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Social Theory Centre


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The Social Theory Centre, founded in 1997, is devoted to the promotion, development and discussion of social theory. We are based in the Sociology Department but have members from across the humanities and social sciences. Our primary activities consist in organising symposia, workshops, the Authority & Political Technologies network, and early career training events. Our members are involved in running important social theory websites including Global Social Theory and Critical Legal Thinking. The centre also provides an important locus of activity for faculty and students involved with the MA programme in Social and Political Thought.

Events 2018/19

  • What is Social Theory Made Of? A People's Archive - 3 - 5 pm, January 30, 2019 (A0.23 - Social Sciences)
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Speakers include: Dr. John Narayan, Caryn Thandi Petersen, Piermarco Piu & Dr. Teodora Todorova

  • TBA - Social Theory Annual Public Lecture, May 2019
  • Social Theory Reading Group

The Social Theory Centre Phd-Candidate led reading group meetings are in full swing. For information about dates/times, please contact

Dr. Goldie Osuri ( or

Piermarco Piu (

Events 2017/2018

 Critical Legal Conference 2017

  • With the Law School the Social Theory Centre co-hosted the Critical Legal Conference 2017 (September 1-3).

Events 2016/17

  • PhD/ECR Masterclass on Decolonizing Social Theory
    Monday 8th May, 2-4pm, R0.14
    Speakers: Andrew Zimmerman, Robbie Shilliam, Akwugo Emejulu (tbc)
    Chair: Claire Blencowe

  • Symposium: Polanyi, Markets, and Socialism in the Early 21st Century, Tuesday 9 May, 2-5pm, R0.14
    Speakers: Johanna Bockman, Matthew Watson, Gareth Dale
    Discussants: John Holmwood, Alice Mah
    Chair: Shirin Rai

  • PhD/ECR Masterclass on Community Research, Race, and Housing
    Thursday 11th May, 10-12pm, R014
    Speakers: Johanna Bockman, Nigel de Noronha, Giovanni Picker
    Chair: Hannah Jones

  • Symposium on Europe and Africa Wednesday 10 May, 2-5pm
  • Critical Legal Conference - Catastrophe September 1-3

The Current Director of the Social Theory Centre is Dr. Goldie Osuri

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