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Doctoral Researcher Izram Chaudry reflects on obstacles to the attainment and retention of BME staff and students in higher education. I recently revisited my ‘old stomping ground’, Leeds Beckett University, for the Annual Race Lecture organised by the University’s Race Equality Forum. The keynote speaker was Mr Amatey Doku, a...

Written by Dr. Jack Palmer In this post, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Jack Palmer discusses two events, held during the week of 9th-13th September 2019, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust (1989). First, a two-day symposium in Leeds organised by the...

By Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli In this post, Rodanthi reflects on the problematic populist uses of popular-cultural personas by the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in the context of Brexit negotiations. Exiting (?) the political with a Ball The parasitic nature of politics on popular culture is old news: in the...

In this post, two of this year’s undergraduate dissertation prize winners, Aleyna Prokudina and Molly Turrell, tell us more about their award winning research. Unpacking the Black Box: Algorithmic regulation and the European management of borders and mobilities by Aleyna Prokudina Commonly referred to as the ‘Fortress Europe’, Western borders...

The history of sociology at Leeds is far deeper and more nuanced than is reflected in mainstream histories. Paul Bagguley, Tom Campbell and Jack Palmer explain in this article based on the findings of their recent research.  At the suggestion of our Head of School, Professor Bobby Sayyid, a small...

In this post, Rodanthi Tzanelli reconsiders the politics and poetics of academic writing in an age of uncertainty over personal values and commitments. IT is almost three decades since Clifford and Marcus published Writing Culture: The Poetics & Politics of Ethnography. Nonetheless, the authors’ conception of interdisciplinarity as not just...

In this post, Professor Emmel explains the importance of transdisciplinary research and the aims of the new Centre for Transdisciplinary Methodology at Leeds University. WE have recently established the Centre for Transdisciplinary Methodology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds University. This blog considers five talking points,...

In March of this year, I was lucky enough to attend the 13th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop held at Duke University in North Carolina, USA after gaining generous funding from the School of Sociology and Social Policy to attend. The workshop took place at what is a critical sociological and...