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  • Vikki Bell on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed

    Vikki Bell will be talking about her work in Argentina on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' Weds 29 Oct at 4pm.

    Listen online or catch up here

  • Francisco Calafate-Faria keynote at ‘Hospitalet, Smart Social District'

    Francisco Calafate-Faria, researcher at CUCR, gave a keynote address and final response at the workshop, ‘Hospitalet, Smart Social District', in Barcelona.

    The event had the participation of Council officials and technicians, community organizations, researchers, and private companies developing IT applications to urban demands. The workshop discussed the proposal of “smart social districts” as a critical development of the popular idea of 'smart city’, and brainstormed potential collaborative projects. Francisco’s contribution focused on his research on urban waste, infrastructure and materiality, as well as on CUCR’s experiences of researching community participation and urban change.

    Images and short information (in English) about the event can be found here. A local TV news report on the workshop can be found here.

  • Les Back Keynote 'Multicultural Conviviality in the midst of Racism’s Ruins'

    Les Back is scheduled to present a keynote speech at the 11th International Etmu Days conference - In/Equalities in Diverse Societies. Identifying problems, remedies, alternatives on 24 October in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Prof Daniel Neyland to present at ISM Conference - Algorithmic Accountability 

    Across recent popular and academic reports we are told that algorithms trap us and control our lives, undermine our privacy, have power and an independent agential impact. This has led to calls for algorithms to be subjected to forms of governance. However, the same compelling narratives that talk of agency and power, also frequently suggest that algorithms are inaccessible, or even on occasions operate beyond human cognition, thus posing problems for the very idea of governance. This presentation will argue that in order to govern algorithms, an important prior step is to prepare what might otherwise be obscure and inaccessible algorithms, to be held to account.

    Prof Neyland will be presentating on Wednesday 29 October, at the Warwick Business School. Further details and full abstract can be found here.

  • Joe Deville presenting at CCR-interactive conference

    This week Joe Deville, researcher in CSISP spoke to practitioners about his research into consumer credit default at the credit industry conference CCR-interactive.

    On Saturday he will give a paper on digital credit assessment technologies at the Money as Communication: Technology, Culture, and Economic Practice conference to be held at the University of Southern California and organised by Manuel Castells, Jonathan Aronson, and Lana Swartz.

  • Cartographies of the Absolute

    Alberto Toscano will be presenting his forthcoming book Cartographies of the Absolute, co-authored with Jeff Kinkle, at Artists' Space in New York City, in discussion with artist Melanie Gilligan on Friday, October 10 at 7pm.

  • 40@40 – A portrait of 40 years of educational research through 40 studies

    The British Educational Research Association has voted Prof Heidi Mirza's 'Young, Female and Black' as one of 40 landmark studies that have had a significant impact on educational policy, practice, research methodology and/or theory over the past 40 years.

    Find out more about the project here.

  • Shared space, where the streets have no rules

    Prof Rob Imrie was interviewed and featured in this article as part of CNN's Future Cities Coverage.

  • PhD Candidate to speak at Centre for the Study of Sexual Health and HIV - 1st Oct

    Ulla McKnight, Sociology PhD candidate will speaking on Wed 1st Oct on 'Early researchers and CSSHH (Centre for the Study of Sexual Health and HIV)' at the CSSHH, Homerton Hospital in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre. Ulla is presenting alongside long established and very prominent members of the field including Professor Jane Anderson (Public Health England) and with the Keynote Lord Normal Fowler.

  • Dr Abby Day Interviewed on BBC Radio 4

    Dr Abby Day will feature on Sunday on BBC Radio 4 discussing the recent campaign of the British Humanist Association on the London Underground and recent new “Sunday Assemblies”.

    Check out her interview on Sunday 28 September at 7.10am (or listen again via BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jhl54)

  • How To Keep Your Sociological Imagination Alive
    How To Keep Your Sociological Imagination Alive

    How To Keep Your Sociological Imagination Alive

    In this podcast recorded for Sociological Imagination - See more at: http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16120#sthash.ACQcqowv.dpuf

    In this podcast recorded for The Sociological Imagination, Les Back and Howard Becker discuss the craft of sociology.

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