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Call for papers for the Work, Employment & Society Conference 2018, about ‘Putting Sociology to Work: Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and imagination‘, organized by the British Sociological Association.


the WES Conference 2018 will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast from 12-14 September 2018. A Pre-conference Doctoral Workshop will take place on 11 September 2018.


Since the classic sociological theorists, analysis of modern work has been a lynchpin of sociology. The 2018 Work, Employment & Society Conference seeks to revisit the origins of the discipline and advance current sociological understandings of work. WES 2018 will provide an imaginative space for sociology and cognate disciplines to consider what work is and to develop our interdisciplinary understanding of today’s increasingly intersectional sites of paid and unpaid work. Hence, the theme of the conference.


Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, 16 February 2018. Categories for abstract submissions:

  • Conference papers: Abstracts should be up to 500 words. While the organising team particularly encourages papers reporting research findings, they also welcome abstracts related to sociological theory, social policy, ‘work in progress’ or those testing out new and imaginative ideas. All abstracts are refereed and papers must not have been previously published or presented elsewhere. Abstract contents should enable the referees to determine what issue, development or problem is being investigated, how it is being investigated, what the findings are and what contribution is being made to knowledge in this field. Please provide information about the theoretical position of the paper, the methodology, data set (if relevant) and the stage of the research. In addition to regular paper sessions, WES 2018 will include round table discussions and poster presentations. At time of submission please indicate whether you are interested in presenting your paper at a round table or as a poster.
  • Special sessions: Abstracts should be up to 500 words. These may offer theoretical, empirical, methodological or policy-related contributions. The sessions will last for 1.5 hours and, while the team anticipates that most special sessions will involve three speakers, with or without a discussant, more creative formats are welcome. Please indicate in your application whether speakers are confirmed or provisional.
  • Pre-conference doctoral workshop (11 September 2018): This is free to doctoral students who have registered for the main conference and will take place at Queen’s University Belfast. Abstracts submitted to the pre-conference workshop should be up to 250 words. There will be opportunities for feedback and to meet fellow students and academics in the field, before the conference starts. Papers submitted to the doctoral pre-conference workshop may also be submitted to the main conference.

Registration is up to £450, but the organizers offer 10 bursaries to PhD students and recent post-Docs currently in insecure employment.  Please contact the BSA Events Team to apply. Moreover, a childcare assistance is available. For any further info contact  the BSA Events Team:

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