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SocRel Sessions at the April 2020 BSA Conference at Ashton Univ.

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to draw your attention to the BSA Annual Conference taking place at Aston University next April. The call for papers can be found at the bottom of this email as well as the abstract submission links and deadline. I am also pleased to announce that SocRel will be hosting a stream plenary session at the annual conference on: ‘Modest Workwear as Aesthetic Labour: learning to wear religion’  with speakers Professor Reina Lewis (London College of Fashion, UAL) and Dr Lina Molokotos-Liederman (London College of Fashion, UAL). This is shaping up to be a great event and we would encourage you to submit your paper within the SocRel study group sessions.

Should you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Rachael Shillitoe
Research Associate
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

The theme for the BSA Annual Conference 2020 is – Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies and we’d like you to help shape the discourse by presenting your research to the largest annual gathering of the sociological community in the UK.

Contemporary explorations of bodies generate a broad range of potential thematic questions or the conference in 2020. These include, but are not restricted to:

  • What role are bodies playing in current disputes over who is a citizen in different global locations and who has the right to cross state boundaries?
  • Does the concept of the ‘social body’ retain validity in contexts of fragmented identities and fractured ties to the state?
  • Looking at issues such as disability and age, how important are bodies as vehicles for citizenship rights and welfare entitlement?
  • What do contemporary disputes over gender and the body say about the intersection of medical, scientific and political classifications in establishing legitimate bodies’?
  • In what ways do bodies play into intersectional dynamics of inequality and marginalisation?
  • How important are bodies in understanding some of the costs of long-term austerity?

The conference will take place at Aston University, Birmingham from 21–23 April 2020.
Our Annual Conference is renowned for having an open, approachable and inclusive culture.  Whether you’re looking to refresh your networks, get stuck into intellectual exchanges, find some space to develop your research ideas or learn new approaches, we can help you. 

Whatever you’re searching for, you’ll find it at the BSA Annual Conference link.
There are opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline and if you’d like to present your research to the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK, we’d like to hear from you.
Abstract submission deadline Friday, 11 October 2019. Please follow this link to submit your abstract