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 We host a range of events across a broad spectrum of topics relating to sociology. Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to all; entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Upcoming Events

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Racism, Gender Relations and Miscegenation: rethinking Flame in the Streets

Co-hosted with the Department of Gender Studies

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre, Centre Building 

Speakers: Dr Clive James Nwonka (LSE), Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck)
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing (LSE)

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Black and Postcolonial Feminist Connections

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location TBC, LSE Campus

Speakers: Professor Saidiya Hartman (Columbia) Dr Rafeef Ziadah (SOAS) Dr Gail Lewis (Birkbeck), Dr Suki Ali (LSE)
Chair: Dr Sara Salem (LSE)

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Ordinal Citizenship
Annual British Journal of Sociology Lecture

Friday 25 October 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Marion Fourcade, University of California-Berkeley
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd, LSE

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The End of Working-Class Solidarity? The Chinese Workers and Students in Struggle

Thursday 14 November 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Pun Ngai, University of Hong Kong
Chair: Dr Robin Archer, LSE 

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The Rights of Aliens Under International Law: Towards a Critical History
Annual Human Rights Day Lecture

Monday 2 December 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Professor Antony Anghie, University of Utah
Chair: Dr Ayça Cubucku, LSE 

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Research Seminar Series

The Sociology Research Seminar is the main venue for scholars from around the world to present work in progress at the Department. It is open to all, and strives to feature innovative sociological research from a variety of perspectives. The seminar meets every other week in the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

All talks are held in the Robert McKenzie Room
St Clement's Building - Room S219
12.30 - 14.00


 The LT 2019 schedule can be found here: Research Seminar Series

Past Events: 2018-19

Decolonise! A Long Table Seminar Series

Wednesday 12th June

Speaker: Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper (Kings College London)

Rethinking Human Rights: a southern response to western critics

Hosted by LSE Human Rights

Wednesday 22 May

Speaker: Muthoni Wanyeki (Open Society Foundations)
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby (LSE)

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Internationale Blues: revolutionary pessimism and the politics of solidarity

Hosted by LSE Human Rights

Friday 17 May

Speaker: Professor Robin D G Kelley (UCLA)
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE)

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Raquel Rolnik: Urban Warfare - housing under the empire of finance

Monday 25 March

Speaker: Professor Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo)
Discussants: Dr Glyn Robbins (Defend Council Housing) and Dr David Madden (LSE)
Chair: Dr Suzanne Hall (LSE)

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Workshop: The Knowledge of Human Rights

Hosted by LSE Human Rights

Friday 22 March

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Human Rights Knowledges: a pluralist and legal realist view

Hosted by LSE Human Rights

Thursday 21st March

Speakers: Professor Richard A. Wilson (UConn Law)
Chair: Dr Monika Krause (LSE)

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White Screens/Black Images: James Snead and Black America in Film

Tuesday 12 March

Speakers: Professor Colin MacCabe (University of Pittsburgh)
Chair: Dr Clive Nwonka (LSE)

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Law in a World of Struggle

Hosted by LSE Human Rights and the Department of Law

Thursday 7 March

Speaker: Professor David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)
Chair: Professor Gerry Simpson (LSE)

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Racial Inequality in Britain: the Macpherson Report 20 years on

Thursday 7 February 2019

Speakers: Professor Kalwant Bhopal (University of Birmingham), David Lammy MP (Labour Party), Dr Clive James Nwonka (LSE), Dr Faiza Shaheen (Centre for Labour and Social Studies)
Chair: Dr Coretta Phillips (LSE)

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The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged

Hosted with the International Inequalities Institute

Monday 28 January 2019

Speakers: Dr Sam Friedman (LSE), Dr Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore College) 
Discussants: Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway),Dr Faiza Shaheen (Centre for Labour and Social Sudies)
Chair: Professor Mike Savage (LSE)

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Tabula Rasa Regeneration

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Speakers: Alberto Duman (Middlesex University), Dan Hancox, Malcolm James (University of Sussex), Anna Minton (University of East London) 
Chair: Dr David Madden (LSE)

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Book launch: Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Thursday 15 November 

Speaker: Dr Bronwen Manby (LSE)
Respondents: Dr Chaloka Beyani (LSE), Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham)
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

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British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture 2018

From "having" to "being": self worth and the current crisis of American society

Thursday 25 October 2018

Speakers: Professor Michèle Lamont (Harvard) 
Chair: Dr Rebecca Elliott (LSE)

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199Z: Diversity Revisited and Fashion at the Saatchi Gallery

Thursday 16 October 2018

Speakers: Dr Anna-Mari Almila (London College of Fashion), Dr Agnes Rocamora (London College of Fashion), Jake Young Shim, Jamall Osterholm, Dr Serkan Delice (London College of Fashion)

Chair: Dr Don Slater (LSE)

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Renewing Sociology in the Digital Age

Thursday 11 October 2018

Speakers: Professor Susan Halford (President, British Sociological Association)
Chair: Professor Mike Savage (LSE)

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199Z: Diversity Revisited and Fashion at LSE

Monday 8 October 2018

Speakers: Dr Mukulika Banerjee (LSE), Professor Sandy Black (London College of Fashion), Professor Ben Voyer (LSE), Dr Joanne Entwistle (King's College London), Dr Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas (University of the Arts London)
Chair: Dr Don Slater (LSE)

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For the Love of Humanity: the World Tribunal on Iraq

Thursday 4 October 2018

Speakers: Dr Ayça Çubukçu (LSE), Professor David Graeber (LSE), Haifa Zangana, Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary), Dr Tor Krever (Warwick), and Dr Lori Allen (SOAS)
Chair: Professor Tarak Barkawi (LSE)

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Past Events: 2017-18

British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture 2017

The Social Life of DNA: racial reconciliation and institutional morality 

Thursday 26 October 2017

Speakers: Professor Alondra Nelson
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

What Is Housing for?

Monday 23 October 2017

Speakers: Anna Minton (UEL), Alex Vasudevan (Oxford), David Madden (LSE)
Chair: Suzanne Hall (LSE)

Strangers in Their Own Land: bridging a growing divide

Monday 30 October 2017

Speaker: Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild
Chair: Dr Rebecca Elliott

Past Events: 2016-17

Mao Zedong and Cultural Revolution: history versus myth

16 March 2017

Speaker: Andrew Walder
Chair: Robin Archer

Housing, Financialisation, and Human Rights: A conversation with Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

6 March 2017

Speaker: Leilani Farha
Chair: David Madden.

Understanding Self-Injury: A Symposium for National Self-Injury Awareness Day

1 March 2017

Speakers: Kay Inckle (LSE), Conor McCafferty and Noella McConnellogue (Zest, NI), Wedge (LifeSIGNS UK). 
Chair: Kay Inckle

Sociologies of Competition

21 February 2017

A workshop organized by the Economic, Technology and Expertise Research Cluster

A Material Sociology of Markets: the Case of ‘Futures Lag’ in High-Frequency Trading

23 February 2017
Speaker: Professor Donald MacKenzie.
Chair: Dr Bryan W. Roberts, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, LSE. 

The Big Picture: The People vs. America

7 February 2017. 

Department of Sociology and Al Jazeera Film Screening

Moderator: Richard Gizbert, Al Jazeera English Senior Presenter. 
Chair: Dr Michael McQuarrie

Do We Really Live in an Acceleration Society?

12 January 2017

Speaker: Professor Hartmut Rosa
Discussant: Professor Judy Wajcman
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd         

Society and Politics in the Age of Trump: Sociological reflections and critical discussion

8 December 2016 

Department of Sociology Open Discussion

In Defense of Housing

25 October 2016

Speaker: Dr David Madden
Discussants: Dr Melissa Fernandez, Dr Suzanne Hall, Dr Paul Watt
Chair: Dr Hyun Bang Shin.

Sociology After Brexit

Department of Sociology Workshop, 10 October 2016.
Speakers: Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor William Outhwaite, Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dr Will Davies, Dr Lucy Mayblin, Dr Lisa McKenzie.

Sociology of WE Du Bois: why Du Bois is the founder of American scientific sociology

20 October 2016

Speaker: Professor Aldon Morris
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd.

Resist: Festival of Ideas and Actions

Department of Sociology Festival

Launching on 26 September 2016 with a public lecture by fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, followed by three days of events from 28-30 September.