Social Science Events

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Events and conferences are valuable ways to learn more about current research and debates. They can provide an opportunity to network and provide some wonderful new ideas for PhD research. Many conferences are open to students and are not restricted to doctorate-level academics, but some may be restricted which should be looked out for. Below are some examples of upcoming social science conferences in 2016 that may peak your interest!

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is conducting their annual conference on July 7th-8th 2016 at our very own University of Exeter! The topic will be moral enhancement and the possibility to morally enhance individuals by manipulating their genomes or brain chemistry. This conference will bring together moral philosophers, philosophers of biology, philosophers of technology, and neuropsychologists. For more information visit

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18 February 2016
First Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference 2016
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Social Anthropology
The Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) is conducting their annual conference on July 4th-7th 2016 at the University of Durham. The topic of this year’s conference is ‘Footprints and Futures: the Time of Anthropology’. Discussions will focus on the direction the discipline of anthropology will take in the future by examining debates on economics and politics, development and energy, health and well-being, cultural evolution, and the different modalities and experiences of fieldwork. This conference expects to attract over 500 social anthropologists and other social scientists. You can read more about this conference and sign up by visiting

Biological Anthropology
The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) is conducting their annual conference on September 9th-11th 2016 at the University of Kent. Speakers will be coming from across world, including Canada and the US. For more information on BABAO the 2016 conference, visit

Sociology & Social Anthropology
The following are a few examples of sociology and social anthropology conferences taking place in the UK this year. For a full list of events, go to

16 March 2016
BSA Early Career Forum Regional Event 2016: Demystifying the ‘insider/outsider’, ‘involvement/detachment’ debate – Locating the Researcher in Qualitative Methodologies
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

19 February 2016
Environment and Human Health – Social Perspectives: One-Day Workshop (BSA Climate Change, Environment & Health and London Medical Sociology Study Groups)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

6-8 April 2016
BSA Annual Conference – Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting
Aston University, UK

Social Inequality
19 May 2016
Under Control. Childhood and 20th Century Dictatorships (1917-1991)
University of Warwick, UK

26 February 2016
BSA Ageing, Body and Society Study Group 7th Annual Conference: Ageing and Culture – Programme
University of Manchester, UK

22 February 2016
Re-imagining loneliness: the contribution of the arts and literature
University of Kent, UK

Digital Age
20-21 June 2016
Science/Technology/Security: Challenges to global governance?
University College London

Climate Change
5-6 May 2016
BSA Climate Change Study Group: Re-Configuring Everyday Practices for a Post-carbon World
University of Surrey, UK

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