Taking ‘Turns’: Material, Affective and Sensory ‘Turns’ in the Academy


Manchester Art Gallery, Thursday, 3 July 2014, 10-4.30pm

We are pleased to announce a free one-day regional networking event for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Early Career researchers are particularly welcome; late stage (i.e. 3rd year and above) PhD students may also apply for a place. The event is sponsored by the British Academy and hosted by Sociology at the University of Manchester.


Recent ‘turns’ have raised important issues for academic research across the Arts and Social Sciences, with implications for concepts, methodologies and theories. This event will provide an opportunity for researchers to reflect on the potential and challenges of recent ‘turns’ in academic scholarship and the relationships between them.



Margaret Wetherell (University of Auckland) – Affective Turn

David Howes (Concordia University) – Sensory Turn

Tim Dant (Lancaster University) – Material Turn


Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments. There are 35 travel awards. Priority will be given to PhD students (3rd year and over) and Early Career researchers - please apply when booking.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. For more information and registration details please visit our website  The booking form is on the right hand side of the page, under 'Further reading'.

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