How to do Sociology with…?

Date: 19th March 2015, 4.30-6.30pm, RHB 2.107, Goldsmiths

At Goldsmiths, we practice sociology with a variety of things, from buildings to music and social media. But how do we do this?

Join us for an afternoon of show-and-tell with students and staff of the Goldsmiths’ sociology Department, including:

Bells and whistles | Aidan Kelly

Big Data | Evelyn Ruppert

A Building | Marina da Silva

Coffee | Jess Perriam

Costume|Kat Jungnickel

An Experiment | Michael Guggenheim

Film | Nirmal Puwar

A Mango | Alex Rhys Taylor

Music | Les Back

Postcards | Beckie Coleman

Words | Mariam Motamedi-Fraser

All speakers teach or study on our post-graduate programmes. So if you are thinking of post-graduate study in the area of sociology, come along.

Email to find out more.

To see the poster: Sociology poster 19 March 15


This is Visual Sociology exhibition, September 2014

Some of the first cohort of the MA in Visual Sociology organised an exhibition of work produced over the year.

Photographs by Marina da Silva.









Detail from work by Ali Eisa.



Detail from work by Rose Delcour Min.



Detail from work by Roz Mortimer.



Detail from work by Marina da Silva.



Detail from work by Clare Kileen.

Call for papers: The Politics and Practices of Just Making Things

Call for papers for the London Conference in Critical Thought 2015: Stream: ‘The Politics and Practices of Just Making Things’, organised by Ali Eisa (MA Visual Sociology alumni) and Phil Thomas (PhD Visual Sociology). Deadline for proposals for papers and non-traditional presentation: 16th March. More details below.

London Conference in Critical Thought 2015: Call for Papers

LCCT 2015: UCL 26-27 June 2015.


The fourth annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins of their department or discipline to engage with other scholars who share theoretical approaches and interests.

Central to the vision of the conference is an inter-institutional, non-hierarchal, and accessible event that makes a particular effort to embrace emergent thought and the participation of emerging academics, fostering new avenues for critically-oriented scholarship and collaboration.

The conference is divided into thematic streams, each coordinated by different researchers and with separate calls for papers, included in this document. We welcome paper proposals that respond to the particular streams below. In addition, papers may be proposed as part of a general stream, i.e. with no specific stream in mind. Spanning a range of broad themes, these streams provide the impetus for new points of dialogue.

  • The Return of Actor Network Theory
  • Art and its Externalities
  • Bad Language, Wrong Signification
  • Eating as Encounter
  • Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice
  • Interruptions
  • The Politics and Practice of “Just Making Things”
  • Music and Sound at Work
  • Re-thinking Political Violence, Memory and Law
  • The Digital 1: Noology and Technics: Algorithmic governmentality, automation and knowledge in the age of the digital economy
  • The Digital 2: ‘Questioning the Digital’: Critical Approaches to Digital Worlds
  • Theory Lessons: Theorizing the Classroom
  • Radical Transfeminism
  • Truthful Politics

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers or presentations, with the relevant stream indicated in the subject line, to Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should be received by the deadline of Monday 16 March 2015.

Participation is free (though registration will be required). // // @londoncritical

MA Visual Sociology: report on This is Visual Sociology exhibition

In September 2014, some of the first cohort of the Goldsmiths MA in Visual Sociology organised an exhibition of work produced over the year.

Rose Delcour-Min, Ali Eisa, Katie Knapp, Roz Mortimer and Marina da Silva wrote up their reflections on the exhibition, and the MA more generally, for the International Visual Sociology Association newsletter.   

Discussing the title of the exhibition they write:

‘Having initially explored more tentative titles such as Is This Visual Sociology?, and after a year of study in the first Masters programme in Visual Sociology, our confidence in our inventive and sensory methods led us to a bolder statement: This Is Visual Sociology.

The full piece can be viewed here.

The Future of Art is Urban

Artistic Research Practices and Methods in Social Sciences

////// 30 May – 14 June 2014 · Enclave (Deptford · South East London)
/////// work by Visual Sociology PhD students from Goldsmiths · curated by Katalin Halász

The Future of Art is Urban blends the borders between art and social science. The exhibition presents a wide range of different social research practices in which knowledge is produced through artistic approaches. Participants use the city as a site of confrontation and interaction and invite our immediate reflections. 

Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.54.41

See the website here and the catalogue here.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Goldsmiths Sociology, and is organised in celebration of the 20 years of the Centre for Urban and Community Research.