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Eminent sociologist Professor Paul Gilroy to join LSE from Yale

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Professor Paul Gilroy has been appointed the first holder of the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at LSE.

Professor Gilroy is currently Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. He will take up his LSE post on 1 July 2005, based in the Department of Sociology.

The Anthony Giddens Professorship was established in honour of Anthony Giddens (now Professor Lord Giddens), who was director of LSE from 1997 to 2003. The Professorship is funded through donations, to create a post for an outstanding public intellectual who will continue the work undertaken by Anthony Giddens, and ensure that the social sciences are invigorated and strengthened to play a key role in the new intellectual areas, social problems, and ethical dilemmas that face a globalised post-modern society.

Howard Davies, director of LSE, said: 'Professor Gilroy is an outstanding first holder of this title, having been at the forefront of public debate on questions of race, politics and social theory for many years. We are delighted he will be joining the LSE community this summer.'

Professor Gilroy is the author of There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack (1987, reprinted as Routledge, 2002), The Black Atlantic (1994) and Between Camps: nations, cultures and the allure of race (2000). His latest book is After Empire: melancholia or convivial culture (Routledge, 2004).

He said: 'I am thrilled to take up this new chair in social theory at LSE. I have always acted on the principle that academics have broader responsibilities beyond the imperatives of scholarship. I am therefore especially pleased to be associated with what Tony Giddens represents - embodies - about the responsibilities and complex functioning of intellectuals in the public sphere.'

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Contact:

  • Professor Nik Rose, convenor of the Department of Sociology on 020 7955 7533, or email: n.rose@lse.ac.uk 
  • Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582 or email: j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk 

Notes

Anthony Giddens is probably the most widely cited contemporary sociologist in the world. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, that have been translated into some 35 different languages. His first work, Capitalism and Modern Social Theory, has been continuously in print for more than three decades. Several of his other books have become academic best-sellers. He is the author of the leading textbook in sociology, which has sold more than 600,000 copies since it was first published in 1988.

He was one of the first authors to take up the concept of globalisation, in the mid 1980s and has continued to work on the topic since then. His 1998 BBC Reith Lectures, later published as Runaway World, helped introduce the debate about globalisation to a wide audience in a range of countries. He popularised the notion of the third way in political thinking , and his ideas have influenced social domestic parties across the world.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life fellow of King's College, Cambridge, he became a life peer in 2004. In 2002 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for the social sciences, known as 'the Spanish Nobel Prize'. Before serving as director of LSE 1997-2003, he was professor of sociology and fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Press cuttings

THES
P 20-21. Why do we go abroad? There are no opportunities for us in Britain (4 March 05)
Mark Christian, who has left for the US, argues that the UK's lack of a multicultural curriculum has caused an exodus. Mention of Paul Gilroy, the first holder of the Anthony Giddens professorship in social theory at LSE. No direct link

THES
P 2. On the move (25 Feb 05)
Paul Gilroy, currently Charlotte Marian Saden professor of sociology and African American studies at Yale University, has been appointed the first holder of the Anthony Giddens professorship in social theory at LSE. No direct link

Guardian
Sunnier climes (1 Feb 05)
LSE has appointed Professor Paul Gilroy, currently of Yale University, as the first holder of the Anthony Giddens professorship in social theory.

20 January 2005

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