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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
deadline for submissions is Monday, December 10th, 2012
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:
the call is available as pdf here.
a new SPURSE project… eating as a tactic to claim and put into action our “right to change ourselves by changing the city” (Harvey, 2008: 23).
read the introduction to the project:
“Eat Your Sidewalk is an urban festival that challenges you and a community of like-minded participants to eat and live on what you find right under your feet for 7 days straight. The goal of this immersive event is to change our sense of food, the local and all that surrounds us (plants, food, materials, waste, kindness, communities, and our fellow critters). Imagine a mash up of the 100 mile diet, plus foraging skills, and commons thinking, all combined with a closeness to the occupy ethos, and the slow food movement, — plus a healthy dose of experimentation and the simple pleasure of eating and sharing!
////// NOTE ON TACTICS:
‘crowd funding’, that is – as we framed it during the making of citámbulos – building up a circle of friends and godparents that get involved with a project already during the process that leads up to it is also a tactic of public engagement.
Ciudades Paralelas is an exploration of urban social relationships through the medium of performance and theatre. The engaging tactics at work in these pieces might be framed as the creation of ‘personal (more or less) guided encounters with the other/the unexpected’.
please have a look yourself: at CIUDADES PARALELAS / PARALLEL CITIES
excerpt from the project concept:
“For “Ciudades Paralelas”, Lola Arias and Stefan Kaegi have invited several artists to devise interventions for hotel rooms, shopping centres, factories… functional city places, not usually thought of as interesting to the outside eye. Eight artists have each chosen a location in the city as observation stations for urban phenomena. Some of them chose to work with radio receivers or headphones, others with a choir or with people in their workspaces. The pieces vary in form: You can listen to some of them, others you can read or touch. Some are for 1, others for 100 spectators. Some of the performers are singers, others writers, passers-by or even the audience themselves.”
The project includes a piece by Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells in a Public Library: The Quite Volume!
hello, this is Gob Squad.
a group of UK and German artists. They make performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday, and look for words of wisdom from a passing stranger.
They try and explore the point where theatre meets art, media and real life. As well as theatres and galleries, we place our work at the heart of urban life – in houses, shops, underground stations, car parks, hotels or directly on the street. Everyday life and magic, banality and utopia, reality and entertainment are all set on a collision course…
They started out working, provide room service (to help you make it through the night) and make revolutions, now! – simply speaking, they try their best saving the world…
have a look here:
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.”