It's the Weekend..........

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  • Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 09:00 - 17:00
    Room 2.016/017, Second Floor Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

    CRESC – University of Manchester

    One day workshop: It’s the Weekend…                     

    Thursday November 1, 2012

    Call for papers (abstract deadline extended to Sep 14th 2012)


    We think of the weekend as being both ‘out of the ordinary’, and yet very much of the everyday, whether in the ‘mundane’ context of the home or the more ‘spectacular’ contexts of the city at night. On the one hand we may be on a journey to nirvana in a club, on the other we may be spending our Saturdays waiting for the shift to end in a supermarket, or indeed spending time with kids. Has the weekend ever been all it is cracked up to be or have certain groups including women never been able to fully realise the promise of the weekend?  In short, whose weekends have been ‘lost’ and were they ever found? And what is the promise of the weekend anyway? There are many ways in which we could discuss the weekend but we have chosen four for this day conference and we hope you will feel able to submit a paper.

    1. What is the timespace of the weekend? How do we create the ‘timespaces of the weekend’ as different from the timespaces of the week? Are they different, or do Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays feel just the same as Monday to Friday? Might most weekends be lived as just another ‘ordinary’ couple of days, or do we ‘escape from the ordinary’ in either a physical or imaginative sense (or both)? 
    2. To what degree does the requirement for ‘flexible workers’ impact on the lives of those who have no regular collectively shared ‘autonomous’ time such as the weekend? Does paid work (and indeed unpaid work) at the weekend affect participation in social life, for example?
    3. How have the times and spaces of the weekend produced different kinds of mobilities? For instance, without the time of the weekend would the spaces of walking/ rambling or cycling have been produced?
    4.  We perhaps know more about how men ‘do’ the weekends than women. Are women as attached to the weekend as men? And does age make a difference? In summary, through which means might gender have both structured and produced weekends?

    We would welcome more conventional academic papers or Pecha Kuscha* presentations

    on each of these themes. Poster presentations would also be welcome.

    Deadline for submission of paper or presentation abstracts is  14th Sep 2012

    Please submit to or



    09.45 -10.00    Registration and coffee

    10.00 -10.15    Introduction and welcome - Joao Quieros and  Jill Ebrey

    10.15 -11.00    Keynote 1

    Guy Standing  (Dept. of Social & Policy Science, University of Bath)

    The Shrinking Weekend: Life in the Precariat 

    11.00-11.45 Session 1: Placing the weekend

    Susie Stubbs (Director,

    The Weekend(er) starts here…

    Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal (Dept of Anthropology, Durham University)

    Fridays and Sundays: two weekends in rural Pakistan

    Jose Madureira Pinto, Virgilio Borges Pereira, Joao Quieros  (Institute of Sociology, University of Porto)

    Social transformations and the changing ways of using weekend time in a Portuguese working class rural area


    11.45-12.45  Session 2: Timing the weekend


    Thomas Birtchnell (Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Dept. of Sociology, Lancaster University)

    ‘Silicon Valley started with a garage and an idea’…Weekend work, the garage and modern capitalism

    Sarah Webster (Dept. of Sociology, University of Manchester)

    Saturday is for sleeping: What do student activists do with their weekends?

    Sofia Cruz (Institute of Sociology and Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, Portugal) and Jill Ebrey (CRESC, University of Manchester)

    Working at the weekend…supermarket and shopping centre workers in Porto and Manchester


    Jennifer Whillans (CCSR, University of Manchester)

    The pressures and risks of the weekend for independent singles

    12.45 – 1.30  Lunch


    1.30 – 2.15    Keynote 2

    Fiona Measham  (Dept. of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University)

    In the midnight hour: how work, leisure, gender and age structure the weekend world of an ageing night-time economy researcher  

    2.15 – 3.00    Session 3: Assembling the weekend

    Helena Vilaca  - (University of Porto)

    The impact of the weekend on Sunday worship and church activities

    Jill Ebrey (CRESC, University of Manchester)

    Ramblers and socialist cyclists: how did the weekend shape the leisure mobilities of the early twentieth century?

    Steve Millington (Division of Geography & Environmental Management, Manchester Metropolitan University)

    Going to the match: football fans, spatial practices, mobilities and temporal routines

    3.00 - 3.30     Tea break

    3.30 - 4.15       Keynote 3

    Paul Morley (broadcaster, journalist, musician)

    The endless weekend?


    4.15 – 4.45    Discussion: The weekend - themes for future work? - Michelle Bastian

     4.45 – 5.00    Concluding remarks – Andrew Miles


    If you would like to attend, please email our Centre Administrator, Bussie Awosanya, Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis, so early booking is advised,

    Presentation Guidelines


    *For those unfamiliar with Pecha Kucha presentation guidelines, please click on the following links:

    University of Salford’s excellent guidelines on Pecha Kucha

    An example of a Pecha Kucha presentation:

    a blog discussing PK

    an article from Wired magazine

    Alternatively, you may want to follow the Ignite guidelines, where a presentation is only 5 minutes long (instead of 6 mins+) please see: