Call for Papers

Rethinking British Sociology: Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations

Contemporary Britain has been shaped by histories of colonial extraction, slavery, and racial
capitalism. The legacies of these phenomena continue to pervade British institutions, including
universities and academic disciplines (Connell 2019, Mbembe 2016). Recent scholarship has explored the interconnectedness of empire and social theory (Go 2016), connected sociologies (Bhambra 2014) and decolonising sociology (Meghji 2020). With a foreword by Gurminder Bhambra, author of the seminal Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (2007), this book delves into the implications of this state of affairs for British sociology. We include within the scope of this project the structure of sociology departments, the content of modules, and the relationship between social theory and anti-racist, anticolonial praxis.

We invite 250-word abstracts for chapters that address various aspects of coloniality and
decolonisation in British sociology. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the
following:

  • How has British sociology historically been complicit in, or instrumental to, the imperial
    project? How does this history continue to shape the discipline?
  • How might histories of anti-racism and decolonisation inform our work?
  • How might British sociology move beyond methodological nationalism?
  • What can British sociology learn from Southern theory?
  • How do scholars from the global South navigate British sociology? What obstacles do they
    encounter, and what sites of resistance do they create?
  • What should public sociology look like in the context of imperial nostalgia, racialised
    nationalism, and state violence?

Scholars at any career stage are invited to submit abstracts. We particularly welcome submissions by scholars from the global South.

Abstracts should be submitted to rethinking.british.sociology@gmail.com by 31 March 2021. Potential contributors will be notified of the initial editorial decision by 15 April 2021. The accepted abstracts will then undergo peer review. In order to foster a collaborative spirit and provide one another with feedback, contributors will be invited to share their work at a webinar. Complete chapters of 9,000-10,000 words must be submitted by 1 September 2021. Final acceptance will be contingent upon peer review.

Intended for the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Sociological Futures series, this book is a project of the BSA’s Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations Study Group. It will be
edited by Ali Meghji, Saskia Papadakis, and Meghan Tinsley.

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