My research addresses how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European ‘others’ have been rendered invisible to the dominant narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. In challenging the dominant, Eurocentred accounts of the emergence and development of modernity, I have put forward an argument for the recognition of ‘connected histories’ in the reconstruction of historical sociology at a global level. While my research interests are primarily in the area of postcolonial historical sociology, I am also interested in the intersection of the social sciences more generally with recent work in postcolonial studies.
These arguments have been further developed in the context of understandings of ‘global sociology’. This involves engagement not just with the changing conceptual architecture of globalisation, but also with recognition of the epistemological value and agency of the world beyond the west. I suggest that it is only by acknowledging the significance of the 'colonial global' in the constitution of sociology historically, that it is possible to understand and address the postcolonial (and decolonial) present of a ‘global sociology’. These arguments are presented in my second book, Connected Sociologies, and this is available to read for free here.
Gurminder welcomes applications for doctoral supervision in her areas of expertise.
Current students supervised:
- Carl Mallett ‘Cross-Racial Solidarities: a Sociological Examination and Analysis’ co-supervised with Hannah Jones
- Roxanne Burke 'Race in Modernity: The Dialectic of Possession and Dispossession' co-supervised with Celia Lury
- Katy Harsant 'Responsibility and Human Rights' co-supervised with Goldie Osuri
- Martina Paone 'From Civilizing Mission to Civilian Power: Rethinking EU Peacebuilding from a Postcolonial perspective' co-supervised with George Christou
- Katherine Quinn ‘Public Libraries and Neoliberalism’ co-supervised with Nick Gane
- Piermarco Piu
Past students supervised:
- Rodrigo Cordero Vega 'Diremptions of the social: The ideas of crisis and critique in contemporary social theory' co-supervised with Robert Fine, passed October 2011
- Lucy Mayblin 'Historical Institutional Orders and the Development of British Asylum Policy' co-supervised with Bob Carter, passed May 2013
Professor of Sociology
E0.18, Social Sciences
For more details, see my website
Guest Professor of Sociology and History, Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden (2016-2018)
Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Princeton University and Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study (2014-15)
Series Editor: Theory for a Global Age, Bloomsbury Academic / MUP
Videos / Podcasts
‘Paxman Britannica: Empire, Sociology, and Postcolonial Reconstruction’ Annual Marshall Lecture, University of Southampton - video here.
Epistemologies of the South, ERC Project
Keynote on Rethinking Epistemologies - listen here.
Citizens and Others: Beyond Orientalism
Talk at the Symposium on 'Deorientalising Citizenship?' - listen here.
Whose Island Story?
Roundtable discussion on competing narratives of what constitutes British history - listen here.
I contributed to Radio 4's programme, Thinking Allowed, on 'Black Emancipation' - listen here.
Postcolonialism: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Together with Prof Shirin Rai (Politics & International Studies) and Prof Neil Lazarus (English & Comparative Literatures), I took part in a roundtable discussion on 'Postcolonialism'. The podcast of this discussion is available here.
Department of Sociology
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 28178