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British Sociological Association Conference 2018

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Dr Pam Alldred recently attended the British Sociological Association (BSA)’s annual conference 2018 which was held this year at Northumbria University, Newcastle. She chaired a symposium on Sociology and the New Materialisms, which involved three papers and lead to a discussion on research methods.

The first paper by Dr Nikki Fairchild from Winchester University, focussed on researching professional identities and ethics of those working with young children through a posthuman lens. Dr Angharad Beckett from Leeds Metropolitan University, continued with her paper regarding children’s free play and argued that for children with disabilities, play is anything but as free or open as we’d like to think, and is heavily invested in by adults as improving or remedial, but might more creatively and ethically be thought of as offering lines of flight.

The final paper saw Professor Nick Fox from UCL, discussing The Materiality of Memory and how we can think about the affectivity of personal memories – drawing on a study of food preferences and diet.

The research will be published in the journal Cultural Sociology soon.

Click here for more information on the British Sociological Association (BSA).