Turning Personal: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Turning Personal: An Interdisciplinary Conference

*Date: 16-17 September 2009

Venue: University of Manchester, UK
Keynote Speakers

* Carol Smart (Morgan Centre, University of Manchester) “Hauntings: Living with other people’s lives”
* Tia DeNora (University of Exeter) “Musical Selves in Musical Spaces”
* Ann Phoenix (Institute of Education) TBC

Meet the author

David Morgan will discuss his new book on Acquaintances.
About the conference

Turning Personal will provide an exciting forum for the discussion how social research can incorporate more complex and multi-layered accounts of personal lives into academic writings and analyses. It has been argued that we now have a sociology without real people and the same may be said of some sister disciplines and although there have always been threads of work which re-imagine the personal (eg biographical work) there is more to be done and said about capturing some of the more detailed aspects of personal lives, as well as theorising personal life more cogently.
Abstracts and conference themes

Abstracts are invited from postgraduates, researchers and established scholars alike and papers may focus on empirical studies or theoretical research. We welcome abstracts for papers, symposia or posters. The list of topics below is to stimulate ideas and is not prescriptive or exhaustive. We will organise papers into clusters which will run in parallel sessions.

* Personal lives in public spaces
* Emotions and emotional spaces
* Escape(s) from intimacy
* Relationships/ Relationality/ Connectedness
* Virtual lives and second lives
* Impersonal lives
* Writing/researching/theorising the personal

Submission of abstracts

Deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2009.

Please send your completed abstract submission form to victoria.higham@manchester.ac.uk.

Download Abstract Submission Form [opens in new window] Registration

We will open registration after the call for abstracts has closed and it will be open to everybody, not just people giving a paper. There will be standard and concessionary fees and we will confirm these when registration opens.

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