On 28-31 of May 2018 the Institute of Sociology will host Professor Michael Burawoy. Professor Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology) is a world-renowned sociologist of work and social movements as well as an expert in social research methodology. The visit of Prof. Micheal Burawoy is co-funded by the City of Wroclaw as a part of the Visiting Professors Program held by the Scientiae Wratislavienses fund. It is also co-financed by the Rector of the University of Wrocław, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Director of the Institute of Sociology and the Polish Sociological Association (the Sociology of Work Section and the Wroclaw Department).
The programme of the visit
10:00 – 12:00: Open seminar for students and secondary school students (based on readings selected by prof. Burawoy), the topic: "Public Sociology – why do we need it?" Venue: Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, ul. Koszarowa 3, room 234 - please register by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
17:00 – 19:00: Open lecture: „The Public University – A Battleground for Real Utopias”. Venue: Barbara Info Point, ul. Świdnicka
10:00 - 13:00: Lecture and open seminar for students, PhD students and academic staff of higher education institutions in Wroclaw: „What can we learn from cases? Extended case method in social sciences” Venue: Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, ul. Koszarowa 3, room: 240 - please register by sending an email to: email@example.com
Free day and individual meetings with the staff of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław
Professor Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology) is a world-renowned sociologist of work and social movements as well as an expert in social research methodology. In the field of sociology of work, he has developed an original analysis of labour process and ideology of work in the Fordist model of monopoly capitalism and the planned economy in the countries of real socialism. His ground-breaking comparative research was carried out in the countries such as the USA, South Africa, Hungary, and Zambia. In the sociology of social movements, one of his greatest achievements is the analysis of the "counter-movements" (in the sense of Karl Polanyi) which challenge the processes of neoliberal globalization. Professor Burawoy also significantly contributed to international sociological debate by introducing the idea of "public sociology". It is based on an active, reflective, participatory and critical dialogue with various types of audiences of scientific knowledge, including, in particular, the representatives of civil society. Moreover, Professor Burawoy has developed an "extended case method", which is an innovative method of qualitative research with the use of participatory observation and reflexive intervention in the social world studied. Professor Burawoy has been granted numerous scientific and teaching awards, authored eight scientific monographs (at least two of which, Manufacturing Consent (1979) and Extended Case Method (2009), can be considered path-breaking in sociology) and more than one hundred thirty scientific articles. He was a visiting professor at leading research centers in the USA, Egypt, South Africa, France, Taiwan, and Hungary. From 2003 to 2004, he was the President of the American Sociological Association, and from 2010 to 2014, he was the President of the International Sociological Association.