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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: Applications open now

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

The Department is now receiving applications for departmental support.

Wed 22 November 2017, 14:19 | Tags: Social Theory Centre Publications

Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour - event roundup

Over the past few months, Professor Akwugo Emejulu has worked on a range of events focused on Black Feminism, intersectionality, and higher education.

Conference: Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour - Amsterdam

On 7th October 2017 in Amsterdam, Prof. Emejulu co-organised the 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe conference. This event attracted 159 women of colour artists, activists, practitioners and scholars from across Europe and North America.


Keynote: Intersectionality: A Challenge to the Academy - Equality Challenge Unit

Prof. Emejulu was invited to give a keynote talk, 'Intersectionality: A Challenge to the Academy', to the Equality Challenge Unit's annual conference on 7th November 2017 in Birmingham. Watch her talk on YouTube.

Panel: Black Feminism and Post-Cyber Feminism - Institute of Contemporary Arts

On 18th November 2017 at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, Prof. Emejulu co-organised and chaired the event, Black Feminism and Post-Cyber Feminism as part of the Post-Cyber Feminist International season at the ICA. Listen to the panel discussion on the ICA website.


Keynote lecture: Towards a Fugitive Feminism - Gender Research Centre Annual Lecture

On 29th November at the University of Bristol, Prof. Emejulu gave the Gender Research Centre Annual Lecture, 'Towards a Fugitive Feminism?'.

Tue 12 December 2017, 13:21 | Tags: Women and Gender Research Conference, Debate or Seminar Staff

Hila Zaban: "Diaspora Jews shouldn't be Israel's top priority"

This week Dr Hila Zaban published an article in Haaretz (an Israeli newspaper which is equivalent to The Guardian) following her current research on British Jews.

The article was published in Hebrew first and also in the English edition available below. 

Hila has also been invited to discuss the topic on an Israeli TV show two weeks from now.

Mon 04 December 2017, 14:09 | Tags: Research Publications

Professor Akwugo Emejulu in the THE: Target UK’s black female professor deficit ‘with bespoke strategy’

Ahead of her keynote address at the ECU’s annual conference (Birmingham, 6 - 7 Novembemer 2017), Professor Emejulu spoke to the Times Higher about tackling inequalities in Higher Education.

Wed 29 November 2017, 18:04 | Tags: Research

The Decision Point: command collectivism in the twenty-first century

Anthony King (Warwick)

 The Decision Point: command collectivism in the twenty-first century

 4th December 5pm


All welcome!

Wed 29 November 2017, 16:57 | Tags: Conference, Debate or Seminar

Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities

Dr Maria do Mar Pereira was a keynote speaker at the international conference Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities, at Ruhr University – Bochum, in Germany.

The conference brought together researchers, equality practitioners, and scientific policy-makers from across Europe to discuss the relationship between scientific excellence and gender equality, and particularly the ways in which contemporary definitions of scientific excellence normalise and reproduce problematic gender inequalities.

Maria do Mar’s very well received keynote address was based on her new book Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship: an Ethnography of Academia (Routledge, 2017) and discussed the association of scientific excellence with intense productivity in contemporary universities. Maria do Mar argued that this association can paradoxically undermine the excellence of the knowledge we produce, because it is harder (and sometimes impossible) to create excellent knowledge in academic cultures of intense and individualised labour, in which many academics struggle to find the time necessary not just to write their research, but also to read, peer review and engage with other colleagues’ work.

Image of book cover

Dr Maria do Mar Pereira's participation in this conference was supported by departmental conference funding.

Thu 16 November 2017, 14:31 | Tags: Homepage Research

Rafto Foundation Human Rights Prize for Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz

The Rafto Foundation has awarded the 2017 Rafto Prize to Parveena Ahangar (leader and co-founder of The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons - APDP) and Parvez Imroz (President of the Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society) for their extraordinary work on campaigning for basic human rights in Indian-held Kashmir, in one of the world’s most militarized zones.

laureates receiving their award

For more information regarding the APDP, please see For more information about JKCCS, see:

RAFTO 2017 Laureates Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz in a torchlit human rights procession

On the 4th of November, Dr. Goldie Osuri participated in a public conference held by the Rafto Foundation in advance of the award ceremony. At the public conference, the Rafto laureates gave their keynote speeches on human rights in Kashmir. Alongside other experts, Dr. Osuri spoke on Human Rights and International Solidarity - a talk directed at an international human rights community regarding recommendations addressing human rights in Kashmir.

Goldie Osuri giving her presentation

You can see a video of Dr Osuri's talk here:–-associate-professor-at-the-department-of-sociology-university-of-warwick/.

For more information about the public conference, visit the Rafto webpage

Mon 13 November 2017, 13:18 | Tags: Homepage The Reinvention Centre Social Theory Centre

Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain! Caribbean Climate Change Event - Climate and Envrionmental Justice

Come join us to learn more about the Caribbean and explore the threats of climate change on the region. Through a range of interactive activities for all ages the event will include; short talks and presentations, a debate, and hand-on activities for children and families.

Saturday November 11th, 1-5pm, Edgabaston Community Centre, Birmingham.

Free tickets on Eventbrite

Thu 02 November 2017, 16:19

Good news - Athena SWAN award

We are delighted and proud to announce that we have been successful in our application for the Athena SWAN bronze award. Athena SWAN April 2017 results can be found on

Fri 06 October 2017, 15:07

The best places for women to live in Britain :- Final Year Sociology and Quantitative Methods student Elena Mylona's report

Our student Elena Mylona (3rd year Sociology and Quants) conducted a paid placement at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) this summer, as part of the Q-step degree. During her placement Elena co-authored a report that was discussed at BCC Women's Hour with researchers from NatCen. The report focused on the best places for women to live in Britain.

Here is a link to the report:

Thu 05 October 2017, 08:45

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