Critical Realism & Post-Positivist Sociology

In the lead up to the Beyond Positivism Conference, this workshop will discuss the contribution of critical realism to post-positivist sociology, including its potential applicability within sociological disciplines and sub-disciplines, as well as future developments and directions of critical realism.


Thursday, June 29

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Discussion #1: Critical Realism and Post-positivist Sociology

Philip Gorski, John Mohr, Timothy Rutzou, Ben Manski

1:00 - 2:45 pm

 Discussion #2: Social Movements and Technological Revolutions

 Ben Manski, Maria Martinez, Sarah Manski 


3:30 - 5:30 pm

Discussion #3: Re-Theorizing Race, Ethnicity, and Nation

G. Reginald Daniel, Joseph Loe-Sterphone, Jasmine Kelekay



Friday, June 30

9:00 - 12:30 pm

Discussion #4: New Developments and Directions in Critical Realism
Philip Gorski, Timothy Rutzou

Parking Information

Is parking free on UCSB campus for the workshop? If not, where do I get a parking permit and where would be the best spot to park?  You should park in a parking lot designated for “Short-Term Visitor” parking. It is recommended to use Lot 27 or Lot 22 (a parking ramp) immediate adjacent to Lot 27.

Once your car is parked, you should look for a parking permit dispenser. They look like this:

Purchase a permit for the day and then place the permit in a visible location beneath the driver’s side windshield.

Workshop Location and UCSB Maps

Location: University of California, Santa Barbara, Room 3145. Social Science and Media Studies

Maps of UCSB campus/buildings:

Google Map location for the SSMS (Social Science and Media Studies) building:

Google Map location for Lot 27:

Various printable and interactive campus maps are available here:


Breakfast and Lunch Information

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all presenters and attendees on Thursday, June 29. Breakfast will be provided for all presenters and attendees on Friday, June 30. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Project Manger, Laura Donnelly (

Registration Form:

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