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Wed 29 May, '19
Women in conflict with the law and the criminal justice dance
S2.09, Social Sciences

It is with great pleasure to warmly invite you to attend a talk at the University of Warwick, by an internationally renowned feminist criminologist: Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Her paper is entitled: ‘Women in conflict with the law and the criminal justice dance’. The talk is organised by Professor Azrini Wahidin and the Criminal Justice Centre, Co-directors: Dr Ana Aliverti and Professor Vanessa Munroe.

The research seminar will start at 1pm and last for an hour -preceded by a buffet lunch at 12.30. The seminar format is quite informal, structured around a 30 minutes presentation and the remaining time for questions. The seminar will be held at Faculty of Social Science, in the Law School.

Tue 4 Jun, '19
MegaChurch, and/or an Ecology of Dispossession? Two Lectures on Capitalism and Religiosity
OC0.04, University of Warwick

Claire Blencowe (Sociology, University of Warwick)
David Stark (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick)

Co-hosted by CIM and Sociology (University of Warwick)

Please join us for two lectures by David Stark and Claire Blencowe on the relations between new forms of capitalism and religiosity. Can Max's Weber's classic work on the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism help us understand the rise of new evangelical movements, or "megachurches"? Do the new forms and practices of popular Christianity point to the limits of this most classic of sociological theories? These and related questions will be addressed by the two lectures, with discussion and a reception to follow.

Fri 14 Jun, '19
The Third Culture? // Literature and Sociology

In 1985 Wolf Lepenies argued that sociology should be considered a ‘third culture’ arising between science and literature. Contemporary discourses and research, however, show us that sociology and literature have a long history of peculiar relatedness.

In 19th century Europe, sociology was considered both a competitor to and counterpart of literary study since consensus held that the two disciplines were best placed to analyse and depict the emerging industrial society. Figures like Balzac, Flaubert, Zola and Simmel hoped to merge literature and social science; while others (like Marx, Durkheim and Weber) drew inspiration from literary work in developing their early sociological masterpieces. Despite this history, the developing pan-European structure of knowledge with its prioritisation of empirical analysis prevented any extensive integration between the two fields (Longo 2015; Jacobsen, Drake et al. 2014; Wallerstein 2007).

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Mariano Longo (Università del Salento - Italy)
  • Prof. Virinder Kalra (University of Warwick - UK)

Register now (registration is open until 4 June 2019)


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