Book launches: Dr Catherine Duxbury and Dr Emily Cousens
We celebrated two fantastic book launches. Dr Catherine Duxbury (LSE100 Fellow, Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology) and Dr Emily Cousens discussed the convergence of critical animal studies and trans feminism.
Building Bridges: Connecting Stories and Championing Racial Justice
Building Bridges, co-ordinated by the Runnymede Trust and LSE, was an opportunity to come together, connect, and champion racial justice. More information here.
British Sociological Association – Sociology of Elites Study Group Founding Conference
This one-day conference celebrated the founding of the Sociology of Elites Study Group, giving members the opportunity to meet the Study Group's members, and plan ahead. Find out more here.
LSE Festival 2023
Smashing the Class Ceiling
Lessons in how to improve social mobility: what we can do, how we can do it and why it’s not being done already. With Professor Sam Friedman and Professor Lee Elliot Major. Chaired by Professor Stephen Machin. Catch up here.
The Changing Inequalities of Citizenship
Citizenship is often seen as a great equaliser. Yet access to citizenship itself is not equally distributed, nor are the rights gained from citizenship equal for all. With Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey, Dr Kristin Surak, and Dr Eleanor Knott. Chaired by Dr Armine Ishkanian. Catch up here.
This is Not America: Why Black Lives in Britain Matter
Across the West, racial injustice has become one of the most divisive issues of our age. Debate abounds around racism, identity, diversity, immigration and colonial history, and, in the rush to address injustice, Britain has followed the lead of the world's dominant power: America. We judge ourselves by America's standards, absorb its arguments and follow its agenda. But what if we're looking in the wrong place? Speaker Tomiwa Owoladevis is joined by Chair Professor Mike Savage. Catch up here.
What Would a Fairer Society Look Like?
Have inequalities become so entrenched that we can no longer imagine a fairer society? Whilst many are dissatisfied with the status quo, it is surprisingly hard to find a coherent vision of what a better and fairer world would look like. In the Festival’s closing event, leading thinkers put forward their suggestions.With Daniel Chandler, Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Swatee Deepak, and Lord Willetts. Chaired by Professor Neil Lee. Catch up here.
The Future of Social Democracy
The contemporary period of crisis has fundamentally altered party-political landscapes in democracies around the world. To discuss what this means for left politics, we were joined by Adam Przeworski to discuss the fate of the defining party family of twentieth-century representative democracy: social democratic parties. Catch up here.
Social Democracy: New Opportunities and New Constraints
This conference explored Social Democracy: New Opportunities and New Constraints. Hosted by The Ralph Miliband Program and LSE Sociology.
Spaces of Struggle: Rethinking Internationalism in an Age of War and Transition
Professor Sandro Mezzadra introduced the notion of multipolarity to make sense of such predicament, critically discussing different uses of it and emphasizing the need to rethink the relations among what G. Arrighi calls "territorialism" and capitalism. Chaired by Dr Ayça Çubukçu. Catch up here.
Putting Bourdieu and Marx in Dialogue
This event marked the launch of Gabriella Paolucci's edited book Bourdieu and Marx. With Dr Gabriella Paolucci, Dr Poornima Paidipaty and Professor Bridget Fowler. Chaired by Professor Mike Savage. Catch up here.
BJS/LSE Sociology Panel Event: Reflections on ‘The Quantified Scholar’
A panel hosted by the Department of Sociology and The British Journal of Sociology discussing a variety of themes that emerge from The Quantified Scholar with the author, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (UCSD) and panellists, Sam Friedman (LSE), Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden University), and John Holmwood (University of Nottingham). The panel was co-chaired by Fran Tonkiss (LSE) and Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Sussex) and moderated by Daniel Laurison (British Journal of Sociology). Catch up here.
Irregular Rights: Abortion, Domestic Violence, and the uses of Illegality
In this lecture, Professor Poulami Roychowdhury developed the concept of “irregular rights”. What do survivors of domestic violence in West Bengal, India have in common with women seeking abortion services in Texas, USA? Chaired by Professor Monika Krause. Catch up here.
The Politics of the Turkey/Syria Earthquake: Responses and Aftermath
After he recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria had catastrophic impacts across a large area, our panel discussed whether emergency agencies had been able to access and deliver relief to those most in need, and what the conditions, and prospects for, recovery and reconstruction are. With Dr Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Dr Hişyar Özsoy, Dr Rim Turkmani and Amberin Zaman. Chaired by Dr Ayça Çubukçu.
LSE Reels Screening: Machuca
LSE Reels screened acclaimed director Andrés Wood's most successful film, set during the 1970s and based on his own experiences at Saint George's College.
Achieving Justice when Stopping Oil: OFFSHORE Film Screening and Discussion
At a special event in the Social Life of Climate Change series, Dr Gisa Weszkalnys, Co-Investigator of the UKRI funded project "Fraying ties? Networks, territory and transformation in the UK oil sector," set the scene for the screening of OFFSHORE. This short film, commissioned by the NGO Platform London, focused on the situation of oil and gas workers.
LSE Reels Screening: A Flood in Baath Country
Attendees joined LSE Reels for a film screening screening of A Flood in Baath Country a film by Omar Amiralay. The film took attendees through the experience of students, teachers, and local officials in the village of al-Mashi in Syria.
Radius: a Story of Feminist Revolution
Attendees joined for a conversation between Yasmine El-Rifae and Sophie Chamas on El-Rifae's new book, 'Radius: A Story of a Feminist Revolution' (Verso, 2022).
Everyone and No One: Moral Solicitude and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Hosted by LSE Human Rights and the Department of Sociology. In this Annual Human Rights Day Talk, Professor Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui invited us to revisit the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Catch up here.
Masterclass with Professor Siba Grovogui
Attendees joined Professor Siba Grovogui for an intimate masterclass as part of his Annual Human Rights Day Lecture.
Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn't Fair and Why Diversity Doesn't Work
A talk from Louise Ashley on her new book Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn’t Fair and Why Diversity Doesn’t Work. Speakers: Dr Louise Ashley, David Goodhart, Professor Mark Williams. Chair: Professor Sam Friedman. Catch up here.
Society[ies] in Crisis
A day-long conference exploring ‘Society[ies] in Crisis.’ The purpose of the conference was to enhance the department’s research culture and strengthen a sense of community among its members. Find out more.
Social Science is Explanation or it is Nothing
Speakers: Professor Julian Go, Professor Noorjte Marres, Professor Melinda Mills, Professor Mike Savage. Chair: Professor Monika Krause. Catch up here.
Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu – Film night by Decolonising LSE x LSE SU
For Black History Month, Decolonising LSE Collective and the LSE Student Union hosted a film night in The Venue (Saw Swee Hock Centre, LSE) watching Timbuktu, a film by the Mauritanian-born Malian film director Abderrahmane Sissako, followed by a chat with Dr Olivia Rutazibwa (LSE) and Dr Clive Nwonka (UCL). Find out more.
In Conversation with Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa
To celebrate Black History Month, we were delighted to have a conversation with Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa. Hosted by LSE and LSE Students' Union. Catch up here.