13 Mar 2009 - 15 Mar 2009 All day CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane


Richard Sennett (New York University/Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge)
Craig Calhoun (New York University/President, Social Science Research Council)
Vic Seidler (Goldsmiths, University of London/Professor of Sociology)
Nick Couldry (
Goldsmiths, University of London/Professor of Media and Communications)


NYLON was created in 2001 by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett of New York University. It began as a network of young scholars within the two institutions and collaboration between them. Today, NYLON has expanded beyond its original boundaries; it now includes members from Cambridge and Oxford in the U.K.; from Chicago and Los Angeles in the U.S.; and on the Continent from Paris, Budapest and Frankfurt. NYLON researchers share a broad interest in culture and qualitative research methods; more, with ways that social processes turn into concrete cultural forms through practical activity. We are thus exploring informal, improvised social practices, as well as the bones of institutions; again, we try to integrate cultural analysis with an understanding of politics and political economy.

NYLON hosts weekly workshops in London and New York, in which members present everything from raw ethnographic data to draft journal articles to book proposals. The group also convenes annually for a conference that brings together members from across the global network. These joint conferences provide an intensive working environment in which participants are encouraged to engage collectively in the constructive critique of members' works in progress. Participants have consistently found it illuminating to discover the differences in style, assumptions, and intellectual sensibilities across multiple social science disciplines and national intellectual traditions – even where broad orientations are similar.




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