Intellectual Party | Summer Conference 2016


Lancaster University’s social science research students would like to invite other PhD students to an Intellectual Party/Summer Conference on the 27th and 28th of June 2016, followed by an expedition to the Lake District on 29th June 2016.

This event is a brilliant opportunity to meet and collaborate with research students from around the world, to present your work in a friendly and encouraging environment, and to meet and engage with some of Lancaster’s renowned academic staff. The Intellectual Party is more than just another conference – it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun as well!

All participants submit an abstract and give a twenty minute presentation on their choice of topic, with time for feedback and questions. This year you can apply to present your paper in an open session or in one of the seven themed sessions introduced and chaired by members of staff from across the social sciences at Lancaster University.

Themed sessions:

Infrastructures and cities: Simon Guy (Dean of FASS) and Carlos Lopez-Galviz (LICA)

Materials and objects in motion, at rest and in use: Mette Kragh Furbo (DEMAND) and Monika Buscher (Sociology)

Politics in a global world: Mark Lacy (Politics, Philosophy and Religion) and Clare Hardaker (Linguistics)

Representing and studying gender: Sylvia Walby (Sociology) and Veronika Koller (Linguistics)

Social futures: Nick Dunn (LICA), John Urry, who died suddenly in March 2016, was expecting to be part of the intellectual party.

Social practices: Elizabeth Shove (Sociology) and Katy Mason (Management School)

Visual cultures: Anne Cronin (Sociology) and Lynne Pearce (English and Creative Writing)

In 2016 we will be holding a ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition with a grand prize of £50 up for grabs, as well as great runner up prizes for the most creative, entertaining and intriguing three minute presentations. If you think you would like try out a novel and fun way of communicating your research be sure to register your interest when you submit your abstract: we will then email you all the details you need to get involved.

There will be a chance to join other Intellectual Party goers in a game of floorball (don’t forget your trainers!) and the two days will be brought to a close with a spectacular Grand Finale. Photographs of previous Intellectual Parties can be found here.

If you think that two days might not be enough, you are welcome to join us on a social scientific expedition to the Lake District on 29th June, which will cost around £25. You can sign up for the excursion when you register for the conference.

To take part in the Lancaster Social Science Intellectual Party you need to submit a 250 word abstract here by the 2nd May 2016.

The registration fee for non-Lancaster students is £68 which this includes refreshments, dinner and lunches during the two days of the conference. This year, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will cover the costs of all Lancaster research students whose abstracts are accepted. If you have any questions, please contact us
Come along and bring your friends!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Lancaster this summer.

The Social Science Intellectual Party Organising Committee