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Populism, Markets, and Expertise: Social Science in an Age of Post-Truth

CONFERENCE: Thursday May 4th, 2017

This conference aims to address issues of social-scientific expertise and claims for authority in the light of recent political events and the rise of populism in Europe, the US, and elsewhere. These expressions represent different kinds of voice with implications for public debate and democratic practice and we believe that as social scientists and academics we have to bring our voices to bear more insistently within these debates.




PhD & Early Career Researchers Workshop: Friday 5th May, 2017

This workshop follows on from the conference on 'Populism, Markets, Expertise: Social Science in an Age of Post-Truth' and provides PhD students and early career scholars an opportunity to address these themes in smaller focused sessions. There will be two sessions organised around set readings and specific themes and participants will be expected to have attended the conference the previous day.

These sessions will be led by John Holmwood and Gurminder K Bhambra together with some faculty from the conference.

Friday 5th May
10.00-11.15. Rethinking the 'Business of Social Science'
Essential Reading
The Business of People, Campaign for Social Science report
11.30-1.00. From 'Impact' to Influence
Essential Reading
'Introduction' From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, edited by Danielle Allen and Jennifer Light (Introduction available here on Google Preview)
Additional Reading
Schutz, Alfred 1946. ‘The Well-Informed Citizen: An Essay on the Social Distribution of Knowledge,’ Social Research 13 (4) :463-78



Image Credits:

Populism: Dr Case

Markets: Katrina.Tuliao -, CC BY 2.0

Expertise: Public Domain

Thursday May 4th, 2017

To register for the conference, click here.

PhD & Early Career Scholars Workshop
Friday May 5th, 2017

To register for the workshop, click here.


Organized by:
Prof Gurminder K Bhambra (Sociology, University of Warwick)
Prof John Holmwood (Sociology, University of Nottingham)


Funded by the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham.