Friday March 28 & Saturday March 29, 2003


Thinking is an act of violence. In order to illuminate the social, our very

conceptual tools must cut, isolate, and exclude. The individual is severed

from society, the private from the public, the everyday from the abstract,

the scholarly from the political. Boundaries and margins are inevitable

by-products of thought. The development of this conference has emerged out

of a desire to explore the (im)possibility of stitching together these

various divisions, of treating self-inflicted wounds. Guided by the

metaphors of the street, the state, and the scholar we hope to undertake a

broad exploration of the interrelationships between everyday life,

power/government, and the role of the academic.

The York Sociology Graduate Student Conference is an interdisciplinary

conference on social theory, methods and research that provides an

opportunity for a wide range of graduate students and faculty to present

works in progress, reflections, papers and participate in discussions

within an informal yet professional setting. This year's theme revolves

around the metaphor of sutures, the surgical stitching together of the

wounds, divisions, margins, and boundaries that are inevitable products of

both theorizing and researching social life.



We welcome a broad range of submissions related, but not restricted, to the

following themes:

* The Scholar (e.g.: methodology: problems in speaking for others; theory:

tensions between normative versus analytic scholarship; the role of the

academic in politics, reflections on the state of academia, etc...)

* The Street (e.g.: urban ethnography, social movements, everyday life,

reclaiming the street, the carnivalesque, etc...)

* The State (e.g.: what are the limits of the state? state apparatuses,

governmentality, law and society, expertise and government, critical

criminology, etc...)

* Intersections & interdisciplinarity (e.g.: reflections on

interdisciplinary work, the role of history in social research, conflicting

discourses, standpoint theory, suture theory, working on the margins,


Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent by February 28 2003 to:

Please specify any audiovisual equipment you will require (aside from an

overhead projector).

Notification of acceptance will be sent out Monday March 3, 2003