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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events


3rd December 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, University Science Site, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

Due to the very inclement weather this event has been cancelled.

Four world-leading social scientists explore issues, debates and controversies on the future of sociology, in response to questions posed by audience members.

The event features, as panellists, four Fellows of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, and is chaired by Prof. Roy Boyne of the School of Applied Social Sciences.  Our panellists and chair are highly distinguished sociologists who draw upon a wide range of trans-disciplinary theories and interdisciplinary influences in their work, notably in the fields of art history, business studies, cultural policy, environmental studies, global studies, human geography, international relations, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and science and technology studies. 

The evening promises to provide an illuminating, lively, and wide-ranging debate, exploring sociology's future with regard, for example, to interdisciplinary connections, new theoretical developments, methodological innovations, the changing environment for higher education, and wider transformations in global economics, politics and culture.   

The event will be structured generally along the lines of the popular BBCTV programme, 'Question Time'.

Chair: Roy Boyne (Durham)


Following the debate there will be a drinks reception served in the Derman Christopherson Room.

This event is free to attend and open to all but registration is essential. 

To register please email Judith Aird ( by no later than Friday, 26 November 2010.

Parking: For those travelling to this event by car, it will be possible to park at the Science Site, where the Calman Learning Centre is located, or at Grey College:

Contact for more information about this event.