Issue 154, October 2019 – The Sociology of Randall Collins

Randall Collins is arguably one of the world’s leading social theorists and one of the most prominent American sociologists. This special issue aims to go further in order to explore different aspects of Collins’s work, including his theories of violence, interaction ritual chains, credential society, conflict sociology, nationalism, geo-political change and his sociology of emotions among others.

Issue 128, June 2015

Ernest Gellner and Historical Sociology The principal aim of this special issue is to shed light on the broader scope of Gellner’s work with a view to demonstrating the contemporary relevance of his ideas. More specifically, the ambition is to engage with his key theories and concepts in philosophy of history and historical sociology and…

T11 Annual Lecture: Krishan Kumar on ‘Empires and Nation-States: Convergences and Divergences’

Empires and nation-states are generally opposed to each other, as contrasting and antithetical forms. Nationalism is widely held to have been the solvent that dissolved the historic European empires. In this year’s Thesis Eleven Centre annual lecture, Krishan Kumar argues that there are in fact, in practice at least, significant similarities between nation-states and empires.…

Postgraduate Masterclass with Krishan Kumar

Following the Thesis Eleven annual lecture, Krishan Kumar will be delivering a masterclass for postgraduate students. This will be an opportunity for postgraduates to discuss their work with a leading sociologist whose diverse expertise covers nationalism and nation identity, Europe, global history, and problems of historical sociology. Wednesday 11 December, 2-4pm Room: MARB 488 La…