The Quest for Normativity: Challenges and New Directions in Social Research

ivic Sociology aims to be a forum for the cultivation of normative inquiry within the discipline, and to offer a space for the many conversations that different ethical turns have spurred. In order to contribute to this vision, this call for papers invites contributions from across the social sciences and humanities that address questions related to the challenges and opportunities derived from these different normative turns. It also welcomes papers that reflect on the history of ethical reflection within social research, and on the possible futures opened by different forms of ethical engagement in the social sciences.

State education, petro-pedagogy and Environmental Justice

Throughout this academic year the Education and Environmental Justice (EEJ) steering group has been engaging with a wide range of conversations about the relationships between educational systems, environmental issues and social justice. In our second set of reading group + seminar sessions, we delved into the links between environmental justice and state education through an exploration of the notion of ‘petro-pedagogies’.

The impact of universities on climate change: an interview with Tristan McCowan

Climate change politics have indubitably raised plentiful public concern recently. In this regard, such concerns provide evidence of the socio-political construction and importance of the environmental discourse, since scientific facts on climate change existed since the 1970s, long ago before climate politics surface the universal discourse.  This political discourse derives from the side of those raising the alarm of climate emergency or those denying it.

Participants needed for two projects about technology, inequality, and the future of Higher Education

The Post-Pandemic University is collaborating with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to launch a global dialogue about the digital divide in higher education. ACU’s new podcast series will explore how the work of universities is changing as a result of the digital revolution and how they can use their position to confront the challenges posed by digital technology. PPU will be providing a platform to build on those discussions with responses to each episode. Read more about the collaboration and get in touch using this form.

Education and Environmental Justice: Hydro-hegemony and liminality

Mainstream media has given much attention to both the youth movements on the climate crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement over recent years. Readers will doubtless be aware of how these two movements intersect, including through critiques of groups like Extinction Rebellion’s white middle class privilege, and the problematic nature of using a term like the Anthropocene to label this era.

Call for Participants – Digital Inequalities in Education: Pasts, Presents and Futures

Digital inequalities have long existed within education, both within traditional educational spaces and practice, and within specifically digital interactions. These inequalities have deep roots in extant socio-cultural and socio-economic inequalities, and yet emerge in unique ways through the macro and micro dynamics of education and digital technologies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, digital inequalities have been bought into a new light as the infrastructural provisions of classrooms and campuses have given way to various at-home arrangements.

Do you have an idea for a book about public sociology?

This is a new monograph series on public sociology which will include work that addresses public and community engagement and the relationship between sociologists and their publics. This series will address not only what sociologists do, but what sociology is for and focus on the commitment to enhance understanding of the social condition so that the lives of people are materially improved.