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Rethinking Consumption

Launch Event of the BSA Consumption Study Group

15 May 2020 (09:30–17:15)
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK - PROGRAMME

Keynote Speaker

  • Professor Lydia Martens, Keele University

About the Event

In recent years we have witnessed new contexts of consumption against shifting social, economic and cultural backgrounds, including for example, the rapid rise of technologies of consumption, social media and marketing, the intensification of austerity, the rise of sustainable consumption practices, and the cementing of neoliberalism and notions of meritocracy. At the same time, the broad field of the sociology of consumption continues to expand in a variety of ways including practice theory, material culture and domestic practices and processes (Martens, Woodward); the ‘transformative’ potential of consumption (Evans, Gill); ‘enterprising’ consuming subjects (du Gay, Littler); consumption against backdrop of modernity and as response to increasingly uncertain, precarious worlds (Reith); as entwined with neoliberal selfhoods (Evans); and consumption as personal journey towards betterment (Casey and Martens).

To mark the launch of the newly-formed Consumption Study Group, this event will bring together researchers interested in advancing consumption scholarship to contribute to debates about the future directions of the sociology of consumption. We anticipate that the study group will bring together sociologists from all career stages who are researching a wide range of themes around consumption.

For further information please contact the group convenors: Dr Irmak Karademir Hazir, Dr Emma Casey, Dr Adrian Leguina and Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read.


  • BSA Member Registration: £45
  • BSA Concessionary Member Registration: £30
  • Non-Member Registration: £55
  • Non-Member Student Registration: £40