International Conference University of the West of Scotland Ayr Campus, Scotland, UK Call for Papers This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-84). This interdisciplinary conference aims to reflect on the work… Read More ›
Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona
Have any readers seen this film yet? Was it impressive? I’ve heard good things and I’m trying to track down a copy, as this could be a potential film for our first Sociological Imagination film night in Manchester this summer.
A really interesting film via Dan Silver: This is a fascinating documentary film about the longstanding financial problems of the Barnes Foundation, a $25-billion collection of mostly Modernist and post-Impressionist artworks, and the foundation officers’ successful effort to break Albert… Read More ›
by Michael Palkowski Professor Steve Fuller, an eminent sociologist at the university of Warwick recently published a provocative blog post on the ways in which academia deals with plagiarism, titled “Plagiarism: Observations on Academia’s Self-Induced Moral Panic”. In this article,… Read More ›
An interesting map of Berlin’s property market (HT Su Oman). See here for the background and for the interactive version of the map.
by Natty Mark Samuels In November 2015 – I decided to learn Arabic. As we go along, I shall speak of the reasons why. For now, I would like to say that this idea, which has turned into a great… Read More ›
By announcing that £20m will be spent to “teach thousands of Muslim women to speak English”, David Cameron’s portrayal of them as linguistically deficient, culturally suppressed and visibly alien is reminiscent of a long line of colonial repression. The prime… Read More ›
A remarkable soundscape produced by the musicologist Mylène Pardoen (HT Su Oman). See here for more information. Paris as you have never heard it before! This novel experience is offered by Mylène Pardoen, a musicologist at the Passages XX-XXI laboratory,1 through the… Read More ›
In this Visual Poem of Contentment, a young book lover tries desperately to get the book everyone else has: Produced by the extremely talented @Blendiculous
In this intensive seminar for doctoral candidates (5 ECTs), we examine how the concepts of human rights and intersectionality might together inform educational theory and praxis to enable social justice. It is open to international participants researching educational inequalities in… Read More ›
A four part documentary series by Paul Mason and Theopi Skarlatos about what happened when “Greece clashed with the international financial system and lost”:
Yesterday I was speaking with a doctoral student, Morteza Hashemi Madani, about the point of social theory, especially given the recent revelation that Zygmunt Bauman plagiarises not only himself but also Wikipedia – shock, horror! As someone who has always… Read More ›
This interview is broader than the title suggests, covering a lot of interesting ground. But it’s particularly interesting to hear Chomsky’s views on the technological singularity:
A documentary project I was interviewed for earlier in the year:
As anyone who follows party politics in the UK will have noticed, the home secretary’s rhetoric on ‘extremism’ has been getting increasingly bellicose in recent months. While it remains an open question as to what extent she believes this, as… Read More ›
INAUGURAL LECTURE BY PROF AERON DAVIS, CO-DIRECTOR OF PERC 5.30-7.30PM, 26TH JANUARY Over two decades Aeron Davis has interviewed some 350 elite subjects from the worlds of business, finance, politics and media: from Nigel Lawson to Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Oborne to… Read More ›
A great video by Les Back about the sociology of Christmas lights: Happy christmas!
A collection of lectures relating to her new book Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly.
Oxford neuropharmacologist Susan Greenfield has become notorious for arguing that the internet is warping our minds. Many people – myself included – regard her as a scaremonger. Nevertheless, in a recent history of neuroscience that I’ve been reading for other… Read More ›
This mini-essay forms the basis of my contribution to the ‘self-tracking and the emergence of hybrid beings’ panel at the University of Liverpool’s Being Human Festival on 10 December 2015. The reader will see that I’m not especially enamored by… Read More ›
Thanks to Lynn Jamieson for linking to this video of Howard Becker giving the Goffman memorial lecture at the University of Edinburgh. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the video but you can watch it online here: http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events/goffman/2014_2015/goffman_memorial_lecture.
A fascinating exchange between one of the US’s most accomplished Sociologists and the intellectual hero of the American right:
Thanks to Les Back for linking to this short film about the presentation of self in everyday life: