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. 


Upcoming Seminars:

Our research seminars are currently only open to Sociology staff and students and will be held in room STC.219 (St Clements).

Lent Term and Summer Term 2023

Lent Term 2023

Wednesday 29 March 2023, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Speaker: Maya Adereth
Topic: Railway Unions and Universal Benefits: The importance of Organizational Context

Summer Term 2023

Wednesday 17 May 2023, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Speaker: Dr Ioanna Gouseti
Topic: TBC

Wednesday 7 June 2023, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Speaker: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
Topic: TBC

Past events:

Past Research Seminars (2022/23)

Lent Term 2023

Wednesday 18 January 2023, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Speaker: Dr Carrie Friese
Topic: More-than-Human Humanitarianism? Biomedicine, Care and the Problem of Sacrificial Logics

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Speaker: Sacha Hilhorst 
Topic: The Uses of Corruption Talk: How Citizens Negotiate Legitimacy in Two Post-Industrial English Towns

Thursday 23 March 2023, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Speaker: Dr Leon Wansleben
Topic: The Rise of Central Banks. State Power in Financial Capitalism

Monday 27 March 2023, 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Speaker: Dr Sarah Lenz
Topic: Techno Utopias and Blood Computers: On the Entanglements of Digital Progress and Sustainability

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)