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Dr Thom Davies article in the Guardian

Finger on the button: should Trump's nuclear weapons access be restricted?

US congressmen are proposing a bill to restrict President Trump’s access to nuclear weapons. As ‘chaotic’ as he may be, is this fair or rational?

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Wed 01 Feb 2017, 15:54 | Tags: global governance Homepage social sciences Research Staff

Have Socio-Economic Inequalities in Childhood Cognitive Test Scores Changed?

As part of Dr Roxanne Connelly's ESRC research project, Have Socio-Economic Inequalities in Childhood Cognitive Test Scores Changed?we are pleased to annouce that  three events have been organised:

21st March Royal Statistical Society London: Tackling Socio-Economic Inequalities in Childhood Test Scores

22nd March Royal Statistical Society London: FREE Workshop: A Practical Introduction to Analysing Complex Social Survey Data (aimed at non-academic researchers)

23rd March Royal Statistical Society London: FREE Workshop: Analysing and Comparing Complex Social Survey Data

Wed 01 Feb 2017, 13:00 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Postgraduate Research

Watch the video of the launch of "Genes and the Bioimaginary" by Prof. Deborah L. Steinberg

On June 14th 2016, CSWG organised a launch event for the book Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture, written by our very own Prof. Deborah L. Steinberg. The event featured talks by Deborah, and also by Prof. Elizabeth Ettorre and Prof. Stuart Murray.

A video of the full event is now available here.

Dr Maria do Mar Pereira's research is featured in "Times Higher Education"

Maria do Mar Pereira's research on the status that scholarship from, and about, different countries has in global academic exchanges has been featured in Times Higher Education. The article focuses on a presentation that Maria do Mar gave on this research at a conference organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education, entitled "In Depth and In Between?: Conducting Ethnographic Research on Higher Education across International Borders". The title of Maria do Mar's article was "Not all “Internationals” are Created Equal: Negotiating Global Academic Hierarchies in International Ethnographies of Higher Education".

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:16 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Research Staff Publications

Sociology Staff Publish Reflections on the EU Referendum

Thursday, June 23rd will bring one of the most important votes in the country's history - a referendum to decide whether the UK will remain in, or leave, the European Union. The decision will have significant effects on British society and economics, on British identity and on the lives of millions of people, Brits and non-Brits, within and beyond the UK.

Because it is such a momentous social and political occasion, it is important to think about the referendum sociologically. Indeed, as sociologists, we have an important role to play in this debate, because we can raise awareness of the sociological issues at stake in a decision about EU membership and the sociological factors shaping the current discourses and debate in the UK about that membership. Unfortunately, sociological thinking has often been absent from the debate, and as a result a very important issue is being discussed in simplistic, problematic and at times very dangerous and toxic ways.

Staff in the department have been following the debates closely and reflecting on the referendum sociologically, and we have decided to compile some of those reflections in one page. You can access them here.

Wed 22 Jun 2016, 14:01 | Tags: Homepage social sciences Research Staff

Book Launch of Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture By Deborah Lynn Steinberg

You are warmly invited to the launch of Deborah Lynn Steinberg's latest book, Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture (Ashgate/Routledge).

Professor Elizabeth Ettorre (Liverpool University) and Professor Stuart Murray (Carleton University, Canada) will be talking about the book and its significance. Deborah will also say a few words.

The launch is taking place on June 14th at 5.30 in Ramphal Builing, Room 1.04, University of Warwick.

Wine, soft drinks and refreshments will be served.

Genes and the Bioimaginary poster

Fri 10 Jun 2016, 10:05 | Tags: Homepage Research Staff Publications

Photo competition update - *winners*

Thank you for all of the entries which we received to our photo competition 2016. We saw some excellent interpretations of the theme, and we look forward to using your photographs to promote our department.

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our competition ‘What Sociology means to me’ are as follows:

  • 1st place: Morteza Hashemi Madani - 200 Amazon voucher
  • 2nd place: Maria do Mar Pereira - £100 Amazon voucher
  • 3rd place: Elena Mylona - £50 Amazon voucher

The judges were highly impressed with these creative, innovative and intelligent entries - a big congratulations goes to the above people! We will be printing their images and putting them up within the department.

Also, a big thank you goes to all those who have taken part in this year’s competition!

Best wishes

Andre Celtel (Director of Student Experience and Progression, Philosophy) and Kat Moore (Senior Marketing Assistant, Philosophy)

Thu 26 May 2016, 12:01 | Tags: Homepage Undergraduate Staff

Call for Papers: BSA Regional Postgraduate Event

BSA Regional Postgraduate Event: ‘Close to home: moral dilemmas, ethical practice and complexities of reflexivity in ethnographic research.’

Friday 3 June 2016, London School of Economics

Confirmed speakers: Claire Alexander (University of Manchester), Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths), Karen Lumsden (Loughborough University), Lisa Mckenzie (LSE), Laurie Taylor (BBC Radio 4).

Ethnography as a methodological tool is founded in a long tradition of social science research and over the past decade ethnography has moved once again to forefront of sociological concern. Considered one of the few research methods able to escape the shackles of the academy in full form, in recent months ethnographic accounts have both topped the best sellers lists internationally alongside attracting much academic and lay commentary and critique (Goffman, 2015; Martin, 2015; Mckenzie, 2015). Central to such debates is the concern and question regarding who is permitted to conduct ethnographic research citing the occupational hazard ethnographers risk in eroticising or misrepresenting their research subjects and sites. Appreciating the diverse forms that ethnographic research can take, this event explores the role of the researcher in ethnographic research, reflecting on the challenges the researcher faces in the collection and presentation of data. The event opens with the question of how the researcher can facilitate critical thought and provide valuable contribution to the discipline, whilst avoiding inaccuracies or enacting symbolic violence, however unintentional. Critically reflecting on the concept of reflexivity, the event looks to investigate power dynamics alongside the emotional experience of the research field.

For more information, click here.

Mon 18 Apr 2016, 14:30 | Tags: PhD Student Homepage Postgraduate Staff

June event: Post Racial Fantasies in an Age of Diversity and Migration with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Wednesday, 8th June 5pm-6.30pm

Room MS.05, Maths Building, University of Warwick

So we can keep track of numbers, please register to attend at

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books. Her book, No Place Like Home, well received by critics, was an autobiographical account of a twice removed immigrant. From 1996 to 2001 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research which published True Colours on the role of government on racial attitudes. Tony Blair launched the book in March 1999. She is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. In 2000 she published, Who Do We Think We Are? which went on to be published in the US too, an acclaimed book on the state of the nation. Andrew Marr and Sir Bernard Crick among other reviewers found the book exceptionally wise and challenging. After Multiculturalism, a pamphlet re-assessing the multicultural ideology in Britain was the first critical examination by a social democrat of a settled and now damaging orthodoxy. She is also a regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations. In 2001 came the publication of Mixed Feelings, a book on mixed race Britons which has been praised by all those who have reviewed it to date. In June 1999, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice. She is a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK and has also agreed to be a special ambassador for the Samaritans. She is the President of the Institute of Family Therapy. She is married with a twenty eight year old son and thirteen year old daughter.

In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in the new year’s honours list. In July 2003 Liverpool John Moore’s University made her an Honorary Fellow. In 2003 she returned her MBE as a protest against the new empire in Iraq and a growing republicanism. In September 2004, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Oxford Brookes University . In April 2004, her film on Islam for Channel 4 won an award and in May 2004, she received the EMMA award for best print journalist for her columns in the Independent. In September 2004, a collection of her journalistic writings, Some of My Best Friends Are… was published in 2005. Since that year, she has been seen on stage in her one woman show, commissioned and directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their new work festival. In 2005, she was voted the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country in a poll and in another she was among the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK. In 2008 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

The event will be followed by a reception with juice, wine and snacks

This is a public lecture and all are welcome

So we can keep track of numbers, please register to attend at

Find out more about Warwick’s Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) Network at

Tue 12 Apr 2016, 15:39 | Tags: PhD Student Homepage social sciences Undergraduate Research

Amy Hinterberger Awarded Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science

Amy Hinterberger has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Science for her project, Blood and tissue samples as ‘human subjects’. The Award is for £39,897. The project will run from October 2016 – July 2017. The research will investigate transformations in the definition of the human research subject in biomedicine across the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

Mon 04 Apr 2016, 10:31 | Tags: Homepage Research Staff

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