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 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.
On research was a 2-day symposium at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, on possible modes of ‘artistic research’. In its presentation format, the symposium has also been the showcase of a very effective ‘engaging tactic’, namely of the performance lecture.
From the symposium website:
“The debates about new models in academia, art and education have drawn additional attention to the topic of “artistic research”. What academic methods do artists use and what artistic methods do academics use?
Complementing the discussion, Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl focus on the (im)probability of events in the research field of mathematics; Ina Wutdke and Dieter Lesage devote themselves to gentrification debates in the context of academic studies; Xavier Le Roy explains how the academic that he once was became an artist.”
Probable title: zero probability // Lecture Performance by Hito Steyerl and Rabih Mroué // Fri 04.05.2012 20:30h
Kuhle Wampe Remix, oder Wem gehört die Stadt? // Lecture Performance von Ina Wudtke und Dieter Lesage // Sat 05.05.2012 20:30h
here thesis 11: “sociology has as its object civil society and as its value the expansion of the social”…
… “public sociology capturing the imagination first of sociologists and than propelling itself forward as a social movement” […] naming – framing – claiming publics and joining in with others in order to do so.
11 theses by Michael Burawoy for public sociologies… starting here with thesis 2 (multiplicity of publics) and 3 (conversation between sociologists and publics)