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TCD/UCD Public Lecture Series 2017-2018

The Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), has initiated a series of public lectures in which internationally acclaimed speakers will discuss contemporary sociological issues. The aim of this TCD-UCD Sociology Public Lecture Series is to promote informed and non-partisan debate and to offer new ideas on cutting-edge sociological issues including but not limited to responses to the current crisis. It provides a platform to deepen research and teaching synergies between TCD and UCD especially in light of HEA’s policy ‘Towards a Future Higher Education Landscape’. The series features two public lectures per term with one event hosted at TCD and the other at UCD.

Upcoming Speakers:

First Event

Title: The Politics of Nationalism and White Racism in the UK
Speaker: Professor Mike Savage (LSE)
Date and time: 4th October 2017, 7pm
Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building.

AbstractProfessor Mike Savage

The rise of populist nationalism in many parts of the developed world testifies to the resurgence of fears around intensified immigration and the renewed power of racism. My paper draws on a mixed methods study of the National Child Development study to consider, in the British case, how racist and nationalist attitudes intersect with social inequalities. My paper disputes the view that racism as a product of the ‘left behind’ white working class. I emphasise the continued power of ‘imperial nationalism’ amongst economically advantaged white Britons, and draw attention to the anti-establishment nationalism of the most disadvantaged which need not have strong racist overtones. This inter-twining of racism with other social and economic inequalities is intense and has the potential to generate increasingly visceral and volatile forms of political identification. 


Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics where he is also co-director of the International Inequalities Institute. His recent books include the co-authored, and best selling Social Class in the 21st Century (2015) and Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method (2010).

Second Event