Upcoming Seminars

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March 18, 2020, 1-2pm. Bowland North SR6

Bronislaw Szerszynski (Sociology, Lancaster University): Colloidal sociology: solidity, fluidity, mediality

Colloids are substances such as sols, foams, powders, granular flows, gels, doughs and pastes that exhibit complex physical properties that do not conform to standard conceptions of solid, liquid or gas. In this paper, I will suggest that we should see colloids not simply as exotic oddities but as crucial for understanding the emergence of complexity in inorganic, organic and social life. Colloids point to the importance of the mesoscale: a middle scale of phenomena between the large and the small, where domains of phenomena that are normally insulated from each other touch and interact, generating unpredictability and novelty. They also require us to rethink dualistic oppositions such as those between solid and fluid, pure and hybrid, individual and collective, active and passive. Through a detailed exploration of a range of colloidal substances, and drawing on the social theory of Gilles Deleuze and Gabriel Tarde, I will sketch out a programme for a ‘colloidal sociology’, which approaches human society as a topologically complex, dynamic colloid within a wider understanding of the liveliness and generativity of matter.

 

PAST SEMINARS

January 29th, 2020, 1-2pm. Bowland North SR26

Sadaf Noor E Islam (Sociology, Lancaster University): “Hope, inequality, and stratified biomedicalization in the context of life support technologies in Bangladesh”.

Mette Kragh-Furbo (Lancaster Medical School and Department of Sociology, Lancaster University): Catalysing Life: Folate metabolism, science and medicine”.  

 

November 21st 2019, 12-2pm, Bowland North SR 21. 

Åsa Johansson Palmqvist, visiting PhD student (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Department of Sociology, Lancaster University): “Gendered enactments of vagueness in AI research”.

Peter Forman, Senior Research Associate (Department of Sociology, Lancaster University): “CH4emical Kinships and Scientific Knowledge in the Anthropocene”.

Lisa Lindén, Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Gothenburg and Department of Sociology, Lancaster University): “Mobilising for change: gynae cancer patients’ groups, care and affective tensions”.