I am NOT a sociologist, get me out of here!

An Outsider’s Perspective

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Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths), Dr Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths), Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob (Keele University), Dr Greg Martin (University of Sydney)

Having just attended the Opening Plenary Curating Conversations from the Edges: An Introduction from the Editors of the @TheSocReview, I am struck by the idea that

sociology doesn’t have a monopoly over the sociological

and that

the sociological is an explanation that can see the social relations in the world

I had been worrying that I wouldn’t belong, and was confused by what the conference title – Undisciplining – meant.

I now think I may have a place at this conference.

I think I get it now – it means that all disciplines can be framed sociologically because they (can) all deal with the social relations in the world. It means that the spaces in-between the disciplines matter. And it means making the invisible visible, all of which requires imagination.

And everybody can have that.

So, I am now really looking forward to the next three days.

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