Dialogues: Research events series

Dialogues in Sociology: The Surrey Sociology Research Series is designed as a series of events which will run yearly, combining smaller workshops and seminars, and larger public events. Dialogues, we hope, will provide an ongoing commentary on contemporary topics in sociology, criminology and communications. These events will usually be free to attend, and where possible, we will make recordings of the events available on this page.

This series is being directed by Professor Ranjana Das. Please feel free to write to Ranjana to find out more about upcoming or past events at r.das@surrey.ac.uk.

Semester 1 event line up, 2022-2023

If you would like to attend any of these events please contact Professor Ranjana Das (r.das@surrey.ac.uk)


Wednesday 19th Oct: Understanding and Challenging Intersectional Inequalities for Black women in education’ – an Athena Swan Dialogues special event in celebration of Black History Month.

Please register here: make sure to register at the link below



Speakers: Dr Judith Bruce-Golding – University of Southampton;  

Dr Janet Ramdeo – Surrey Institute of Education, University of Surrey; Dr Christine Callender – UCL Institute of Education, UCL.

Discussant: Janet Douglas Gardner – London Metropolitan University

Organiser: Francesca Menichelli


In person event, room: TB 06

Time: 1530: 1730



Wednesday 2nd Nov date Exploring sleep and sleeping with children aged 2-5 and how it is managed by them and their families'.

Speaker: Lexi Scherer

Chair: Rob Meadows

Virtual event

Time: 1300-1400



Wednesday 16th Nov: W. E. B. Du Bois and his Strange Synthesis of Spirituality and Sociology

Speaker Matthew Hughey

In person event, room 07 AC 03

Time: 1300-1400



Wednesday 30th Nov: Sharing Care Through Crossroads: Journeys of Continuity and Change Among Caregiving Fathers.

Speakers: Paul Hodkinson and Rachel Brooks

In person event, room 07 AC 03

Time: 1300-1400



Wednesday 7th Dec – Confronting myths and misinformation around "grooming gangs"

Speaker – Ella Cockbain, UCL

Respondent: Giulia Berlusconi

Virtual event

Time: 1300-1400


Department events: Work in Progress sessions

These 'Work in Progress' Dialogues events are designed to be a space to discuss colleagues' work currently in development. These are internal to the department only, and not recorded.

Past work in progress, informal sessions -

  • Dimitris Akrivos – 4 May: Transgender media representations and press standards in the post-Leveson era
  • Peter Hemming – 27 April: Becoming citizens of ‘post-secular’ Britain: Religion in primary school life.

Watch recordings of Dialogues events

Dialogues kicks off on 9 February 2022 - and is a new series starting in 2022. As events occur, we will upload recordings (when these are available), so if you have missed an event, do come back to see if the video has been made available.