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Welcome to the Methods Lab, Department of Sociology

Goldsmiths Sociology is committed to developing inventive ways of doing sociology. This new initiative aims at constructing a laboratory for the practice of sociological imagination. The aim is to make social research responsive to social life, to bring it alive. As C. Wright Mills alludes above ideas are often elusive and they don't announce their arrival in advance. This initiative hopes to build a laboratory to stimulate creative debate about the ways in which the practice of sociology is changing, what social research should look like today, and how sociology can best respond to the demands of users of social research.

About the Methods Lab
The danger that every researcher faces is that the process of analysis and investigation can inadvertently execute that which is vibrant in his or her object. Here the sociologist becomes like a coroner who presides over social life as if it is a lifeless corpse fit only for autopsy. We are arguing for a vital sociology that both connects to the social world, yet at the same time aspires to forms of sociological representation that are in themselves alive. This is the challenge of putting images and facts together, a compound of imagination and craft that will contribute to the development of social theory while opening out to an engagement with society at large.

The Lab is intended to provide a space for us to question and develop our own methods of sociological reasoning, to be open to the possibilities of practicing a sociological imagination in a world in which the fundamental co-ordinates of social life are held to be undergoing change. [Find out more...]

News & Events

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  • In her talk 'Reading the Colonial Archive' written for the MA Gender, Media + Culture students, at Goldsmiths, Lata Mani reflected on her research journeys, including the making of her classic article 'Cultural Theory, Colonial Texts: Reading Eye Witness Accounts of Widow Burning' and the subsequent book 'Contentious Traditions'. Download the transcript here

Upcoming Events

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Artists’ Film Club: We Can’t Be There. Emergency Provisions for (Un)Anticipated Futures: Deniz Üster

18 April 2015, 12:00 | Cinema 1 | Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, SW1Y 5AH

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'Beyond is Before' screening (2013) + panel discussion with Deniz Üster


Glasgow-based artist Deniz Üster will screen and discuss recent work with invited guests, Matthew De Abaitua (Sci-fi writer) and Nerea Calvillo (Sociology, Goldsmiths and C+arquitectos)

Chair: Michael Guggenheim (Sociology, Goldsmiths)

The second in a series of events featuring artist filmmakers in discussion with academics, writers, and cultural commentators about the approaches and methods they use to explore temporality, disasters and the politics of futurity. Conceived by curator Yasmina Reggad in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Coleman and Dr Michael Guggenheim, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. Supported by the European Research Fund ‘Organising Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population’ Starting Grant and the Methods Lab, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths.

The series also includes a workshop at Delfina Foundation, a Methods Clinic at Goldsmiths University, London and a one-day workshop and seminar at Tate Modern.

Supported by the European Research Fund ‘Organising Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population’ Starting Grant, and the Methods Lab, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths.

Film commissioned by Farook Foundation

Book tickets here

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