I predict a riot: sociology symposium on 15 October
It is now nearly two months since the extraordinary riots which ran for several nights in parts of London and other English cities, and debate continues on what happened, why it happened and what lessons might be learned in case something similar threatens to happen again.
One approach to take is a sociological perspective, which is why our Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the British Sociological Association’s Theory Study Group and the Social Theory Centre, University of Warwick, is convening a public symposium on the matter while it is still topical. The organisers are Dr Leah Bassel and Dr Ipek Demir from Leicester and Dr Gurminder K Bhambra from Warwick.
English ‘Riots’: Civic Responses and Sociological Perspectives will be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in the centre of Birmingham on 15 October 2011. The line-up of speakers includes:
- Rob Berkeley, The Runnymede Trust
- Sam Farooq, University of Gloucester
- Maxie Hayles, Maxie Hayles International Consultancy
- Ajmal Hussain, London School of Economics
- Malcolm James, London School of Economics
- Alana Lentin, University of Sussex
- Sajida Madni, Birmingham Citizens
- Heidi Safia Mirza, Institute of Education
- Karim Murji, The Open University
- Nina Power, University of Roehampton
- John Solomos, City University London
The event runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Attendance costs £10 (concessions £5, plus a few free places for those unable to pay) to be paid on the door by cash or cheque. The symposium is open to anyone but places are limited so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.