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Wed, Apr 26, '17
5pm - 7pm
Social Theory Center Annual Lecture - Susan Buck-Morss

Susan Buck-Morss will deliver the 2017 Social Theory Centre Annual Lecture


In YEAR 1 Buck-Morss challenges narratives of identity politics and religious separation in the Middle East, as well as assumptions and traps of thinking through modernity and post-modernity, by returning to the first century and rewriting the histories of how and who we came to be.

This is a public lecture aimed at a broad audience and all are welcome. Join us! The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

OC0.03. Wed, April 26, 2017, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM BST

Free eventbrigh ticket:

Thu, Apr 27, '17
10am - 1pm
Masterclass/Workshop with Susan Buck-Morss

This seminar is aimed at postgraduate students, researchers and faculty. We will discuss with Susan Buck-Morss a draft chapter from her book YEAR 1, which will be distrbuted in advance for participants to read.

In YEAR 1 Buck-Morss challenges narratives of identity politics and religious separation in the Middle East, as well as assumptions and traps of thinking through modernity and post-modernity, by returning to the first century and rewriting the histories of how and who we came to be.

In the seminar we will look at the chapter 'The Philosophy of History if a Centaur'.

Register your interest here:

Wed, May 3, '17
Toxic Expertise Annual Workshop 2017
Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick

Runs from Wednesday, May 03 to Thursday, May 04.

Pollution, Environmental Justice, and Citizen Science

This two-day workshop will bring together international researchers working at the intersection of air pollution, environmental justice, and citizen science, from across different regions, disciplines, and scales. Researchers will discuss the possibilities as well as challenges of engaging with new technologies and strategies for environmental justice and citizen science.


Thu, May 4, '17
Populism, Markets, and Expertise: Social Science in an Age of Post-Truth

This conference aims to address issues of social-scientific expertise and claims for authority in the light of recent political events and the rise of populism in Europe, the US, and elsewhere. These expressions represent different kinds of voice with implications for public debate and democratic practice and we believe that as social scientists and academics we have to bring our voices to bear more insistently within these debates.

Mon, May 8, '17
2pm - 4pm
Masterclass on Decolonizing Social Theory

What does it mean to decolonize social theory? In this masterclass, three scholars respond to the question in relation to their own work and practice. They also engage with the broader questions raised by the recent calls to 'decolonize the curriculum'. This session is aimed at PhD students, early career researchers, and all colleagues with an interest in the topic.

Speakers: Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University), Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary, University of London), Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick)

Discussant: tbc

Chair: Claire Blencowe (University of Warwick)

Room R0.14, Ramphal

Tue, May 9, '17
2pm - 5pm
Symposium: Polanyi, Markets, and Socialism in the Early 21st Century

This symposium engages with the work of Karl Polanyi and offers new engagements with his ideas on markets and socialism in the context of the early 21st century.


Johanna Bockman (George Mason University): Not the Welfare State and Not Central Planning: Karl Polanyi’s Vision of Socialism

Matthew Watson (University of Warwick): Polanyi, the Economistic Fallacy and the Second Edition of Menger’s Grundsätze

Gareth Dale (Brunel University):

Discussants: John Holmwood (University of Nottingham), Alice Mah (University of Warwick)

Chair: Shirin Rai (University of Warwick)

Room R0.14, Ramphal

Wed, May 10, '17
2pm - 5pm
Symposium: Europe and Africa

This symposium examines the relationships between Africa and Europe across time focusing on Rwanda, Togo, and Tanzania. It provides a look back historically at these entanglements and asks what implications they may have for the present. Speakers:

Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth University): On Agaciro. Conceptualising Dignity in IR from Rwanda

Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University): Cotton and the Counterrevolution of Property in Togo

George Roberts (University of Warwick): Beyond the Cold War: Germany and Postcolonial Tanzania

Discussant: Lisa Tilley

Chair: Giorgio Riello

Room R0.14, Ramphal

Thu, May 11, '17
10am - 12pm
Masterclass on Community Research, Race, and Housing

This masterclass examines the opportunities and challenges of doing community research on housing and race in different and diverse locations. It is aimed at PhD students, early career researchers, and colleagues with an interest in these topics.


Johanna Bockman is an Associate Professor at George Mason University, USA. She works in economic sociology, urban sociology, sociology of globalization, and East European Studies. She is currently writing a book on public housing in Washington, DC, tentatively titled Just One Block: Race, Radical Politics, and Revanchism in Washington, DC. This project explores globalization, neoliberalism, and gentrification in southeast DC. She reports on this project on her blogSociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 and is a founding member of the Cities and Globalization Working Group.

Nigel de Noronha is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Q-Step Centre, University of Warwick. Nigel's academic research is focussed on the extent to which people feel at 'home' in the private rented sector in England. Nigel has worked for the Audit Commission on local and national projects including the research report The Journey to Race Equality and subsequent local studies, Area Profiles, health inequalities in Greater Manchester and the Equality Impacts of Comprehensive Area Assessment.

Giovanni Picker is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity and the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. His book Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe was published in 2017 and argues that race is the logic through which stigmatized and segregated "Gypsy urban areas" have emerged and persisted after World War II.

Chair: Hannah Jones (University of Warwick)

Room R0.14, Ramphal

Tue, May 16, '17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture 2017 - Lemn Sissay

Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture 2017

Lemn Sissay

Tuesday 16th May 6.30pm-7.30pm
Room M1, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

We are extremely pleased to announce that the 2017 BREM Annual Lecture will be given by poet, performer, thinker, campaigner and Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Lemn Sissay. Lemn’s writing engages with themes of borders, race, ethnicity and migration (among other things) and this will be a chance for researchers across all disciplines in the university to reflect on these themes in new ways, in the company of a public audience who are invited to this free event to enjoy Lemn’s talk and find out more about the research on these themes going on at the University of Warwick. Find out more about Lemn Sissay and book your place at the BREM Annual Lecture by going to More information about the Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) Network can be found at

This is a public event and all are welcome. Please register to attend so we have an idea of numbers.

Wed, May 17, '17
5pm - 7pm
Activist Aesthetics: Spoken-Word Poetry in Activism and Education
Humanities Studio

Philosophers such as Jacques Ranciere and Gayatri Spivak have long argued that politics is tightly connected with the recognition of appearance and voice, and that this requires a shift from marginalised voices being dismissed as 'merely noise' to being heard as legitimate speech. The aesthetics of activism are crucial to understanding such a shift as well as how this recognition might be produced 'from below'. This event - including spoken-word performances - will critically discuss the role spoken-word poetry can play in activism and education.

All welcome.

Line up:

Pete 'the temp' Bearder (Poet & Activist)
[see Pete's TEDx talk here: 'Why Every School Should have a Spoken Word Artist']

Oliver Davis (French Studies)

Cath Lambert (Sociology)

Jack McGowan (English)

Goldie Osuri (Sociology)

Jonathan Skinner (English)

Sam Burgum (Sociology)