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Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities

Dr Maria do Mar Pereira was a keynote speaker at the international conference Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities, at Ruhr University – Bochum, in Germany.

The conference brought together researchers, equality practitioners, and scientific policy-makers from across Europe to discuss the relationship between scientific excellence and gender equality, and particularly the ways in which contemporary definitions of scientific excellence normalise and reproduce problematic gender inequalities.

Maria do Mar’s very well received keynote address was based on her new book Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship: an Ethnography of Academia (Routledge, 2017) and discussed the association of scientific excellence with intense productivity in contemporary universities. Maria do Mar argued that this association can paradoxically undermine the excellence of the knowledge we produce, because it is harder (and sometimes impossible) to create excellent knowledge in academic cultures of intense and individualised labour, in which many academics struggle to find the time necessary not just to write their research, but also to read, peer review and engage with other colleagues’ work.

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Dr Maria do Mar Pereira's participation in this conference was supported by departmental conference funding.

Thu 16 November 2017, 14:31 | Tags: Homepage Research

Rafto Foundation Human Rights Prize for Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz

The Rafto Foundation has awarded the 2017 Rafto Prize to Parveena Ahangar (leader and co-founder of The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons - APDP) and Parvez Imroz (President of the Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society) for their extraordinary work on campaigning for basic human rights in Indian-held Kashmir, in one of the world’s most militarized zones.

laureates receiving their award

For more information regarding the APDP, please see For more information about JKCCS, see:

RAFTO 2017 Laureates Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz in a torchlit human rights procession

On the 4th of November, Dr. Goldie Osuri participated in a public conference held by the Rafto Foundation in advance of the award ceremony. At the public conference, the Rafto laureates gave their keynote speeches on human rights in Kashmir. Alongside other experts, Dr. Osuri spoke on Human Rights and International Solidarity - a talk directed at an international human rights community regarding recommendations addressing human rights in Kashmir.

Goldie Osuri giving her presentation

You can see a video of Dr Osuri's talk here:–-associate-professor-at-the-department-of-sociology-university-of-warwick/.

For more information about the public conference, visit the Rafto webpage

Mon 13 November 2017, 13:18 | Tags: Homepage The Reinvention Centre Social Theory Centre

Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain! Caribbean Climate Change Event - Climate and Envrionmental Justice

Come join us to learn more about the Caribbean and explore the threats of climate change on the region. Through a range of interactive activities for all ages the event will include; short talks and presentations, a debate, and hand-on activities for children and families.

Saturday November 11th, 1-5pm, Edgabaston Community Centre, Birmingham.

Free tickets on Eventbrite

Thu 02 November 2017, 16:19

Good news - Athena SWAN award

We are delighted and proud to announce that we have been successful in our application for the Athena SWAN bronze award. Athena SWAN April 2017 results can be found on

Fri 06 October 2017, 15:07

The best places for women to live in Britain :- Final Year Sociology and Quantitative Methods student Elena Mylona's report

Our student Elena Mylona (3rd year Sociology and Quants) conducted a paid placement at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) this summer, as part of the Q-step degree. During her placement Elena co-authored a report that was discussed at BCC Women's Hour with researchers from NatCen. The report focused on the best places for women to live in Britain.

Here is a link to the report:

Thu 05 October 2017, 08:45

Jim Beckford awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Our colleague Jim Beckford has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Jim received the Award during a ceremony at its annual meeting in Montréal in August.

Congratulations to Jim. It is good to see his work recognised in such a way

Tue 05 September 2017, 08:25 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Research Staff Publications


Congratulations to Dr Claire Blencowe and her family on the arrival of their baby son Kynance (Kye) on Friday 14th July. All are well and happy.

Fri 21 July 2017, 10:12 | Tags: Staff

Warwick Taught Masters Scholarships Scheme (£5,000 award per student) opens 17th July

The Graduate School is delighted to announce that we are launching a second round of the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarships Scheme awarding a maximum of 15 new scholarships to support eligible postgraduate students for 2017/18 entry.

Awards are set at £5,000 per student and available to eligible Home/EU students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate taught masters course in 2017-18.

Applications for the second round of the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme will open on Monday 17th July 2017

Fri 07 July 2017, 10:30 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Undergraduate Postgraduate

Dr Ana Chamberlen awarded article prize - BSC Annual Conference

Dr Ana Chamberlen has been awarded the article prize for the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice section of the British Society of Criminology. She will receive the award in person in Sheffield next week at the BSC Annual Conference

The prize winning article is: Chamberlen, A. (2016) ‘Embodying Prison Pain: Women's' self-injury practices in prison and the emotions of punishment’, Theoretical Criminology 20(2), pp 205-219.

Sociology student Molly Inglis in the headlines in Brazil!

Molly has made the headlines as far as Brazil for her undergraduate thesis on Beyonce:

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Fri 05 May 2017, 17:16 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Undergraduate Women and Gender

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