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In this post Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli discusses the changing nature of consumption in the ‘Virocene’. Coping with adversity, unshrinking the horizons That a virus would arrive one day to barricade humanity in its homes is not such a new idea: some of the best Western science fiction and horror literature...

In the first part of the second chapter of The Virus Diaries, Rodanthi tries to construct a genealogy of a popular policy concept: ‘social distancing’ The virological ‘event’ Life (2017) was heavily criticised for its lack of originality: nasty reviews likened it to the cult films Alien (director R. Scott)...

From the beginning of April, we bring to you a unique boxset of calamitous recordings to keep your spirit agile and (hopefully) your abs toned. As we go through one of the most unusual évènements in modern global history, Rodanthi is reporting on social and cultural phenomena that the enforced...

Dr. Philipp Korom, University of Graz, Austria, is the principal investigator in the project “National and Regional Elites in Austrian Politics” (2019-present) and former co-principal investigator in the project “Academic Superelites in Economics and Sociology” (2016-2019), both supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). He previously worked at the Max...

Remus Gabriel Anghel is Senior Researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj, Romania. His latest book is Transnational return and Social Change. Hierarchies Identities and Ideas.  Anghel R., Fauser M. and P. Boccagni (eds.) London: Anthem Press. 2019. [This post is also published in Romanian in...

Roxana Barbulescu is University Academic Fellow at University of Leeds. Her research examines social inclusion and postnational nationhood through citizenship, migrant integration, asylum and anti-racist policies and practices. Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at University of Leeds http://www.adrianfavell.com/  The freedom of movement of persons in the...

Anca Gheaus is a moral and political philosopher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She is mostly interested in gender justice and in justice in childrearing. One of her current projects is to write a book about gender norms: what is wrong with them and how to change them....

Lucy Mayblin’s new book Asylum and Impoverishment. Social Policy and Slow Violence, Routledge 2020 revisits Britain’s policy towards asylum seekers and discusses how the insufficient financial support they receive puts them amongst the most deprived and impoverished in society. Dr Lucy Mayblin is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield....

Dr Sarah Marusek of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds reflects on a recent dialogue about decolonisation held at the university. She reaffirms the importance, topicality and complexity of this theme by articulating several critical views expressed by scholars from various disciplines and institutions...

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...