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Call for Papers: BSA Regional Postgraduate Event

BSA Regional Postgraduate Event: ‘Close to home: moral dilemmas, ethical practice and complexities of reflexivity in ethnographic research.’

Friday 3 June 2016, London School of Economics

Confirmed speakers: Claire Alexander (University of Manchester), Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths), Karen Lumsden (Loughborough University), Lisa Mckenzie (LSE), Laurie Taylor (BBC Radio 4).

Ethnography as a methodological tool is founded in a long tradition of social science research and over the past decade ethnography has moved once again to forefront of sociological concern. Considered one of the few research methods able to escape the shackles of the academy in full form, in recent months ethnographic accounts have both topped the best sellers lists internationally alongside attracting much academic and lay commentary and critique (Goffman, 2015; Martin, 2015; Mckenzie, 2015). Central to such debates is the concern and question regarding who is permitted to conduct ethnographic research citing the occupational hazard ethnographers risk in eroticising or misrepresenting their research subjects and sites. Appreciating the diverse forms that ethnographic research can take, this event explores the role of the researcher in ethnographic research, reflecting on the challenges the researcher faces in the collection and presentation of data. The event opens with the question of how the researcher can facilitate critical thought and provide valuable contribution to the discipline, whilst avoiding inaccuracies or enacting symbolic violence, however unintentional. Critically reflecting on the concept of reflexivity, the event looks to investigate power dynamics alongside the emotional experience of the research field.

For more information, click here.

Mon 18 April 2016, 14:30 | Tags: PhD Student Homepage Postgraduate 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:

The Lens of Race: Conceptualizing Difference in Italy and the United States


The Lens of Race: Conceptualizing Difference in Italy and the United States

19 May, 2016 in S0.11 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
All welcome

Department of Sociology

Co-hosted by the Inequalities and Social Change & Economy, Technology, Expertise Research Groups

Ann Morning, Department of Sociology, New York University

Marcello Maneri , Department of Sociology, University of Milan – Bicocca

Download Poster/Abstract here

New Article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra

New article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra looks at the dominant intellectual genealogy of the concept of citizenship and examines its deeper racialized structures. The article, ‘Citizens and Others: The Constitution of Citizenship through Exclusion’ is published in the journal, Alternatives. You can read it here.

New Article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra

This new article by Professor Gurminder K Bhambra examines the implications of the financial crash and the recent crisis of migration on the stability of the European Union project. The article, 'Whither Europe? Postcolonial versus Neocolonial Cosmopolitanism?' has been recently published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. You can read the article here.

BSA Regional event 11th March 2016 - A Call for Abstracts

A BSA regional event on Educational (In)equalities: Towards an elite but not elitist society will take place on 11th March 2016. Keynote speakers will include Professor Fiona Devine (University of Manchester) and Dr Clare Maxwell (IOE UCL).

We welcome abstracts of 250 words on the topic of unequal distribution of privilege in educational practices. Themes can include but are not limited to:

- Class and social divisions

- Structural social inequalities

- Ideas of privilege and social stratification

- Social class in contemporary urban contexts

Please send all correspondence to by 31st January 2016.

New Article by Professor Deborah Steinberg - Bowie, Diana, and Why We Mourn in Public

The Department is pleased to announce Professor Deborah Steinberg's new artice in The Converation on Public Mourning. You can read the article here



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