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Leading edge Sociology .. Goldsmiths, University of London

Deadly Trash

An article in Ethiopias ‘The Reporter‘ cites Professor Caroline Knowles.

“The British academic, Caroline Knowles, describes it as the “redistribution centre which indexes the differences between people’s life-journeys, refracted through material cultures at their point of disposal.”


Book Launch: The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen

PSH 314, Goldsmiths University of London
17 May, 2017

The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen provides a study of the generation of mainstream Christian laywomen born in the 1920s and 1930s (Generation A). Now in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, these women are often described as the ‘backbone’ of the Church and are not being replaced by their children or grandchildren (the baby boomers and generations X, Y, and Z). Abby Day highlights that while the prevalence of older laywomen in mainstream Christian congregations is widely accepted, surprisingly little is known about them.

Latin America: Translation Attempts

Latin America: Translation attempts” series is supported by the Unit of Global Justice Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths; Latin Elephant; and the Latin American Hub, Goldsmiths.

POSTER final (with bleeds)

The films take place at Goldsmiths University of London as follows:

15/03 Daughter of The Lake (2015, Peru, 87 minutes), directed by Ernesto Cabellos. Q&A (online) with director Ernesto Cabellos.

29/03 Estadio Nacional [National Stadium] (2002, Chile, 111 minutes), directed by Carmen Luz Parot. Q&A with Carmen Luz Parot.

12/04 Hombre Nuevo [The New Man] (2015, Uruguay, Nicaragua, 79 minutes), directed by Aldo Garay. Comments by Amanda Alfaro Córdoba

26/04 Señorita extraviada [Missing Young Woman] (2002, Mexico, 74 minutes), directed by Lourdes Portillo. Comments by Abeyamí Ortega.

10/05 Chicago Boys (2015, Chile, 85 minutes), directed by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano. Comments by Sergio Marras.

All films start at 6 pm and all sessions will be held at Media Research Building 05 (screen #1), except for Chicago Boys that will be at the Lecture Theatre of Ben Pimlott Building.

13 Dead, Nothing Said: Photography as Political Witness

10 May 2017
RHB137a, Goldsmiths University of London

On 2nd March 1981 a protest took place called the Black People Day of Action. On their placards was written the slogan “Thirteen dead and nothing said”.

Vron Ware photographed this historic moment and the event will use this exhibition to explore the relationship between photography, filmaking and witness and community mobilisation.

The march was a historic coming together of thousands of black people and their associates in the aftermath of the tragedy of the New Cross Fire. As it weaved its way through south London children and young people scaled the fences of their schools to join it. Many of the demonstrators who on the march that day would go on to become the most articulate voices to emerge from postcolonial London. The Black People’s Day of action was historic because it marked a political and cultural turning point. Vron Ware’s photographs – never shown publically – document this historic moment and the proposed show will offer an opportunity to reflect on this history, but also link to the wider politics of racism and resistance in our time.

In addition to Vron Ware, participants will also include Nirmal Puwar and Roxy Harris amongst others.

Another Future is Possible! Social Science and Speculative Experimentation…

Wednesday 15 March 2017
Room 12.21 and 12.25, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds

Is another future possible? Paul Valéry once famously wrote that the problem with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. Indeed, despite the overwhelming pace of social, economic, political and ecological transformations, our practices of thinking and knowing can hardly engage futures without simultaneously pulling them back to the quicksand that governs the problematic of the present. Largely premised on anticipatory logics, probabilistic rationalities, and risk assessments, they insist, as Valéry said, in entering the future backwards. In this talk Martin Savransky will provide a series of provocations and propositions towards a possible response to this impasse.

Exploring Social Justice

How we live with difference is the key issue of our time. Issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate.

Listen to Dr Brett St Louis explore social justice and find out more about our new MA in Race, Media & Social Justice.

Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: A Politics of the Pluriverse

Wednesday 22 March 2017
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Ken Edwards Fifth Floor SR 527, University of Leicester

Responding to a time marked by the rise of political resentments and the ecological devastation of experience in a modern world without refuge, in this talk Martin Savransky will experiment with some provocations and propositions that are part of an ongoing experiment in affirming the possibility of a radical pluralism today– while we still can.

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part II

‘With the start of the exit negotiations looming in early 2017, I still reject the notion that those who voted remain should shut up and accept the result. I reject platitudinous nonsense about having to stick together and make this work, chiefly because of the lies and misinformation of the leaders of the Leave campaign, and because of the nasty xenophobia that was an undertone in the campaign and which has become more pronounced in the aftermath of the vote. I know that not everyone who voted Leave is a xenophobe, and while I have no way of knowing what percentage of the Leave vote was made up of xenophobes, racists, nativists and latter-day imperialists, it is a safe bet that the xenophobes, racists and latter-day imperialists voted overwhelmingly for Leave.’ Part II from Dr Brian Alleyne in Media Diversified.

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part I

‘The Leave campaign made no effort to educate voters about the many benefits of being in the single market; instead, they spread fantastical ideas about a world of free trade outside the EU, as if anyone on the planet who wished to trade with the UK was not already doing so. The weight of expert opinion was against Brexit on economic grounds, so Leavers attacked experts and made a virtue out of ignorance, all with the willing support of the popular press and right wing social media commentators.’ writes Dr Brian Alleyne in Media Diversified.

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