See below for public lectures and events coming up in Michaelmas Term (MT) and events held earlier this year, with links to podcasts and videos where available.  Follow the links on the left for all events hosted by our research centres.  See Past Events for lectures and other events in previous years (also with links to videos and podcasts where available). 

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Forthcoming events

Urban Age 10 Global Debates 19 November - 3 December 2015

6.30-8.00pm | Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Cities and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, in association with Guardian Cities, is holding a series of public Global Debates to celebrate ten years of the Urban Age programme. The debates will discuss five core themes that have been the focus of research and debate at the Urban Age since 2005. These include the role that cities play in high-level international and national policy debates on climate change, sustainability and infrastructure, to more grounded concerns on how to regulate, design and manage cities and neighbourhoods that are more inclusive, tolerant and open.


Confronting Climate Change: can cities be the solution?
Thursday 19 November 6.30 – 8.00pm

Steering Urban Growth: can planning and architecture manage?Monday 23 November 6.30 – 8.00pm

The Politics of Equity: who owns the city?
Wednesday 25 November 6.30 – 8.00pm

Designing Urban Infrastructure: investing for now or tomorrow?Thursday 26 November 6.30 – 8.00pm

Narratives of Inclusion: can cities help us live together?
Thursday 3 December 6.30 – 8.00pm

These events are ticketed.  Full details: event webpage.

Centre for the Study of Human Rights UN International Human Rights Day event, in association with the Department of Law:

Fighting the Behemoth: Law, politics and human rights in times of debt and austerity

Date: Thursday 10 December 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Zoe Konstantopoulou
Chair: Margot Salomon

Recent events have put Greece in the spotlight and at the forefront of critical questions that connect human rights protection, democracy, debt, and austerity. The situation has exposed grave concerns regarding the failure of international lenders to factor in social rights in the management of the debt and in the crafting of conditionalities imposed on Greece. What if the loans weren’t made in the interest of the people of Greece, should the subsequent debt incurred be illegal? Is the debt ‘sustainable’ if social rights are violated in order to service it in the coming years? The recent handling of the crisis also throws into doubt Europe’s commitment to basic principles of democracy, with strong voices condemning EU Member States for not respecting the outcome of a referendum held in one of its Member States and where creditors are being charged with requiring a Government to act under threat of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Full details: event webpage


Recent events

Department of Sociology public discussion:

New Forms of Cultural Capital

Date: Monday 16 November 2015
Time: 5.30-7pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers:  Professor Philippe Coulangeon, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Laurie Hanquinet
Chair: Professor Mike Savage

A panel of leading international experts discuss whether traditional forms of 'highbrow' cultural capital associated with the dominance of the classical and historical canon are being eclipsed by  newer and more fluid kinds of cultural tastes, associated with contemporary music and art, sport, and engaging with the social media and computer games.

Philippe Coulangeon is Director of Research at SNRS, SciencesPo and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE.

Full details: event webpage

Cultural Capital podcast and video


Department of Sociology public lecture:

Sociology and the Digital Revolution - the Transformation of Everything

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Lord Giddens
Chair: Howard Covington

From personal life to the global economy and the frontiers of science – nothing has been left untouched by the digital revolution, a set of transformations almost certainly only as yet in their early stages. Arguably these already amount to the greatest period of innovation ever in human history in terms of its intensity, speed and global scope. In the social sciences, they have thus far mostly been interpreted in terms of the rise of the internet and the social media. The digital revolution should be seen, however, as the increasingly complex integration of the internet, supercomputers and robotics, in which supercomputers have the prime role. It is a fundamental mistake to allocate such a development to a separate space of ‘tech’, since the implications for our lives are so profound. One of the prime tasks of sociology today must be to track these implications and relate them to the core concerns of the discipline.

Anthony Giddens is a former Director of LSE and a member of the House of Lords.
Howard Covington is Chairman of the Alan Turing Institute, and of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University.

The talk will be introduced by Professor Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities/LSE Sociology).

Full details: event webpage


Department of Sociology public lecture:

Social Media and Social Change: analyzing debates over valuation

Date: Thursday 5 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker:  Professor Walter W Powell
Chair: Professor Judy Wajcman

Civil society is challenged to demonstrate its impact. Network and linguistic analyses of webpages reveal intense struggles among governments, businesses, and nonprofits to define effectiveness.

Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education, Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Public Policy, Stanford University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE (MT).

Full details: event webpage

Social Media video and podcast

Department of Sociology and International Inequalities Institute public lecture:

Social Class in the 21st Century            

Date: Monday 2 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Dr Niall Cunningham, Professor Fiona Devine, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzie, Dr Andrew Miles, Professor Mike Savage, Dr Helene Snee, Dr Paul Wakeling
Chair: Professor Nicola Lacey

A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC's 'Great British Class Survey'.  Social class has re-emerged as a topic of enormous scholarly and public attention. In this new book, Social Class in the 21st Century,  Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the Great British Class Survey report their definitive findings and propose a new way of thinking about social class in Britain today.  The book presents the ideas and facts behind their new conceptualization of class: a new British class system composed of seven classes that reflect the unequal distribution of three kinds of capital: economic (inequalities in income and wealth); social (the different kinds of people we know) and cultural (the ways in which our leisure and cultural preferences are exclusive). This book looks beyond labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre.            

Full details: event webpage

Social Class video, podcast and slides

Centre for the Study of Human Rights joint event with HRLA:

Articles 6 & 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Right to a Fair Trial and No Punishment Without Trial

Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: NAB.LG.03, New Academic Building

Speakers: Sir Keir Starmer QC, Joel Bennathan QC, Jago Russell
Chair: Alison Gerry

Join the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and the Young Lawyers' Committee of the HRLA for an evening discussing Articles 6 & 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The event is followed by a drinks reception to launch the inaugural edition of The Young Human Rights Lawyer.

Full details: event webpage

LSE Cities book launch:

New Urban Diversities: London perspectives

Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Suzanne Hall, Emma Jackson, Susanne Wessendorf

Please join us for a discussion of how new diversities and (im)mobilities are lived in the contemporary urban space of the ‘world’ city. The discussion will be directed through a presentation of two key ethnographies, both of which are based in London, and engage with the accelerated diversification of the city through the lens of everyday life.

Full details: event webpage


Centre for the Study of Human Rights in partnership with LSE South Asia Centre and the India Study Group:

Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in India

Date: Wednesday 21 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Dushyant Dave
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

India has faced serious challenges from internal and external armed groups and terrorists. Tens of thousands of citizens and several thousand security personnel have lost their lives in recent years. Reprisals by security forces have in turn led to serious human rights violations.

Full details: event webpage

Centre for the Study of Human Rights in partnership with LSE SU Korea Future Forum:

My Escape From North Korea

Date: Friday 16 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Hyeonseo Lee
Chair: Chetan Bhatt

A unique opportunity to learn about, discuss, and ask questions about the severe violation of human rights in North Korea and North Korean refugee issues, offered in partnership with the LSE SU Korea Future Forum. Hyeonseo Lee will present her story of survival, resilience and hope as a North Korean defector and refugee. Having delivered a testimony at the UN Security Council and a speech on TEDx previously, she will reveal her personal experiences and address the broader issues facing refugees and defectors around the world. Her memoir, ‘The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector’s Story’, was published in July 2015 in more than 20 countries, and has since appeared in publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Full details: event webpage


British Journal of Sociology 2015 Annual Public Lecture:

Before Theory Comes Theorizing or How to Make Social Science More Interesting

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker:  Professor Richard Swedberg
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

By paying more attention to what happens in actual practice before a theory is formulated – what may be called the methods of habits of theorizing – social science and sociology may be considerably improved.
Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His two main specialties are economic sociology and social theory.

Full details: event webpage

Listen to the podcast.


Department of Sociology book launch event:

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: CLM 6.02, Clement House

The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture offers a comprehensive overview of sociology of art and culture, focusing especially – though not exclusively – on the visual arts, literature, music, and digital culture. Extending, and critiquing, Bourdieu’s influential analysis of cultural capital, the distinguished international contributors explore the extent to which cultural omnivorousness has eclipsed highbrow culture, the role of age, gender and class on cultural practices, the character of aesthetic preferences, the contemporary significance of screen culture, and the restructuring of popular culture. The editors, Laurie Hanquinet (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of York) and Mike Savage (Professor of Sociology, LSE) will introduce the Handbook, and there will be a response by Tony Bennett (Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory, University of Western Sydney). Several of the contributors to the book will also be present and will contribute to the discussion.

Full details: event flyer (PDF)


LSE Cities launch event (film screening):

Ordinary Streets

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

‘Ordinary Streets’ is a short film based on an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’. Through the lens of Rye Lane in Peckham in south London, the film engages with issues of migration, urban multiculture and regeneration.

‘Ordinary Streets’ is a film by Sophie Yetton, based on research led by Dr Suzanne Hall (Assistant Professor, LSE Sociology and Research Fellow LSE Cities).  Myfanwy Taylor from Just space will provide a commentary on the film.

Full details: event webpage


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