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Sociology Forum

The LSE Sociology Forum serves as the focal point of the research community here in the Department of Sociology, and also aims to encourage a broader audience for sociological thought throughout the School.

The Forum holds events including roundtable discussions, well-known external speakers, debates, and papers from academics and graduate students. Calls for papers and for suggested speakers are usually issued towards the start of each term, but suggestions are welcome at any time.  

Sociology Forum events are usually open to all undergraduate students, master's students, PhD students, visiting scholars and staff in the Sociology Department, and sometimes to a wider audience.

For more information please contact the current Sociology Forum representatives:

Paz Concha: p.m.concha@lse.ac.uk
Sian Lewin: s.h.lewin@lse.ac.uk
Reuben Message: r.message@lse.ac.uk
Mona Sloane: m.sloane@lse.ac.uk

Events 2013-14

SocForum London Alternative Citiscapes cropLONDON - ALTERNATIVE CITYSCAPES

6 March 2014, 1.15-2.30pm, McKenzie Room (STC 219)

London is so large and so wild that it contains no less than everything. – Peter Ackroyd, London
As a 21st century megacity, London is home to 8.3 million people from more than 270 nations and a prominent stage for rapid change. The city’s vast diversity is mirrored in complex interplays of social, economic and cultural logics which create a wide array of alternative cityscapes. In this LSE Forum, an urban ethnographer, a light designer and an urban sociologist will discuss the many different ‘Londons’ there are: from multisensory spaces, to multicultural streets and the city at night. Come along and join the discussion!

Suzanne Hall, Urban Ethnographer, LSE Cities/Lecturer, Department of Sociology 
Satu Streatfield, Light Designer, Speirs+Major
Alex Rhys-Taylor, Urban Sociologist, Goldsmiths College

Bring your lunch, we bring drinks and nibbles!

Bitcoin: alternative currencies reloaded

January 15 2014, 1.15-2.30pm, McKenzie Room (STC 219)

At this Sociology Forum event historian Garrick Hileman, financial activist Brett Scott and Nigel Dodd from the Department of Sociology discussed the implications of the increasingly popular online currency.

Poster (PDF): Bitcoin: alternative currencies reloaded

Read more about this discussion on the Researching Sociology @ LSE blog:
Bitcoin: Alternative Currencies Reloaded, Part Two


Previous events (2012-13)

Mafias on the Move

Weds 20th February 2013, 6-7.30pm, NAB 1.04

Speaker: Professor Federico Varese
Chair: Dr Patrick McGovern

In this seminar organized by the Department of Sociology and the Migration Studies Unit at LSE, Federico Varese gave a talk based on the research that inspired his new book Mafias on the Move: How organized crime conquers new territories:

Re-imagining Fakeness in Critical Contemporary Culture

Wednesday 21 November 2012, 6 to 8.30pm 
Room NAB 1.07, New Academic Building, LSE

An event to launch the journal Critical Contemporary Culture Issue 2: Fakeness, bringing together academics, artists, curators and theorists to discuss the state of fakeness in contemporary culture. Speakers discussed their view on the subject through text, images and works of art.


Antonia Dawes, Chair of CCC Journal - Welcome Note and Introduction of CCC

Dr. Don Slater, Programme Convenor, MSc Culture and Society, LSE - Introduction of speakers and their papers by the chair of the panel

Samuel Benagr, PhD, Cinema and New Technologies, University of Bedfordshire, Luton - ‘Subjectivity and Objectivity as the Central Tension in Camera-Generated Images’

Daniel Schulze, University of Würzburg, Germany - 'Fake Acting – Real Experience: Theatre as A Form of New Authenticity'

Leo Marks & Benjamin Goode, London, UK - IDEAS ON ART THAT’S NOT FOR SALE.

Watch the video:  http://vimeo.com/57924893

Inequalities in the Twenty-First Century

Wednesday 24 October 2012, 6:00-7:30 in CLM.4.02 

A panel discussion with Dr Suki Ali, Dr Suzi Hall, Professor Mike Savage and Professor Judy Wajcman, chaired by Dr Helen Kim. 

Previous events (2011-12)

End of year event: PhD review

18 June 2012,   6:00-7:30pm, Graham Wallas Room (AGWR), Old Building

A panel of four former LSE Sociology research students who gained their PhDs in the last year - Richard Bramwell, Marianne Colbran, Amy Hinterberger and Sandy Ross - talked about their research, what they are doing now and future directions.  This event was open to faculty and postgraduates in the Department of Sociology. 

City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary

12 June 2012, 6.30-8pm, Alumni Theatre (NAB LG1.09)

Dr Suzanne Hall discussed her new book City, Street and Citizen with Professor Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths.  This event, co-hosted by the Sociology Forum and LSE Cities and chaired by Dr Claire Alexander, was open to the public.

The Return of the Subject

Monday 30 April 2012, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This public event held in conjunction with LSE Cities launched two new books on the society of strangers discussing issues of hyper-subjectivity and desubjectification as the causes of contemporary escalations of violence. Ash Amin’s Land of Strangers offers a diagnosis of attitudes towards the stranger in the West after 9/11, while Michel Wieviorka’s Evil develops a sociological analysis of evil phenomena presenting us with a fresh approach to the understanding of the darker regions of human behaviour. The authors were joined by Claire Alexander, Craig Calhoun (Chair) and Richard Sennett. 

Return of the Subject podcast  

Author-meets-critic: Steve Fuller, Humanity 2.0

Wednesday 22nd February 2012, 6-7.30pm, NAB 2.14
Steve Fuller discussd his provocative new book, Humanity 2.0 (Palgrave, 2011), which argues that recent developments in the bio- and nano-sciences have forced social scientists to confront, head-on, the question of what it means to be ‘human’ in this century.  Respondent: Carrie Friese.

Capitalism in Crisis: Sociological Accounts

Wednesday 25 January 2012, 6-7:30pm, Graham Wallace room (OLD550)
Panelists: Aditya Chakrabortty, (economics leader writer for The Guardian), Nigel Dodd, Robin Archer, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra
Chair: Sandy Ross

One in Three: Young Migrants in a Global City

Wednesday 7th December 2011, 6-7.30pm, NAB.1.15
Speakers: Professor Les Back and Dr Shamser Sinha, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Chair: Sanjiv Lingayah

The UK Riots: What Sociology Can Tell Us

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 6:00-7:30 pm, CLM4.02
A panel discussion , followed by a reception, was held to launch the Sociology Forum for 2011-12.  Panel speakers included Professor Paul Gilroy, Dr Fran Tonkiss, Malcolm James and Ajmal Hussain and the event was chaired by Dr Claire Alexander.  


The day-to-day running of the Forum is carried out by a group of PhD students in the Department, who are always looking for more volunteers. They can be contacted at sociology.forum@lse.ac.uk

The Forum also operates two email lists to which anyone is welcome to subscribe:

The Announcement list is used to announce upcoming events and issue calls for papers and speakers. It is a fairly low-traffic list, involving a couple of emails a fortnight at the busiest times of year. To subscribe, click here: mailto:listserv@listserv.lse.ac.uk?body=SUBSCRIBE%20SOCIOLOGY-FORUM-ANNOUNCE-L

The Discussion list is available to anyone interested in participating in the organisation and planning of the forum, or in discussing past events. It can occasionally be quite busy. To subscribe, click here: mailto:listserv@listserv.lse.ac.uk?body=SUBSCRIBE%20SOCIOLOGY-FORUM-L