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Events and Conferences


Regimes of Reproduction: The Mexican System of Assisted Reproduction

A few weeks ago there was news of a crisis in the USA: The temperature of couple of tanks holding embryos had drastically dropped. The embryos that were there were in danger, as were the dreams and hopes of those who had kept them there


Death & Culture II Conference

This biennial conference focuses on the impact of mortality on culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression


'Buildings in the Making’: A Sociological Exploration of Architectural Design for Care

While the focus of research has often been on individual buildings in use, the conference shifts the emphasis to the processes and practices of architectural design and construction, and how they shape the production of buildings for care.


CFP: BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

Research concerning sensitive and emotionally demanding issues is vital but challenging work in which the onus of care tends to be placed directly on the researcher. These issues may be internal or external, ethical or emotional, or concern the researcher or participant.

Sociology @ York Video

Criminology @ York Video

In 2012, York celebrated 800 years of being a self-governing city. Watch the video to see how York has developed into a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and study

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Deport, Deprive, Extradite

Posted on Monday 9 April 2018

Nisha Kapoor examines extremism and the security state’s reaction to it in her latest publication

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