Centre for Practice Theory
The Centre for Practice Theory at Lancaster – a joint venture between the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and Lancaster University Management School – provides an intellectual home and one-stop-shop for resources, events, and networking opportunities for the international, interdisciplinary community of researchers working with the ideas and approaches of social Practice Theory. In doing so, it aims to raise the profile of and showcase practice theoretical research and to connect research, ideas, and people across disciplines and topics.
The central, uniting idea of Practice Theory is that social life and social phenomena are forms of, or rooted in, practices – the organised activities of multiple people that are connected and distributed in time and space.
With its origins in the philosophies of Heidegger and Wittgenstein and the sociologies of Bourdieu and Giddens, more recent developments have been put to work and gained traction in the fields of sociology, management, organisation studies, geography, education, public health and design.
The Centre for Practice Theory Lancaster provides a space in which to collect, catalyse and capitalise on the breadth and energy of practice theory-inspired research taking place across these disciplines and around the world.
The Centre does this by acting as a hub (running international events, promoting networks, and creating new resources) and as an umbrella (collecting and collating links to existing resources, sharing news and events, and fostering new connections between groups).
The Centre is home to an international community of practice theory scholars, it has an international Consortium of PhD and Early Career Researchers and an advisory board with members drawn from different disciplines and countries. Since the centre was launched in 2022, numerous activities have been developed, including:
- An annual international and online conference – The Practice Theory Gathering;
- A series of online Reading Rooms – which are open for anyone to join;
- An online Postgraduate Course;
- A topical summer school for researchers working with Practice Theory (the Digital in 2023);
- And coming soon: A repository of resources related to Practice Theory (including podcasts, videos, and a ‘library’ of ‘key’ texts).
No, this infrastructure does not provide funding.
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