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Academic Opportunities (and Cancellations)

    Every so often we will share opportunities which crop up in the academic sphere, particularly those which relate to algorithms, but also economics, sociology, psychology, theology or any other topics or subjects which relate to HECAT. These may include calls for papers, special journal issues, conferences, jobs, fellowships and so on. If you know of such an opportunity please get in touch via our twitter @SoUnemployment or email

    However as we are living through a period of such uncertainty and many conferences are being cancelled, we would like to also keep track of those conferences which have been delayed / cancelled / deferred.

    PhD seminars – While the ESPAnet Conference has been cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic there is a fantastic opportunity available for PhD students to receive feedback on their work through an online seminar. The due date is May 4th

    Conferences – The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Conference (SASE) is still scheduled to run in late summer (July 18-20) and offers the chance to present research on the changing nature of Development. Please be aware that while this conference is currently scheduled to run, SASE have confirmed that they will announce if the conference will run no later than May 1

    The British Sociological Association (BSA) has been postponed, and will now take place September 2021 in Cardiff.

    The Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) is currently considering postponement due to COVID19. However at the time of this writing the conference is still scheduled to run with an extended call for papers due on May 15th with the conference itself running from September 2-4. The topic is New Turns in European Industrial Relations with a key focus on changing trends:

    Interesting Articles: Arpad Szakolczai has written a very interesting 4 part series on how COVID19 presents a challenge to our Right/Wrong scientifically driven view of the world and the implications for surveillance, policy, modernity and the very way we conceive of crisis. Part one is available here: