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Posted 01 February 2016

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion

We are pleased to announce that the British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Day on the theme of "Researching Social Inequality Across the Social Sciences: Contemporary Sociological Analyses of Power and Exclusion" will be held at Birmingham this Spring 2016.

Posted 20 November 2015

Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa

Dr Gëzim Alpion was a keynote speaker at the symposium "Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa", which took place in Skopje on 12 September 2015. The event which was attended by Mother Teresa scholars from the United Kingdom, Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Skopje, politicians, religious personalities, and media representatives, was covered widely in the Balkans and generated a number of articles in India and the UK.

Posted 04 November 2015

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research

The last few months have witnessed the continuing flow of high quality publications from staff members in POLSIS demonstrating the department's position at the forefront of research. The books, articles and chapters cover political theory, international relations, security, British politics, rising powers, the European Union and developments in the former Soviet Union.

Posted 01 August 2015

Sociology student wins prestigious award

Graduating Sociology student Joe Taylor wins prestigious Michael Sheppard Award, for his academic and extra-curricular achievements at Birmingham.

Posted 02 April 2015

Sociology Society Careers Conference 2015

The Sociology Society hosted a careers conference on 04 February 2015. This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet alumni from a variety of careers including HR, PR/Marketing, Consultancy, Social Work, Law (in particular a postgraduate qualification) and Education.

Posted 14 October 2014

ICCS Seminar Series 2014/15

ICCS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.

Posted 26 September 2014

Exit, Voice and Loyalty in the Public Sphere: On the Hollowing Out of Universities and the 'Trojan Horse' Attack on the Muslim Community in the UK, By Justin Cruickshank and Ioana Cerasella Chis

Written By Dr Justin Cruickshank and Ioana Cerasella Chis. In the discussion below we will offer our definition of neo-liberalism as an elite project that hollows out education and communities; relating this to the questions of why academics are not usually public intellectuals and how the UK Coalition Government demonised a dialogic education offered by some schools in Birmingham with a majority of Muslim pupils.

Posted 10 September 2014

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15

POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.

Posted 06 June 2014

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania

Significant improvements to the economy of the Balkans region can be made if the Albanian government invests in a new €350 million road, argues an academic from the University of Birmingham. Dr Gëzim Alpion, Lecturer in Sociology, has instigated a petition for state leaders to meet their election promises and construct a highway linking Tirana with Dibra, one of the most impoverished regions in Albania.

Posted 29 April 2014

POLSIS Seminar Series 2013-14

POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.

Posted 10 March 2014

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology

Investment Analyst, Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees LLP). I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.

Posted 10 March 2014

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology

Graduate Student and IT Administrator. Currently, I am staying in Oxford and preparing my PhD research that I hope to start this year. Before coming to Oxford, I worked for a while, both at an executive recruitment consultancy in London and full-time in IT.