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Sociology Staff Publish Reflections on the EU Referendum

Thursday, June 23rd will bring one of the most important votes in the country's history - a referendum to decide whether the UK will remain in, or leave, the European Union. The decision will have significant effects on British society and economics, on British identity and on the lives of millions of people, Brits and non-Brits, within and beyond the UK.

Because it is such a momentous social and political occasion, it is important to think about the referendum sociologically. Indeed, as sociologists, we have an important role to play in this debate, because we can raise awareness of the sociological issues at stake in a decision about EU membership and the sociological factors shaping the current discourses and debate in the UK about that membership. Unfortunately, sociological thinking has often been absent from the debate, and as a result a very important issue is being discussed in simplistic, problematic and at times very dangerous and toxic ways.

Staff in the department have been following the debates closely and reflecting on the referendum sociologically, and we have decided to compile some of those reflections in one page. You can access them here.

Wed 22 June 2016, 14:01 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Research Staff

Book Launch of Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture By Deborah Lynn Steinberg

You are warmly invited to the launch of Deborah Lynn Steinberg's latest book, Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture (Ashgate/Routledge).

Professor Elizabeth Ettorre (Liverpool University) and Professor Stuart Murray (Carleton University, Canada) will be talking about the book and its significance. Deborah will also say a few words.

The launch is taking place on June 14th at 5.30 in Ramphal Builing, Room 1.04, University of Warwick.

Wine, soft drinks and refreshments will be served.

Genes and the Bioimaginary poster

Fri 10 June 2016, 10:05 | Tags: Homepage Research Staff Publications

Toxic News 3rd Edition

The third edition of our online magainze Toxic News is now available to view.

Special Nuclear Edition to mark the 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl


Pollution, Health, and Global Governance: Roundtable Discussion and Film Screening of 'Warriors of Qiugang'

Thursday 19th May, 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Wolfson Research Exchange, The Library, University of Warwick

Issues of pollution are often raised within debates about global environmental governance, but primarily in relation to smog and climate change, rather than global health.
This informal roundtable discussion invites panellists from different fields to discuss the important theme of pollution, health, and global environmental governance. Refreshments available throughout the event and wine and nibbles afterwards.

 


June event: Post Racial Fantasies in an Age of Diversity and Migration with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Wednesday, 8th June 5pm-6.30pm

Room MS.05, Maths Building, University of Warwick

So we can keep track of numbers, please register to attend at www.brem2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books. Her book, No Place Like Home, well received by critics, was an autobiographical account of a twice removed immigrant. From 1996 to 2001 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research which published True Colours on the role of government on racial attitudes. Tony Blair launched the book in March 1999. She is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. In 2000 she published, Who Do We Think We Are? which went on to be published in the US too, an acclaimed book on the state of the nation. Andrew Marr and Sir Bernard Crick among other reviewers found the book exceptionally wise and challenging. After Multiculturalism, a pamphlet re-assessing the multicultural ideology in Britain was the first critical examination by a social democrat of a settled and now damaging orthodoxy. She is also a regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations. In 2001 came the publication of Mixed Feelings, a book on mixed race Britons which has been praised by all those who have reviewed it to date. In June 1999, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice. She is a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK and has also agreed to be a special ambassador for the Samaritans. She is the President of the Institute of Family Therapy. She is married with a twenty eight year old son and thirteen year old daughter.

In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in the new year’s honours list. In July 2003 Liverpool John Moore’s University made her an Honorary Fellow. In 2003 she returned her MBE as a protest against the new empire in Iraq and a growing republicanism. In September 2004, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Oxford Brookes University . In April 2004, her film on Islam for Channel 4 won an award and in May 2004, she received the EMMA award for best print journalist for her columns in the Independent. In September 2004, a collection of her journalistic writings, Some of My Best Friends Are… was published in 2005. Since that year, she has been seen on stage in her one woman show, commissioned and directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their new work festival. In 2005, she was voted the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country in a poll and in another she was among the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK. In 2008 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

The event will be followed by a reception with juice, wine and snacks

This is a public lecture and all are welcome

So we can keep track of numbers, please register to attend at www.brem2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Find out more about Warwick’s Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) Network at www.warwick.ac.uk/brem

Tue 12 April 2016, 15:39 | Tags: PhD Student Homepage social sciences Undergraduate Research

Amy Hinterberger Awarded Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science

Amy Hinterberger has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science for her project, Blood and tissue samples as ‘human subjects’. The Award is for £39,897. The project will run from October 2016 – July 2017. The research will investigate transformations in the definition of the human research subject in biomedicine across the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

Mon 04 April 2016, 10:31 | Tags: Homepage Research Staff

New monograph from Dr Mark Carrigan – ‘Social Media for Academics’

The Department of Sociology is proud to announce the publication of Dr Mark Carrigan’s new monongraph. Social media is an increasingly important part of academic life that can be a fantastic medium for promoting your work, networking with colleagues and for demonstrating impact. However, alongside the opportunities it also poses challenging questions about how to engage online, and how to represent yourself professionally.

 

This practical book provides clear guidance on effectively and intelligently using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicising your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. It is supported by real life examples and underpinned by principles of good practice to ensure you have the skills to make the most of this exciting medium.


Professor Gurminder K Bhambra elected to the 2016 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Sociology is able to announce that Professor Gurminder K Bhambra has been elected to the 2016 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra. This is an honorary position and will involve a series of high-profile activities in Coimbra in the autumn.

Fri 04 March 2016, 09:52 | Tags: PhD Student Homepage Undergraduate Postgraduate Research Staff

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra named Current Sociology’s Sociologist of the Month

The Department of Sociology is very proud to announce that Professor Gurminder K Bhambra has been named Current Sociology’s Sociologist of the Month. Current Sociology is the International Sociological Association’s main journal and they will be featuring a profile of Professor Bhambra and her publications over the month of March.

 


Arguing with Justice - A Call for Papers

The call for papers has been released for an upcoming event, Arguing with Justice. This event is being organised by Ros Williams and Amy Hinterberger and sponsored by our Markets, Technology, Expertise research theme. We look forward to abstracts from Early Career Researchers interested in the broad intersection of social justice and the biosciences. More information can be found here: https://arguingwithjustice.wordpress.com/cfp/


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