6th Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network Sociology of Culture (RN7)
16-18 November 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom SUBMISSION CLOSED Registration OPEN
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The ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture announces its 6th midterm conference, which will take place from 16-18 November 2016 at the University of Exeter, UK. The European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Culture provides a global network for scholars working within Cultural Sociology. Through collaboration in the Network, RN7 aims to develop the sociological understanding of how human meanings, symbols, cultural structures and practices play a defining role in building social lives.
The theme of the 6th midterm conference, ‘Emergent Culture’, focuses on the diverse pathways of how emergence, as a theoretical framework and empirical phenomenon, enters into the sociological study of culture. Emergence is a key lens that captures core cultural sociological processes of action, meaning and transformation. As such, emergence is understood in relation to events and materiality; access, skills and technology; clusters and bundles; history, memories and associated social practices. It is in this sense that the Conference casts a wide intellectual net to catch the numerous ways emergence enters and shapes social relations between people, spaces, symbols and objects. The 6th midterm conference is seeking papers on the following sub-themes, yet is open to others beyond the core theme of ‘Emergent Culture’.
Post-humanist and socio-technical emergence
Spaces and places
Aesthetics, symbols and performance
Cosmopolitanism and transnationalism
Health, wellbeing and everyday life
Creativity and cultural capital
Social movements and culture wars
Experiential, non-representational and sensory methods