Sociology @ Goldsmiths

Leading edge Sociology


February 2017

Stories of migration and exile: in conversation with writer Olumide Popoola

“Calculate is angry because all of his things were stolen in Puglia. He has nothing but his good English. He went to the police…He didn’t think. Next thing he was standing in a police station and someone wanted to fingerprint him. But you can’t get fingerprinted there. Unless you want to stay. Italy is like Greece. Collapsed. There is no future there. It won’t come if you stay. Your future will disappear. And I have already seen that. In my own village.”

This is Europe, circa 2015. Europe through the eyes of ‘Calculate’, a resident of the Jungle camp in Calais, where reckonings of time —is a future possible here?— are spliced onto place, writes Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam in this Media Diversified article.


Old and male REF panels fail to reward innovation

Game-playing, ‘spurious precision’ of league tables and heavy workloads also highlighted by insiders from 2014 audit.

Article in the Times Higher on research undertaken by Professor Daniel Neyland and Dr Sveta Milyaeva from Goldsmiths Sociology.

Why Hollywood has abandoned Brand Israel

Oscar nominees’ refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion; writes Catherine Rottenberg [Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths].

Alternative facts and immigration: fake it til you make it?

Sat 18 March 2017
14:45 – 16:45 GMT
Tate Modern
Southwark Room, 5th Floor, Tate Exchange
London SE1

Political propaganda is not new. With migration, it’s a world of shadowing boxing.

‘They’re coming to take your jobs’ ‘We can’t help them’ ‘Health tourists!’ ‘Let’s get tough’

Recently, government policy in the UK and elsewhere has been about shaping what people think about what is happening notshaping what actually happens. In the UK, the focus on being tough on immigration has smothered debate on whether immigration is good, bad or inevitable, or whether policies will make any difference at all to a world on the move. Media discussion of immigration has amplified problems and occasionally celebrated exceptional individuals, but how far does this reflect everyday realities?

In this workspace, academic researchers, artists and activists will work with YOU to shape the news headlines. We will uncover ‘facts’ about immigration (based on research, not conversations half-overheard by a Trump adviser) and views rarely given space in the mainstream media. Together we will develop a newspaper edition that engages with seldom-heard realities of immigration and its control. Come and learn more about immigration and the immigration control industry. Share your thoughts, hopes and dreams. Get creative in faking news that will make people look at the world in the new way.

Mapping Immigration Controversy is a collective of eight academic researchers based at 6 universities (Warwick (Hannah Jones), Goldsmiths (Yasmin Gunaratnam, Emma Jackson, William Davies), Bedfordshire (Sukhwant Dhaliwal), Birmingham City (Kirsten Forkert), East London (Gargi Bhattacharyya), and South Wales (Roiyah Saltus)). Following the Home Office ‘Go Home’ van campaign of 2013, we conducted research into the effects of government communications about immigration control on everyday lives in England, Scotland and Wales. Our book based on this research, Go Home? The politics of immigration control, will be published by Manchester University Press in April 2017. Find out more:

Participation in this workspace is free and open to all, but please reserve your space as places are limited.

This event is part of the Who Are We? programme at Tate Exchange.

Interrogating Inequality

Thursday March 9th
RHB 143, Goldsmiths University of London
Interrogating Inequality

Richard Wilkinson, Professor at York University and co-author of ‘The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better’, discuss the “pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption”.  Bigger income differences between rich and poor make societies dysfunctional, increasing violence, damaging mental and physical health, and leading to a deterioration in the quality of social relations.  The book has sold more than 150,000 copies in English and is available in 23 foreign editions.

The Spirit Level has been incredibly important in stimulating debate over inequality in the UK, and provides a wealth of arguments and data for discussion of what inequality is and what it means today.

Part of the Centre for Global Media & Democracy’s ‘(In)Equality in Neo-Liberalising Times’ series.


Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

14 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00
15 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00
16 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00
17 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00
18 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00
19 March 2017 at 12.00–16.00
Drop-in daily

In a moment of global movement, connection and dis-connection of people across national borders, we ask who are ‘we’? Who gets to decide?

Who are We? is a week of drop-in activity, dialogue, artist-led workshops, debate and lively disruption, asking what it means to belong – across and within borders.

In particular, on Thursday 16 March, both the ARITHMUS and CITIZEN SENSE research teams will be working at the space.

The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen

Just published – Abby Day’s research about the last active Anglican generation whose disappearance will accelerate Christianity’s decline in the ‘global North’.
The details for the book can be found here.

Goldsmith reveals key findings in new research into REF 2014

Research undertaken by Professor Daniel Neyland and Dr Sveta Milyaeva offers the first in-depth, qualitative analysis of the UK Higher Education Research Excellence Framework.

The report generated from their research is available from:


Alternative facts and immigration: fake it til you make it?

Free Workshop
18 March 2017
1445 – 1645
Tate Modern

Book tickets here.

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