Thursday, 28 January 2016

Successful Time and Regulation Workshop

The Time and Regulation workshop organised as part of the AHRC 'Regulating Time' research network was well attended on wednesday 20th January. This event was run by Emily Grabham from Kent Law School and Sian Beynon-Jones, Sociology Department at York and was used to explore the temporal dimensions of law and regulation.

For a summary of the event visit: Blog post for Time, Regulation and Technology

For further details about the network:
Follow on twitter: @regulatingtime
Joint the JISC email list
Visit the blog,

Friday, 22 January 2016

New SATSU Member - Dr Sam Robinson

Sam joins Amanda Rees' project 'Unsettling Scientific Stories' which is a three year project running from York, but with co-centre's in Aberystwyth and Newcastle
Sam completed his PhD, ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Ocean Science and the British Cold War State’ in 2015 at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. This work, part of the ERC-funded The Earth Under Surveillance (TEUS) project, examined the development of British oceanography during and after the Second World War. George Deacon, director of the newly-established National Institute of Oceanography, was a key figure. Sam's thesis revealed tensions between government administrators and navy officials sponsoring a novel oceanographic research programme, and traced the implications of the programme for undersea surveillance, especially in connection with anti-submarine warfare.
For more information: project is funded by the AHRC.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Internship on Employability in the Department of Sociology

We have a new paid intern in the Sociology Department for the next couple of months. See what he has to say below:

I’m David, I graduated last year with a degree in Sociology from York and I’m currently undertaking a spring term internship with the department (organised through the Student Internship Bureau) working to promote careers and employability with current and recent students.

The three years I spent at university were the best I could have asked for, and maybe because I was enjoying it so much, the years absolutely flew by without stopping to think: what next.

I got involved in two voluntary schemes, YSIS and YSIC, both of which were hugely rewarding and developed many different skills. I also held four different jobs whilst at university (not all at the same time, mind). I’d prepared, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Since graduation I’ve had time to think this through. This internship represents the first step in that direction.

The opportunities like the ones the Student Internship Bureau (SIB) coordinates allows students to figure out where their strengths lie. Critically, these internships provide an opportunity to ‘test the water’ in a specific field, helping students and graduates find their feet in the world of work.

As for me, my internship has cemented my interest in working with students in a HE environment. I’m currently applying for positions in HE institutions with a renewed sense of purpose, a confidence in my own ability and knowledge of what I want to do.

In short, whatever your situation, a current student in your first year (lucky lot), a stressed out third year or a graduate like myself, there are opportunities for you provided by the fantastic careers team here at York. Grab each one that is available to you, gain all the skills and experiences available because it’s a competitive world post-graduation.

Remember, York provides support; for life.



Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Hatton Garden Heist and Crime Capers

Ruth Penfold-Mounce wrote an article for The Conversation on the Hatton Garden Heist which has now been published in the Independent. This jewel, bullion and cash heist is the largest burglary ever in England and has captured the public imagination in its daring and cunning.
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Free workshop on David Bowie's Death

You are invited by Centre for Women's Studies and Sociology to an afternoon of discussion on David Bowie, focusing on personal & media reactions to his death.

David Bowie 'Lazarus' 
Is it a ‘Diana moment’, a distraction from war, floods, January, Cameron?

Is Bowie a genius, recognised in his own time? Is he someone who,as Grayson Perry commented, “sucked up the zeitgeist and gave it to us kids to feast on”.
(11 January, Guardian).

How did his music move us, his style affect us? Which Bowie is your Bowie?

How can we approach seventies ‘baby groupies’ and assess his flirtation with fascism?

Please send ideas for 10 minute discussion-starters by 20th January to: & 

Date: 3rd February, 1.30-4, VX330, 3rd floor, Grimston House (by Market Square). FREE EVENT, tea & coffee from 1.15.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Regulating Time Workshop

On Wednesday 20th January, the Department will host a workshop which aims to unpack the roles of time in the regulation of technoscience. 

Laura Billings. Licence here
Key questions to be explored include: 

·    In what ways do the temporalities of technoscience and regulation converge and diverge?
·    What are the implications of these processes for lived experiences of law and regulation?
·    What methodological challenges are involved in exploring the temporalities of regulation and technoscience?

Invited speakers:
Kevin Birth (anthropology, Queens College, CUNY, US)
Nik Brown (sociology, York)
John Harrington (law, Cardiff)
Iwan Morus (history and welsh history, Aberystwyth)
Sameena Mulla (social and cultural studies, Marquette University, US),
Gethin Rees (sociology, Newcastle).

The event is one in a series organised as  part of the AHRC 'Regulating Time' research network  (co-ordinated by Emily Grabham, Kent Law School and Sian Beynon-Jones, Sociology, University of York), which explores the temporal dimensions of law and regulation. 

For further details about the network please see the blog, follow the network on twitter (@regulatingtime) or join the JISC email list.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Are you a finalist considering further study? This event is for YOU!

Are you thinking about applying for postgraduate study? Not sure which course would be right for you, how to finance your studies, or write a successful application?

Then please come along to Considering Further Study, a workshop designed to offer you help and advice, THIS THURSDAY 14th January at 10am-11am (W/222).

Staff from Careers and the Department of Sociology will be on hand to tell you about the opportunities available to you, flag important deadlines, offer tips for effective applications, and answer any questions you might have about the process.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monika Kraus and Humanitarian Relief

As part of the Sociology Department Seminar series Monika Krause is coming to speak on 27th January 3-5pm in Wentworth College W/243.
Monika Krause MSc PhD

She will be presenting on her research published in The Good Project:
The Good Project: Humanitarian Relief and the Fragmentation of Reason
Since the late 1980s humanitarianism - the immediate relief of suffering in the name of respect for human dignity - has come to dominate Western responses to social problems in the poorer parts of the world. Whether it is a sudden disaster, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, or a long-running crisis, like the conflict in Darfur, we look to NGOs like the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, CARE, and Save the Children to help the suffering. Based on in-depth interviews with managers in the headquarters of the largest Western relief NGOs, The Good Project describes the mundane routines and practical constraints that determine who gets help and who does not. It argues that managers in aid agencies try to produce good projects and that the pursuit of the ‘good project’ shapes the way they allocate resources and the kinds of services they provide. Agencies emphasize the added value of their skills relatively independently of the needs or preferences of the beneficiaries. Quantifiable results for chosen beneficiaries are maximized relatively independently of any effects on the affected population as a whole. Organizations help those that are easy to help; those who are hardest to help often receive no assistance at all. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Death and Culture Conference - Book your place

The Death and Culture Conference 1st-3rd Sept 2016 website now has a page where you can book your place.

We have four exciting keynotes: Prof Jacque Lynn Foltyn (Sociologist), Prof Sarah Tarlow (Archeology), Dr Michelle Aaron (Film Studies) and Prof Eva Reimers (Communication Studies)

Please follow the link for more information:

More Conversation Analysis Courses for Autumn 2016

In response to demand for our Conversation Analysis (CA) Courses two more have been planned for Autumn 2016. Provisional dates are:

11-13 October 'Repair'

18-20 October 'Word Selection'

Register for 2 courses at the same time: get 1/4 off the 2nd
Register for 3 courses at the same time: get 1/2 off the 3rd
Register for 4 courses at the same time: get 3/4 off the 4th

These discounts do not apply to the one-day introductory courses

For further info/registration please contact:

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Adrian Favell, Migration and Neo-liberal Europe

Prof Adrian Favell is delivering a talk at the sociology department seminar series on wednesday 20th 3-5pm.

His talk is entitled 'The Migration Equation in a “Neo-Liberal” Europe' and will be engaging with the core of his recent book, Immigration, Integration and Mobility: New Agendas in Migration Studies. 
Adrian Favell will discuss how new internal migrations and mobilities in Europe since the 2000s have messed up traditional nation-state centred conceptions of immigration and integration, which however still dominate public and academic debate. These misconceptions lie behind the virulent anti-EU migrant politics driving the British towards an EU membership referendum certain to take place soon, and illustrate how much public perceptions under-appreciate the degree to which British economy and society – particularly London and the South East – is intimately embedded in Europe. Analysing the shrinking and increasingly absurd options being pursued in negotiations with European partners by the government, the presentation charts the crash course on Europe to which Cameron is headed, as well as considering what a more rational solution to the migration equation would look like.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

4th Key Note Confirmed for Death and Culture Conference

Eva ReimersEva Reimers has confirmed that she will be our 4th key note speaker at the Death and Culture Conference in Sept 2016 here in York.

Eva does exciting work on communicative perspectives on death, loss, bereavement and grief and has studied Swedish media representations of disaster and death.

For more information see our website: Death and Culture Conference 

Job Opportunity: Senior Lecturer/Reader

There is a new job opportunity here in the Department of Sociology. We are looking to recruit a new Senior Lecturer/ Reader in Sociology with strong expertise in quantitative methods.

Follow the link for more information: Senior Lecturer/Reader Job Description

Phd Success in the Sociology Department

Many congratulations to Alex Black and Alejandra Jaramillo Vazquez who both passed their vivas (with minor corrections) just before Christmas.
Alejandra Jaramillo Vazquez
Alejandra Jaramillo Vazquez
Alex Black
Alex Black

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...