Students Staff

7 November 2014

The positives of ignorance

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Dr Linsey McGoey

Dr Linsey McGoey speaking at the event

Dr Linsey McGoey, of our Department of Sociology, was the keynote speaker last month at an event in France exploring ignorance and uncertainty in commercial and governmental organisations.

The seminar, which attracted researchers and policymakers, was organised by the Centre for Society and Development – which is part of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research – in collaboration with France Stratégie, a division of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Speaking after the event, Dr McGoey explained how: “Ignorance and uncertainty are often seen in general as solely negative phenomena, but actually often ignorance can be used in quite positive ways in different organisations.

“So the aim of this evening was to understand the ways that ignorance is not simply the mere opposite of knowledge or a inevitably negative asset.”

France Stratégie was first established in 2013 as an expert body offering expertise, strategy and foresight to the Prime Minister. The organization also serves as a tool for social dialogue and civic debate on environmental, economic, and governance issues.

Find out more in a France Stratégie video (in French).

 

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8 September 2014

Imaginations: fifty sociological insights

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Ken Plummer book cover

Fifty contributions from past and present tell the story of Essex Sociology in this new 50th anniversary book

Join Ken Plummer and members of the Department of Sociology for a roundtable discussion about the book on Thursday 30 October from 4pm to 5.30pm in The Hexagon, Colchester Campus.

Fifty contributions from past and present staff and students tell the story of Essex sociology in a new 50th anniversary book edited by Ken Plummer.

For anyone who has worked or studied at Essex, the book is jammed with stories and memories, which tell of the history, creativity and community of the Department of Sociology, one of the University’s founding departments.

Imaginations: fifty years of Essex Sociology also provides an insight into the workings of a UK university department and of the shape of modern British sociology.

Founding academic staff member, contributor and former Head of Department, Professor Paul Thompson, said: “You will treasure this book, not only if you worked or studied at Essex, but also if you care deeply about sociology and its future.

“For those who experienced Essex, it will touch on special memories. But it will also show how much more was going on there than you ever realised at the time.”

The 200-page book was launched in the Tony Rich Teaching Centre during the University’s 50th anniversary celebration event on Saturday 13 September.

Copies can initially be ordered from The Wivenhoe Bookshop, the University Bookshop or direct from Ken Plummer at: plumkessex@gmail.com, priced £25.

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14 July 2014

Talk on tales behind the counter

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Dr Pamela Cox

Dr Pamela Cox

Following the success of her recent BBC2 TV series Shopgirls: The true story of life behind the counter, Dr Pamela Cox will be giving a talk about the series and her accompanying book in Colchester next week.

Dr Cox, who is from the Department of Sociology, will be giving her talk on Wednesday 23 July at the Minories Gallery in the High Street at 7pm. During the event she will answer questions and sign copies in association with Red Lion Bookshop.

Tickets are available on the door or in advance from The Minories. Entry is £4 and includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

 

 

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24 April 2014

Professor to judge national BBC competition

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Professor Dick Hobbs

Professor Dick Hobbs

Professor Dick Hobbs from the Department of Sociology is one of the judges of the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography.

The new annual Award is for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub culture.

Professor Hobbs took part in a special Thinking Allowed programme devoted to the academic research which has been shortlisted for the award, which is in association with the British Sociological Association.

Thinking Allowed has always drawn heavily upon ethnographic material and it is hoped that this Award will bring to light and stimulate more research of this kind.

The topics covered in the shortlist include international seafarers, female bodybuilders, multi-cultural prisons and Islam in the Gambia.

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26 March 2014

Changing world of crime

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Criminology: A sociological introductionA new edition of Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, written by an internationally-renowned team of academics from the Department of Sociology, has been published. 

Building on the success of the second edition, Criminology: A Sociological Introduction offers a comprehensive overview of the study of criminology, from early theoretical perspectives to pressing contemporary issues such as the globalisation of crime, crimes against the environment and state crime.

Acclaimed by academics across the globe, the book offers an essential grounding in how to think sociologically about crime and is seen as essential reading for criminology students looking to expand their understanding of crime and the world in which they live. This new edition has increased coverage of psychosocial theory, as well as on emerging areas such as green crime, state crime and cybercrime.

 

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18 November 2013

‘Is the British Press unreformable?’ – round table debate on future of the media

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In the wake of the Leveson Inquiry and as the debate continues to rage over the conflict between regulation of the media and freedom of speech the University of Essex is hosting a high-profile round table debate on whether the British press can be reformed.

The round table debate, organised by the Department of Sociology, on Thursday 28 November will feature leading campaigners and journalists from all sides of the debate surrounding press reform and will be chaired Lord Currie, Chair of Council at the University of Essex and one of the assessors from the Leveson Inquiry.

A plenary speech will be given by Professor James Curran, Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, providing a history of press reform to frame the debate.

The roundtable will include:

  • Professor Brian Cathcart (Hacked Off)
  • Professor Natalie Fenton (Media Reform)
  • Professor Julian Petley (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom)
  • Professor Richard Sambrook (former Director, BBC World Service)

Students will be encouraged to pose questions during the Question Time style event. The debate comes as the controversy continues around the proposed Royal Charter for press regulation, questions are still being raised about the list of clients of private detectives held by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the trial continues of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.

‘Is the British Press unreformable?’ will be held from 1pm to 3pm on 28 November in Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall A and is open to the general public.

Full details are available here: https://www.essex.ac.uk/sociology/events/default.aspx

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25 October 2013

Essex leads World Health Organization (WHO) event in Geneva

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The event is a collaboration with the World Health Organization. Picture courtesy of the US Mission Geneva

The event is a collaboration with the World Health Organization. Picture courtesy of the US Mission Geneva

Staff from our School of Law and Department of Sociology have hosted a meeting in Geneva in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss human rights issues relating to women’s and children’s health.

Professor Paul Hunt, a former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, led the event with Gen Sander from Law and Dr Linsey McGoey of Sociology.

The meeting – attended by academics from various disciplines and representatives from around ten states, UN agencies, NGOs and national human rights institutions – was called to consider issues raised by a recent WHO monograph Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights.

Dr McGoey said: “The meeting helped showcase recent research at Essex on the value and necessity of developing rigorous, mixed-methods approaches for understanding how human rights based initiatives are improving the health of women and children across the globe.”

The event was funded thanks to our Interdisciplinary Fund, with support from the School of Law, the Human Rights Centre and the Department of Sociology. It was supported by our interdisciplinary initiative the Politics of Health Network led by Dr McGoey alongside Professor Gill Green and Dr Ewen Speed from the School of Health and Human Sciences, Professor Joan Busfield from the Department of Sociology and Dr Jason Glynos from the Departmnent of Government. Funding was also provided from a recent Economic and Social Research Council seminar series grant, ‘Evidence in Interdisciplinary Contexts: the Value and Ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials’ a three-year project led by Dr McGoey.

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3 October 2013

Lecture to focus on transgressive female stereotypes

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Sociology book spines

The Centre for Criminology is free and open to the public

The Centre for Criminology is offering a free lecture exploring current debates about  lap dancing and female bodybuilding this month.

‘Female Transgression: Lap Dancing and Female Bodybuilding,’ on 31 October, will explore how these two forms of bodywork both confirm and contradict gender stereotypes and are often regarded as transgressive.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be given by Dr Rachel Colosi of the University of Lincoln and Dr Tanya Bunsell of St Mary’s University College. It is the third in a series of free, public lectures hosted by the Centre for Criminology.

The lecture takes place at 5pm in LTB 8 on 31 October. To register your interest, or for more information, e-mail: c4crime@essex.ac.uk or visit the Department of Sociology Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/UoESociology.

 

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