Category: collaborations

engaging tactics BSA13 documentation

Some pictures of the interventions and screenings of the engaging tactics stream at the BSA Annual Conference 2013:

sound performance by Tansy Spinks, Middlesex University and Camberwell College of Art. photo: (c) Alexandra Baixinho

Tansy Spinks, sound artist, PhD candidate and lecturer at Middlesex University and Camberwell College of Art.
Norfolk Room, 4th floor. 11.30-12, 1.30-2.30, 4-4.30 hours. The sound performance Sonic Ritual (equivalent) will play with ideas about secret rituals, using objects and the sounds they make, through microphones, live loops and loudspeakers.

video by Madli Maruste, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.

Madli Maruste, PhD candidate, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.
Coronet Room, 2nd floor, all day. The video J. is reflecting on the personal story, a story about the loss of identity, belonging and the city, of a former Jewish Rabbi I met in the Old Jewish quarter in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2012.

video loop by Kata Halasz, Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths

video loop by Kata Halasz, Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths

Kata Halasz, visual artist, PhD candidate in Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths.
Cornwall Room, 2nd floor, all day. Not being able to attend, the author reimagines a ceremony of the Freemasons as a question rather than a statement: in endless circulation the figure is unable – or unwilling – to reach the pulpit to carry out ritual actions. The video asks its viewers too think about exclusion and inaccessibility – about who is invited to the table.

BSA inside out / cfp

Engaging Tactics is reconvening a stream inside and outside the BSA Annual Conference Engaging Sociology, 3-5 April 2013, London, convened by Goldsmiths’ Postgraduate Research Community and Sociology Methods Lab

///// Call for Papers and Interventions

Engaging Tactics seeks to explore the boundaries between sociology and real life, through multi-sensory, multi-site engagement with publics and participants inside and outside of sociology and academia. Following the success of the Engaging Tactics interdisciplinary conference and BSA postgraduate event at Goldsmiths College in April-May 2012, we are reconvening for a one day stream inside the BSA conference 2013 plus a series of outside fringe acts.

We are inviting abstracts and other forms of contributions on:

Revealing Secrets [social life off-stage]

The venue for the 2013 BSA conference is the grandly mysterious Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, owned by the Freemasons, complete with masonic stars on door handles and secret entrances into the Masonic Lodge next door.  The conveners of Engaging Tactics therefore propose a theme of ‘revealing secrets’: finding ways to talk about and engage with those bodies and lives that are kept away from the public.  We encourage participants to take their own research areas and adapt them to the space and the theme, raising questions around engagement, inclusion and exclusion.

We invite conventional or unconventional papers, installations, or other tactics of engagement for this one-day stream within the BSA conference.  We especially welcome site-specific submissions which use the venue and/or the local area to raise or explore questions on engagement, as well as visual artists and participants from other disciplines to submit material for a session on ‘curating sociology’.


please send your submissions, ideas and enquiries to
deadline for submissions is Monday, December 10th, 2012


The venue:

The Grand Connaught Rooms, venue of this year’s BSA Annual Conference, is home to a century-old history of Freemasonry in England. Connected to the United Grand Lodge’s temple through secret passageways and ornate, locked doors, the architecture and life of the building make constant references to the hiding and seeking of occult meanings and well-guarded paths to (parallel?) truths. Whether “secret society” or “society with secrets”, the league enjoys playing with the thrill of keeping some of its information in the dark, claiming that it is precisely such secrecy that guarantees the free expression of ideas among members while fostering the proliferation of the values of the Enlightenment. Inhabiting secrets, for the Freemasons, seems to be a comfortable thing to do. But what about those that are forced to live in secret? Those, that do not gain a position of power – be it illusory or not – from inhabiting the parallel and off-stage spaces of society? Goldsmith’s Engaging Tactics stream ‘Revealing Secrets’ seeks to explore the social life of secrets by engaging with its keepers and seekers during the BSA conference: in the kitchen of the Grand Connaught Rooms, on the fly gallery of the neighbouring Royal Opera House or in Sir John Soane’s secret cabinet down the road.


For more information and inspirations please see:

Grand Connaught Rooms (BSA conference location) 
Local venues we might approach for outside fringe acts: Hunterian MuseumSir John Soane’s house and Covent Garden area.


the call is available as pdf here.


creating publics

The Publics Research Programme at the Centre for Citizenship, Identity, and Governance at the Open University is organising a two-day workshop on ‘Creating Publics, Creating Democracies’.

Please see details and a Call for Papers below. The event will take place in central London, 18 & 19 June 2012.
They invite abstracts of up to 250 words to be submitted to Sarah Batt (a.s.c.batt [at] by 16 March 2012. For further information or if you have questions, please contact Sue Pell (exs02sp [at]

Here is a link to the call: CFP_CreatingPublicsCreatingDemocracies_Jan2012-1

The CCIG’s Publics Research Programme you can find here.

and the workshop/conference blog here: Creating Publics blog.

The workshop is a collaboration organised by The Publics Research Programme at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at The Open University; The Centre for Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths College; and, The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster.


Centre for creative collaboration. London.

Space for collaboration

The Centre for Creative Collaboration is a neutral place where people from many different backgrounds – universities, large corporates, SMEs, freelancers – can work together on new things in the belief that real innovation happens at the edge and in the gaps between disciplines.

It is an initiative of University of London working in collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama; Goldsmiths; Royal Holloway and Complexity Partners LLP.

The Centre supports new types of collaboration using the principles of open innovation providing space for collaborative projects and multi disciplinary working in an attractive and flexible space.

They also provide a catalogue of tools that can help document and organise a project.


call for papers/contributions

dear all, the call is out!!!! please have a look and hopefully you find it interesting! we are looking forward to welcoming you all in New Cross…


/////// Engaging Tactics
/////// BSA Postgraduate Conference
/////// Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st 2012

/////// Sociology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

Engaging Tactics is a two-day BSA Postgraduate event exploring social sciences’ insightful and creative ways of engaging with the social world. The event seeks to survey the tactics by which we seek to produce and share knowledge, focusing on the construction and upholding of meaningful and confiding relationships with both research participants and emerging publics. The symposium will take place as a set of site and tactic specific presentations, workshops, round-table discussions and happenings throughout Goldsmiths College and neighbouring New Cross and Deptford.

The conference is organised by the Postgraduate Research Community at Goldsmiths’ Department of Sociology in collaboration with the British Sociological Association (BSA) and Goldsmiths’ Methods Lab.

Confirmed speakers are Sophie Hope (Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck), Noortje Marres (Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths), Claudia Mitchell (Integrated Studies in Education, McGill), Alison Rooke (Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths), Nirmal Puwar (Methods Lab and Curating Sociology, Goldsmiths) and Vic Seidler (Sociology, Goldsmiths).

/////// Contact and submissions: engagingtactics [at]
/////// Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 9th, 2012.
/////// further information and call:


/////// Call for papers/contributions
/////// The call for contributions is divided into 2 strands:


In strand one we ask participants to critically examine the engaging tactics they employ when researching or communicating a specific topic or findings. We would like these tactics to be presented and discussed in a ‘tactic-specific’ way, i.e. in a way that recalls in practice the specific actions, spaces, collaborations, experiments and/or tools of which the particular way of engagement makes use. Within this strand, papers and all forms of participation are welcome always when the presentation form clearly resonates with the engaging tactic under examination. Possible modes of putting forward the discussion on each ‘engaging tactic’ range from performative presentations (e.g. of data) to guerrilla-‘doings’ (cooking for example); from body narratives to derives, flash-gigs and sound-walks; or from specific visual/graphic approaches to modes of ‘material thinking’ to works of dialogical art… Possible locations for actions/presentations inside and outside college include (but are not limited to) a terrace, a café, a public library, a corridor, a garden, a car park and a zebra crossing (as well as a conventional lecture theatre…). If these spaces do not suit the proposed presentations, please suggest a space inside or near Goldsmiths College or challenge us with a specific type of space that we would be happy to try to make available.

Contributions in strand one will be 15 min. each. They will be grouped in sessions according to the type of tactic they examine, the type of locations they require and the type of action they imply. Between contributions there will be plenty of time for informal discussions while moving from one venue to the other.


Strand two encourages submissions that present open questions and (so far) unfulfilled wishes regarding the how, where, with whom and with what means of engaging tactics. This session is designed to provide space for discussing work in progress, to develop ideas and to open up possible future collaborations. It seeks to be a laboratory for engaging tactics still in the making. The session/sessions of strand two will be held in collaboration with Goldsmiths’ Methods Lab and Curating Sociology course, convened by Dr. Nirmal Puwar, as well as with invited artists and curators working in the field of socially engaged art practices.

Presentations in strand two will be of 5 min. each followed by Q/A and discussion with other participants.


For contribution under strand one, please send us your title, 250-word abstract, preferred location (or type of location) and any relevant specification regarding technical or any other requirements together with your name, department and university (or organisation). For submissions under strand two, please send us a working title and 250-word abstract together with your name, department and university (or organisation)

/////// Please send all submissions to: engagingtactics [at]
/////// Deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 9th, 2012.

Curating Sociology

extracts from Nirmal Puwar and Sanjay Sharma, “Curating Sociology – Sociological Mutations”, forthcoming in Sociological Review, 2012.

“Curating Sociology points to how sociology can engage with the academy and beyond by turning to and deploying cross-disciplinary collaborative and engaging in a creative knowledge practices – as drama, event, exhibitions, installations, film production and music performance for instance.” […]

“It should become apparent that Curating Sociology does not envision the researcher simply mimicking the role of the curator. Rather, the intention is to adapt some of the recent practices of the curator, and grasp ‘curating as a research process’ (Wells 2007) that embraces creativity and experimentation in the production of public knowledge. O’Neill maintains that curating can involve processual participatory activities, engendering ‘new practices, new meanings, values and relations between things’ (2010: 6). Curating Sociology therefore cannot be reduced to a set of research techniques or methods. Rather, it can be a methodological commitment to collaborative knowledge production for public interventions.”