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


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)

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

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: 6.30pm-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Dushyant Dave
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

Dushyant DaveIndia 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

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


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 Mike Savage

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


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

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.

Full details: event webpage

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, Dr Andy Miles
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 th Department of Sociology at LSE.

Full details: event webpage

Recent events

LSE Cities launch event (film screening):

Ordinary streets LSE CitiesOrdinary 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


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).

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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.


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