Research Seminar Series

The Sociology Research Seminar is the main venue for scholars from around the world to present work in progress at the Department. It is open to all, and strives to feature innovative sociological research from a variety of perspectives. 


Venue: All talks are held in the Robert McKenzie Room (S219) in the Sociology Department, St Clement's Building (STC) unless otherwise advised.
Time: 12.30 - 14.00 on a Wednesday.

Michaelmas Term Schedule 2019 


Violent Ignorance: Family History and National Stories of Blame, Shame, and Organised Forgetfulness

Please note: this event has been cancelled

Wednesday 4 December

Dr Hannah Jones (University of Warwick)

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Past Research Seminars (2019/2020)

Michaelmas Term 2019

Wednesday 20 November
Yossi Harpaz (University of Tel Aviv)
Topic: Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset

Wednesday 30 October
Liene Ozolina (LSE), Discussant: Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck)
Topic: Politics of Waiting: Workfare, post-Soviet Austerity and the Ethics of Freedom

Wednesday 16 October
Ruben Andersson (University of Oxford)
Topic: Fighting and Fearing the Other: Notes for a Global Ethnography of Nefarious Systems

Wednesday 2 October
Daniel Beunza (Cass Business School, City University London)
Topic: Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Traing Room

Past Research Seminars (2018/2019)

Lent Term 2019

Wednesday 27 March
Gabriel Abend (NYU)
Topic: Choices and Conceptual Choices 

Wednesday 20 March
Michael McCarthy (Marquette University)
Topic: Dismantling Solidarity: capitalist politics and American pensions since the New Deal

Wednesday 6th March
Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London)
Topic: Rethinking Racial Capitalism

Wednesday 30 January
Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex)
Topic: University Rankings, Transnationalized Imaginaries, and International Student Mobility

Michaelmas Term 2018

Wednesday 3 October
Stephanie Mudge (University of California, Davis)
Topic: Leftism Reinvented: Western parties from socialism to neoliberalism

Wednesday 17 October
Cheris SC Chan (Hong Kong University)
Topic: A Market of Distrust: toward a cultural sociology of unofficial exchanges between patients and doctors in China

Wednesday 21 November
Sara Salem (LSE)
Topic: Reading Fanon in Egypt: racialized sovereignty, anticolonial nationalism, and global capital

Wednesday 5 December
Clive Nwonka (LSE)
Topic: A Sociology of Film: the black neoliberal aesthetic

Past Research Seminars (2017/18)

Lent Term

Wednesday 17 January 2018
Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths)
Topic: Brexit and the politics of belonging among Britons resident in the EU27: recasting formations of migration, privilege and identity
Abstract and bio
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Sivamohan Valluvan (Warwick)
Topic: New Nationalism, Old Ideologies and Left Problems
Abstract and bio
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Tod van Gunten (Edinburgh)
Topic: Overconfident hedgehogs? Subjective certainty and political ideology in the economics profession
Abstract and bio
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Bart Bonikowski (Harvard)
Topic: Is Civic Nationalism Necessarily Inclusive? Conceptions of Nationhood and Anti-Muslim Attitudes in Europe
Abstract and bio

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Chana Teeger (LSE)
Topic: “Apartheid is Boring”: The Politics of Disinterest in South African History Classrooms
Wednesday 22 November 2017 
Neil Gross (Colby College)
Topic: On the Role of Idées Fixes in Economic Life: The Case of the 2008 Financial Crisis
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Dingeman Wiertz (Oxford)
Topic: Durable civic disparities across the United States: Civic deserts, hotspots, and their destinies