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Seminar: Practice theory and the future – theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions

By Dr. Allison Hui, Lancaster University

Wed 24 Apr 2019
1:00 - 2:15 pm


Room 929, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

With influences as diverse as Bourdieu, Giddens, Foucault and Latour, contemporary Practice Theory is notable for its ‘flat’ ontology, its adoption in many disciplines and its significant contributions to policy-facing discussions of consumption, sustainability and climate change. By putting social practices at the centre of its conceptual and analytic approach, this set of work, developed by authors such as Schatzki, Shove and Warde, provides a thoroughly sociological account of agency, the dynamism of social organisations, and the challenge of directing future change.

This talk will focus upon Practice Theory and the future – touching upon ongoing theoretical developments, methodological considerations, and insights related to how we anticipate and intervene in changing societies. It will draw in part upon a qualitative study of household coordination and will engage speculatively with how Practice Theory might be relevant for understanding transformation in Hong Kong’s creative industries and the Greater Bay Area.

Dr. Allison Hui is a Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural consumption, with a particular interest in travel and mobilities. She has published in the Journal of Consumer Culture, Global Networks, Mobilities, and Social and Cultural Geography, and recently edited The Nexus of Practices (2017) and Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change (2018). She co-curates the blog Practice Theory Methodologies with Hilmar Schaefer.

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