Thinking on the Move: The Possibilities and Problems of Walking Sociologically

Thursday 05th to Friday 06th September, 2019 (09.00-17.30, both days)

Goldsmiths, London: The event will take place primarily outside in Southeast London

The Sociological Review is delighted to bring you a 2-day walking conference organised by Emma Jackson, Mark Carrigan and Les Back. The event has been funded by The Sociological Review Foundation and supported by Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, London.

What are the risks and the opportunities of thinking on our feet? This two-day conference explores what it means to walk sociologically. The event will provide an opportunity to examine the potentials of using walking within sociology including; walking as method, walking as theorizing, walking as a way of knowing the city, walking as activism. Rather than talking about this in a conference room we will do this on the move exploring the practice of walking and its significance for the production and communication of sociological knowledge. The event draws on the success of the sociological walks and movement session at the Undisciplining conference by interrogating and providing space for critical reflection on sociological walking practices. All walks will take place in the environs of Southeast London near the conference base of Goldsmiths.

The two days will consist of a series of guided sociological walks exploring topics including: the histories of anti-racist struggle and sound system cultures, an exploration of the relationship between material infrastructures and the urban form, inclusive walking practices and destabilising the figure of the able-bodied male walker, as well as a number of short talks and time for discussions. Delegates will also be given the opportunity to produce digital mapping of the different walks.

Walks and Keynote


Morag Rose (University of Liverpool and founder of Manchester Loiterers Movement)


In addition to the walk there will be the creation of a ‘library of walks’ that could range from written instructions for a walk, to forms of digital mapping to photo essays. While producing these together at the end of each day, participants will discuss the possibilities and challenges of making a walk into a public document.

*The timetable and program will be released in August.


This conference is free and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration will open on 31st May 2019, 09.00am BST. Places are limited, so registration essential. Details of the registration link will be circulated on The Sociological Review’s mailing list first. Sign up here.

Please click here to register.

This event is now fully booked, but you can join the waiting list.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided over the two days of the walk.

*Delegates are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and dinner expenses unless there are bursary awardees details on how to apply below.


As with all SRF events, we are making a small number of bursaries available on a competitive basis to facilitate the attendance of those who might otherwise struggle to meet the costs of attending. 

Bursaries are available for unfunded postgraduate research students and others on the grounds of need. Bursary support available to apply for includes; travel funds (limited to £100.00), two nights overnight accommodation (organised by TSRF), and support with childcare (£50.00 per day).

Applications for a bursary will be via the registration link.

Deadline for bursary application is June 30th 2019, 17.00 BST. Decisions will be communicated by the 15th July.

*Please note, that you cannot be a recipient of more than two of the following TSRF activities in the same year: a place at The Sociological Review’s ECR writing retreat 2019, a winner of the ECR conference funding competition 2019 and a bursary for this walking conference.

Venue Information and Directions

Getting to Goldsmiths

Address: Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

Goldsmiths is in New Cross, South East London, five miles from central London. It is under five minutes’ walk from New Cross and New Cross Gate train stations. These stations are both served by National Rail trains and the London Overground Network.

•          Travel information

•          Goldsmiths Campus Map


This event takes place in Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) 274 with lift access from ground floor of RHB off the quadrangle.

Visitors with mobility difficulties please notify us ( you are visiting in advance so that arrangements can be made for you.

You can read Goldsmiths mobility guide and the Goldsmiths accessibility guides on

At all times during the walking section of this conference one walk will be accessible. If you have any specific accessibility questions, please contact


Below are some local hotels within a 20-minute walk of Goldsmiths:

Travelodge London Greenwich, Blackheath Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8DA

Premier Inn, London Greenwich hotel, Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8JL

DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich, Catherine Grove Greenwich, London SE10 8BB

Accessible Rooms are available at Novotel London Greenwich Hotel, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA. It is recommended to check the specific accessibility of the rooms directly with the hotel. Please note, that this hotel is a 6-minute drive from to Goldsmiths. A list of alternative accessible hotels in London can be found via the DisabledGo website.


If you require a visa to enter the UK for this event, it is your responsibility to check visa requirements and organise one within sufficient time to attend the event.

If you require a letter of proof of event registration and/or bursary awarded, please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice for TSRF to produce this.

For more information on UK visas, please see here.


For enquiries related to this event including registration and bursaries, please contact Events Manager Jenny Thatcher

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