Newsletter #16 · March 2012


PhD course in sociological strategies of analysis

In fall term, 2012, CESAU will again be hosting the Ph.D. course "Sociological Strategies of Analysis". The course consists of ten days of introduction to classical and modern sociological thinkers, guest lectures by AU researchers who make use of sociology in their research, and a Ph.D. workshop with the participants' project presentations.

This time, the course takes place i Aarhus in September and October.

For registration or further information, contact Søren Christensen, DPU,  socr@dpu.dk or Henrik Jøker Bjerre, IFI, filhjb@hum.au.dk.

  • Read more about the course here


A brief look at the research group "Food and Consumption"

This month, CESAU focus upon the research group 'Food and Consumption', and so we have met with group coordinator Egon Noe to learn more about the group's agenda. This research group works with topics such as the culture of food and eating, experience of quality, obesity, food regimes, and ecology. And this is just to mention part of what the group is concerned with.

  • Read the article about the research group 'Food and Consumption' here


A question of taste?

This term, CESAU's student group are hosting a study circle where we dig into Pierre Bourdieu's central text "Distinction", a sociological enquiry concerning the concept of taste. The study group meets every other Thursday, and it's still possible to join. Contact Niklas Boel Kristensen for further information: nbk@cesau.au.dk

  • On this occasion, Gitte Sommer Harrits (IFSK) will be giving a presentation, Thursday, March 15, 15:00-17:00, bygn. 1453, lok. 215

She will present and discuss Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, life style, and taste, focusing especially upon investigating the relationship between positions and dispositions. How one can understand the concept of taste as something other that subjective, and what it means for life styles to serve as "signs" in the relation and interaction among human beings. Apart from dwelling on Bourdieu's theoretical world of concepts, we will also initiate a discussion of the possibilities of applying these concepts. Is taste exclusively about, for instance, food, music, and art  – or could one speak of taste in other areas as well – e.g. "political taste".


CESAU courses at AU Summer University - application deadline March 15

As described in earlier newsletters, CESAU will be hosting two courses at AU Summer University this summer. The courses are: "Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics in the Nordic and Western Countries" and “Society in the Time of Terror”. The application deadline for these courses is March 15.

  • Read more and register here


Lecture series "What is Sociology?" at "Folkeuniversitetet".

In spring 2012, Folkeuniversitetet in Aarhus will be hosting the lecture series: "What is sociology?". The lecture series provides an easily understandable introduction to sociology by explaining a number of the central concepts that are currently attached to our society – concepts such as power, control, market, and network. Through these concepts, central sociological theoreticians that influence sociology today, such as Luhmann, Foucault, Giddens, and Boltanski and Chiapello, are introduced as well. The first lecture takes place 16. April.

  • Read more about the lecture series and view the full program here


Conference on March 23: 'The Arab revolts - revolts in society and in social science'

In light of how the past year's Arab revolts have come as a surprise to most, there may be good reason, on the one hand, to ask whether and how Middle Eastern studies and social science offer tools for understanding and explaining the character, causes, and implications of the past year's Arab revolts, and on the other hand, to consider whether the turmoil in the Arab world requires us to rethink, correct, or perhaps even abandon some of our earlier assumptions about and conceptions of Arab politics.

These issues will be discussed at the 'mini-conference' on 23. March at 13-16.00: The Arab revolts - revolts in society and science, organized in cooperation with CESAU to mark the publication of a new special issue of Tidsskriftet Politik (15/1) dealing with this problematic.


Overview of deadlines for research funding applications

Below is an overview of deadlines for applying for research funding in March. See the overview of deadlines for the next 6 months here.

Fund

Call

Deadline


 


 


 



March


 


 



COWIfonden


Environmental science and economics


March 15, 2012


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Jyllands-Posten's Fund

Research in the social sciences

March 20, 2012

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Overview of future CESAU PhD courses

PhD course

Space available


Sociological methods: Analysis of text and discourse
Aarhus, March 22-23

YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Free participation for Ph.D. students

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Sociological methods: Field studies
Aarhus, March 29-30


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Free participation for Ph.D. students


FELTSTUDIER 29.-30 martsRead more

Sociological methods: Interview
Aarhus, April 12-13


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Free participation for Ph.D. students


Read more

Sociological methods: Quantitative methods
Aarhus, April 19-20


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Free participation for Ph.D. students


Read more

Nvivo course (1 ects)
Aarhus, May 14 + 16, 2012


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Free participation for Ph.D. students


Read more (pdf)

Profession studies in a
sociological perspective – an introduction
(5 ECTS)
Aarhus, Aug. 2012

YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen hrc@cesau.au.dk
Read more

Sociological strategies of analysis
Aarhus, Sept./Oct. 2012


YES
Registration with Henrik Jøker Bjerre filhjb@hum.au.dk


Read more (pdf)


Calendar

March

 

March 5,
14:00-17:30

CESAU seminar: Public religion

March 6
Dale’s Café

Meeting in CESAUs Ph.D.-group: The role of the tutor

March 15,
15:00-17:00
Build. 1453, room 215

Presentation by Gitte Sommer Harritz on Pierre Bourdieu

March 23, 13:15-17:00
Build. 1333, Room 101, Aud. 1

Conference: The Arab revolts - revolts in society and in the social sciences



March/April


March/April
AU

PhD course: Introduction to sociological methods



April


April 3
Dale’s Café

Meeting in CESAU's PhD group: Stays abroad

April 16
AU

World Class Sociology: Lecture by Zygmunt Bauman



May


May 1
Dale’s Café

Meeting in CESAU's PhD group: Communicating one's research

May 14 + 16

PhD course: NVIvo course



June


June 5
Dale’s Café

Meeting in CESAU's PhD group: Suggestions for future events in the PhD group

June 26 + 30
AU

Aarhus Evolution Conference: Rethinking the Darwinian and Durkheimian Legacy in the Context of the Study of Religion



July


July 1-4
AU

Conference: IFSA: Producing and reproducing farming systems

AU, Aarhus

AU Summer University: Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics in the Nordic and Western Countries

AU, Aarhus

AU Summer University: Society in the time of Terror



August


AU, Aarhus

PhD course: Profession studies in a sociological perspective – an introduction



September


September/October
AU

PhD course: Sociological strategies of analysis


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