See below for public lectures 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 and the research student-led Sociology Forum and Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD Network. See Past Events for lectures and other events in previous years (also with links to videos and podcasts where available).  We look forward to hosting more public events in the new academic year, so watch this space.

Public lectures at LSE are free and open to all, unless otherwise specified (sometimes a ticket is required).  For more information please see LSE Events FAQ.

If you would like to join our mailing list so you don't miss out on forthcoming events, please email

See our public event posters on display on Pinterest Pinterest logo

Recent events

LSE Cities public exhibition, hosted by Theatrum Mundi in association with LSE Arts:

Designing the Urban Commons

Monday 15 June – Monday 13 July 2015, Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat 12-5pm

Atrium Gallery, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE

This exhibition, shown as part of the London Festival of Architecture, presents the ten winning proposals from the ideas competition Designing the Urban Commons organised by Theatrum Mundi, a network of artists, performers and urbanists based at the LSE Cities research centre.

See event webpage.


Centre for Human Rights public lecture:

Rhetoric and Reality: From Magna Carta to human rights today

Speakers: Shami Chakrabarti, Francesca Klug Chair: Jane Gordon

Wednesday 10 June 2015, 6.30-8pm  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This event celebrates the launch of A Magna Carta for all Humanity: homing in on human rights by Francesca Klug and brings Klug together in a public conversation with Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty.


Watch and listen to the event video and podcast.

See event webpage.

Photography exhibition hosted by LSE Cities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

Double Vision

Monday 8 June 2015 to Thursday 11 June 2015

William Goodenough House, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AJ

Double Vision is a photographic reflection on the resilience of memory in the face of swift and brutal changes to urban and social landscapes, as well as a deeply personal autobiographical narrative linked to urban space in a South African post-apartheid city. Archival and contemporary photographs of the forcibly removed neighbourhood of South End in Port Elizabeth, compiled by former resident Yusuf Agherdien, place the past and present in conversation, excavating and illuminating traces and remnants of a remembered landscape. The exhibition is curated by Naomi Roux, the Mellon Research Fellow in Cities and Humanities at LSE Cities for 2014-15.

See event webpage.

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).

Twitter #LSEIII

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.

Image right of Sao Paolo courtesy of Tuca Viera.

More info: see event webpage or email:  

Divided Cities video and podcast.

Sociology Forum

The Forum usually holds several events each term, including roundtable discussions, well-known external speakers, debates, and papers from academics and research students, open to all faculty and students in the Sociology Department and sometimes to a wider audience.  To find out more about it see Sociology Forum.


  New Academic Building Slim