San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
‘40 Years of Ethnography at Cardiff’ Seminar and Public Lecture
(Monday, 3rd November 2014 – Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building)
5.15 pm Public Lecture: Professor Jack Katz (UCLA)
‘How to Make it in the Emerging City : A Guide to Prosperity for Interactionist Sociologists'
Followed by Drinks Reception
Professor Jack Katz has made a lasting contribution in a number of fields of inquiry, including social psychology and urban ethnography focussing on matters of the body and self, urban life, deviance and the law. He has a long standing interest in the work of emotions and his work is characterised by a concern with exploring the emotional causes and consequences of violence, criminality and everyday stresses such as road rage and traffic disputes. His more recent work concerns a study of neighbourhoods in Hollywood and further develops his studies of the (inter)relationship of the body and the self, using videotape, ethnographic observation, and historical materials on everyday life. He is the author of well-known and influential monographs such as The Seductions of Crime (1988) and How Emotions Work (1999) and numerous articles in leading international journals. These interests and contributions combine in the long-term project of developing a naturalistic social psychology and in advancing the methodological understanding of ethnography.
3.00 pm Seminar: ‘Interactionism: Themes and Futures’
3.00 pm Dr Robin Smith (Cardiff University)
3.15 pm Dr Sam Hillyard (Durham University)
3.45 pm Professor William Housley (Cardiff University)
4.15 pm Dr Dirk von Lehm (Kings College London)
4.30 pm Dr Wil Gibson (Institute of Education)
4.45 pm Refreshments/Break
Professor Katz’s lecture will be preceded by a seminar bringing together leading Interactionist researchers and scholars to reflect on the key themes and contributions made by the tradition to the development of sociology and to look forward to future areas of research which Interactionism is well suited to inform and direct.
The lecture and seminar will facilitate a discussion of, and further develop, an Interactionism that moves to recover foundational and abiding themes, convergences and priorities and the 'beating heart' (Atkinson and Housley, 2003) of Interactionist sociology. In particular, we intend the symposium to reflect on and produce a statement of the position and contribution of rigorous, robust and sensitive empirical work in the context of developments in contemporary social science and wider society which bring in to question or refocus the value of extant methodologies and traditions. Speakers will consider the role and future directions of a methodologically unapologetic Interactionism, the contribution of which can be evaluated in and through its own terms, as a scientific andpolitical project.
Interactionism, of course, cuts across, rubs shoulders with, and has featured in the development of many other areas of the social sciences including criminology, social psychology, urban ethnography and anthropology and research in education and childhood. Professor Katz's own career contributions mirror a number of these connections and his talk - as with those of the other speakers - will be of interest and relevance to a cross-sectionof social scientists and academics.
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Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
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