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Department of Sociology


Friday 13th October 2023 | 10:00 - 16:30 | Selwyn College, Grange Road, Cambridge and on-line

Join us for an event that explores the blurry boundaries between literature and sociology

An event that explores the ways in which we write sociologically, and the types of texts that inhabit multiple realms within and outside of sociology and literature. The day will start with panel presentations that focus on: sociological fiction, magical realism and its connection to historical understanding, literature as a resource for sociological thinking, literature effects in sociological texts, as well as storytelling in and for sociological thought. The afternoon will include a book reading and a writing workshop. Please click the link below to book your ticket, on-line or in person (limited numbers).

This event is part of the Sociological Review Seminar Series, funded by the Sociological Review Foundation. It is organised by Marc Ortmann (University of Munich) and Iris Pissaride (University of Cambridge).

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10:00 - 10:15 Welcome


Panel Presentations

10:15-10:30 Ash Watson - Making the familiar strange with sociological fiction

10:30 -10:45 Sophie Marie Niang - Expanding the lens: a sociological engagement with fiction

10:45:-11:00 Jacob Norris - Writing Palestinian History in a Magical Realist Key

11:00 -11:15 Break

11:15 -11:30 Marc Ortmann - Literature effects on the social sciences: Liminal Texts

11:30 - 11:45 Seetha Tan - Working with story-telling in and for sociological thought

11:45 -12:30 Panel Q&A

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break


Writing Workshop (in person only)

14:00-15:00 Sociological Fiction Workshop, with Ash Watson (The Sociological Review) and Iris Pissaride (Decolonise Sociology Cambridge).

15:00- 15:30 Break 

15:30- 16:30 Open Mic Session