‘These are a few of my favourite things’: Exploring the Value of Material Culture in the Everyday

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event

1 March 2019 (9:45-4:15pm)
University of Sheffield, Conference Room, Humanities Research Institute - DIRECTIONS

The value of objects and their relationships to social beings is being forever made apparent through a diversity of areas of sociological inquiry. This event seeks to contribute to this sociologically significant area, reflecting on materiality, its importance and its place within our everyday social worlds.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Sophie Woodward, University of Manchester
    Sophie will be speaking about her project, ‘Dormant Things’ in domestic spaces, which explores the vitalities and relationalities of things that are not currently being used. For further information about the project see: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/dormant-things/

Call for Papers

We welcome abstracts from PGR students who feel that their research fits within one or more of the following themes:

  • Material culture and materiality
  • Object elicitation
  • Innovative qualitative methods using objects
  • The everyday and the ordinary
  • Consumption

The aim of this day is to support postgraduate research students working within the field of everyday life and material culture. It offers the chance to share ideas in a supportive and friendly environment, whilst also providing an important opportunity to network.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 7 January 2019
  • Programme announced and general registration open: 14 January 2019

This event is hosted at the University of Sheffield and is being convened by Laura Towers and Lauren White from the Department of Sociological Studies. For more information or to submit an abstract, please email Lauren White.


  • BSA Member: £5
  • Non-Member: £15
  • Lunch and Refreshments included throughout the day
  • A contribution towards travel costs available for non-funded presenters