Distinguished Professor Bob Jessop Festschrift

On 28 October 2020 Lancaster University Sociology Department and the Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities (CASEI) hosted a virtual Festschrift to recognise and celebrate the work of Distinguished Professor Bob Jessop.

Since arriving as a Professor in Sociology in 1990, he has contributed immeasurably to the intellectual, organisational, and cultural life of the University and the Sociology Department. The  event on 29 October went some way towards recognising the contributions he has made across his career on the occasion of his retirement.

The event was introduced by Professor Imogen Tyler (Head of Department, Lancaster University Sociology Department) and was Chaired by Distinguished Professor Bev Skeggs (Director, CASEI) and featured six internationally acclaimed speakers in three panels covering different aspects of Bob’s work: political economy; governance; Marxism. The speakers were:

Professor Andrew Sayer (Emeritus Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy, Lancaster University)

Dr Ngai-Ling Sum (Honorary Researcher, Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities, Lancaster University)

Professor Juan Carlos Monedero (Professor of Political Science, Complutense University of Madrid)

Professor Martin Jones (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Staffordshire University)

Professor Alex Demirovic (Emeritus Professor of Critical Social Theory, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Professor Michael Brie (Senior Fellow for Socialist Transformation Research and the History of Socialism, Rosa Luxemburg Institute)

The event also featured a short reflection and commentary by Distinguished Professor Leo Panitch on the wider context of Bob’s work and it’s global reach into a range of debates.

There will be a number of forthcoming publications connected to the event. A recording of the virtual Festschrift is available here.

Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered

On 30 September 2019 we welcomed LSE Centennial Professor Mary Evans to Lancaster University to discuss her research into the nature of respectability, asking “who is responsible?” and how?, what forms of deserving and undeserving distinctions are drawn between women when the state abdicates its responsibility.

As the state in the UK shrinks its responsibility for social care, Mary asked who will provide for the children, the elderly, the less able and those who need care? She discussed the impact of the “care sandwich” as mothers give up work to care for their elderly family members as well as their very young family members and in between the sandwich of young and old is all the regular care that they disperse daily. Beyond this is the “triple whammy” of amplified inequalities through austerity cuts to benefits, further caring responsibilities with the retreat of the state and the impact on women.