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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).

Intern Aware fights for paid internships

​i-D magazine interviews campaigner and co-founder of Intern Aware Ben Lyons on the subject of paying interns a minimum wage. Lyons outlines how unpaid internships exclude those who can’t afford to work for free. He also notes that ‘research shows that paid internships are more likely to be high quality internships and are more likely […]

Department store uses volunteers to help out during sale

Finnish department store Stockmann has been criticised by the Service Union United (PAM) on its plans to use volunteers to help out in its Tampere store during its bi-annual Crazy Days sales in late March. News outlet YLE reported that “Stockmann responded by saying that the volunteers only provide help with some tasks, like unpacking boxes – and do not […]

Zero Hours Contracts Up

An article in  The Guardian reveals that nearly 700,000 people in the UK are on zero-hours contracts in their main job – a rise of more than 100,000 on a year ago – according to new official figures. “The Office of National Statistics said the 28% increase was not so much the result of a surge […]

Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt

Lisa Adkins presented 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 was 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 […]

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