Research Seminars

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


Past events:

Past Research Seminars (2023/24)

Spring Term 2024

Wednesday 29 May 2024
Speaker: Dr Svetlana Ruseishvili
Topic: Transnational Childbirth, Migration, and Meanings of Citizenship

Wednesday 5 June 2024
Speakers: Dr Mai Taha and Dr Sara Salem
Topic: Sonic Lives: Radio and Anticolonial Solidarity

Winter Term 2024

Wednesday 14 February 2024
Speaker: Professor Annette Lareau
Topic: Studying Class, Cultural Knowledge, and Inequality Using Qualitative Methods: The Importance of Hard Choices

Wednesday 24 January 2024
Speaker: Victoria Gronwald
Topic: A clean City? The UK’s surprising leadership on beneficial ownership transparency

Wednesday 13 March 2024
Speaker: Professor Paul Watt
Topic: Estate Regeneration and Its Discontents: Public Housing, Place and Inequality in London

Wednesday 20 March 2024
Speakers: Dr Thierry RossierProfessor Mike Savage, Jonathan Schulte and Ben Brundu-Gonzalez
Topic: Analysing inequalities within the LSE student body: bringing social class into the mix

Wednesday 8 May 2024
Speaker: Dr Mai Taha
Topic: Homes in Revolt: Social reproduction as struggle in Mandate Palestine

Autumn Term 2023

Wednesday 8 November 2023
Speaker: Dr Faiza Shaheen
Topic: The rise of divisive narratives and what this means for progressive policy-making

Wednesday 15 November 2023
Speaker: Professor Suzi Hall
Topic: Edge Syntax: vocabularies for violent times

Past Research Seminars (2021/22)

Past Research Seminars (2020/21)

Lent Term 2021

Wednesday 24 March
Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa (University of Cambridge) and Professor Peter Wade (University of Manchester)
Topic: Inflections of Anti-Racism in Latin America

Past Research Seminars (2019/20)

Lent Term 2020

Wednesday 11 March
Joanna Tsiganou (National Centre for Social Research)
Topic: Economic crises and Crime: Is there a ‘crime drop’ in societies under crises?

Wednesday 4 March
Javier Auyero (University of Texas-Austin)
Topic: The Clandestine Hands of the State: The Relational Dynamics of Police Collusion in Drug Markets

Wednesday 19 February
Michael Sauder (University of Iowa)
Topic: A Sociology of Luck

Wednesday 5 February
Lucy Mayblin (University of Sheffield)
Topic: Impoverishment and Asylum: social policy and slow violence

Wednesday 22 January 
Rohan Deb Roy (University of Reading)
Topic: The White Ant's Burden: insects, empire and entomo-politics in South Asia

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 (2018/19)

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

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

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

Past Research Seminars (2017/18)

Lent Term

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

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 February 2018
Sivamohan Valluvan (Warwick)
Topic: New Nationalism, Old Ideologies and Left Problems
Abstract and bio

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 

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Dingeman Wiertz (Oxford)
Topic: Durable civic disparities across the United States: Civic deserts, hotspots, and their destinies

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 18 October 2017
Chana Teeger (LSE)
Topic: “Apartheid is Boring”: The Politics of Disinterest in South African History Classrooms

Past Research Seminars (2020/21)