|Posted by l.mayblin on December 13, 2012 at 5:30 AM|
We are delighted to announce that in addition to the historical and comparative sociology paper sessions at the BSA conference in 2013, the study group will also be holding a plenary event 'Engaging Sociology Globally: Empires and Revolutions'. The speaker will be Michael Mann, Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Michael Mann's books include 'The Sources of Social Power', 'Incoherent Empire', 'Fascists', and 'The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing'. He is one of the most influential historical sociologists working today and we believe this is a session not to be missed! Professor Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Warwick) and Dr Jonathan Hearn (University of Edinburgh) will act as discussants.
|Posted by l.mayblin on October 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM|
Building upon the success of the ‘Rethinking the Modern: Empire, Colonialism and Slavery’ conference held in Birmingham in July 2011, we are very excited to be putting on a follow-up conference on 4th and 5th July 2013. This time the theme will be ‘Race. Migrantion. Citizenship. Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives’. The conference will again be at the historic Birmingham Midland Institute in Birmingham, UK.
Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.
Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities on the following themes:
- Race, Racism, and Prejudice
- Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders
- Shifting Patterns of Immigration
- Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
- Coloniality / Modernity and Citizenship in the ‘New World’
- Asylum after Empire
- Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
- Aliens and Natives: Contesting the Limits of Citizenship
Send your abstracts to [email protected]
Conference website: rmcconference.wordpress.com
|Posted by l.mayblin on September 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM|
To celebrate its inauguration, the new Historical and Comparative Sociology Study Group would like to hold a number of sessions at the next BSA conference. We therefore welcome abstract submissions from all areas of sociology that take a historical and/or comparative perspective. In particular, we would like to organise a stream that relates to the planned Michael Mann plenary on Global Empires and Revolutions. Other submissions could include, but should not be limited to, comparative and historical methods and theory, political sociology (from state formation to nationalism), colonialism/postcolonialism, economic sociology, migration or mental health.
We are looking forward to your submissions. Abstracts can be submitted here
Please note that it is essential to write the subject area in capital letters at the top of your abstract e.g. 'I would like this abstract to be submitted to the HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY grouping within the CULTURE, MEDIA, SPORT AND CONSUMPTION overarching stream'.
5 October 2012 - Deadline for submission of abstracts.
16 November 2012 - BSA will send email acceptance/rejection as soon as possible after this date.
3-5 April 2013 - BSA Annual Conference takes place at Grand Connaught Rooms, London.
|Posted by l.mayblin on August 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM|
Exciting news! The Historical & Comparative Sociology Study Group has officially launched!
We have lots of ideas for forthcoming events and activities but would love to hear from anyone who has suggestions or ideas. For example, if you want to host an event at your institution on an area of study related to historical or comparative sociology then get in touch. Also let us know what kinds of things you would like to see us doing -events, publications, website content, or other ideas.
You can contact the convenors individually (see the 'about us' page), or fill in a contact form on the 'contact us' page.
Onwards and upwards!