Sociological Association of Ireland

Postgraduate Conference

SAI Annual Postgraduate Conference 2014 - CALL FOR PAPERS


The Postgraduate Conference of the SAI will be held at National University of Ireland Galway on March 7th and 8th 2014. This will be an open conference with no prescribed theme. The focus will be on high quality papers and presentations from postgraduate students in the social sciences with time for lively discussion and debate, and also time for people to meet, enjoy themselves and share ideas about research opportunities.  

We welcome submissions from Postgraduates who are at any stage of their research, including persons who have recently commenced PhD/M.Litt studies and from other scholars who are relatively advanced in their work. We also welcome submissions from postgraduate students in the social sciences that are completing taught postgraduate programmes with a social research/dissertation component. This is an excellent opportunity to present your work in front of a friendly audience!  

As well as an exciting programme of papers and presentations, we will also have a social calendar which includes an interactive roundtable discussion on the theme of Higher Education in Ireland by 2030 to be held on Friday March 7th in Galway City. A high degree of audience participation is expected at this roundtable event which includes presentations by Prof Kathy Hall (School of Education, University College Cork) Dr Su Ming Khoo (School of Political Science and Sociology, NUIG) and Dr. Brendan Smith (Digital Enterprise Research Centre (DERI), NUI Galway).  

The main conference event takes place at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway on Saturday March 8th 2014. The keynote speaker is Dr Breda Gray, Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick. The main conference event also features a short session on the theme of "Life after a PhD in the social sciences". This shall be convened by recent graduates of the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway and PhD graduates from other institutions.

Advice on abstract submission

You may submit an abstract for an ordinary paper and/or a poster presentation. The approximate word count for an abstract for each of these is given below;

1. Ordinary Paper: 300 words

2. Poster Presentation 250 words

Those wishing to present a paper and/or poster at the conference should submit an abstract as a Word attachment by email to no later than Friday January 24th 2014 at 5pm.

Submissions will be reviewed and authors notified by Wednesday February 12 2014.


Abstract format:

 - Open document format, Word or RTF (no PDF please)

 - Single spacing, 12pt New Times Roman, no justification or other formatting

 - Include type of presentation you are requesting

 - Include name, institution, phone number and email address

Ordinary paper

Each ordinary paper session will include 3 to 4 presenters and will normally run parallel to other sessions. Each presenter will normally have 20 minutes to address the audience. An additional 10 mins shall be allotted at the end of each session for additional questions.

Abstract length: 300 words approximately

Poster Presentation

Posters are visually stimulating forms of presentations that focus upon the presentation of research findings. This creates a highly visual and interactive dimension to the conference, enabling participants to view a wider range of work and providing an additional space for people to identify and discuss common interests. Although the format will be different to that of an ordinary paper, the posters are presentations of work, and abstracts should be prepared accordingly.

Abstract length: 250 words approximately

Abstract content – all presentations

If you propose to use empirical data in your paper, your abstract must include a clear outline of the data and its sources. Presenters are also asked to consult the SAI’s Ethical Guidelines:


All presenters at the SAI postgraduate conference are required to be members of the SAI for the current year at the time of the conference. Please see for more details on membership. There is also a small monetary fee for presenting and/or attending the conference of approximately 20 euro. Lunch and light refreshments are included in this fee. Further enquiries can be directed to conference organisers, Dr Lisa Moran, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway ( and Dr Jennifer Dagg, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway (

All abstracts must be forwarded to the conference e-mail address;

We look forward to reading your abstracts and seeing you in NUI Galway in March 2014!

This conference is sponsored by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway ( and the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway (


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