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 …. 🙂



by Jill Jameson (Echoeedge)

I am struck by the quixotic nature of the task I have set myself. Having apologised for not being able to attend the #Undisciplining conference (due to demands in London), I then foolhardily (sigh!) signed myself up to contribute a blog post on echoes from beyond the edges of the conference, as it were, looking in … no pressure, then 😉

This leads to a somewhat strange situation, simultaneously disconnected and yet engaged as an observer-participant. So we are presented with a Schrodinger’s-cat-type dilemma: how, at the same time, for someone not to be part of the social ‘beingness’ of the conference and also (albeit in written, virtual ways) to be part of it?

This led me to reflect on issues of liminality in space, in geography and time that arise from voluntarily adopting a role of l’étranger, looking in beyond the borders. What are the edges, the limits of social being in community connectedness during and beyond the #Undisciplining conference? Jana Bacevic’s tweets on finding ‘quiet time’ and Mark Carrigan’s blog post re. ‘Being Alone at Conferences’ bring up identity issues on the spaces we inhabit (or are estranged from) in community. How do these interplay with materiality, and the ‘liveness’ (or not) of blogging that Mark and Pat discussed after the first day of #Undisciplining , as reported in Mark’s blog? Certainly the aliveness of presence is captured in a vivid plurality and diversity of pictures and sociological research themes reported so far in the #Undisciplining tweets and blog posts. Wish I was there with you!

Will reflect further and come back ….….

Image; Luca Zanon on Unsplash