Thursday, 29 September 2016

Critical Emotional Reflexivity in Social Activism

Autumn Term Departmental Seminars

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 3.00pm to 16:00
Speaker: Deb King - Associate Professor in Sociology at Flinders University
Examining how (rather than why) everyday people become social activists provides insights into the emotionality of not only the personal process, but of bringing about social change. Through interviews conducted with 26 activists in Australia, I examine the emotional dynamics involved in generating and participating in the kinds of critical reflexivity that helped them revision themselves and their social world. I argue that while emotions are central to the reflexive ways people react to social change, they are perhaps even more necessary in proactive change, particularly where that change seeks to redress structural power.
Deb King is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Flinders University. She is currently on study leave at the University of Edinburgh as a reward for being Dean of the School of Social and Policy Studies for the past three years. Deb’s research focus in the sociology of emotions has been on the relationship between personal and social/organisational change, and on the emotional practices used by aged care workers. She also has a body of work in the sociology of work on the health and social care workforces, with a special focus on workers in aged care.
Deb King
Location: Wentworth College, W/222

Conversation Analysis Short Course - Repair

Developing Conversation Analytic Skills 3: Repair (3 days) (SPACES STILL AVAILABLE)

Tutors to include: Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger

Date: Tues 11 – Thurs 13 October

Pre-requisites: Developing Conversation Analytic Skills 1 and 2 (Turn-taking and Sequence Organisation)

This course is one of two – on repair and on word selection – designed to provide further core training in conversation analysis (CA).

It will provide a systematic grounding in the CA domain of repair.  It will be an intensive course, limited to 12 participants.  The course will be taught via mini-lectures, practical activities and exercises, with an emphasis on hands-on work with data.  It is intended for those with some prior familiarity with CA – especially turn-taking and sequence organisation – who want to acquire key skills for working with conversational data.  It is not necessary for participants to have their own data set.

Location: University of York

Cost: £360 (to include course materials, lunches, tea & coffee)
Further info:

Monday, 26 September 2016

Chevening Scholarships - exciting opportunities for funded Masters-level study at the University of York

The Department of Sociology at the University of York is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality by the recent major Research Excellence Framework review (REF 2014). 

With impressive credentials and a supportive atmosphere, our innovative Department is driven by excellence in both research and teaching.

We welcome enquiries and applications from prospective Masters students wishing to apply for a Chevening Scholarship.
Chevening Scholarships provide one year of fully-funded postgraduate taught study in the UK (i.e. a Masters programme).  They are awarded to future leaders by British Embassies and High Commissions around the world.  More information about eligible countries, selection criteria, and the application process is available as
We can support general applications to Chevening in a variety of ways, listed below.
In addition, we would welcome applications for the exciting new Chevening Partnership Scholarship, which is specifically for Chinese students applying for one of 10 named Masters degrees at York, including the MA in Culture, Society and Globalisation, offered in Sociology. 
See the following websites for more information:
DEADLINE for applications for study in 2017-18: 8th November 2016
Please note: you do not require an offer letter from us by 8 November in order to apply for a Chevening scholarship.  You just need evidence that you have submitted an application to us.  However, applicants who already have an offer letter will be in a stronger position to be shortlisted by Chevening. 
Support we offer to Chevening applicants
If you wish to apply for a Chevening Scholarship, we can support you in two key ways:
1.    Skype, telephone and/or get in touch with you by email you so that you can ask us questions and make a more informed choice about which programme would be best for you.
2.    Provide you with more details about our MA and MSc programmes so you are can provide a strong justification for your chosen programme in your application or at the interview stage.
Dr Merran Toerien, Deputy Director of Teaching (with oversight for Postgraduate Taught programmes), Department of Sociology, University of York
Tel: +44(0)1904 323061

Friday, 23 September 2016

Ending up in Death Research

Ruth Penfold-Mounce has been published on the up and coming blog Women are Boring. This blog and twitter account is run by Catherine Connolly and Grace McDermott both PhD students at Dublin City University. They seek to disseminate interesting research done by women and to challenge dismissal of women on multiple fronts.

Ruth has written about how she ended up in death research despite being a criminologist in a sociology department. Have a read of Death and Me to see how doing death and crime research led to her meeting the Hairy Bikers.


Narratives of Hope: Science, Theology and Environmental Public Policy (SATSU)

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