Theory in Sociology: After Bourdieu? Reflections on Culture and Critique

Date/Time: Wednesday 12 June, 11am-12.50pm Place: Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building Speakers: Nick Prior, Jade Jiang, Jingbo Ma, Angélica Thumala This seminar and workshop is the third and final event in the ‘Theory in Sociology’ series for 2023-4, hosted within CRITIQUE. The aim is to promote reflection […]

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CRITIQUE Book Launch – Navigating the Polycrisis: Mapping the Futures of Capitalism and the Earth by Michael Albert – 2 May 2024, 4pm

Book Launch: Navigating the Polycrisis: Mapping the Futures of Capitalism and the Earth “The world-system of which we are all a part faces multiple calamities: climate change and mass extinction, energy supply shocks, the economic and existential threat of AI, the chilling rise of far-right populism, and ratcheting geopolitical tensions, […]

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Special Undergraduate Workshop: Anticolonial Political Thought – Friday 3 May 2024, 10am

Special Undergraduate Workshop – Anticolonial Political Thought: Indigenous Political Thought CRITIQUE co-director Jared Holley chairs an undergraduate workshop that introduces students to some important texts and figures in contemporary indigenous political thought, principally from what is now called Canada. This is a special session of Dr Holley’s Honours seminar on […]

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CRITIQUE Seasonal Session: Spring in the Meadows – 8 May 2024, 1pm

Cherry blossom

This year’s Spring Session* takes place in the Meadows, Edinburgh, against the backdrop of the cherry blossoms in late bloom. Attendees are asked to pre-read two short texts, and the structure of the outing includes an open discussion, a solo reflective exercise, and contributions from an invited ‘provocateur’. Themes for this session: responsibilities to and appreciation […]

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CRITIQUE Reads – March 20, 2024, 3pm

Our next session of Critique Reads will take place on Wednesday 20th March at 3pm-4pm in Chrsytal Macmillan Building room 2.15. We are reading James C. Scott’s Seeing Like a State, and this session will cover pages 53-146 (chapters 2, 3, and 4), which discuss language, authoritarian high modernism, and urban design respectively. […]

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Theory In Sociology, seminar 2: Logics of capitalism and inequality. 12 March 2024

This seminar is the second one in the ‘Theory in Sociology’ series, hosted within CRITIQUE. Our first seminar explored ‘Theorising the Digital’ in October 2023. This seminar proposes to examine the link between inequality and capital accumulation, how we theorise it in our work, and with what potential political implications. […]

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Radical Democracy in Modern Indian Political Thought — CRITIQUE Book Talk with Tejas Parasher– 14 February 2024

Between the 1910s and the 1970s, an eclectic group of Indian thinkers, constitutional reformers, and political activists articulated a theory of robustly democratic, participatory popular sovereignty. Taking parliamentary government and the modern nation-state to be prone to corruption, these thinkers advocated for ambitious federalist projects of popular government as alternatives […]

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