Critical Realism & Post-Positivist Sociology

In the lead up to the Beyond Positivism Conference, this workshop discussed 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 and 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: