Theory to the People

Here are some of the resources I’ve developed for theory teaching.

I’ve been teaching theory since my first full-time academic position, bac in 2009. At Durham, I currently (2021/2) teach two undergraduate theory modules (Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory and Social Theory and Politics of Knowledge) and one postgraduate theory module (Public Sociology: Theory and Practice), but theory is at the core of what I do. Some of the resources I share here have been developed for these modules, others not. Feel free to use them but make sure you cite/credit properly, and, even better, let me know. Make sure you read the disclaimers first.

Books this year

At the end of 2021, I published a list of & short commentary on the books I had read during that year, partly to amplify books written by women (and non-binary) authors, partly to highlight the persistent (and intersectional) process of devaluing, ‘forgetting’, or unknowing work written by women. This list is shorter; not all…

You can’t ever go back home again

At the start of December, I took the boat from Newcastle to Amsterdam. I was in Amsterdam for a conference, but it is also true I used to spend a lot of time in Amsterdam – Holland in general – both for private reasons and for work, between 2010 and 2016. Then, after a while,…

‘Ethics of Ambiguity’ Reading Group

This is a reading group for all those who wish to come together to discuss Simone de Beauvoir’s “Ethics of Ambiguity” (1947). The group runs in (Northern hemisphere) winter 2022-3, mostly coinciding with the winter break, and is designed to give space for open reflection and discussion of ideas concerning ethics, responsibility, and ambiguity in…

On reparative reading and critique in/of anthropology: postdisciplinary perspectives on discipline-hopping

*This is a more-or-less unedited text of the plenary (keynote) address to the international conference ‘Anthropology of the future/The Future of Anthropology’, hosted by the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Viminacium, 8-9 September 2022. If citing, please refer to as Bacevic, J. [Title]. Keynote address, [Conference]. Hi all.…

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