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ST 2015

Department of Sociology and Department of Methodology Public Lecture:

The End-Game: how structure and culture shape our final years

Speaker: Dr Corey Abramson
Respondent: Dr Sam Friedman  
Chair: Dr Alasdair Jones

Wednesday 3 June 2015, 6.30-8.00pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

Growing old presents physical problems for everyone. However, when these problems occur and how people confront them are mediated by inequalities that reflect persistent socioeconomic, racial, and gender divides. The End-Game (Harvard University Press 2015) shows how inequality structures social life in old age—and what examining old age can tell us about the mechanisms of inequality more generally.

Corey Abramson is Assistant Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona.  Sam Friedman is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE.  Alasdair Jones is Assistant Professor, Department of Methodology, LSE

Listen to The End-Game podcast.

LSE Department of Sociology and Runnymede Trust public debate:

Race and Class: challenging inequalities

Date: Tuesday 26 May 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Liz Fekete, Professor James Nazroo, Ellie Mae O'Hagan (replacing Kiri Kankhwende), Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard

This event will consider the ongoing significance of race and class to shaping inequalities in contemporary British life.

Liz Fekete is the Executive Director of the Institute for Race Relations and Head of its European Research Programme.

Kiri Kankhwende is a human rights campaigner and journalist specialising in race, immigration and politics.

James Nazroo is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity.

Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard is Head of Research at the Runnymede Trust.

Listen to the podcast.

More info: event webpage.

Public lecture presented by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group:

Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World

Speaker: Professor Gary Wilder  Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 6pm -7.30pm  Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Dr Wilder reconsiders decolonization from the perspectives of Aimé Césaire (Martinique) and Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal) who, beginning in 1945, promoted self-determination without state sovereignty. As politicians, public intellectuals, and poets, Césaire and Senghor struggled to transform imperial France into a democratic federation, with former colonies as autonomous members of a transcontinental polity. Wilder invites scholars to decolonize intellectual history and globalize critical theory, to analyze the temporal dimensions of political life, and to question the territorialist assumptions of contemporary historiography.

Gary Wilder is Director of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His latest book is Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World (Duke University Press, 2015).

 Co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, the Department of Sociology, and the Centre for International Studies at LSE.

More info: event webpage.

Public conference:

Inequality in the 21st Century: a day long engagement with Thomas Piketty

Speakers: Tony Atkinson, Laura Bear, Wendy Carlin, Gareth Jones, John Hills, Naila Kabeer, Lisa Mckenzie, Diane Perrons, Thomas Piketty, Bob Rowthorn, Mike Savage, Stephanie Seguino, David Soskice

Monday 11 May 2015, 10am - 5pm, Old Theatre, LSE

A day-long seminar to launch the LSE International Inequalities Institute with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the 21st Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe.

Each of four sessions links to issues raised by Piketty’s work, with the intention of generating further debate:

10.15 – 11.30 Economics, political economy and democracy

11.45 – 1.00 Gender and everyday life

2.00 - 3.15: Accumulation and timespaces of class

3.30-4.45: The policy implications

See event programme (Word).

Watch and listen to the event video and podcast.

Department of Sociology inaugural lecture:

Divided cities: urban inequalities in the twenty-first century

Speaker: Professor Fran Tonkiss
Chair: Professor Ricky Burdett

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, LSE 

The twenty-first century has been declared ‘the century of the city’, but we need to ask what kinds of cities are emerging as increasing urbanisation goes together with worsening inequality. Why does urban inequality matter, and what is distinctive about urban inequalities now?

Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cities Programme at LSE.
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age.

More info: see event webpage or email: events@lse.ac.uk  
Divided Cities video and podcast.


LT 2015


Ralph Miliband Programme “War and Peace” lecture series with the Department of Sociology: 

Waves of War: nation-state formation and ethnic exclusion in the modern world

Speaker: Professor Andreas Wimmer

Thursday 19 March 2015, 6.30-8pm  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House 

Was the rise of nation-states responsible for many of the wars of the last 200 years? What are the implications for future conflict?  

Andreas Wimmer is Professor of Sociology at Princeton and author of Waves of War .

More info: event webpage.

Ulrich Beck Tribute:

What future for world society?

Speakers: Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Nikolas Rose, Professor Terhi Rantanen, Dr Sabine Selchow, Professor Richard Sennett

24 February 2015, LSE Old Theatre, 6.30-8.30pm  Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

This event marked the life of one of Europe’s most inspirational sociologists, Professor Ulrich Beck (15 May 1944 – 1 January 2015) who had a long and profitable engagement with the Department of Sociology at the LSE where he taught legions of Masters and PhD students, gave regular public lectures, and was one of the most active contributors to the British Journal of Sociology.

Ulrich was fundamentally a questioning sociologist, asking provocative questions about what it meant to do social science, and comprehend the nature of society itself in an era of radical social change. He introduced a remarkable battery of concepts, most of which have proved fundamental for inspiring debate, ranging from ‘risk society’ through ‘reflexive modernity’, ‘individualisation’, and ‘cosmopolitanisation’. To do justice to the breadth and ambition of his thinking we brought together leading social scientists to reflect on his intellectual contribution and the insights it offers for understanding the future of world society.

6.30: Welcome by Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics  6.35: PANEL 1: Diagnoses of modernity: reflexive modernity and risk  Chaired by Tony Giddens (former Director of the LSE)  Mary Kaldor (Professor of Global Governance at the LSE)  Nik Rose (Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, Kings College London)

7.25: PANEL 2: the challenge of contemporary transformations: cosmopolitanism and globalisation  Chaired by Craig Calhoun (Director, LSE)  Terhi Rantanen (Professor of Media and Communications, LSE)  Sabine Selchow (Fellow in Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at LSE and with Ulrich Beck’s European Research Council grant at Munich).  8.15: Richard Sennett gave closing remarks on behalf of the Department of Sociology, LSE.

More info: event webpage

LSE Department of Sociology Literary Festival discussion:

"My Purse, My Person": money and identity

Speakers: David Birch, Professor Nigel Dodd, Tom Hockenhull, Professor Nicky Marsh  
Chair: Izabella Kaminska

Thursday 26 February 2015, 6.30-8pm  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

As our money increasingly takes the form of plastic cards and mobile phones, rather than cash, new questions are being posed about the connections between money, self and identity. Is money becoming de-anonymised, and if so, should we care? Is the decline of cash a moment of renewal in our relationship with money, or a threat to the freedom that has been central to its use? This panel will discuss changing attitudes towards money and the affect it can have, in its many different guises, on our identity.

Nigel Dodd is Professor of Sociology at LSE and author of The Social Life of Money, Princeton University Press 2014.

More information: LSE event webpage

Department of Sociology book launch:  

Democratizing Inequalities: dilemmas of the new public participation

Speakers: Craig Calhoun, Caroline Lee, Michael McQuarrie, Edward Walker  
Chair: Robin Archer

Tuesday 3 February, 7-8.30pm, NAB 2.04, New Academic Building, LSE

Opportunities to ‘have your say,’ ‘get involved,’ and ‘join the conversation’ are everywhere in public life. From crowdsourcing and town hall meetings to government experiments with social media, participatory politics increasingly seem like a revolutionary antidote to the decline of civic engagement and the thinning of the contemporary public sphere. Many argue that, with new technologies, flexible organizational cultures, and a supportive policymaking context, we now hold the keys to large-scale democratic revitalization.

Democratizing Inequalities (eds. Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie, Edward T. Walker, NYU Press) shows that the equation may not be so simple. Modern societies face a variety of structural problems that limit potentials for true democratization, as well as vast inequalities in political action and voice that are not easily resolved by participatory solutions. Popular participation may even reinforce elite power in unexpected ways.

Professor Craig Calhoun is Director of LSE. 
Dr Caroline W. Lee is Associate Professor of Sociology at Lafayette College.  
Dr Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor in Sociology at LSE.  
Dr Edward T. Walker is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  
Dr Robin Archer is Associate Professor in Political Sociology at LSE.

Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Department of Sociology public discussion:

Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights

Speakers: Gareth Peirce, Professor Saskia Sassen, Professor Jeanne Theoharis Chair: Professor Susan Marks

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6.30-8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Since 9/11 the rules governing extradition from the UK to the US have been systematically relaxed, and safeguards designed to protect against injustice have been dismantled. British citizens are extradited on untested charges to face justice in US courts and prisons, but what standard of justice?

There has been little coverage of what happens in US courts and prisons following these extraditions. The conditions that suspects face in the notorious Supermax prisons, along with the use of secret evidence and material support bans raise serious human and civil rights concerns.

Gareth Peirce is senior partner at Birnberg Peirce and Partners.  Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University.  Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Susan Marks (chair) is Professor of International Law at LSE.

Extradition podcast

MT 2014

Department of Sociology public lecture:

Pressed for Time: the acceleration of life in digital capitalism

Speaker: Professor Judy Wajcman
Respondent: Genevieve Bell
Chair: Professor Lord Anthony Giddens

Thursday 27 November 2014, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The technologically tethered, iPhone-addicted figure is an image we can easily conjure. Most of us complain that there aren't enough hours in the day and too many e-mails in our thumb-accessible inboxes. This widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be is now ingrained in our culture, and smartphones and the Internet are continually being blamed. But isn't the sole purpose of the smartphone to give us such quick access to people and information that we'll be free to do other things? Isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier?

In her new book Pressed for Time (University of Chicago Press) Judy Wajcman explores why it is that we both blame technology for speeding up everyday life and yet turn to digital devices for the solution.

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at LSE. Genevieve Bell is Vice President of User Experience at Intel Labs.  Anthony Giddens is a former director of LSE.

Pressed for Time podcast and video

Atrocity Suffering and Human Rights Research Group Film Screening and Q&A:

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Chair: Dr Claire Moon

Friday 14 November 2014, 6-8.15pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB

See event webpage

Department of Sociology book launch:

The Rise of the British Comedy Snob

Speakers: Dr Sam Friedman, Professor Mike Savage, Brian Logan, Lydia Hampson

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

To mark the publication of Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a 'Good' Sense of Humour, LSE Sociology invites you to an early evening book launch. Dr Sam Friedman will begin with a short talk about the book and this will be followed by a panel discussion with three leading figures from the sociology of culture and the British comedy industry. Professor Mike Savage, from LSE Sociology, will discuss comedy taste as a form of 'emerging cultural capital'. Brian Logan, comedy critic at The Guardian, will reflect on the role of critics as comedy tastemakers and Lydia Hampson, a freelance comedy agent, will offer reflections on her work as a comedy scout.

Sam Friedman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Log in for British Comedy Snob podcast (available to LSE staff and students).

Sociology Forum event:

New Faces New Passions

Introducing new faculty members Fabien Accominotti, Sam Friedman, Rozlyn Redd and Leon Wansleben.

Wednesday 12 November, 4-6pm in the McKenzie Room (STC 219).

BJS annual public lecture:

A Post-Genomic Surprise: the molecular reinscription of race in science, law, and medicine

Speaker: Professor Troy Duster
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

Thursday 6 November 2014, 6.30-8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

A Post-Genomic Surprise podcast and video

Department of Sociology public lecture:

The Social Life of Money

Speaker: Professor Nigel Dodd
Respondent: Professor Keith Hart
Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Thursday 23 October 2014, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building

Questions about the nature of money have gained a new urgency in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Even as many people have less of it, there are more forms and systems of money, from local currencies and social lending to mobile money and Bitcoin. Yet our understanding of what money is—and what it might be—hasn’t kept pace. In The Social Life of Money (Princeton University Press, 2014), Nigel Dodd, one of today’s leading sociologists of money, reformulates the theory of the subject for a postcrisis world in which new kinds of money are proliferating.

Nigel Dodd (@nigelbdodd) is Professor of Sociology at LSE and author of The Social Life of Money.

Keith Hart is Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology in the Department of International Development at LSE.

The Social Life of Money podcast and video

Department of Geography and Environment and Department of Sociology public lecture: 

Inequality and the 1%: What goes wrong when the rich become too rich?

Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling
Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

It is widely accepted that high rates of inequality are damaging to society, although some skeptics remain to be convinced. Perhaps it is because the most damaging form of economic inequality now appears to occur when the very richest 1% take more and more, even if the other 99% are becoming more equal. So what exactly is it about inequality that causes most harm?

Danny Dorling (@dannydorling) is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Oxford. He advises government and the office for national statistics, appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and other papers. His new book Inequality and the 1% is published by Verso Books. 

Inequality podcast and video