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Tuesday, December 3

2:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Decolonising the sociology of tangihanga: Don't look at our people's grief and despair, look at what they grieve for and feel ashamed

Known as the Mother of Indigenous Studies, Prof Smith’s book “Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples” is considered one of the most influential texts on Indigenous research. Her books, articles and YouTube lectures are prescribed texts in Universities around the world.

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Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

University of Waikato
Professor Smith is one of the first Māori women to become a Fellow of the Royal Society, she has received an Honorary Doctorate in Canada and her Prime Minister’s Award is the highest national award for lifetime achievement in education. Appointments to organisations such as the... Read More →

Tuesday December 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
Waipapa Marae

6:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Professor Roger Burrows
In the decade between 2007 and 2017 London changed fundamentally. This lecture is about how the actions of the transnational über-wealthy — the “have yachts” — impinged on the life-worlds of the “merely wealthy” — “the haves.” The lecture will explore the conceptual utility of gentrification as a way of thinking about these seismic urban changes, and concludes that profound socio-spatial changes and new intensities in the financialization of housing, neighborhood tensions, and cultural dislocations are reshaping London as a plutocratic city and the lives of those who live there in historically unprecedented ways. Even the concept of “super-gentrification” does not adequately frame these circumstances.

Sponsored by BRANZ.

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Professor Roger Burrows

Newcastle University, UK
Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. His academic background is in sociology, statistics and political economy but he has also worked in the fields of social policy and cultural studies. About one-half... Read More →

Tuesday December 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1
Wednesday, December 4

2:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Professor Ian Buchanan
Expressive Materialism

Assemblage theory, more so than most theories it seems, is subject to several misconceptions, which weigh it down, and prevent it from being developed into a method. One of the most pernicious of these misconceptions is the tendency to treat the concept of the assemblage as a material thing, something that is cobbled together from random bits of material like a potluck dinner or a patchwork quilt. There is a common sense quality to the idea that the assemblage is something assembled from miscellaneous things that is difficult to argue with because the very word assemblage seems to be saying precisely and completely obviously that. Yet if that’s all it is saying then it is saying very little. If assemblages are simply any ad hoc grouping of things it is difficult to see the utility of the concept, save that it names randomly formed entities. To my way of thinking, this model of the assemblage is like a souffle that has failed to rise and it is our job to ask why it falls flat, to see what is missing in its formulation, and use that to deepen our understanding of Deleuze and Guattari’s version of the concept. My contention is that it falls flat because we try to see it as a fully formed thing, whereas for Deleuze and Guattari is an emergent thing, like a little ditty, something you whistle to yourself and improvise as you go along. It is the kernel of idea that may or may not come to fruition. It contains its own logic, but it is always contingent upon circumstances. But more than that, its purpose is to give expression to something that is otherwise unable to be expressed. Assemblage theory tends to overlook this aspect of the assemblage, which is another reason it falls flat. I want to breathe life back into the concept by developing an account of it as a form of what I will call ‘expressive materialism’, which I want to suggest will be of use to sociology now and in the future as it confronts an increasingly complex and multi-tiered global society.

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Professor Ian Buchanan

University of Wollongong
Ian Buchanan is professor of cultural studies at the University of Wollongong. He is the founding editor of Deleuze and Guattari Studies and the author of Assemblage Theory and Method (Bloomsbury) the Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory (OUP).

Wednesday December 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1

6:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Professor Raewyn Connell
Sociology for All

This keynote will discuss some ambitious questions about our discipline. Why do we want a science of society? Since the idea was proposed by Comte, answers have changed several times; most pertinent is that society needs self-knowledge, and a 'diagnosis of our time' is possible through sociology. Then, what is 'our time'? Sociologists have been wrestling with vast changes in technologies and economies, yielding ideas such as globalization and neoliberalism; we now confront the rise of racist and authoritarian politics and massive environmental destruction. Is current sociology adequate to this? I give some reasons to think it is not, and consider some dismal futures for the discipline: disappearance; corporatisation; residualisation. Where could renewal come from? Here the picture is more hopeful. There are important forms of subaltern knowledge production, and notable theorists from the global South. Cooperation and creativity are still found in academic work, new knowledge workforces are emerging, and multiple perspectives can circulate. What are the resources of hope? They include the concept of the right to knowledge, and the continuing support for public education. Making a 'sociology for all' is not simple, but we have some idea how to do it; in the current atmosphere of crisis, creative action remains possible.

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Professor Raewyn Connell

University of Sydney
Raewyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a recipient of the American Sociological Association's award for distinguished contribution to the study of sex and gender, and of the Australian Sociological Association's award for distinguished service to sociology... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1
Thursday, December 5

9:00am NZDT

KEYNOTE: Professor Peter Flemming
The Worst is Yet to Come: On the Poverty of Optimism in Critical Theory

In order to counter these ‘dark times’, critical theory has recently turned to radical optimism, hoping to overcome the cultural nihilism that has followed in the wake of neoliberalism’s catabolic decline. This presentation will analyse the intrinsic limitations of critical optimism in critical sociology, and make a case for ‘revolutionary pessimism’ instead.

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Professor Peter Fleming

University of Technology Sydney
Peter Fleming is Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and has held positions at the University of London and University of Cambridge. His most recent books are The Worst is Yet to Come: A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide (2019, Repeater), Sugar Daddy Capitalism: The Dark... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1

4:00pm NZDT

KEYNOTE: Beverley Mullings
Caliban, Social Reproduction and Our Future Yet to Come

What can historical and contemporary labour geographies from the Caribbean tell us about social reproduction in a world of automation, free market fundamentalism and climate change? I argue in this paper that juxtaposing 18th century Caribbean labour geographies, with the current moment where free-market fundamentalisms, labour eradicating technologies and environmental disasters are producing of new categories of disposable and de-humanized labour, offers ways of thinking about reproduction within capitalist systems that overcome the traditional separation of social reproduction from economic production. I begin this paper with Caliban – the not-quite-human character in Shakespeare’s Tempest, who symbolized not only the condition of the oppressed Indigenous and enslaved Africans in capitalism’s early formation, but also, the spirit of refusal to be placed outside modernity, in order to recover the practices through which Caribbean racialized populations have forged lives and livelihoods within landscapes of restricted possibilities within capitalism. Set in the context of the increasing number of people living in varying states of abandonment and premature death where fewer people will be able to maintain themselves as social, emotional, and intellectual beings on a daily and intergenerational basis, this paper offers a number of provocations and ruminations that aim to: 1) unsettle the theoretical separation of social reproduction from economic production 2) introduce insights into labour geographies beyond the worlds of formal organized labour and the formal economy itself 3) situate the Caribbean as a space of theory making that offers lessons for futures yet to come and 4) draw attention to the possibilities and perils of emerging labour geographies that seek to recover the human within the grammar of free markets.

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Professor Beverley Mullings

Queen’s University, Canada

Thursday December 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZDT
201N-346 - HSB1