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Have you been a member of the BSA for more than 12 months? Could you be eligible for a BSA Support Funded Place to the BSA Annual Conference 2013?

Have you been a member of the BSA for more than 12 months?

Could you be eligible for a BSA Support Funded Place to the BSA Annual Conference 2013?

Conference registration for the BSA Annual Conference 2013 is now open online. It’s always worth knowing what you’re entitled to, so we thought we’d send you a quick reminder about the eligibility criteria for BSA Support Fund places before they are all allocated. 

About the BSA Support Fund conference places…

The BSA Support Fund allocates free registration to 30 BSA members. Applicants must be paid up members in the UK Concessionary category, must be living in the UK, and must be a member for 12 months prior to applying for this free registration. Members are limited to one Support Fund claim if you have previously received an award, you are not eligible. Free registration will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so it is important to book early.

How to claim: book online here

Please note the following information:

 The free registration will be awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is important to book early.

The BSA can offer no support for evening meals, accommodation or travel costs. 

The BSA Support Fund does not cover expenses related to accommodation and social events. Requirements for accommodation and social events should be indicated on your booking form, with appropriate payment included.

It will not be necessary to complete a Support Fund Application Form.

If you’re not eligible for the Support Fund, you might still be eligible for the BSA Member Concession…

The BSA Member Concession registration fee (full-time students / retired / unwaged members) offers reduced conference registration fee.

Places are limited and BSA Member Concession places are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so it is important to book early.

Full booking guidelines and online booking for the BSA Annual Conference are available here

Please note that to qualify for any BSA member registration fees, you must be a fully paid-up member at the time of booking and also when attending the conference, so please renew your BSA membership now for 2013. You can now renew your membership online by going to the new BSA Members’ area here Log in using your details and click ‘login’. On the left of the screen you will see a link to  ‘Membership’, if you click here you will see a link to ‘pay a membership’.


BSA Annual Conference 2013: Bourdieu Study Group Sub-Stream

BSA Annual Conference 2013

The theme for the 2013 Annual Conference is: Engaging Sociology.  The conference will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 3-5 April 2013.

We are delighted to announce that for the first time the BSA Bourdieu study group will be having its own sub-stream within the Theory stream. To view the successful abstracts click here. More information on the conference programme is available here. Don’t forget about the BSA Pre-Conference Workshop on 2 April 2012 11.30–17.00.

This conference highlights Sociology’s contribution as it engages with topical issues affecting contemporary society – whether this is the recent riots, the financial crisis, climate change, social mobility, the Big Society, or the London Olympics.  Presentations from scholars throughout the UK (and beyond) demonstrate the value of engaging with sociological theory, combined with rigorous methodological approaches, in illuminating how these compelling issues impact on us all – over the life course; in the domestic sphere; in our communities and localities; in our dealings with institutions (the worlds of work, education, the arts and media; the justice system, religion, politics and the State); through our leisure pursuits and sport; via civic participation and political involvement; and as members of a European and global society. Fifteen concurrent streams (including, for example, social divisions/identities;  cities, space, mobilities & place; media, culture & consumption) allow delegates to focus on specific interests. Our engaging plenaries bring delegates together, encouraging broader sociological debate and providing an opportunity to explore synergies with other disciplines.

The 2013 annual conference promises to be dynamic, informative, inspiring and is definitely not to be missed.

Our themes are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate.  You are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.


Who should attend?

  • Senior academics looking to engage in a lively, stimulating debate with peers and bright new stars.
  • Researchers looking to connect with like-minded colleagues.
  • Teachers looking for new ideas and inspiration.
  • Students looking and learn from experts and Postgraduates looking to present and get ideas on their research.
  • Policy-makers looking for scientific facts to back or steer their ideas or to develop new directions in policy.
  • Anyone looking to engage with the wider sociological community.

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.


The BSA annual conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.


See you there!