Sociology Seminar series


Associate Professor Paul K. Jones
Sociology Seminar series

The School of Sociology Seminar Series attracts Australia's — and the world's — finest sociological scholars, and is a core activity in the School's thriving social and intellectual life. The seminar series offers a constructive though supportive and erudite environment for the dissemination of both preliminary and developed research ideas. Seminars generate healthy audiences and lively discussion, and provide opportunities for developing research synergies and the sociological perspective.


If you wish to have a paper considered for the series, please send a title, abstract, brief biography and preferred presentation date to the seminar coordinator.

Upcoming events

Rhetorical strategies in F/OSS projects: justifying firm-project hybridising

1pm 27 Aug 2018

Volunteers in Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) projects such as Debian collaborate to produce common-pool resources. Debian is commonly defined as an ‘...

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Past events

Renewing Sociology in the Digital Age

6 Aug 2018

It is now well-established that digital devices, techniques and new forms of data are deeply implicated in the re-working of social life, and this has only...

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Beyond Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear: Acquiescence, Value Calculus, and the Digital Practices of Affluent Surveillance Subjects

21 May 2018

A common response to digital surveillance is the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ (NTHNTF) argument, which suggests only those with something to hide should...

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Exploring normative strain in Thailand: life crises as identified by 13 to 15 year-old young people in Pathum Thani province, northern Krungthep (Bangkok).

14 May 2018

In developing a concept of normative strain, this paper presents the results of work undertaken in outer urban Pathum Thani province to the immediate north of...

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How can we study secretive organisations? The Commission for International Justice and Accountability and the Politics of Methodology

7 May 2018

The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) established in 2011 through European state funds is a private, non-profit NGO committed to...

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In search of neoliberalism: confronting the enigma of neoliberal justice

16 Apr 2018

The thesis of ‘neoliberal penality’ has been widely condemned, and the utility of ‘neoliberalism’ as a sociological category thereby challenged. In large...

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‘Performing’ Fathering while Homeless: Utilising a Critical Social Work Perspective

16 Oct 2017

This presentation links sociological perspectives of fatherhood and homelessness to qualitative research with fathers experiencing homelessness. Reporting on...

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A Pilot Study of the Experience of Modern Academic Working Life: Productivity increase or unsustainable intensification of work?

9 Oct 2017

This presentation introduces a new tool for studying the content and the experience of jobs. It relies on random time sampling and the data is collected via...

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Approaching Research on Lactation After Infant Loss with Heartfelt Positivity: Some Mindful Reflections

18 Sep 2017

The heartfelt positivity methodology has been developed to focus on what is working well in society, to ensure stories of survival, value, and a meaningful...

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Votes at 16: What can we learn from the Scottish independence referendum?

28 Aug 2017

In September 2014, 55% of the eligible electorate in Scotland voted in favour of remaining within the United Kingdom. The preceding referendum campaign led to...

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(Im)mobility in the City: Space-Time-Power and “Staying in” in a Sudanese Diaspora

21 Aug 2017

This presentation draws upon qualitative material obtained for a PhD project which considers how Sudanese women’s lives in the “new” city of Portsmouth (UK)...

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