Conference 2023

Announcing the Economy and Society Summer School 2023


The E+S team are very excited to announce our 2023 PhD Summer School will take place from April 11-13th 2023 in University College Cork, Ireland

E+S 2023 | Theorising at the Edges of the World.

E+S is a retreat from institutionalised academia, a fleeting time away to think anew. While our universities are still repositories of wisdom, spaces of freedom and plural conversation; increasingly the logics of neo-liberalism managerialism encroach upon our careers and lives. Research, teaching and thought itself become measured in outputs and metrics. The hectic pace of entrepreneurial productivity, or worse, the spectre of precarious work, harries our minds and disciplines, making us play peculiar and absurd games.

Against disciplinary over-specialisation, over the past decades the E+S endeavours to create a space of conversation which speaks across boundaries and difference. Theory flourishes at the margins.

Our ambition is to consider the foundations of Economy & Society, things that bring us together and provide the basis for rethinking our shared worlds, from the edges. Just for a moment, we hope to re-think and re-conceptualise our shared predicament: This entails going beyond stale polemics, unimaginative empiricism and the dead-ends of abstraction, and attempting to understand, reimagine and theorise anew. From the edges, another world is possible


Our 2023 summer school will take place at University College Cork and the surrounding areas. Cork is a wonderfully lively city full of artistic wonder and charm. We are excited to once again return to such a location, bringing the opportunity to explore theory and thought through a return to traditional walks, talks and discussions.


Reading Groups

In addition to lectures and walks, the Economy & Society Summer School offers Reading Groups. These are smaller groups of 4-7, led by a pair of experienced academics, for about one hour each day; you will be added to one of these groups based on your resume, a theme or a method. Two to four key readings in this area will be distributed to you ahead of time. You will be invited to discuss your own project and explore how the topic of the reading group might inform your thinking.

The current reading groups for our 2023 Summer School are as follows:

  • Anthropology & Social Theory: Bjorn Thomassen & Chris Rojek
  • Welfare and Work: Ray Griffin & Tracey Shildrick
  • Interpretation & Creativity: Tríona Ní Shíocháin & Paul Clogher
  • Thinking ecology for the anthropocene’ : Damian O’Doherty & Mike Zundel
  • Architectures of life: Des Fitzgerald & Adrian Favell.
  • Understanding Critique: Tom Boland & Kate Kenny.

Note: These reading groups are mandatory for those taking the summer school as an accredited module. Participation comes highly recommended.



Rates are to be confirmed. Please check back soon for further updates.



The Economy & Society Summer School is oriented to the needs of doctoral students and advanced masters students interested in further research. It is can be taken as a 5 or 10 credit module; see PG7040 or PG7041 in the UCC book of modules.

If you are interested in taking these courses for credit, please email [email protected].


Further Details

Please check back soon for further details on this event.

Please contact  [email protected] with any questions.


The 2023 Summer school is now open for applications!

Deadline for applications: 01/03/2023

Please send an expression of interest outlining your research area. We welcome doctoral, masters and post-doc scholars, from across the humanities and social sciences. Applications should include a brief outline of candidates’ study to date and research in progress, a short academic CV is welcome but not required. This event will be discursive and convivial – and you will get the most out of the School if you arrive ready to discuss your own research and listen to others discuss theirs.

Please email us at [email protected] with your application or with any additional queries.