The Practice of Public Sociology

Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm, Thursday 24th November, 2016

Location: Manchester, UK

For over a decade public sociology has been a mainstream topic of discussion within the discipline. While practiced prior to the 2004 address by Michael Burawoy to the American Sociological Association, its identification and elaboration on an intellectual level was crucial to its popularisation. But is it possible that the voluminous literature that emerged in the years following has left us with a public sociology that is overly-discursive? While undoubtedly important, is there a risk that theorising about public sociology gets in the way of its practice? This event organised by The Sociological Review’s Early Career Forum takes as its starting point David Mellor’s 2011 argument that “we don’t need to debate public sociology anymore; we need to get good at it“. We invite early career researchers who share this aim to join us for a day of workshops, discussion and debate about how we can collectively improve our practice of public sociology. 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Maddie Breeze, Queen Mary University
  • Mark Carrigan, The Sociological Review
  • Ipek Demir, University of Leicester
  • Lambros Fatsis, University of Southampton
  • Ruth Pearce, University of Warwick

Confirmed Workshops/Sessions

  • Working with Print and Broadcast Media: Aaron Bastani, Novara Media
  • Teaching Public Sociology: Maddie Breeze, Queen Mary University and Karl Johnson, Queen Mary University
  • Working with Social Media: Mark Carrigan, The Sociological Review
  • Working with Community Groups: Dan Silver, Social Action & Research Foundation
  • Working with Photo Archives: Ben Kyneswood, Photo Mining

Places are extremely limited due to the size of the venue. Please do not sign up to this event unless you are sure you can attend. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket asap by emailing Jenny Thatcher

For academic inquiries related to this event, please contact Mark Carrigan

For all other inquiries related to this event, please email Jenny Thatcher

ECRs and PGRs Travel Bursaries

Sociological Review’s Early Career Board have a small number of travel bursaries available for early career researchers and postgraduate research student who would require assistant with travel costs. You can apply for by following this link:

The deadline for travel bursary applications is Sunday 30th October 2016, 00.00 GMT 

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