by Jill Jameson (Echoeedge)
Reflecting again on the #Undisciplining conference and @TheSocReview Manifesto highlighted by @drkatyvigurs and others, a friendly vitality, passion for critical rigour in challenging social injustices across the boundaries of ‘the sociological’, stand out from this remarkably innovative event organised by The Sociological Review.
From @BeaHorn254’s #Undisciplining cat who can’t be controlled :-), to Michaela Benson’s thoughtful Care and the Conference and Pat Thomson’s warm note on Conference as Home, a Sociological ‘family’, easily sharing exchanges, #Undisciplining has impressed as a dynamic, edgy, creatively inclusive gathering.
‘Demonstrably alive’, in effect, despite understandably flagging energies at times, from the amazing Feminist Walks, the History and Sociology Walk, Sociological Games and creatively tweeted images, to the scholarly Keynote lectures and serendipitous experimental shared live conversational blogging.
Through it all, is a lightness of touch, an integrity of serious intent and playfulness. This energy is much needed, given multiple stressors of precarity, injustice and inequality in academic labour, the grinding structural pressures of overwork, intrusive marketisation, metrics and managerialism, never mind daily horrors on the news ….
For those who could not be at #Undisciplining, the curated materials, blogs, tweets and references enable reflection & follow-up reading of The Sociological Review. I’m looking forward to (hopefully!) seeing recordings of all the Keynote speeches, notably by Dr Ayona Datta, Prof Satnam Virdee’s annual @TheSocReview lecture at #Undisciplining, and to reading Tyler and Slater’s The Sociology of Stigma monograph.
The need for quiet reflection comes through as the conference draws to a close: my huge thanks to all the organisers, notably Pat, Mark, Michaela, Bev, Jenny and all my fellow bloggers, for this fantastic experience, enabling me to be part of such an imaginative live blogging experiment. Still wishing I could have been there! Maybe next year …. 🙂