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This is the home of labouring futures.  ‘…sociological analyses of the future, of the new and of change must…be entangled in the actualisation of time in practice…’ Lisa Adkins, Sociological Futures: From Clock Time to Event Time (2009).

Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt

Lisa Adkins is presenting a keynote address for the 2015 conference of the Westermarck Society  – the Finnish Sociological Association at the University of Helsinki, 5-6 March 2015. Her keynote is on Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt. Download the Westermarck Society Conference Poster

‘Housework, Wages and Money': Routledge Social Sciences Most Downloaded 2014

Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever, ‘Housework, Wages and Money: The Category of the Female Principal Breadwinner in Financial Capitalism’, published in Australian Feminist Studies, features in the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014. The collection features the top three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014 in each Routledge […]

PhD scholarship on unemployment activation

Employment Activation in Australia: PhD Scholarship at the University of Newcastle Closing date: 6 February 2015 (however, early submission is encouraged). Background: This PhD project will contribute to a 2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled ‘Employment Activation: The Changing Economy-Society Relation’. This Project investigates policy schemes and programmes operating in Australia that seek by […]

Call for papers: Creative research methods in the social sciences

The Social Research Association will be hosting a conference on Creative Research Methods in the social sciences, on Friday 8 May 2015, at the British Library conference centre in London. This conference will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines and sectors to share experiences and learning. There will be four concurrent workshop streams […]

Lisa Adkins FiDiPro

Lisa Adkins has been named an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro), 2015-2019. Her FiDiPro Professorship is hosted jointly by the University of Tampere and the University of Turku. Her FiDiPro research programme is entitled: Social Science for the C21st.  

NEW PUBLICATION: The Spirit of Luc Boltanski

OUT NOW  from Anthem Press: The Spirit of Luc Boltanski: Essays on the ‘Pragmatic Sociology of Critique’ Edited by Simon Susen and Bryan S. Turner. Imprint: Anthem Press Hardback ISBN 9781783082964 October 2014 | 850 Pages   About This Book The fact that Luc Boltanski is widely regarded as one of the most influential French sociologists of […]

Austerity has hampered our ability to imagine a better future

Rebecca Coleman in The Conversation writes: “In the UK and other parts of the Western world, the notion that we are progressing towards a better future has been a consistent, if not entirely uninterrupted, ideal. But in recent years, this idea seems to be changing and it doesn’t bode well for a future that’s more […]

Call for Papers: Work2015 – New Meanings of Work

Work2105: Second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, 19-21 August 2015, Turku, FINLAND. The first conference on research on work –  WORK2013 –  in Turku brought together over 200 researchers with four excellent keynote sessions and paper streams with 160 presentations, all of which opened out fruitful discussions and debate. The Second International Interdisciplinary […]

The Job Centre Bar

Jane Elliott in The Guardian on the conversion of a job centre on the Deptford High Street, London, into a bar called The Job Centre.

PhD Scholarships available

Two PhD scholarships are available to suitably qualified candidates to work with Professor Lisa Adkins at the University of Newcastle, Australia, on doctoral projects on the following topics: Sociology of work and labour, especially of precarious labour and precarious labour markets  Sociology of time, especially of speculation and speculative practices.  WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Candidates must hold a first class […]

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