Forthcoming Events

BSA New Materialisms study group Inaugural Day Conference

The New Materialisms study group was established in July 2018. This inaugural day conference will be an opportunity for members of the group and others to present relevant research to the group.

Monday 10 June 2019
12 noon to 5 p.m.
BSA London Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, Fulham.

The establishment of the BSA new materialisms study group in 2018 reflects the growing interest among sociologists in this approach, both theoretically and as an ontological perspective to inform empirical research.  To celebrate the launch of the group, we now invite group members to present work relevant to the concerns of the study group with new materialist and posthuman social science.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to enable members to share their work; to meet others using new materialist theories and concepts in their research; to explore possible collaborations with other group members; and air ideas for future development of the study group and work within the BSA.

Call for papers

We now invite:

  • Abstracts for papers reporting research (20 minutes, plus time for pooled Q&A).
  • Short reports of work in progress, methodological issues, ideas for research or critical reflections on the new materialisms and sociology (10 minutes plus pooled Q&A).

We also aim to include time during the symposium for a broad ranging discussion of issues
around the use of new materialism approaches within sociology and future group activities.

Please submit abstracts by 19 April 2019 to:

  • Papers: no more than 200 words
  • Short reports: no more than 100 words.

Please indicate if the work reports empirical data (20 mins) or is a shorter discussion piece (10 mins).


BSA members: £8

Non-BSA members: £10

BSA concessionary members and other registered students: £5

To register, please follow this link:

Past Events

International event

New Materialism and the Sociology of Inequality. Class, Capital and Capacities

Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus South EA.2.13 (LT02)

Monday 25 February 2019 from 2pm to 4 pm

Paper 1: Class Matters: A New Materialist Approach.

Peta Hinton (Heinrich-Heine University, Germany).

Paper 2: Re-materialising Social Class.

Nick J Fox (University of Huddersfield/Sheffield, UK).

In this seminar the speakers re-assess how sociology has explored social inequality.  They argue for a new materialist perspective that addresses the part non-human matter plays in social divisions.

You can now watch the video of this entire event, at:


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