Friday, 11 October 2013

CSEAR Blog seeking guest bloggers

Do you write blogs or tweet about your research? Would you like to share short pieces, provocations or updates about your research with others in the CSEAR communities? 

The CSEAR Blog is looking for guest contributors to write up to 500 words on their research. 

There are many resources for those interested in using social media, including 
  • Sociological Imagination has created a number of resources for those interested in digital sociology, including discussion of positive (clarify ideas, practice writing for different audiences) and negatives (ruining your reputation, irrelevant topics, time management) about using this media 
  • Just Publics  including An Illustrated Guide to Academic Blogging…  (for anyone who loves cartoons)
  • Deborah Lupton (sociologist) has written some nice pieces on 'why I blog' and risks of academic blogging  

If you have something to contribute or would like to find out more about the CSEAR blog please contact Colin Dey or Shona Russell. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Reflection Post CSEAR 2013: A Poem By Jack Christian

Scurrying, frightened, from block to block.
Huddled tight against the fallen, ‘strange-stone’ tree
That stretches beyond understanding.
The people wait, the caribou wait,
For the end.

In tented villages in now barren lands
And on narrow ledges on high sea cliffs
Hunger rages and eyes stare skyward.
The people wait, the chicks wait,
For the end.

Greed drives control, perspective is lost,
The balance shifts and no-one seems to care.
Or is it that no-one knows
That the people wait, that the creatures wait,
For the end.

Who will tell their stories of fear and pain?
Who will bear witness to the greed driven crimes
That lead to an end so unjust and cruel?
The people wait, the creatures wait,
No, not for the end -

But for those who would speak up,
Those who would give an account on their behalf.
For in such an account there is hope.

By Jack Christian
Manchester Metropolitan University