Call for Conference Participation Due: March 15, 2010 CONFINING THE UNBOUND SOCIETY: RESTRAINTS AND RESISTANCE
May 7th to May 9th, 2010
6th Annual Sociology Graduate Student Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Confining the Unbound Society aims to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue about restrictions within our ostensibly fluid society. We contend that although neoliberalism, globalization, and postmodernism claim to free persons, capital, and thought, these trends also reposition new boundaries and create novel forms of confinement. In turn, these changes encourage citizens and scholars to invent creative ways to negotiate these new restraints. We are interested in exploring both new forms of confinement as well as new possibilities for resistant practices.
This conference seeks to address the tension between the freedoms and restrictions in contemporary society in terms of four key concepts: the body, spaces, social relations, and social research. We invite applied, policy-related, or theoretical papers addressing any of these areas.
Students in all related fields are invited to submit short (150-200 word) abstracts or organized session proposals that engage any of the broad conceptual areas. We encourage creative interpretation of our main theme. Please submit abstracts as Word file attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2010.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Comack. Dr. Comack is a renowned feminist criminologist and legal scholar at the University of Manitoba. She is currently researching life and policing in Winnipeg’s inner-city. Dr. Comack has edited and authored numerous manuscripts and articles on topics, such as the death penalty, gender and law, racialization, and prisons. Her latest book is Out There/In Here: Masculinity, Violence, and Prisoning (Fernwood: 2008). Dr. Dominique Clément will deliver the closing address. Dr. Clément is an historical sociologist from the University of Alberta. He is primarily interested in social and political change, the ability of marginalized people to challenge state power and law, and particularly the impact of rights discourse on social movements. His latest book, Canada’s Rights Revolution: Social Movements and Social Change, 1937-1982 (UBC Press: 2008) is the Winner of the 2009 Canadian Sociological Association's John Porter Tradition of Excellence award.
Some possible presentation topics include, but are not limited to:
health incarceration identification reflexive scholarship medicalization urban/rural security methodological challenges aging ghettoization detention social theory sexuality immigration socio-economic relations critique gender borders politics operationalization consumerism tourism social networking modernism vs. postmodernism media cyberspace mobility sport community social movements rituals institutions
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