Nov 112013

Schedule and Location: Wednesday, May 28     9:00am-10:30am   Concordia Seminary

Primary Session Category: Political Sociology/Social Justice/Social Movements
Session Code: PSSM15
Session Format: Panel Discussion

Session Description: This event aims to address the question of whether political sociology, its teaching, study and practice, should be “political” i.e. whether political sociologists should be advocates of particular standpoints in the classroom and/or in the public realm. A panel of five scholars who identify as political sociologists and hold differing opinions on the matter will each give a short address summarizing their response to the question. These will be followed by an open discussion around matters that could include: the “boundaries” separating academics and activism; the place and legitimacy of public sociologists/intellectuals in politics and the community; and politics in the classroom.

Session Organizer: Karen Stanbridge, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sociology,

Chair: Karen Stanbridge, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Ann Duffy, Brock University
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University
Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University

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