Fran Tonkiss promotion and new book
January: We are delighted to report that Fran Tonkiss, who joined the Department of Sociology in 2003 has been promoted to Professor of Sociology. This is fitting recognition of Fran’s role as an internationally-recognised scholar in the fields of urban and economic sociology. She has carved out a distinctive international profile through linking debates about economic change with the built urban form. Her major publications in these fields include Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (Routledge, 2006). She is also the co-author of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (Macmillan, 2000, with Andrew Passey). Her most recent book is Cities by Design: the social life of urban form published by Polity in November 2013. Fran is currently the managing editor of the highly-rated journal Economy and Society, and was the LSE-based editor of the British Journal of Sociology from 2007 to 2010. She is also active in the field of policy and public engagement: she has provided expertise to a number of architectural competition juries, publishes regularly on social and policy issues in the architectural press, acted in the capacity of scientific expert on the committee for a new Swiss spatial strategy in 2009-10, and since 2011 has been a member of the UN-Habitat Urban Private Sector Advisory Board.
Claire Moon joins European Network for the Social Study of Forensics
Dr Claire Moon was an invited participant in the launch of the new European Network for the Social Study of Forensics in Amsterdam, 22-23 November 2013. The launch brought together around 15 scholars from around Europe working on the intersection of the forensic sciences and social and political issues. The launch raised a variety of issues including human rights, privacy, social control, policing, and disaster and atrocity victim identification. The network is planning a range of future activities including conferences, seminars, lectures, public events and collective writing projects.
Money as the measure of man
Claire Moon published a chapter entitled 'Money as the measure of man: values and value in the politics of reparation' which compared reparations granted to victims of gross violations of human rights in South Africa and Argentina. It was published in an edited collection entitled 'Value and Values in Criminology and Community Justice' which explores the inherent, although sometimes invisible, values in crime theory, criminal justice and research practice. The collection spans Marxist, postmodern and feminist perspectives on criminology, analysis of the dynamics of race, gender and age, research methods and ethics, the working of the criminal justice system, and engages with current debates about new challenges for criminology such as the green movement and Islamophobia.
‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ project receives ESRC funding for three year international seminar series
The ‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ project led by Dr Don Slater (LSE Sociology) and Dr Joanne Entwistle (King’s College London) has received ESRC funding for a three year international seminar series on light as material culture, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and academics to discuss a wide range of issues around light and lighting. Confirmed speakers of the seminar series include professionals and academics from Qatar, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The 30,000 GBP funding ensures that the seminar series can run three international seminars per year for three years. Eight will be hosted in UK venues and one will be held in a European capital. Each seminar will have one international speaker and three domestic presenters with an additional audience of about fifty people. The first event will be hosted at LSE in spring 2014, the second seminar will take place in summer 2014 at King’s College London.
Ricky Burdett joins Bill Clinton on Resilient Cities judging panel
October 2013: Professor Ricky Burdett joins former presidents Bill Clinton and Olusegun Obasanjo on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities judging panel. Nearly 400 cities across six continents applied to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which was announced on the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100th anniversary in May 2013. The Foundation has now announced the names of seven distinguished judges from around the world who will select the first round of cities to join the network:
• Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
• Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
• Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities
• Dr Peter Head, Chair, Ecological Sequestration Trust
• Dr Helene Gayle, President, CARE USA
• Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank
• Dr Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation
Configuring Light/Staging the Social
Light is a material through which we organize social space; it is the infrastructure of everyday life, entering into the ways in which social life and interaction is staged and enacted in specific social worlds. Configuring Light/Staging the Social is a multidisciplinary research programme that forges an integral dialogue between social sciences, design, architecture and urban planning focused on light as one of the most fundamental features of social life. It is coordinated by Dr Don Slater, LSE Sociology and Dr Joanne Entwistle of King’s College London. The research programme aims at developing interlinked projects focused on the ways in which light as a material is configured into built environments by using multidisciplinary and academic-practitioner collaborations to explore four over-arching thematics. Its perspective is ethnographically comprehensive: mapping all the significant forms of knowledge, practice and governance and all the actors (consumers, designers, planners) that enter into the processes of configuring light and staging social life. For more information email email@example.com or go to www.configuringlight.org.
Hutter and Lloyd-Bostock on the fallout from Eyjafjallajökull
September 2013: A new analysis by Professor Bridget Hutter and Professor Sally Lloyd-Bostock of the volcanic ash crisis in 2010, which led to the closure of Europe's airspace for six days and huge financial losses for airlines, reveals how powerful economic interests can shape regulation. It explores how, before the crisis, the airline industry failed to respond to regulators’ calls to discuss modifications to standards and protocols. Then, during the crisis, commercial pressures forced the modification of internationally agreed safety guidelines in a matter of days. The report is published in the latest issue of the British Journal of Sociology. For more please follow link to LSE News press release.
Awol Allo joins Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Awol Allo has been appointed as LSE Teaching Fellow in Human Rights for the academic year 2013-14 and will be joining the Centre for the Study of Human Rights from 1 October. He is currently Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow and will shortly be submitting his completed thesis 'Law and Resistance: Toward a Performative Epistemology of Law'. He has an LLM (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and did his LLB at Addis Ababa University.
Suzanne Hall and the future of high streets
Dr Suzanne Hall has been leading research on this currently highly controversial topic as part of the Ordinary Streets project at LSE Cities. Urban ethnographer and lecturer in sociology Suzi, who teaches in the Cities Programme, has been studying city streets in London for more than five years, focusing on Rye Lane in Peckham, south London, a poor and ethnically diverse neighbourhood which paradoxically bucks the national trend of declining footfall and struggling independent retailers, as local businesses adapt to their customers' needs. The research project is featured in LSE research highlights.
Judy Wajcman receives CITASA Career Achievement Award
Professor Judy Wajcman was the 2013 recipient of the CITASA William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award. CITASA is the Communications and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The award was presented during the Annual Meeting of the ASA in August 2013 in New York City. It recognizes a sustained body of research that has provided an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.
Judy Wajcman is taking part in a distributed open collaborative course or DOCC on 'Feminism and Technology', which is being offered as an alternative to the MOOC model. The DOCC aims to challenge MOOC thinking about the role of the instructor, about the role of money, about hierarchy, about the value of "massive," and many other things.
Bridget Hutter visits ANU
Bridget Hutter was Visiting Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) Australian National University 18-31 August 2013. She gave a seminar at the Australian Productivity Commission on Thursday 29 August.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu in discussion with Talal Asad on Egypt
On July 11, 2013, Ayça Çubukçu, IGLP Network Member and Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor spoke with Talal Asad, distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Scholar of Secularism and Middle Eastern Studies, to discuss his thoughts on the military intervention in Egypt July 3, 2013. Some say it was a coup, others insist it was a response to the people’s demands. To see what Dr. Asad has to say, read the full discussion in Jadaliyya online: Neither Heroes nor Villains.
Winning picture by Evangelos Georgas
June 2013: An image of the Communist pre-election campaign in Greece 2012, taken by LSE Sociology PhD student Evangelos Georgas, won the photograph category in the LSE Research Festival 2013. Evangelos is working on the topic ‘Understanding Radicalization: Party Articulation and Popular Receptions of the Crisis in Greece Since 2010.’
Bridget Hutter takes part in high level risk regulation workshops
Professor Bridget Hutter was recently invited to participate in two high level risk regulation workshops. The first, sponsored by the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) and Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), was a collaborative workshop at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the subject of Better Regulation, on 16th May. The second, organized by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (21st June) was a closed expert workshop of senior regulators, and academics, designed to explore ways in which food safety regulation might develop in the next few years. Professor Hutter also met with a member of Australian Government’s Productivity Commission with regard to a study for the Government on approaches that regulators use to engage with small businesses.
Dr Daniel Laurison joins the Department
We are delighted to welcome Daniel Laurison as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, funded for three years out of Professor Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship. Daniel has just completed his PhD at UC Berkeley and has interests in political sociology and cultural sociology as well as stratification - for more see Research Fellows and Visiting Fellows.
Living in the Endless City one of top ten architecture books
Living In The Endless City (Phaidon Press, 2011), has been named one of The Independent’s 10 Best Architecture Books. Edited by Professor Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the book takes a close look at the issues that affect cities around the world in the 21st century. It is commended by The Independent as "a fascinating book filled with writing by architects, urban planners, mayors and policymakers, debating the issues about urban living in the 21st century. It looks in detail at nine of the world's biggest cities, discussing everything from climate change to security."
LSE Sociology faculty nominated for teaching awards
Congratulations to Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Dr Janet Foster, Dr Jesse Potter and Professor Mike Savage, who have all been recognised for outstanding teaching by LSE Students' Union in the annual LSESU Teaching Awards.
'My Child' UK premiere at Open City Docs Fest
On Friday 21 June 2013 at 6pm the film 'My Child' by Turkish director Can Candan will be showing at the New Academic Building, LSE as part of London's international documentary film festival, presented in collaboration with LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights. The film is about a very courageous and inspiring group of people in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and is
followed by panel discussion with Can Candan and Metehan Ozkan (Co-Producer, LISTAG activist), chaired by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (Lecturer in Human Rights LSE). For more information and booking see My Child.
Ayça Çubukçu appeared on BBC Newsnight on Monday 3 June to talk about the demonstrations in Taksim Square and around Turkey.
Alumna Alice Mah wins Philip Abrams Memorial Prize
May 2013: Congratulations to Alice Mah, who has been awarded the 2013 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize by the British Sociological Association for the best first and sole-authored book on sociology. The book is Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place: Landscapes and legacies of urban decline which explores experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia, and is based on the PhD thesis she completed in the Department in 2008.
Nigel Dodd is on the money
Dr Nigel Dodd spoke at an interdisciplinary conference in the first week of May 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London, called 'Money Matters - Encounters Between Money and Literature'. This conference was part of the event series of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (AGCR) and brought together different disciplines such as Literary Studies, Sociology and Law enhancing a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue. This event was designed to encourage cross-disciplinary debate, inquiry and exploration into the scientific, academic, sociological and cultural implications of money in all its forms.
Ayca Cubukcu Ayça Çubukçu gives lecture on Libya in San Diego
Dr Ayça Çubukçu delivered a public lecture hosted by the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs at San Diego State University on 8 April. The lecture was based on Dr Çubukçu's recent article 'The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity' which was published in a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights addressing Humanitarianism and Responsibility.
Claire Moon on 'Interpreters of the Dead'
Dr Claire Moon presented some new research at the Annual Conference of the BSA. Dr Moon's paper, 'Interpreters of the dead: forensic knowledge, human remains and the politics of the past' was presented on a panel in the the 'Rights, Violence and Crime' stream of the conference.
Special issue of Journal of Classical Sociology in memory of David Frisby
Dr Nigel Dodd edited a special issue of the Journal of Classical Sociology, which was published in February 2013 in memory of David Frisby, who was a Professor in our department until just before he died in 2010. The papers included in the issue are not simply be tributes to David, but essays and articles written on thinkers and topics that interested him – as, inevitably, these are areas of the discipline that he did so much to shape: Special Issue on Georg Simmel and David Frisby.
Suzanne Hall on 'Ordinary Streets'
Suzi Hall presented her work on ‘Ordinary Streets’ at Humboldt University, Berlin and the British Sociology Association (BSA) annual conference in April 2013 , and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford in February 2013. She attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres, House of Commons on 5 April 2013 on ‘Establishing Thought Leadership in the Evolution of Town and City Centres’ and gave a lecture on ‘City, Street and Citizen’ at London’s Southbank University, 11 March 2013.
Manali Desai to present paper at Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Dr Manali Desai has been invited to give a paper at a workshop ‘Inequality, Civil Society and Democracy: Cross - Regional Comparisons, 1970s – 2000s’ at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, June 7-8 2013.
Disasters and Crises
Professors Bridget Hutter and Sally Lloyd‐Bostock presented a paper on “The Unfolding of Disasters and Crises” at a Research Workshop on Researching events, April 11‐12, 2013, Freie Universität Berlin, sponsored by the Peter Pribilla and German Research Foundation (DFG). The presentation was part of their current research project on risk regulation and crisis that explores key dilemmas in contemporary regulation through the lens of crises and disasters .
Mike Savage publishes details of a new model of the British class system
The largest survey of the British class system ever carried out has revealed a new structure of seven social divisions, ranging from an “advantaged and privileged” elite to a large “precariat” of poor and deprived people.
The Great British Class Survey (GBCS) was launched in January 2011. More than 161,000 people took part in the BBC Lab UK’s web survey. The results have just been published in the journal Sociology, and presented in a plenary session at the British Sociological Association Conference in London on April 3rd.
BBC LabUK teamed up with the leading sociologists Professor Mike Savage (London School of Economics) and Professor Fiona Devine (Manchester University), to examine the shape of the British class system today. The focus was to determine if traditional ideas of a working, middle and upper class still apply in contemporary Britain. Read Mike's report for the British Politics and Policy at LSE Blog.
In one short week, the BBC's Great British Class Survey has entered the annals as one of the most successful pieces of popular sociology ever conducted, with its online Class Calculator, based on the more complex model of the sociological survey, generating millions of visits and a lot of controversy. Read Mike's response in the Guardian online.
Dr Suzanne Hall on the politics of belonging
In her article The Politics of Belonging, Suzi Hall explores the contemporary conundrum between preservation and encounter: between deep national dependencies on migration and diversity, in parallel with a determined political resistance to recognise more fluid and hybrid forms of belonging in a highly mobile, uneven and interconnected world. This article appears in a special issue of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Volume 20, Issue 1, 2013: Settling Differences in a Land of Strangers.
Bridget Hutter speaks at Westminster Business Forum
Professor Bridget Hutter gave the opening address to the Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for delivering business regulation - reforming enforcement regimes and expanding the Primary Authority scheme on 14 March. The event was attended by Parliamentarians, senior policymakers, regulators and businesses from a range of sectors - including food, retail, travel and tourism, transport, security and manufacturing . On 4 March she presented a paper ‘Governance and Regulation as Risk Management’ at the Charted Institute of Environmental Health Officers’ Health and Safety Conference 2013: Planning for the future and learning from the past. This paper drew on her risk regulation research and emphasised the policy implications and possible impacts of the research.
New Directions in Science and Technology Studies
On 8 March 2013 an event organised by the Economies, Risk and Technology research cluster in the Department of Sociology brought together scholars to discuss new directions in science and technology studies. Professor Gabrielle Hecht and Professor Paul Edwards (University of Michigan) presented and discussed their current research on technopolitics in the nuclear era and global infrastructures and the politics of climate change.
Dr Ayça Çubukçu on the military intervention in Libya
In 'The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity', Dr Ayça Çubukçu (Centre for the Study of Human Rights / Department of Sociology) examines the military intervention in Libya and the problem of transnational solidarity. The article appears in a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights, focussing on humanitarianism and responsibility.
Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity
This is a new interdisciplinary research group convened by Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Centre for the Study of Human Rights / Department of Sociology.
The principle of national self-determination has been a hallmark of anti-imperialist politics, in both Marxist and Liberal traditions, at least since the First World War. This principle has enshrined a political distinction between “nationals” and “foreigners,” while internationalism and cosmopolitanism, in their various, historically specific articulations, have served as the ground of transnational solidarity where attempts have been made to bridge the posited gap between (self-determining) nationals and (solidarity-performing) foreigners.
Given the frequent overlap, in theory and practice, between visions of internationalism and cosmopolitanism on the one hand, and the remarkable internal variation—to the extent that two different and coherent bodies of thought can be said to exist in the first place—within internationalism and cosmopolitanism on the other, how should we think about the divergences and convergences between these two visions? When different versions of internationalism and cosmopolitanism as expounded and practiced by various theological traditions are added to the matrix along with their feminist, anarchist, regionalist, Third-Worldist, nationalist and militarist articulations, the nature of the two-headed monster proves too complicated to grasp in a single breath.
Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity is constituted as an interdisciplinary research group to address this problem. It aims to explore the politics of transnational solidarity by addressing the complications that arise in attempts to define, critique, and practice various strands of internationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Please email Dr Ayça Çubukçu (Lecturer in Human Rights, Department of Sociology) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in constituting this interdisciplinary research group, which is open to all LSE faculty and PhD students.
Prof Bridget Hutter expressed the sorrow of colleagues from the Department of Sociology upon learning the very sad news that Professor Stan Cohen passed away after a long illness on 7 January 2013.
Hobhouse Memorial Prizes (MSc Students) 2011 – 2012
Congratulations to all the Hobhouse Memorial Prize-winners below:
Best overall performance on the Master's Programmes in Sociology and Best overall dissertation on the Master's Programmes in Sociology: Adriana Valdez Young.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society: Isabel Bennett and Jingyuan Luo.
Best overall performance with Distinction MSc City, Design and Social Science: Adriana Valdez Young.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Culture and Society: Mona Sloane.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Human Rights: Chloe Cheeseman.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Political Sociology: Kei Ito.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies: Bedour Alagraa.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Sociology of Crime, Control and Globalisation: Paul Thornbury.
Best overall performance with Distinction, MSc Sociology (Contemporary Social Thought): Tim Strahlendorf.
Prizes for best overall performance with Distinction were not awarded for the MSc Sociology, MSc Sociology (Economic Sociology) or MSc Sociology (Research).
Professor Bridget Hutter joins high-level group of risk experts
Bridget Hutter was one of a number of senior academics, policy makers and business representatives invited to a workshop on ‘Policy Makers, the Public and Perceptions of Risk’ on 21 November 2012. The event was chair by Sir John Beddington (Government Chief Scientific Adviser), and Michael Gibbons (Chair Regulatory Policy Committee). This event was a formal Government response to the Löfstedt Report recommendation that the Government Chief Scientific Adviser convenes a group of experts on risk. The objective was to achieve consensus around a small number of impactful, concrete steps that might be taken by Government, academics, business or other interested parties to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by risk.
Dr Fran Tonkiss among top ten female spatial theorists
Die Architektin (Women + Architecture/Women in Architecture) blog has voted Fran Tonkiss, Reader in Sociology at LSE and Director of the Cities Programme, one of the most influential living female theoreticians, whose works and theories are relevant to architecture, urban planning and spatial theory. For more see: Die Architektin.
Taking economic sociology to the Treasury
At LSE, economic sociology is made relevant, even within the highly technical spheres of financial regulation. Along with colleagues from the Departments of Accounting and Management, work conducted by Dr Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra has contributed to the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets. This represents the first time that sociological research was included in the evidence-base of a sensitive and critical economic debate on the role of algorithmic and high frequency trading in British financial markets. This change represents a historical expansion of sociological expertise into a practical domain of economic policy-making.
Recent work in the sociology of finance has shown that markets can be understood as particular combinations of cultures, technologies and social institutions, adding depth and specificity to mainstream economic accounts. Focusing on financial markets, LSE researchers have been active contributors to this scholarship, demonstrating how technology is produced within financial organizations (Pardo-Guerra, LSE Sociology); how investment decisions are based on particular technologies and organizational frameworks (Beunza, LSE Management); and how technologies and social relations shape economic valuations (Millo, LSE Accounting). More (Word).
For the final report online see: The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets.
Chetan Bhatt at journal launch
On Friday 2 November 2012 the BSA Sociology of Rights study group (hosted by the Human Rights Consortium) launched a special issue of the prestigious journal Sociology, entitled: 'Sociology and Human Rights', in Senate House, University of London. Professor Bhatt, director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, presented a paper on 'Human Rights and the Transformations of War'.
Mike Savage awarded ESRC Professorial Fellowship
October 2012: We are delighted to announce that Prof Mike Savage has been awarded a prestigious ESRC Professorial Fellowship, to start in April 2013. Only four of these are awarded each year, and the recipients are chosen to be ‘ambassadors for social science’ as well as deemed to be pursuing cutting edge research programmes. Mike will be drawing together his work on class and social stratification, with a particular focus on the analysis of the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, and the analysis of 230 qualitative life histories conducted on a sub sample of the National Child Development Study, leading to a major monograph elaborating a relational analysis of social stratification. As well as showcasing the Department of Sociology’s strengths at the LSE, he will also be working with the UK Data Archive; the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC); and the Institute of Education.
In addition, we are pleased that Mike is a named co-investigator on a major ESRC project, ‘Life in the “Alpha Territory”: London's 'Super-Rich' Neighbourhoods’, which will begin in January 2013. The Principle Investigator is Prof Roger Burrows from Goldsmiths, and other CIs are Dr Rowland Atkinson (York), Prof Tim Butler (Kings), and Prof Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths). This will be the first major study examining how the emergence of the super wealthy in London is shaping urban change and neighbourhood relations.
Claire Moon publishes paper in Social & Legal Studies
Dr Claire Moon’s paper ‘Who’ll Pay Reparations on My Soul? Compensation, Social Control and Social Suffering’ was published in a special issue of Social & Legal Studies, Summer 2012. The issue publishes the proceedings of a workshop entitled 'Repairing Historical Wrongs' held at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull in September 2010. The workshop was attended by an international and multi-disciplinary cohort of scholars to investigate the various legal, ethical and political dimensions of attempting to repair serious acts of injustice committed by previous generations and/or political regimes.
Eileen Barker lectures in Morocco
While doing research during September 2012 on the religious situation in Morocco, Professor Eileen Barker, professor emeritus of sociology with special reference to the study of religion, gave two lectures. One, on 'New Religious Movements', was to 50 imams at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. The other, on 'Globalisation, Localisation and Globalisation of Religion', was to a gathering of students and scholars at the University Chouaîb Doukkali in El Jadida.
The Olympics: when global meets local
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme, was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. In this podcast from the LSE Review of Books he talks about the design and legacy of the Olympic Games in the context of the regeneration of East London. Later Suzanne Hall, lecturer in the Sociology Department and Cities Programme, leafs through the beautiful architecture books that inspired her interest in the design of cities and urban multiculture:
Undergraduate Hobhouse Memorial Prize winners 2011-12:
Best overall performances in 1st year: Bennett Lee
Best overall performance in 2nd year: Emma Glassey and Josephine Marie Carter
Best overall performance in 3rd year: Minal Anneka Cabraal and best overall performance in the Sociological Project: Cam Yan Ha
Professor Bridget Hutter gives keynote speech in New Zealand
Bridget Hutter, Professor of Risk Regulation and Head of the Sociology Department at LSE gave a keynote address on ‘The Governance challenges, the role of the state and the limits’ at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Annual Conference 2012, on Future Proofing the State: Risk, Responses and Resilience at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand 24–26 July.
Graduate Teaching Assistants win teaching prizes
Jesse Potter received the Departmental Guest Teacher Prize for his outstanding teaching contribution to this year’s undergraduate programme. The following research students received a Commendation for Outstanding Teaching Skills prize for their outstanding contribution to our undergraduate programme: Daiana Beitler, Kristina Fuentes, Peter Manning.
Richard Sennett wins Zócalo Public Square Book Prize
Richard Sennett's latest book Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation has won the second annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize, which is presented to the author of the work of nonfiction that most effectively deepens our understanding of community. On April 13, Sennett visited Zócalo to deliver a lecture: “Can Diverse Societies Cohere?” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.
Sociology and the Olympics
What do the social sciences have to say about the Olympic Games? The British Sociology Association (BSA) ran a series of events in partnership with the British Library to address this question in the run up to London 2012. In the latest 'Beyond the Leisure Dome', held at the British Library on 27 February 2012, LSE Sociology PhD student Jill Timms spoke of her research on the Olympics as a platform for protest. She presented a case study of the PlayFair 2012 campaign to improve the working conditions of those making official Olympic merchandise and supplies. Jill's PhD focuses on the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) discourse in such campaigns. She explained how PlayFair 2012 strategies highlight differences between the experiences of workers producing for the games and the universal principles of fairness promoted in the Olympic Charter.
Official claims of London 2012 being an ethical and sustainable Games are also drawn on to pressure national and international organising committees (LOCOG and the IOC) and sportswear companies to ensure internationally agreed labour standards are adhered to. Jill reported that the campaign had some impact on the improvement of procurement policies, and only days prior to the presentation, PlayFair 2012 released a report on conditions in two Chinese factories making Olympic mascots and pins. As a result, LOCOG signed an 'historic' agreement to address PlayFair 2012's ongoing concerns, including transparency in supply chains, worker training in employment rights and provision of a feasible complaints mechanism. Therefore mobilising ideas of CSR has contributed to recognition of responsibilities to these workers, and labour rights are now on the agenda for future sporting mega-events.
The day was organised by Professor John Horne, convenor of the BSA Sociology of Sport Study Group, and also included sessions on politics, security, international development, image control, and space and the city. The series ran alongside a British Library initiative 'Sport and Society: The Summer Olympics and Paralympics through the lens of social science', with a dedicated website and archive being assembled to create a legacy of published research from the Games.
Animal Citizens at LSE
Animal ethics has provided us with various theories which claim that animals are the subjects of ‘moral status’. Sophisticated analyses have been presented to explain why animals have moral worth, and to outline our moral obligations to them as a result. However, an increasing number of scholars have begun to ask what we owe to animals as subjects of political status – as members of and participants in our political communities. Can, as some have suggested, we even regard certain non-human animals as ‘citizens’? And what would animal citizenship imply for our obligations towards them? Animal Citizens was a one-day symposium held at LSE on 7 October 2011 to bring together academics researching these issues, with speakers including Dr Alasdair Cochrane from LSE Sociology. The event was sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
Prague conference on global capitalism
An International Conference on ‘Global Capitalism and Transnational Class Formation’ took place in Prague on 16-18 September 2011. Sponsored by the Centre of Global Studies (Prague), the Global Studies Association of North America, and the International Sociological Association Research Committee RC02 (Economy and Society), this was the first international conference devoted to transnational capitalist class theory and global class formation. Professor Emeritus Leslie Sklair gave a keynote speech on ‘The Icon Project: The Transnational Capitalist Class in Action’.
LSE Sociology was well-represented: in addition to Leslie Sklair papers were given by former PhD students Dr Alejandra Salas-Porras (UNAM Mexico) on ‘Think-tank networks in North America’ and Dr Yun-Tae Kim (Korea University, Seoul) on ‘State Restructuring and the Impact of Globalization in Korea: The Death of the Developmental State’; former post-doctoral fellow Dr Laura Gherardi (UC Milan) on ‘Time-Space Discipline of Upper Classes in Global Capitalism’ and doctoral candidate Jill Timms on ‘Contested Approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility as a Response to the Realities of Global Capitalism’. The conference concluded with a business meeting that established the Network for Critical Studies on Global Capitalism.
Dr Claire Alexander receives two research grants
The first, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was for a project entitled ‘Banglastories: telling community histories about migration and belonging’. This project follows on from a previous research project, 'Bengal diaspora,’ which explored the histories and experiences of migrants from the Indian state of Bengal in the period after 1947. The second grant was from the Economic and Social Research Council for a project entitled ‘Revisiting the Asian Gang’. This builds on Dr Alexander’s previous research on The Asian Gang (Berg 2000), revisiting the original participants of this study 15 years after the original research was completed.
PhD student awarded Commonwealth Scholarship
Michaela Muscat is in the second year of her PhD, and is researching the sociology of Islamic finance under the supervision of Dr Nigel Dodd.
Donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond St Hospital Charity wrote to thank the staff of LSE Sociology and the friends and family of the late Emeritus Professor David Frisby for their generous donation to the children's hospital charity in his memory:
"The money you have donated is helping us fund life-saving equipment and ground-breaking research to find cures and treatments giving children everywhere a brighter future. Your support is also helping us to build new facilities where our patients will have more space to get well and parents can stay with their children both night and day."
PhD student wins prestigious fellowship
LSE Sociology PhD student Marianne Colbran has been awarded the Howard League Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Full details of the fellowship and the Howard League Penal Reform charity can be found at howardleague.org/post-doctoral-fellowship/
Professor Bridget Hutter lectures in Melbourne
Bridget Hutter visited the Sociology Department, Melbourne University, 23 July - 5 August. She participated in a public seminar with Fiona Haines (University of Melbourne) ‘Regulating Risk in an Uncertain World’, 28 July and delivered a public lecture ‘Social Science Perspectives on Risk Regulation’, 3 August.
Sixth-formers visit LSE Sociology
A group of about 30 students plus teachers from Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College, Walthamstow, northeast London, were welcomed to LSE on 21June to find out about what the School and the Sociology Department have to offer. The visit, coordinated by Dr Claire Alexander with the help of the Student Recruitment Office, included an introduction to the School and a campus tour by current LSE students, as well as a talk about studying sociology.
GTA teaching prizes 2011
Congratulations to PhD students Des Fitzgerald, Daniel Kilburn and Victoria Redclift, who were among the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) awarded prizes for their teaching skills at LSE's annual Teaching Day. The Departmental Class Teacher Awards winners are nominated by the departments in which they teach as a result of exceptional feedback from students, lecturers and other department members.
Professor Judy Wajcman lectures in Helsinki
On Thursday 9 June 2011, Professor Judy Wajcman, Head of the Department of Sociology, presented the talk 'Constant Connectivity: rethinking interruptions at work' at the European Conference on Information Systems held at the Aalto University School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.
Professor Frances Heidensohn delivers sixth Roger Hood lecture
On Wednesday 25 May 2011, Frances Heidensohn, visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and general editor of the British Journal of Sociology, gave the sixth Annual Roger Hood public lecture at the University of Oxford, on 'Impact and Influence in Contemporary Criminology: the question of feminism.'
The lecture marks the career of Professor Roger Hood, a distinguished criminologist, emeritus professor at the University of Oxford and fellow of All Souls College. Professor Hood graduated in sociology from LSE in 1957 and was a research officer at the School from 1961-63.
Emeritus Professor Eileen Barker becomes an Honorary Fellow of LSE
Eileen Barker OBE, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion at LSE, is among those becoming an Honorary Fellow. Honorary fellowships are awarded by LSE each year to people who have attained distinction in the arts, science, or public life, or who have rendered outstanding services to the School or its concerns.
Professor Nikolas Rose elected to prestigious Danish Academy
Nikolas Rose, Martin White Professor of Sociology and director of BIOS at LSE, has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. The Academy was founded in 1742 and has approximately 250 national and 260 foreign members. Professor Rose has been elected in the humanities class and invited to deliver a lecture at the Academy in the future. New members of the Academy are nominated and then elected by current members.
Professor Sarah Franklin receives Smith College's Most Prestigious Award
For extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, Professor Sarah Franklin is one of five alumnae to have been named 2011 recipients of the prestigious Smith College Medal. Established in 1962 to recognize women who exemplify in their lives and work "the true purpose" of a liberal arts education, the honour was bestowed at Rally Day on 23 February 2011 at Smith College, Massachusetts.
Donation made in memory of Jessica Gunhammar
Jessica Gunhammar, a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Human Rights, very sadly passed away after a long illness in September 2010. Jessica was undertaking research on the impact of rape as a war crime, in former Yugoslavia. Her colleagues, lecturers and friends wanted to mark this sad occasion by contributing to a cause that would have been very close to Jessica's heart. Therefore, a donation has been made to Medica Zenica, a women's non-governmental organisation that continuously offers psycho-social and medical support to women and children victims of war rape, street rape survivors, domestic violence survivors, and victims of trafficking in human beings. Jessica was a dedicated young woman, passionate about her research and support for women in former Yugoslavia and we hope this donation in remembrance of her will help Medica Zenica in their very important work.
British Journal of Sociology Celebrates 60 Years
The BJS turns 60 this year. To mark this occasion the Editors have chosen two articles from each of the Journal's six decades that, in their view, have had a significant and enduring impact on sociology. Each of the articles is accompanied by contemporary commentary that critically assesses it legacy. While the articles chosen represent just a fraction of the many path-breaking contributions publishing in The BJS over the years, it is our hope that they will serve to amply demonstrate the Journal's central and long standing role in fostering the sociological imagination. Follow this link for free access to The BJS - Shaping Sociology Over 60 Years.
Professor Richard Sennett awarded Spinoza Prize 2010
The fifth Spinoza Prize, awarded under the auspices of the International Spinoza Award Foundation in Amsterdam, has been awarded to Richard Sennett. The ceremony was held on the anniversary of Spinoza's birthday, 24 November 2010, in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague.
The Spinozalens is a biennial international award. The jury, an assembly of philosophers and other scientists from The Netherlands and Flanders, selects a famous thinker and writer on issues of ethics and society. The award aims to encourage the debate on ethics and morality and entails a prize of a sculpture and 10,000 Euros. To commemorate the occasion, a special book will be published to introduce the laureate's work.
Emeritus Professor David Frisby passes away on 20 November 2010
It is with great sadness that we report that LSE Emeritus Professor David Frisby, formerly a long-term Professor of Sociology at Glasgow, died on Saturday after a long illness. David published extensively on the sociology of Georg Simmel, social theory and modernity, German social theory and aspects of modern urban experience. Alongside his reputation as the intellectual expert of fin-de-siecle social theory, he was a wonderful and generous colleague who helped mentor many of us. We in the Sociology department will all miss him terribly . For this tribute in full from Professor Judy Wajcman and other tributes from friends and colleagues please see the webpage dedicated to the memory of Emeritus Professor David Frisby.
Professor Judy Wajcman, President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), attended the society's annual meeting, organised together with the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, in Tokyo from 25-29 August 2010.
The meeting, Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Global Contexts, was the first to be held in Asia and attracted 1,000 people from more than 40 countries. The event provided the opportunity for 4S members to explore questions relating to differences in STS concepts, as well as strengthening the ties with the East Asian STS community.
Professor Wajcman, Head of the Department of Sociology, presented the Presidential Plenary 'Creative Connections between STS and Communication Studies', as well as organising a range of other meetings.
Anticipating Risks and Organising Risk Regulation
Professor Bridget Hutter, Professor of Risk Regulation and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at LSE, has edited the new book Anticipating Risk and Organising Risk Regulation which has been published by Cambridge University Press.
This book shows how we can organise our social, organisational and regulatory policy systems to cope better with the array of local and transnational risks we regularly encounter. Contributors from a range of disciplines - including finance, history, law, management, political science, social psychology, sociology and disaster studies - consider threats, vulnerabilities and insecurities alongside social and organisational sources of resilience and security. These issues are introduced and discussed through a fascinating and diverse set of topics, including myxomatosis, the 2012 Olympic Games, gene therapy and the recent financial crisis.
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Professor Stanley Cohen becomes an Honorary Fellow of LSE
Honorary fellowships are awarded by LSE each year to people who have attained distinctions in the arts, science, or public life, or who have rendered outstanding services to the School. Professor Cohen was presented as an Honorary Fellow at LSE's graduation ceremonies in July 2010.
The Impact of Impact Report
The Department of Sociology, the BIOS Centre, and the Gender Institute launched an expanded report on The Impact of Impact workshop and accompanying blog site to accommodate the large volume of responses generated by the initial workshop summary. In April 2010, Valerie Hey, Fran Tonkiss, Mike Power, Mary Evans, Donald Gillies, Don Slater, Clare Hemmings and Sarah Franklin addressed the question of how an emphasis on impact as a category of assessment in the Research Excellence Framework is likely to influence research efforts.
The presentations and discussion confirmed that impact measures are seen as both unhelpful and counterproductive, however they also offer the chance to redefine the value of academic work. These and other aspects of the workshop are now explored in the expanded report available at http://lse-impact.blogspot.com .
Professor Chetan Bhatt new Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights
The Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights is delighted to welcome its new director, Professor Chetan Bhatt. Chetan Bhatt is Professor of Sociology with a strong background in human rights and social justice. His research interests include the religious right and religious conflict, nationalism, and racism. Current projects include work on the sociology of religious paramilitia groups.
On joining the Centre, Professor Bhatt said, "I am delighted to join the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE and greatly look forward to working with my new colleagues and the many students at the Centre. Human rights face substantial challenges today from many different – often surprising – directions. I share the passion of the Centre staff about human rights. I share their dedication in making the study of human rights a dynamic intellectual process, one based on firm grounds but also one subject to constant ethical renewal in changing circumstances."
Departmental Class Teacher Prize Awarded to Peter Manning
Each year, the Teaching and Learning Committee invites all departments to recognise the special contribution made to teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and guest teachers. The awards are based on the result of student feedback surveys, feedback from the lecturers responsible for the courses in departments that employ GTAs and guest teachers and other informal feedback available locally.
Bridget Hutter conferred the award of Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies of the Social Sciences.
The Academy's mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of Individual Academicians and Learned Societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.
British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award to Professor Stanley Cohen
The Society has this year introduced a new prize, intended to celebrate outstanding contributions made to the discipline by members of the BSC. The prize aims to celebrate an outstanding achievement as constituted either by a single contribution – a book, for example, or article or lecture – or through the production over time of a body of work. In either case, the recipient will have enhanced the discipline's interests on the national or international stage. In this inaugural year of the prize we are delighted to be able to honour Stanley Cohen, whose contributions have consistently proved to be reference points in the development of criminology over the last four decades.
Dr Claire Moon Teaching Award
The LSE Teaching Excellence Award, now in its third year, is managed by the Students' Union, who invites students to nominate those teachers who have inspired their learning most in the past year. Each nomination has to be supported by a minimum of seven students, and each of those students is asked to give examples of how the individual has: stimulated their interest and enthusiasm; increased their ability to be independent, critical learners; organised the course materials effectively; provided useful feedback; demonstrated their command of the subject and developing thinking in the field of study and responded appropriately to the diversity of students in their courses. Our congratulations go to Dr Claire Moon who was amongst the final five five selected for the award.
Dr Carrie Friese Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award
LSE Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Dr Friese's submission for the Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award has been selected by the awards committee as the winner for outstanding dissertation in the "Traditional" category. Dr Friese has been invited to submit an article from her dissertation to the International Review of Qualitative Research, the new journal of the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry.