CRESC 2014 Conference: Power, Culture and Social Framing

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We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2014 CRESC Annual Conference.

This is on: Power, Culture & Social Framing

The Focus:

What is social and cultural change? How are the public agendas for framing change set? What do they conceal? How do they reproduce inequalities? And how might they be contested?

‘Epochal’ theorising will not do. Structures are real, but the extent to which they reflect simple patterns is limited. Instead we need to ask well-theorised and ambitious questions about particular institutions, networks and practices and their changing intersections with power and inequalities. In the final CRESC conference we are seeking theoretically informed and empirically-grounded contributions that explore change, power and inequality, ask how these are framed, and explore how dominant framings might be contested.  (Visit the CRESC website at for more details).

Plenary panels

3rd September: The End of the 30 Year Experiment?  Philip Augar (ex banker and government NED) Aditya Chakrabortty (The Guardian), Steve Francis  (CEO/CFO specialist in restructuring) Nick Pearce (IPPR, formerly head Downing Street Policy Unit)

4th September:  Culture, Power and Social Change. Tony Bennett (University of Western Sydney), Dame Tessa Jowell, MP (former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport), Mike Savage (London School of Economics)

5th September: Framing Urban Infrastructures. Roger Milburn (ARUP); Anna Minton (author and journalist); Sarah Green (University of Helsinki).

There will also be sub-plenary speakers, conference streams and panels.

Call for papers

We welcome submissions for individual papers, conference panels, and conference streams. Panel and stream proposals should include details of at least three individual papers. (Please visit the conference website for more details, and see closing dates below).

Conference details: time and place

  • The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
  • 3rd -5th September, 2014
  • Please visit the conference website (and note the dates below)
  • 19th May 2014: closing date for paper, panel and stream submissions
  • 31st July 2014: closing date for ‘early bird’ registrations
  • 31st August 2014: closing date for all conference registrations
    (nb: places are limited and registrations may close before this date).
  • 3rd -5th September, 2014: conference dates

Conference website

Please visit the conference website for details, updates, and contact information, at


CRESC, the ESRC Funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, is a collaboration between the Open University and the University of Manchester. Please visit our website at for more details.

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