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50 Years of Sociology

At the University of Cambridge

Sociology at Cambridge: Past, Present and Future

This panel considers the trajectory of Sociology at Cambridge from its early years to the present moment, as well as where it is likely and should be heading in facing urgent social problems. The panel begins with a historical overview provided by John Thompson, who studied under Giddens. Then Tony Giddens give his...

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Reflections on the History of Sociology

Before introducing the Tuesday programme, Lecturer in Social Inequalities Dr Ali Meghji reflects on the history of Sociology as a discipline, and responds to the talking points raised in the Sociology: Past Present and Future panel as well as Prof Patricia Hill Collins’ keynote lecture the day before.

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Institutional Change Panel

The purpose of this panel is to engage with work being conducted by members and former members of the Sociology community at Cambridge to change institutions – from the outside in as well as from the inside out. The session is designed as a dialogue between the panel and the audience on the question of what it takes to...

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Decolonising Sociology Panel

Students around the world are now questioning what has been at the essence of academia for the past centuries. Why is my professor white? Why is my curriculum Eurocentric? Why do my topics of study rarely cover issues of race, ethnicity, and racism? Engaging with these questions has opened Pandora’s Box, where all the...

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Changing Political Economies Panel

The causes and consequences of the 2007-8 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) have been widely identified as failures of neoliberal policy making, yet neoliberal ideas still dominate the political economy of Britain, the US, and other states. Nonetheless, although neoliberalism is evoked frequently in critical analyses, the term...

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Inequalities Panel

This panel session addresses and problematises a phenomenon that is located at the very epicentre of the discipline of sociology, namely inequality. The panel draws on and showcases the expertise in the Cambridge Department of Sociology across different domains of research and levels of seniority – in ways that are...

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