Professor of Sociology,
Department of Sociology,
Coventry CV4 7AL,
Main Educational Qualifications
Conference Papers Since 1994
Current postgraduate teaching
Current undergraduate teaching
Former postgraduate teaching
Past undergraduate teaching
Completed doctoral students
Current doctoral students
PhD and MPhil examinations
Professional and other activities
BA First Class Honours, Queen's College, Oxford, PPE, 1967.
PhD, Sociology Department, Warwick University, 1990.
‘Labour and Politics in South Africa 1939-1964’.
Chairperson of the Department of Sociology of the University of Warwick 2002-06.
Convenor of the MA in Social and Political Thought in the Department of Sociology at Warwick since 1998.
Director of the Centre for Social Theory, University of Warwick, 1996-2001.
Member of the academic staff of the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick from 1973 to present.
Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1971-73.
Research Assistant in the Sociology Department at the University of Columbia, New York, 1967-71.
‘Cosmopolitanism and social theory’ Symposium on Philosophy and Social Sciences, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, May 2003.
‘Habermas’s theory of cosmopolitanism’ Symposium on Philosophy and Social Sciences, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, May 2003
‘The politics and theory of cosmopolitan right’, Critical Legal Conference, University of Kent, September 2001
‘The politics and theory of cosmopolitan right’, Critical Legal Conference, University of Kent, September 2001
‘Making Sense of the senseless: social theory after the Holocaust’, Visions and Divisions: Challenges to European Sociology, the 5th conference of the European Sociological Association, Helsinki, August 2001
‘Nuremberg: the coming of age of cosmopolitan law?’ Law and Society Association and Research Committee on Sociology of Law of the International Sociological Association, Central European University, Budapest, July 2001.
‘Kant’s idea of cosmopolitan right: adherents, enemies, critics’, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, May 2001.
‘Kant’s idea of cosmopolitan right’, The Social and Legal Studies Association Conference, University of Bristol, April, 2001
‘Kant’s idea of cosmopolitanism and its contemporary relevance’, European Sociological Association Social Theory Workshop, Copenhagen, December 2000.
‘The decision to commit a crime against humanity’ American Sociological Association, Washington, August 2000.
‘Four moments of cosmopolitanism’ (with Robin Cohen), Conceiving Cosmopolitanism, University of Warwick, 27-29 April 2000.
‘The unity of Hegel and Marx’, Social and Political Thought Seminars, University of Warwick, 7 Feb 2000
‘Crimes against Humanity: Arendt and the Nuremberg Debates’, Department Staff and Student Research Seminar Series, University of Greenwich, Nov 16 1999
‘The idealism of civil society: who do you blame when it goes wrong?’, The Uncivil Dimensions of Civil Society, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Gregynog Hall, University of Wales, Oct 1-3 1999.
‘The Institution Of Crimes Against Humanity: Hannah Arendt And The Nuremberg Debates’, Multiple Modernities in an Era of Globalization, 34th World Congress Of The International Institute Of Sociology, Tel Aviv University July 11-15 1999.
‘Crimes against humanity: the legacy of Nuremberg’, Reconstructing Human Rights: a critical project for the 21st century? University of Sussex, 23-24 June 1999
‘Hannah Arendt and the appearance of evil’, Thinking the Event, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, June 16-17 1999
‘The left and rights’, Human Rights – Human Wrongs, National Critical Lawyers Conference, 6-7 March 1999, Manchester Metropolitan University.
‘Crimes against Humanity: Arendt and the Nuremberg Debates’, Philosophy of Human Values Guest Lecture Series, Goldsmiths College, London University, Feb 26 1999.
‘The decision to commit a crime against humanity’, Seminars on Decision Making. Warwick Sociology Department, 19 November, 1998.
‘Crimes against humanity: responsibility and the state’, Plenary, Critical Legal Studies Conference, University of Lancaster, 5-7 Sept 1998.
‘Realism and the idea of the political’, After postmodernism: critical realism? Centre for Critical Realism, University of Essex, 1-3 September 1998
‘Crimes against humanity: responsibility and the state’, 12th International Congress on Criminology, Seoul, Korea, August 24-29 1998.
‘Civil society and ressentiment’, ESRC Research Seminar on Social Theory and Major Social Transformations, University of Sussex, June 1998.
‘Representations of the worker, the bourgeois and communism in the Communist Manifesto’, Reading the Communist Manifesto: 150 Years Later, Social Theory Centre, University of Warwick, June 1998.
‘The uses of totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt’s political thought’, Social and Political Thought Seminars, Social Theory Centre, University of Warwick, 1 June 1998.
‘Is a European identity possible and / or desirable?’, AEGEE debate on `Why the EU?’, University of Warwick, 11 March 1998.
Academic panel discussant, Holocaust Remembrance Week, University of Warwick, 26 Feb 1998.
‘Is there a benign nationalism?’, Warwick University Debates on Nationalism, November 1997.
‘Hegel and critical realism: comments on the Philosophy of Right’, Critical Realism and the Crisis in the Human Sciences, Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Critical Realism, University of Warwick, 29-31 August 1997.
“Nationalism and Social Theory”, Open Seminars, The School of Languages, University of Westminster, 7 Nov 1996.
“Civil society, enlightenment and critique”, Critical Legal Studies Conference, University of East London, 6-8 September, 1996.
“The restitution of rights in modern social theory: some sceptical remarks”, Damwoude Group, Fourth Conference on the Other Side of the Law, Bergen AAn Zee, Netherlands, June 1996.
“The recovery of rights in contemporary social theory”, Directions of Contemporary Capitalism Conference, Sussex University, 2-28 April 1996
“Civil society theory, enlightenment and critique”, Conference on the Emergence of Civil Society: A Precondition or a Problem for Democracy, Centre for Studies in Democratisation, Warwick University, 16-17 Feb 1996.
"The new nationalism and uncritical realism: returning to Arendt", Realism and Human Sciences Conference on `Realism and Emancipation', The University of East London, 21-23 July 1995.
"Representation and its discontents: problems in and with the theory of socialist democracy", The 25th Annual Conference of Socialist Economists on `Socialism Beyond the Market', The University of Northumbria, 7-9 July 1995.
"Hegel's Philosophy of Right and Marx's Critique", University of London Legal Research and Theory Seminar, Birkbeck College, University of London, March 10 1995.
"The new nationalism and human rights: a critique of pro patria", Critical Legal Conference, Warwick University, September 9-11, 1994 and Research Workshop in Philosophy of Public Affairs, March 3, 1995.
"The new nationalism and democracy: a critique", World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Bieleveld, Germany, July, 1994.
"A passion for justice: Hegel's theory of law", Visiting Lecture at Lancaster University Law School, May 1994.
"The new nationalism and the state', Political Science Association, Annual Conference, University of Swansea, April, 1994.
Politics and Social Theory 1 (core module on the MA in Social and Political Thought)
This module explores classical attempts to theorise the relation between politics and social theory from the enlightenment to Marx, Weber and Durkheim.
Politics and Social Theory 11 (options on the MA in Social and Political Thought)
This module looks at post-1945 explores the link between political philosophy and social theory from Hannah Arendt to Jürgen Habermas.
Sociology of the Holocaust (options on the MA in Social and Political Thought)
This module looks at key attempts to understand the Holocaust sociologically and to understand the impact of the Holocaust on sociology.
Critical and Deconstructive Social Thought (options on the MA in Social and Political Thought)
This module considers how questions of violence and destructiveness have been addressed in Critical Theory and in Deconstruction, using key texts from the works of Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Arendt, Camus and Derrida.
The Sociology of the Modern State (a second year option for Sociology and joint honours students)
This module addresses questions concerning the social form and functions of the modern state and especially its relation to questions of democracy, human rights, civil society and internationalism.
Comparative Labour Studies (Core module on the MA in Comparative Labour Studies)
South African Labour Studies (option on the MA in Comparative Labour Studies)
State and Civil Society (option on the MA in Social and Political Thought)
Social Theory of Rights (core module for the Law-Sociology BA joint degree).
Theorising Modern Society (a core first year module concerned with the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel).
Social Problems (a third year option concerned with the sociology and history of deviance)
Personality and Society (a second year option concerned with the interface between psychology and sociology).
The Social and Political History of South Africa (a core module on the History-Sociology joint BA degree).
ESRC Award Holder 2003-4 ‘The elaboration of a paradigm: cosmopolitanism and military intervention’ (£44,241)
Director and co-director, with Prof. Peter Wagner, of the Social Theory Centre, University of Warwick from September 1996 to September 2001.
Co-recipient of a number of Warwick Research and Teaching Innovations Fund awards and a three-year grant from the University Infrastructure Fund for the establishment of the Social Theory Centre, 1997-98.
Co-recipient of an ESRC Research Seminar Award on Social Theory and Major Social Transformations (together with Profs. Peter Wagner and William Outhwaite, £15,000, 1997-98).
Organiser and co-organiser of six international seminars, Social Theory Centre conferences on Social Theory after the Holocaust; Reading the Communist Manifesto: 150 Years Later (June 1998); and The Life and Work of Gillian Rose (December 2000); Social Theory Annual Lectures delivered by Prof. Alain Touraine, Prof. Hans Joas and Prof. Zygmunt Bauman 1997-2001; Social and Political Thought Visiting Seminars at the University of Warwick 1997-2001.
Jonathan Grossman (British Council PhD 1985 on `The South African Communist Party 1921-1961'),
Martin Winn (ESRC PhD 1986 on `The Sociology of Magistrates' Courts'),
Mark Urbanowicz ( ESRC PhD 1986 on `The Politics of Policing'),
Mick O'Sullivan (PhD 1991 on `Local Government Trade Unionism in Haringey 1966-1986),
Monageng Mogalakwe (Botswana government award, PhD 1994 on `State-Labour Relations in Botswana),
Sean Watson (ESRC PhD 1997 on discourse ethics and policing),
Jeff Rudin (ESRC PhD 1997 on local government trade unionism in South Africa).
Yunus Mahommed (British Council PhD 1998 on industrialization in South Africa)
Philip Walsh (British Academy, inherited from the late Prof. G Rose, PhD 1998 on scepticism and philosophy)
Murat Kose (Turkish Islamic scholarship, PhD 1998 on law and authority in the work of Raz and Flathman)
David Seymour (ESRC, PhD 1999 on critical theories of antisemitism)
Kakia Goudeli (Greek government award, inherited from the late Prof. G Rose, PhD 1999 on Schelling and his relation to German idealism)
Lee Marshall (ESRC, PhD 2001 on authorship, subjectivity and copyright)
Ben Leyshon (AHRB, PhD 2001, on the idea of incompletion)
David Hirsh (PhD 2001, on crimes against humanity and the coming of age of cosmopolitan law)
Catherine Dodd (Canadian government fellowship, PhD 2003, co-supervised with Dr Bendelow on moral and legal responsibility in relation to AIDS (due to submit in September 2002)
Most of these former students are now teaching or researching in universities in the UK and abroad.
Alex Price (pt, co-supervise with Prof. Wagner) on theories of ‘reification’ and ‘world-alienation’
Rolando Vasquez (Mexican government award) on the idea of a symbolic environment (began October 2000)
Will Smith (ESRC, co-supervise with Prof. Hurley) on civil disobedience (began October 2000)
Isabel Cavalhais (British Council) on postnational citizenship (began October 2000)
Daniel Chernilo (Chilean government award) on social theory and the nation state (began October 2000)
Gloesha Challice (pt) on the sociology of money (began October 2000 – suspended for one year)
Naomi Hammond (PhD King Alfred’s, Winchester 2003)
Aloysius Bukenya (EdD Warwick 2003)
Akis Haritopoulos (PhD Warwick 2002)
Nuri Tinaz (PhD Warwick, 2001)
Sean Craven (PhD Warwick 1999)
Robert Cannon (PhD Middlesex 1998)
Laila Gad (Ph.D Warwick 1997)
Barry Vaughan (Ph.D Warwick 1997)
Anastasia Ioannidou (Ph.D Warwick 1996)
Lolo Ditshego (M.Phil Warwick 1997)
Ian Fraser (Ph.D Warwick 1996),
Shereen Pandit (PhD LSE 1994)
Ravi Thiara (PhD Warwick 1993)
Ray Kiely (PhD Warwick University 1991)
Maz Harris (PhD Warwick University 1988)
Penny Green (PhD in sociology, Cambridge University 1986)
Ian Stewart (Ph.D. in Sociology, Edinburgh University, 1982)
David Hemson (PhD in sociology, Warwick University 1983).
Editorial board of book series on European Social Theory at Liverpool University Press. Editorial board of Capital and Class (1983-86) and Workers Liberty (1983-91).
Associate Editor of Historical Materialism (1998-present) and Law Democracy and Development Journal (1997-2001) and History Workshop Journal (1986-1990).
External appraiser for the Social and Political Thought programme in the University of York, Toronto (2001).
Member, former member, office holder of Heads of Departments of Sociology, BSA Theory Group, International Sociological Association, the ESA Social Theory Network, International Institute for Sociology, Conference of Socialist Economists, International Consortium of Social Theory Programmes, Academic Study Group on Israel & the Middle East, the Holocaust Education Trust, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Amnesty International, National Deviance Conference, Anti-Apartheid Movement, Liberty, Socialist Organiser, Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice, Labour Party.