Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Exploring Law and Time through Lego

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The AHRC-funded Regulating Time research network's final international conference will be held this September 8th-10th at Kent Law School. Co-ordinated by Emily Grabham (Kent Law School) and Sian Beynon-Jones (Sociology, York), it represents the culmination of a series of workshops and events which have explored the role of concepts of time in law and regulation. 

A key feature of the final conference is the use of arts-based engagements to generate cross-disciplinary dialogue. An innovative plenary session on 'Visualising Law and Time,' by Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris, will make use of Lego to engage conference participants in reflection on the complex relationships between temporalities and regulation. For full details of the conference, and how to register, see the Regulating Time website.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow Appointed in Sociology

IMG_0016The Department of Sociology is delighted to announce that Dr Rachel O'Neill has accepted the 2 year position of Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology.  Rachel holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from Kings College, London and has a particular interest in developing research in the area of food and lifestyle. 

Rachel will start in the Department at the end of August.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Scholarship for Masters in the Department of Sociology

We're delighted to announce a new annual scholarship for taught Masters-level study in the Department of Sociology at the University of York.  The Maria Bourboulis scholarship is awarded in memory of York Alumna Maria Bourboulis. We are able to to offer one scholarship each year for EU/ UK fee paying applicants.

  • The scholarships include a fee waiver covering fees (Home/EU) with £12,000 paid as a stipend towards living costs
  • The scholarships are tenable for up to one year of full time Masters study
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and are eligible for all applicants that hold a conditional and/or unconditional offer from the University for 2016 study for the following MA courses:
  • MA in Social Research
  • MA in Criminology and Social Research
  • MA in Social Media and Social Research
  • MA in Society, Culture and Globalisation
It's not too late to apply for these courses in time to also apply for the scholarship.  Deadline for scholarship applications is 1 July 2016.  See: for more information.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sociology wins Bronze for Green Impact

We're delighted to announce that the Sociology Department won Bronze Award for our Green Impact actions for 2015-16.  This is the third consecutive year that we've achieved Bronze and we're very proud to be one of the longest serving Green Impact teams at York!  

Well done to all who contributed and let's finally get that much coveted Silver award next year...
Dr Merran Toerien receiving the award on behalf of Sociology from Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of York.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Changing Conversations about Time and Abortion?

As part of the AHRC funded Regulating Time research network, Sian Beynon-Jones recently organised a workshop, hosted by bpas (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), which aimed to bring academics, health service providers, patient charities, pro-choice activists and health practitioners together to share knowledge and discuss regulatory issues involving time and abortion.

An upper time limit of 24 weeks’ gestation regulates the provision of most abortions in Scotland, England and Wales. Following repeated attempts to lower this limit, public discussion of abortion has become framed in terms of competing claims about the significance of a pregnancy's duration in weeks of gestation.

The workshop explored the possibility of generating alternative conversations about time and abortion. It featured presentations from academics engaged in sociological, historical and legal research which illustrates the hidden, complex, 'times’ of abortion in practice. Representatives of service providers, pro-choice advocacy organisations and patient charities offered their perspectives on the ways in which time and abortion are regulated and debated, as well as their expertise in  supporting women’s access to later gestation procedures. A summary of the key points which emerged from the workshop discussion is now available at the Regulating Time 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...