This year my co-convenors of the Sociologists Outside Academia group and I submitted a proposal for a presentation at the British Sociological Association‘s annual conference in April. I’m especially excited to be organising the presentation because this will be the first time SOA have presented at the BSA annual conference.
The SOA presentation will be a symposium, that is a short presentation from a number of speakers, followed by a question and answer session. We’ve invited SOA members to attend and present the nature of their work outside academia and in industry, and I will chair the session.
If you would like to attend you can register for the annual conference. If you want to register for one day only we’re on Wednesday 3 April.
Our submitted abstract:
Sociology Outside Academia: Reflections and Experiences of Working in the Public, VCFS, and Private Sector
Not all sociologists work in university departments. Sociologists Outside Academia (SOA) does exactly what it says on the tin: we are a group of sociologists who work outside of the academy and SOA provides a ‘virtual institution’ to support its members and strengthen the idea that we are first and foremost sociologists regardless of our circumstances.
As a result of carrying out sociological work in a variety of organisations our members have a wealth of experience of the public, private, and VCFS sectors. It is this experience that we wish to share with our colleagues and fellow sociologists working in university departments.
This symposium will take the format of short presentations from four SOA members about their research interests and careers, followed by a question and answer session where there will be opportunity to ask about the presentations, the nature of working outside academia, and the SOA network.
This symposium will be an opportunity for sociologists to develop relationships and exchange knowledge regardless of their institution or background.