Day 2

Plenary: We Need to Talk about Ethnography
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 09.30-11.00
Main Auditorium


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Dr Lisa Dikomitis (Keele University)

Deana Jovanović (Keele University)

Dr Robin Smith (Cardiff University)

Plenary: Tyneside Specificities?
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 11.30-13.00
Main Auditorium

This panel provides an introduction to some current innovative interdisciplinary social scientific work being carried out in the Tyneside region. The panel will reflect on the degree to which the findings from this work are specific to the locality. The panel is designed to be an engaging introduction to some of the particularities of a part of UK with which some attendees may be relatively unfamiliar. Between them, panel members will discuss topics such as: research on the social geographies of social housing; the supposed whiteness of the region, recent migrations and forms of racism and conviviality pre- and post-Brexit; the realities of encountering and dramatizing austerity in Gateshead (where the conference will be taking place); and approaches and methods for understanding how the future of Tyneside has been envisioned over time. Panel members come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds drawing upon insights from cultural geography, feminism, performance studies, planning, visual culture and sociology.  

Professor Anoop Nayak (Newcastle University)

Professor Rachel Pain (Newcastle University)

Dr Ruth Raynor (Newcastle University)

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Newcastle City Futures)

Plenary Convener and Chair: Professor Roger Burrows (Newcastle University)

Plenary: Cultural Studies Matters
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 14.00-15.30
Main Auditorium


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Professor Ben Carrington (University of Southern California

Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Plenary Convener and Chair: Dr Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Stigma Monograph Launch: Rethinking Stigma
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 16.00-18.00
Main Auditorium

Panel Discussion with Imogen Tyler, Tom Slater, Jenna Loyd, Virgílio Borges Pereira, João Queirós and Joanna Latimer – chaired by Stephen Crossley

This session is a launch event for a Sociological Review Monograph on The Sociology of Stigma, edited by Imogen Tyler and Tom Slater. It brings together a panel composed of contributors to the monograph, to introduce its major themes, and to discuss why it might be important and useful to reconceptualise stigma today.  Stigma is not a self-evident phenomenon but like all concepts has a history. The conceptual understanding of stigma which underpins most sociological research has its roots in the formative understanding of stigma penned by Erving Goffman in his best-selling book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, first published in 1963. This monograph argues that we need to move beyond Goffman and develop new understandings of the meaning and social function of stigma. In returning to stigma we were specifically motivated by: 1) a concern to decolonise the discipline by interrogating its major theorists and concepts – including stigma; and 2) a consideration of how reconceptualising stigma might assist in developing better understandings of pressing contemporary problems of social decomposition, inequality and injustice. The monograph brings together “classic” sociological research on poverty, racism, disability, stigma and shame, with geo-political perspectives on the activation of stigma at different scales (governmental, policy, media industries), scholarship on the stigma of place (territorial stigma) and historically orientated analysis of anti-stigma campaigns and activism. In doing, it draws together contributions from scholars across Europe and North America, variously concerned with rethinking stigma as a contemporary mechanism of disenfranchisement in numerous forms and locations, and on multiple scales. Through a range of methodological approaches and drawing on different kinds of data (interviews, ethnographic, media analysis, policy documents, archival research), the chapters in this monograph together produce new insights into how stigma functions as a form of power, contributing to a much fuller understanding of stigma as a ‘cultural and political economy’ (Jessop, 2009).  

We intend to have a lively discussion and the panel will be followed by the launch of the monograph and a wine reception.

Editor: Professor Imogen Tyler (Lancaster University)

Editor: Dr Tom Slater (The University of Edinburgh)

Professor Joanna Latimer (University of York)

Professor Jenna Loyd (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Professor João Queiros Pereira (Universidade do Porto)

Professor Virgílio Borges (Universidade do Porto)

Respondent and Chair: Dr Stephen Crossley (Northumbria University)