Global Social Science? Practical issues, ethical dilemmas

Global Social Science? Practical issues, ethical dilemmas

Sociology and criminology are, today, highly globalised fields of inquiry. As a result, students and researchers are increasingly mobile, be it for visits, ethnographic fieldwork, or work, which present a range of ethical and practical dilemmas. As well as everyday concerns , from finding funding to getting somewhere to stay, there are also a range of critical questions that require interrogation. What does it mean to be mobile in a world where many are not? What are the challenges and opportunities for critical scholarship? In what ways can ethnography and qualitative research interrogate these questions?

In this workshop, chaired by Dr Alistair Fraser, we will hear from leading ‘global’ academics and qualitative researchers in criminology and sociology – Prof Karen Joe Laidler from the University of Hong Kong and Prof Shamus Khan from Columbia University, New York  – as well as a range of current PhD students – Annie Crowley (University of Glasgow), Louise Brangan (University of Edinburgh) and Ashley Rogers (University of Stirling) – who will reflect on their experiences of mobility in work and study.

This event is for staff and postgraduate students who are interested in work, research or study overseas, and the practical and ethical questions raised by this form of mobility. The event will take place in the Level 5 seminar room of the Sir Alwyn Williams Building at the University of Glasgow on Friday, March 10th from 10.30am-12.30pm and will include a sandwich lunch. Please email to reserve a place.








Shamus Khan is Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He is the author of, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton), The Practice of Research (Oxford, with Dana Fisher), the forthcoming Exceptional: The Astors, the New York Elite, and The Story of American Inequality  (Princeton) and Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (Oxford).

Karen Joe Laidler is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on drugs, sex work, youth gangs, and women’s imprisonment. Her work has been published in British Society of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Gender and Society and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Most recently her work has focused on ‘Southern theory’ and its implications for a ‘criminology of the periphery’.

Annie Crowley is a fourth-year PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD explores practitioners’ perspectives of working with young women in / ‘at risk of’ contact with the criminal justice system in Scotland.  She has conducted research across the UK and in East Africa, and has spent time during the PhD at St.John’s University in New York.

Ashley Rogers is currently finishing her ESRC funded socio-legal PhD at the University of Stirling, which explores legal consciousness and subjectivity in the context of women’s rights and violence in Bolivia, involving twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork. She has been teaching Criminology and Sociology within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling for 9 years, and is an active member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

Louise Brangan  is currently completing doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, which explores how imprisonment was organised and deployed in Ireland and Scotland from the 1970s to the present. She is currently the Co-Director of the Centre of Law and and has been a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University California Berkeley.