Workshop: Research Methods in the History of Sociology



Participants: Program speakers and the audience, including faculty members and graduate students from the sponsoring units (IHPST, Sociology, History, and the Research Committee on the History of Sociology)

‘Research Methods in the History of Sociology’ is a one-day international workshop sponsored by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), the Sociology Department, and the History Department at the University of Toronto, and by the Research Committee on the History of Sociology, a research group affiliated with the International Sociological Association (ISA).

The workshop features panels with well-established and more junior scholars in Sociology and in History of Science, from Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, the U.K., and the U.S.  It is scheduled to take place at the University of Toronto on 14th July 2018 and will have the following format: two round-tables with senior scholars and a master class in which PhD candidates and early career researchers will have the chance to discuss their research projects with invited specialists. 

We propose the following guiding questions for the workshop: What are the uses of history of sociology? Who is the intended audience for the history of sociology? Does the historian of sociology need to do archival research?

For further information and access to workshop materials (recommended background readings and selected project proposals), please contact IHPST Prof. Mark Solovey

Workshop Program

9:45-11:00      Continental Breakfast, available to all participants, free of charge

10:00-12:00     Formative session I: Designing a good research project

  • Jennifer Platt (University of Sussex/ UK)
  • Stephen Turner (University of South Florida/ USA
  • Neil McLaughlin (McMaster University/ CAN)

12:00-14:00    Lunch, opportunities for group dining, pay on your own

14:00-16:00     Formative session II: Archival research

  • William Buxton (Concordia University/ CAN)
  • Christian Fleck (University of Graz/ AUT)
  • Mark Solovey (University of Toronto/ CAN)

15:45-17:00:   Coffee Break, available to all participants, free of charge

16:30-19:00     Master class with the audience

  • Cherry Schrecker (Université de Grenoble-Alpes/ FRA)
  • Christian Dayé (University of Klagenfurt / AUT)
  • Michael Pettit (York University, Canada)