The Sociology Society has produced a new issue of SPLIT Magazine written by students.
Sara Farris has just published a new article (co-authored with Nira Yuval-Davis and Catherine Rottenberg), “The Frontline as Performative Frame: An Analysis of the UK COVID Crisis”. State Crime. Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021), pp. 284-303.
Beverley Skeggs, Sara R. Farris, Alberto Toscano and Svenja Bromberg have edited the three volumes’ SAGE Handbook of Marxism. Sara’s chapters in the Handbook include one on ‘Gender’ and one on ‘Social Reproduction Feminisms’ (with Sue Ferguson and Tithi Batthacharya).
Annie Pfingst’s co-authored article “Carcerality and the legacies of settler colonial punishment in Nairobi” is now published in Volume 23, Issue 5 of Punishment & Society.
Abby Day’s work was extensively covered by media in December — she was interviewed by BBC Russia about declines in religion and increases in after-life beliefs, appeared in the December issue of the monthly magazine RED about changing beliefs amongst women and was interviewed by ‘The Face’ for a future piece on women and safety on the streets.
Les Back along with Kelly Mills (Goldsmiths Alumni) has published ‘When you score you’re English, when you miss you’re Black’: Euro 2020 and the racial politics of a penalty shoot-out; Soundings — ISSN 1362-6620, Volume 2021 Number 79 pp. 110-121.
Abby Day’s chapter “AGE, GENDER AND DE-CHURCHISATION” has been published in the Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society, edited by Caroline Starkey and Emma Tomalin.
Melissa Nolas has published a review of Peter Beilharz’s book Intimacy in Postmodern Times: A Friendship with Zygmunt Bauman.
Christos Varvantakis and Melissa Nolas have published an article for The Sociological Review’s Methods and Methodology special section on their photo-storying method, Picturing What Really Matters: How Photo-Story Research Makes the Personal, Visible.
There’s a new podcast in the CUCR Street Signs series: Wobbles on the Cobbles: Hak Baker talks to Les Back about G Folk and East London Life.
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler published on 30 November 2021; ‘Ethical Humans: Life, Love, Labour, Learning and Loss’ as part of the book series Routledge Research in Anticipation and Futures, London and New York, 2022.
Victor has also published ‘Plagues, time, traumas and responsibilities: reading time as a way of living’ in Working with Time in Qualitative Research: Case Studies, Theory and Practice; Edited by Keri Facer, Johan Siebers and Brandon Smith; Routledge London and New York, 2022.
Anita Strasser has been accepted as speaker at this year’s BSA Annual Conference 2022: Building Equality and Justice Now, 20-22 April 2022. Her talk is entitled: Instrumentalizing displacement research to stage a political (creative) intervention. The talk is based on her PhD research project, where she utilized collaboratively produced (creative) research data to join local resistance against current forms of urban renewal which spatially and emotionally displaces many residents in Deptford. Her talk is scheduled for 21 April 2022 14:30 to 15:45.
Les Back has completed a chapter “Bathed in Feeling: Water Cultures and City Life” that will feature in the following publication edited by Bates, C and Moles, K (2022): ‘Living with water: everyday encounters and liquid connections’, Manchester University Press.
Martin Savransky has been invited to be part of the organising committee of the 4th European Pragmatism Conference, to take place at UCL, 3-5 August. The call for panel submissions is open until 7th February.
Khazaei, F. (forthcoming). Racisme antimusulman en Suisse/Antimuslimischer Rassismus in der Schweiz. In Lavanchy, A., Lüthi, B., Ohene-Nyako, P., Pétrémont, M., Purtschert, P. & Skenderovic, D. (eds). Un/doing Race: Racialisation en Suisse. Geneva & Zürich: Seismo.
Emma Jackson gave the talks: ‘Staging, editing and performing belonging in place: Using video methods to research a London ten-pin bowling league’ at LSE Methodologies department seminar (20 Jan) and ‘How to do Sociology with a Bowling Ball’ for the Cardiff University Ethnography Group (26 Jan).
Xu Liu (PhD Candidate) presented his work “Researching Vaccine Hesitancy with the Restriction of Speech Environment: Online Ethnography of China’s Vaccination Programmes” at the RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology Conference, Panel 06: The Anthropology of Vaccine Development and Deployment: methodological Considerations on 21 January.
In her role as a Visiting Research Fellow 2021-2022 at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada, Abby Day gave a zoom public lecture based on her forthcoming book: Why Baby Boomers Turned from Religion; Shaping Belief and Belonging, 1945-2021. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022.
Abby also gave a public lecture in December on ‘Golden Rule Christians, religious and secular’ for the Coventry Diocese Board of Education.
Maisie Tomlinson presented at the University of Oxford, at Jamie Lorimer’s more-than-human Geography reading group. Her talk on 27 January was entitled: “A shift in time saves nine: the significance of “timescapes” in the qualitative assessment of laboratory mouse welfare”.
Stephanie Guirand (PhD Candidate) gave an online lecture at Harvard on 3 November 2021 entitled: “From Decolonizing to Alternative Public Safety: Theories and Methods Localized”. The contemporary discussions about alternatives to public safety, defund the police, and police abolition are directly connected to the global decolonizing movements. Decolonizing being a global initiative, abolition being national, and alternatives being local. What does the abolitionist movement seek to do? What, if anything, does it seek to undo? Or does it seek to deconstruct mass incarceration systems?
Martin Savransky has been invited to give a talk on social life after progress at a public symposium on 24th Feb titled “Defying Catastrophic Times”, at Sala Beckett, Barcelona, Spain.
Martin has also been invited to speak about his latest book Around the Day in Eighty Worlds, at the research seminar series of the Department of Sociology, University of Glasgow, 30th March.
Nina Wakeford’s exhibition ‘Out in Stevenage’, a video installation made using CCTV filming of drag performances in celebration of the New Town’s cycleways, and drawing on the 1950s sociological study of Stevenage by Harold Orlans, opened on the 4th of February at Stevenage Museum, and carries on until 12th March.
Abby Day has been appointed to the Office For National Statistics advisory panel on ‘Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion’; as well as being appointed as Chair of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s international travel grants committee.