Friday, 31 July 2015

New Book on Political Disengagement

Political (dis)engagement
Nathan Manning has recently survived the process of editing a book Political (Dis)engagement. The Changing Nature of the ‘Political’. The book asks:

In what ways is the meaning and practice of politics changing?
Why might so many people feel dissatisfied and disaffected with electoral politics?
What approaches do political activists use to raise issues and mobilise people for action?
What role does the internet and social media play in contemporary citizenship and activism? 

It brings together academics from a range of disciplines with political activists and campaigners to explore the meaning of politics and citizenship in contemporary society and the current forms of political (dis)engagement. As a result Nathans edited collection provides a rare dialogue between analysts and activists which will be especially valuable to academics and students across the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science.

More information is available on the publishers’ website – Policy Press

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Two New Jobs in the Sociology Department

The Sociology Department is now recruiting two new professors

As a department we were ranked 1st in the UK for research quality by the recent major Research Excellent Framework review (REF 2014). We are a supportive and innovative Department driven by excellence in both research and teaching. Have a look at our website to get a bit of insight into us - Sociology at York

Chair in Sociology and/or Criminology - Click here

Chair in Sociology/Science and Technology Studies - Click here

Xiaodong Lin and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Dr Xiaodong LinDr Xiaodong Lin has been appointed as a Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College in the category of academic. The appointment runs from 1st October 2015 to 31 December 2018The Peer Review College plays a vital role in the AHRC's peer review systems. Members of the College are academic experts covering the full range of arts and humanities research areas, who review and grade proposals for funding from the AHRC.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

David Beer and the Sociological Imagination Blog

In the last couple of months Dave Beer has written three blog posts for . Each of the three posts deals in different ways with questions of connection and disconnection. 
The blog, which is edited by Mark Carrigan, has been running since 2010 and publishes new sociological content everyday., if you are not already familiar with it, provides a space for sociological reflections on a wide range of topics, and there is a vast archive of materials that have built up over the years - including podcasts and videos as well as articles and reviews. Dave has written a number of pieces for the blog over the years it has been running. 

Dave's three recent pieces focused upon:
Connected and disconnected writing
The new Apple Watch and the problem of our creeping connectivity
You can find links to a selection of some of Dave's other short open access pieces here

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Politics, Campus and Thinktanks

University students discussing paperworkRichard Crawshaw is a social and political sciences student at York and is the chair of the student thinktank. He has published in the Guardian about the rise and role of university student thinktanks.

You can follow Richard on twitter at @Rcrawshaw16

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Postgraduate Administrator Retiring

The Sociology Departments much loved Postgraduate administrator is retiring. Alison is off to pastures new taking with her her raucous laugh, fast walking and efficiency but leaving her duck collection behind. The staff stationery cupboard is no longer safely guarded and we have lost a much valued and good humoured colleague.

Thank you Alison for all your efforts and hard work. We will struggle to replace you for Secret Santa in 2015 and will keep an eye on your photographs via your website: Alison Taylor photography

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sociology Department Graduation

The Class of 2015 from the Sociology Department graduated on Friday 17th July. The ceremony went well and the graduates did us proud particularly with cheering for each other as everyone walked across the stage and shook hands with the Chancellor.

Embedded image permalinkAlso particular congratulations to Dr Paul Chappell and Dr Matthew Spokes both of who play vital roles in the dept as teaching fellows and also Dr Sara Stephenson and Dr Mark Johnson who graduated with Doctor of Philosophy.

Staff (see below) really enjoyed being part of the graduation celebration. We don't get to dress up in our doctoral robes that often so it was great to be part of the graduation experience for our graduates.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Visual Methods and Media Representation of Chinese Damas

The Department of Sociology, led by Holly Steel and Anais Duong-Pedica, has set up a visual methods working group. The first data sharing session is set for Tuesday 28th July. For more information see below:

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Honorary Professor Sue Wilkinson in Sociology Department

Sue Wilkinson The Sociology Department is delighted to announce some exciting news. Prof. Sue Wilkinson has been appointed as Honorary Professor in our Department from 1 October this year until September 2020. She is taking early retirement from Loughborough University this summer.

As well as continuing with her research and collaborating with colleagues at York, Sue will be working with colleagues in our Language and Social Interaction research cluster in the development of short Continuing Professional Development courses in conversation analysis.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

ESRC Studentship, Nurse/Patient Interactions and Conversation Analysis

Displaying image1.JPGThe Department of Sociology at York is delighted to announce that one of our recent graduates - Hannah Wright - has been awarded an ESRC DTC 1+3 PhD studentship to undertake a conversation analytic study investigating 'dignity and compassion in practice' at the University of Nottingham.  This will involve recording and analysing senior nurse/patient interactions in an acute hospital.  

Hannah will be supervised by Dr Ruth Parry and Dr Alison Pilnick at the University of Nottingham, and Dr Joanne Cooper at the Nottingham University NHS Trust.

We wish Hannah many congratulations on this excellent achievement and all the very best for her future research career.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Dr Nisha Kapoor: Discover Sociology


Dr Nishal Kapoor has published an article in the latest edition of Discover Sociology.

It is available on-line at

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Researching Celebrity and the Frivolous

Recently Ruth Penfold-Mounce published a short forum piece in Celebrity Studies

This piece Conducting frivolous research in neoliberal universitites: what is the value of glossy topics? sought to extend the argument from an early forum article written with Dave Beer back in 2010 on Researching Glossy Topics

It would seem that research the frivolous does have value despite neoliberal tendencies of Higher Education in times of austerity.

Sexual and/or Romantic Experiences with other girls

Postgraduate researcher Anais Duong-Pedica is based in Sociology at the University of York. She is starting a research project on girlhood memories of sexual and/or romantic experiences with other girls

Zuly Ramos from Bad Girls Club (Oxygen) saying 'My first sexual experience was with a girl when I was 8 years old' at a BGC reunionAnais is looking for people who identified as girls in their childhood and who have had sexual and/or romantic experiences with girls prior to being 13 years old. 

The research requires you to write a narrative of the memory or memories and provide some basic information about your sexual orientation:

Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested and do have a look at Anais's blog

BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

20 November 2018 (09:00-17:00) Call for papers Research concerning sensitive and emotionally demanding issues is vital but challenging...