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  • Capital (It Fails Us Now)

    Alberto Toscano has written a long introduction, 'Capital (It Fails Us Now)'​, to a mini-symposium on Thomas Piketty's landmark study of contemporary inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, now out in Historical Materialism 23.1

  • Transmissions and entanglements: making, curating and representing research

    Kat Jungnickel recently presented a paper entitled 'Transmissions and entanglements: making, curating and representing research' as the closing keynote plenary at the London ESRC Doctoral Training Centres Annual Conference, "Creating and Communicating". A copy of the conference booklet can be downloaded from the ESRC London Blog.

  • “What makes a public affair?” Noortje Marres at Haus der Kunst

    On April 16, Noortje Marres will give the Annual Lecture on the Public (der Öffentlichkeit) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. The lecture will discuss the Pragmatist proposal that publics are called into being by issues, and explore its implications for the theory and practice of publicity today, drawing on examples from contemporary art and design practice.

    More info visit the official site here.

  • Abby Day Radio 4's 'Beyond Belief' 

    Abby Day will be featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Beyond Belief' programme on Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. She will be discussing religious education in schools, and whether it still needs to be a compulsory part of the Curriculum. You can listen online here.


  • Heidi Mirza on Black Feminism for BBC Radio 4

    Heidi Mirza has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour show talking about Black Feminism. Catch up online here.

  • The Ladies Bridge - Documentary Screening with Panel Discussion and Q&A

    Kat Jungnickel will part of a panel discussion following a screening of 'The Ladies Bridge', a documentary about female construction workers in WW2. For further information and to book tickets visit the Somerset House website here.

  • Les Back interviewed for The Observer

    Les Back has been featured in an article about the opening up of private gardens as public spaces published in The Observer. You can read the article online here.

  • Philosophy Against the Flow: Abstraction and Logistics in Allan Sekula's Writings

    Alberto Toscano has published an article on transport and circulation in the work of photographer and critic Allan Sekula, 'Philosophy Against the Flow: Abstraction and Logistics in Allan Sekula's Writings', in a catalogue of his last work Ship of Fools / The Dockers' Museum, edited by Hilde Van Gelder and published by Leuven University Press.

  • Kat Jungnickel on 'The Great British Sewing Bee'

    Kat Jungnickel appeared in a segment on corsets in the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee. Kat explained how clothing evolved to become more rational in the Victorian era, as women took to activities like cycling. Segment begins at 21 minutes in. Catch up on iPlayer.

  • Would London Make Sense Without Smell?

    Alex Rhys-Taylor wrote about how smells in London have shaped the way we move, develop and explore the city, and what happens to your sense of place without a sense of smell, in the Londonist. He also gave a top five of London's fragrant history in Time Out to promote The Body in the City symposium. Read more on our news pages.

  • Migrant City: Waiting, Dead Time and Freer Life

    Les Back will be giving a talk on Feb 26 as part of the Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series at Bristol University.


    Discussions of migration usually foreground the issue of movement through space and across borders. In this paper, I will explore the issue of the temporal dimensions of the experience of movement but also the constraints that the regulation of human mobility place on the category of person referred to through the category of 'the immigrant'. It looks at the experience of 'waiting' as symptomatic of the ordering of status and belonging. While young people in a precarious position are forced to wait, the rich mobile global citizens simply do not because their lives are on the 'fast track'. The paper looks at the social and existential consequences of what it means to live in this condition and draws on my five year ethnography conducted with Shamser Sinha on the experience of 30 adult migrants in London.

    In a sense, the book we are finishing, entitled ‘Migrant City’ (Routledge 2016), is the story of London through their eyes and experience. Our argument is that we live in a time of divided connectedness in which humanity is both more connected than at any other point in history; and yet, there are thicker lines and divisions being drawn between people on a global scale. Elsewhere we have argued that this is producing new hierarchies of belonging (Back and Sinha 2012) but in this paper we argue that these divisions also produce an ordering of time. Here some people are condemned to live in 'dead time' drawing on insights from Erving Goffman, while others lives within a fugitive time that emphasises the present and where past and future is bracketed out.

    This project has also aspired to create a more sociable form of sociology in which the conventions of observation and analysis have been redesigned. Here participants are not only observers in their own lives but also authors (Sinha & Back 2014).

  • Top Academic Backs Black History Demands

    Heidi Mirza has been profiled in a piece entitled 'Top Academic Backs Black History Demands' in the Voice. Read the article online here

  • How does design address immobility in our society?

    Rob Imrie will be chairing a panel discusson on the question 'how does design address immobility in our society?' as part of the Design Culture Salon series of events at the V&A. For further information visit the event page here.

  • Heidi Mirza to speak at the London Festival of Education

    Heidi Mirza will be speaking at the London Festival of Education on 28 Feb 2015, on the panel 'Does diversity matter in education?'

    For further information visit the official site here.

  • Yasmin Gunaratnam on Communicating Chronic Pain

    Yasmin Gunaratnam will be speaking at the event 'Communicating Chronic Pain' at the LSE, 28 Feb 2015.

    For further information visit the event page here.

  • Les Back on Sending Books to Prisoners

    In February, the law banning the sending of books to people in prison was officially reversed. After campaigning against this legislation, Les Back talks about the value of learning in prison and sends a book to a student. Check out the video here.

  • Sí Se Puede, Seven Days at PAH Barcelona

    Sí Se Puede, Seven Days at PAH Barcelona will be screened by the Anthropology Department, Centre for Visual Anthropology (Anthropology Department) and the Unit for Global Justice (Sociology Department) followed by a drinks reception on Monday 23 February, 6pm, Professor Stuart Hall Building (NAB), Room LG01

  • ZOOM: Capitalism and its Horizons

    Alberto Toscano will be discussing the aesthetics of the economy and his new book Cartographies of the Absolute with Iain Boal at the MayDay Rooms on April 9, 7-9pm, at an event entitled 'ZOOM: Capitalism and its Horizons'.

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