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Department of Sociology


Lent Term 2019

"What is the Sociology of Reproduction All About?"

Prof. Sarah Franklin, University of Cambridge

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Professor Sarah Franklin moved from the London School of Economics to take up the Chair of Sociology at Cambridge in October 2011. In 2012 she received awards from the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, and British Academy to establish the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) which has since gone on to become one of the leading research centres in the rapidly expanding field of reproductive studies.

“Is Europe Christian?”

Prof. Olivier Roy, European University Institute

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Olivier Roy (1949) is presently Professor at the European University Institute (Florence): he is the scientific adviser of the Middle East Directions programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and heads the ReligioWest research project (funded by the European Research Council).

“The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays To Be Privileged”

Dr. Sam Friedman, London School of Economics

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Dr Friedman is a sociologist of class and inequality whose research focuses in particular on the cultural dimensions of contemporary class division. He has recently completed a book entitled The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged (with Daniel Laurison), which examines social mobility into Britain’s higher professional and managerial occupations.


“Insta-glam: Smartphones Apps and Beauty Surveillance”

Prof. Rosalind Gill, City University of London

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Professor Rosalind Gill studied Sociology and Psychology at Exeter University, and completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG), Loughborough University in 1991.  Her career has included posts at Goldsmiths and King's College London, and she worked for ten years in the LSE's interdisciplinary Gender Institute. She joined City, University of London in October 2013.