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Events 2017

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Public lecture

What Is Housing for?

Monday 23rd October 2017

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

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

The need for a home is universal. But today, housing is dominated by economic and political logics that conflict with the ideal of housing for all. When residential space becomes a speculative investment or a tool for political repression, it raises fundamental questions about what, and whom, housing is for.

Recent books by these speakers examine housing issues from various places and perspectives. Reflecting on themes from this work, this event will explore struggles over the shape and function of the housing system in contemporary cities. It will connect an analysis of the housing crisis with debates about commodification, residential injustice and rights.

Anna Minton has recently published 'Big Capital: Who is London For?' (2017), Alex Vasudevan has recently published 'The Autonmous City' (2017), and David Madden has recently published 'In Defense of Housing: the politics of crisis' (2016) with Peter Marcuse.

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This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

Twitter: #LSEHousing


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British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture

The Social Life of DNA: racial reconciliation and institutional morality 

Thursday 26th October 2017
18.30-20.00 | Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: Professor Alondra Nelson
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

Alondra Nelson will discuss her book The Social Life of DNA on how claims about ancestry are marshalled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures.

The use of genetic ancestry testing in the United States has grown exponentially since its emergence about fifteen years ago. In this same period, U.S. colleges and universities have increasingly uncovered and confronted their ties to the history of racial slavery. Although genetic ancestry tests are principally sought to provide genealogical information, these data have been marshalled into a wider range of social ventures, including the politics of remembrance and reconciliation. In this presentation, Alondra Nelson examines the recent use of genetic ancestry testing by the descendants of nearly three hundred enslaved men and women owned by Georgetown University, whom the institution’s Jesuit stewards sold to Southern plantations in 1838 in order to secure its solvency. The case of the GU 272 will be explored as a “reconciliation project”—a social endeavour in which DNA analysis is put to the use of repairing historic injury. 

Alondra Nelson (@alondra) is President of the Social Science Research Council. She is also Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science. A scholar of science, medicine, and social inequality, her recent books include The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (@sociallifeofdna) and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. She is Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Associations. Nelson received her BA from the University of California at San Diego, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her PhD from New York University in 2003.

For more than 50 years the BJS has represented the mainstream of sociological thinking and research. Consistently ranked highly by the ISI in Sociology, this prestigious, international journal publishes sociological scholarship of the highest quality on all aspect of the discipline, by academics from all over the world.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

Twitter: #LSEBJS


Stangers in Their Own Land: bridging a growing divide

Monday 30th October 2014
18.30-20.00 | CLM 3.02, Clement House

Speaker: Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild
Chair: Dr Rebecca Elliott

In this lecture, Professor Hochschild describes five years of research in southern Louisiana, a centre of the oil industry and heartland of the American Tea Party and support for Donald Trump.

Why, she asked, are America's poorest states, those which suffer the worst health, education and receive the most federal aid, also those who most oppose the federal government? While aware of this paradox, those who she came to know felt it dwarfed by something else: their "deep story". By taking off her own political "alarm system" and climbing an "empathy wall", Hochschild found corridors of common ground with the people she met, whose concerns remain ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, hopes for their children.

Arlie Russell Hochschild is a writer and sociologist. She is the author of many books, including "The Time Bind", "The Outsourced Self", and "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right", which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in nonfiction and New York Times bestseller. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, and a professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been translated into more than thirteen languages. 

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

Twitter: #LSESociology


Past Events:






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