Intellectual Party | Summer Conference 2015


To apply please fill in the form here by April 10th, 2015.

Fellow PhD students,
Lancaster University Sociology research students would like to invite you to take part in our ninth annual Intellectual Party/ Summer Conference on the 29th and 30th of June 2015, with a sociological expedition to the Lake District on 1st July 2015.

Lancaster’s Summer Conference offers you the 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. Our 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 chaired by members of staff from the Sociology Department at Lancaster University.

Monika Buscher & Cornelius Schubert
Situations/Situatedness, Sociability, Media, Mobility, Methodology

Bob Jessop
Political Economy, Capitalism, State, Class, Governance, European Union

Adrian MacKenzie
Science and Technology, Materiality, Digital economy, Biopolitics

Elizabeth Shove
Social Practice, Change and Transition, Energy Demand, Infrastructures

Lucy Suchman
STS, Feminist Technoscience, ICTs, Socio-Cultural Anthropology

John Urry
Mobilities, complexity theory, tourism, low carbon futures, new manufacturing.

Sylvia Walby
Gender, Equality, Globalization, Violence

In 2015 we will be holding our third fantastic ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition with a grand prize of £50 up for grabs, as well as great runner up prizes too! 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.

As always there will be the option to play in the annual Summer Conference game of Floorball (don’t forget your trainers!) and as is customary, the two days will be brought to a close with a spectacular ‘Grand Finale’.

However, if you think that two days just might not be enough, we welcome you on the 1st of July to join us on a day’s ‘Sociological Expedition’ to the Lake District, which will cost around £25. You can sign up for the excursion when you register for the conference in spring.

All the details and photographs of previous Intellectual Parties can be found here:

So, if you are interested in joining us for our ninth Intellectual Party Summer Conference at Lancaster University you need to submit your abstract following this link by the 10th of April 2015. We will notify you whether your abstract has been accepted by the end of April.

The registration fee for non-Lancaster students is £60 and this includes refreshments, dinner and lunches during the two days of the conference. If you have any questions, please contact us

Looking forward to welcoming you in Lancaster this summer!
Come and bring your friends!

The Intellectual Party Summer Conference Organising Committee

P.S. For more information about Lancaster University and Department of Sociology click here