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.



BSA Annual Conference 2013

The theme for the 2013 Annual Conference is: Engaging Sociology.  It highlights Sociology’s contribution as it engages with topical issues affecting contemporary society – whether this is the recent riots, the financial crisis, climate change, social mobility, the Big Society, or the London Olympics.

The conference will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 3-5 April 2013.

more information at the BSA website here.

engaging tactics, yet more visual notes, traces, etc.

… whilst trying not to overlap too much with the previous contributions.

engaging tactics, visual notes

My participation in this conference was made possible by the up and coming lab that I am affiliated it with: CEREV, which means Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (make sure to check us out!), the Humanities PhD Program, where I’m doing my degree, and the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Also, these images are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. That means you can use any of them for your own non-commercial purposes as long as notification and attribution are given to the photographer.

Visual Media in Communication

Exploring the Use of Visual Media in the Communication of Research Findings,

Seminar: 12/07/12, Cardiff University


“This exploratory seminar will bring together a range of social science
researchers and visual media experts, working within and across a variety
of fields, to explore the challenges and opportunities of using visual
media in the representation of research findings.”


Key issues that will be addressed and debated at the seminar include:

  • contested notions of voice, agency, ethics, reflexivity and interpretations;
  • the role (or not) of participants in relation to representation and dissemination of research findings;
  • remit, control and collaboration for researchers and disseminators in mediated research findings;
  • the implications for researchers, research and findings in using visual media for dissemination;
  • responsibilities, challenges and opportunities in representing data to a diverse and distinct audiences; and
  • funding, feedback and impact in using visual media to communicate research findings.



  • ‘Reithian principles for communicating research findings in the twenty-first century: inform, educate and engage’ – Joanna Mack and Pete Mitton (Open University).
  • ‘VJM visual intelligence and the London School of Economics: bringing your research project to the attention of a global audience’ (TBC).
  • ‘Facilitating relationship support for ‘mixed’ couples and families: academic and voluntary sector collaboration on visualisation of findings’ – Elaine Bauer (London South Bank University).
  • ‘Visualising bodies in place: reflections on a participatory film-making project with
    young people’ – Emma Renold and Gabrielle Ivinson (Cardiff University).
  • ‘Visualising numbers: when is it good to map statistical analyses?’ – Scott Orford (Cardiff University).


Cost:                                 £15 (or £10 for registered postgraduate students)
Contact to register:
Venue:                             Cardiff University School of Social Sciences Glamorgan Building,
King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

Date/time:                      12 July 2012, 10.00-16.15