing our new way of working with digital content, we are inviting submissions to host during May on our online platforms.

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. We’re looking for examples of innovative visual sociology and written pieces reflecting on and responding to visually sociological work and its ethical practice. We hope to receive photo essays and film pieces dealing with these issues. For more information, see here

We’re open to anything that relates to ‘visual sociology’ and is in line with our guidance. Please note we already have an Instagram Resident. 

Deadline for pitch: March 28th. Deadline for Draft: April 10th

In Print and Online

The current issue of The Sociological Review is available here, including articles on parental dementiavolunteering in the context of austerity, and the aural dimensions of neighbouring. OnlineFirst articles are available here

In February, our online platforms responded to Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s 2019 TSR Annual Lecture. This included an interview with Prof. Smith, Sara Salem, and Michaela Benson, Editor-in-Chief of The Sociological Review, a reflection on how decolonisation interacts with a sense of self by PhD student Riadh Ghemmour, and a response to the lecture from Yasmin Gunaratnam. All of this and more can be found on our blog

We are especially pleased to share this film of the Annual Lecture.

On the blog throughout March we are sociologically interrogating ‘care‘.

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