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Dr Gurminder K Bhambra


Gurminder's research addresses how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European ‘others’ have been rendered invisible to the dominant narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. In challenging the dominant, Eurocentred accounts of the emergence and development of modernity, she has put forward an argument for the recognition of ‘connected histories’ in the reconstruction of historical sociology at a global level. While her research interests are primarily in the area of historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences with recent work in postcolonial studies.

She is the convenor of this ESRC Network

Lucy Mayblin




Lucy is an ESRC funded PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her doctoral research takes a historical institutionalist perspective in analysing current British asylum policies. Through an institutional orders approach adapted from US political science, the project seeks to investigate the link between Atlantic slavery, British colonialism and decolonisation as driving forces in attitudes towards immigrants, minorities and ‘others’ from outside of Europe, with particular reference to politics and policy making on asylum. Her contention is that the historical legacy of the British Empire, though invisible in public political discourse on immigration and asylum, is key to understanding such policies in the present.

Lucy is the Research Assistant for this Network

Dr Robbie Shilliam

Robbie Shilliam


Robbie has an abiding interest in historical sociological investigations of modernity, and the contextualization of social and political thought within the processes that are purported to drive modernity. He takes these two intellectual pursuits to be necessarily conjoined in so far as thought on modernity is always situated in particular concrete places and practices, hence, this thought is usually driven by a reflection on these practices as indicating the presence, absence or "corruption" of modernity. Previously he used this lens to investigate the rise and fall of a liberal project supported by influential German intellectuals from the French Revolution up to the rise of Nazism. More recently he has examined the broader Atlantic context of modernity, focusing especially on New World slavery and the implications for historical sociology of situating the epicenter of modernity within the slave-holding New World, rather than in "industrializing" and "democratizing" Europe.

Søren Rud

Søren Rud


Søren Rud is a PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen. He is working on his thesis, in which he focuses on the development of modern governmental techniques across metropole and colony. The empirical focus is Copenhagen and Greenland in the late nineteenth century. His research investigates how the governmental techniques used to influence the domestic urban poor were related to techniques developed by the colonial administration.

Dr Ipek Demir

Ipek Demir


Ipek is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester, having previously completed a DPhil in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex and held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her research draws on political philosophy, social theory and epistemology. She is interested in notions of incommensurability, translation, connection and dislocation between systems of thought, and in the movement of ideas and practices across epistemic communities.

Recent publications include: 1968 In Retrospect: History, Theory, Alterity (Palgrave, 2009) (co-edited with Gurminder K. Bhambra); 'Incommensurabilities in the Work of Thomas Kuhn', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 39 (2008); 'Thomas Kuhn's Construction of Scientific Communities', in S. Herbrechter and M. T. Higgins (eds), Returning (to) Communities: Theory, Culture and Political Practice of the Communal (Rodopi, 2006).

Ozan Zeybek

Ozan Zeybek


Ozan is a PhD student in the Geography Department at the Open University. He has just completed his fieldwork in a small provincial town in Turkey. His research is about places which appear to be only as extensions of 'someplace else', and which are explained by entities located in 'somewhere else'. His main attempt is to examine the analytical frameworks that enable such places to seem 'invisible', or at least, trivial: the followers vs. the 'real' agents of history.

Dr Rolando Vázquez

Rolando Vázquez

  Rolando Vázquez is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Roosevelt Academy of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. His research circles around three interdisciplinary topics: 'postcolonial thinking', 'visual social experience' and the 'critique of modern time'. His research brings together a variety of fields such as: social theory, continental philosophy, postcolonial thinking, visual studies and aesthetics. He has written about Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, photography, coloniality and the critique of modern time.