Sociology Seminar series


ANU School of Sociology
Sociology Seminar series

Sociological Impact in Extraordinary Times

The School of Sociology's Seminar Series engages diverse forms of presentation and topical discussion to contribute to contemporary academic and public debate. It aims to generate meaningful approaches to social problems and to inspire new ecologies of practice. While raising issues of contemporary and future relevance, the series is also attentive to our history. It aims to think through our debt to negated and appropriated ways of knowing and being, which have formed the conditions of social scientific knowledge.

With this in view, the series is broadly oriented to the theme of Decolonising. Throughout its diverse topics and modes of presentation, we aim to explore the ways in which habits of thought, language, culture and sociality are tied to the material work of colonisation and decolonisation.

All seminars will be delivered online until further notice.


If you wish to have a paper considered for the series, please send a title, abstract, brief biography and preferred presentation date to the seminar coordinator.

Past events

Haunting Biology: Science and Indigeneity in Australia

30 Nov 2020

Abstract: The bodies of Indigenous Australians have been an object of western scientific enquiry for the entirety of the colonial encounter. Drawing on both...

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Crossing Boundaries and Fetishization: Experiences of Sexual Violence for Trans Women of Colour

9 Nov 2020

This seminar will take place via Zoom: Meeting ID: 941 6666 3031 Password: 761199...

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Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia

2 Nov 2020

Abstract: In this talk I will share some of the work-in-progress from my research into how inherited family secrets, stories, and memories inform Australians...

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The Courage to Hear? Animal Advocacy, Foucault and Parrhēsia

21 Oct 2020

Abstract: A common tactic utilised by animal advocates involves the display of graphic footage or imagery (such as video footage from a slaughterhouse or...

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“You are so negative!” How gender and intersectional justice are stymied by the code of civility

12 Oct 2020

This paper examines the challenges of gender mainstreaming within development institutions and research institutes, and how a code of appropriate emotions and...

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How can sociological perspectives help chart us through the renewable energy transition in Australia?

28 Sep 2020

Given the recent announcements of job cuts across our sector, it feels jarring to be considering how best to grow a research theme (to date somewhat neglected...

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Incipient Infertility: Tracking eggs and ovulation across the life course

21 Sep 2020

This seminar will be held via Zoom Meeting ID: 971 4487 6973 Password: 829989...

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The Sociology of Trade Unions

3 Aug 2020

This seminar will be held via zoom Use password 795617 The sociology of trade unions...

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Indigenous Research Methodologies in Science

27 Jul 2020

This seminar was held via Zoom - visit here to watch the recording in full.     Indigenous Research Methodologies in science is a missing component in the...

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"Pandemic society" online seminar (2 of 2)

22 Jun 2020

This online seminar is the second of two panel sessions.  The first session was held on Monday 25 May 2020. Please register to receive the zoom link for this...

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