See below for forthcoming events and details of 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).
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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 will mark 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 bring together leading social scientists to reflect on his intellectual contribution and the insights it offers for understanding the future of world society. Two panels will feature three speakers who will take stock of his thinking and offer their own thoughts about the issues he raised.
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) who will lead the discussion
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 who will lead the discussion
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 to give closing remarks on behalf of the Department of Sociology, LSE.
This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis.
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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.
Please note this is part of the LSE Literary Festival and a ticket is required.
More information: LSE event webpage.
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
Date: 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.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
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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.
Events 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.
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
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.