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Our Seminar Series

The Department of Sociology & Criminology hosts a regular seminar series. This is a time for all of us (Staff and Postgrads) to come together and share our work and ideas with one another. We want to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere so that we can have some fruitful exchanges and really learn about what each of us are working on to create and contribute to an ongoing conversation. Seminars also help to establish good professional links and contacts, and just generally facilitate our department’s research community.  

The seminars are open to all interested staff and postgraduate students from other departments in the university, and beyond.

2023-2024 Seminars

Next Up:

10th June, 12-1.30pm, Askive G01, Professor Corinne Squire, Bristol University

Title: Supporting refugees into higher education: Oppositional and alter-political strategies 

Corinne Squire is Chair in Global Inequalities at Bristol University, a co-organiser of the Association of Narrative Research and Practice, and coordinator of the UK Open Learning Initiative (OLive), a collaboration between Refugee Education UK and Bristol University. Her research interests are in refugee education and politics, narrative theory and practice, and HIV and citizenships. Recent publications include Stories changing lives (2021) and Researching family narratives (with Ann Phoenix and Julia Brannen, 2021). 




Previous Seminars 2023-2024

2nd May, 12-2pm, Askive, G01, Professor Saara Liinamaa, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph, ON, Canada

Title: The New Spirit of Creativity: Creativity, Compromise and Cultural Workers

“They say artists don’t know how to compromise, but they don’t work here.”

Kat, study participant

How does the creative ideal of the passionate, uncompromising artist measure against contemporary cultures of work and bureaucracy? Based on fieldwork conducted at three art and design universities in Canada, this talk examines the day-to-day work, organization, and administration of artistic creativity and its clashes with a "new spirit" of creativity that has widely taken hold; the combined uncertainties of higher education and cultural work make for a volatile mix. For artists, designers, and other creative practitioners employed at these art schools, a day at work can involve quarreling over planning objectives, funding allotments, and evaluation formats. But that’s just the surface. More deeply felt, these workers must navigate heightened ambiguity around artistic identity and creative excellence. Against this context, in this talk I will explain how my recent book, The New Spirit of Creativity, rethinks the relationship between creativity and compromise in culture-based work and occupations. While creativity may be inequitably recognized and rewarded across the art school, compromise, given its close companionship with critique, can support or erode creative diversity.


Saara Liinamaa works in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph (ON, Canada). As a cultural sociologist her research combines interests in culture, creativity, and everyday life with published work on sociability in/and public space, migrant agricultural labour, cultural theory, and creative work and occupations. Her recent book, The New Spirit of Creativity was awarded the 2023 Canadian Sociology Book Award.

15th March, 12-1pm, Askive G01, Dr Nasrin Khandoker, Department of Sociology and Criminology, UCC

Title: Songs of Desire and Defiance: Subjectivity, Emotions and Authenticity in Bhawaiya Folk Songs of North Bengal.

Bhawaiya is one of the most popular folk song genres among Bengalis. While all Bangla folk songs express the emotions and the stories of the most marginal people, Bhawaiya is significant for expressing the female passion grounded in day-to-day material reality through the stories of the female subject of the songs. The passionate lyrics of Bhawaiya, when expressing love and desire for a woman’s lover, are not always bound to marital or ‘legitimate’ sexual relations. In this research, through the lens of these songs, I located those desires that often seem deviant but can defy normative control by constructing female subversive subjectivities. Through my ethnographical research of the ‘Bhawaiya people’, such as singers, producers, and researchers in the main Bhawaiya areas, I see how those emotions are evoked through performances and how they make connections between the performers and the listeners. Through these songs, I examined the subversive possibilities within Bangla folk songs for the people on the margins, tracing the construction of the perils and pleasures of sexual subjectivity through a variety of Bangla social-cultural fields.

28th November, 12-2, Safari G01, Professor Nicola Ingram, School of Education, UCC


Abstract: This seminar draws on a recent book which traces the transition to the graduate labour market of a cohort of middle-class and working-class young people who were tracked over seven years through their undergraduate and post-graduation lives in the UK. Its aim is to provide insights into the ways in which the dominant policy goals of social mobility and graduate employability are experienced by young people themselves. The book traces the unfolding of their young graduate lives, through analysis of a unique longitudinal qualitative data set gathered over a seven-year period. Using personal narratives and voices, it provides in-depth insights into the group’s experience of graduate employment and shows how life-course transitions are shaped by social background and education. Critically evaluating current government and university policies, the book explores the attitudes and values of this generation, their hopes and aspirations with regard to employment and their futures as graduates in a challenging socio-economic context.


24th November, 10-12, Askive G01, Professor Nicola Carr, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham


Time is a strangely neglected aspect in the study of punishment, despite its centrality to many philosophies of punishment, the imposition of criminal sanctions and the experiences of people subject to punishment.  This presentation explores how the subject of time has featured across different criminological literature. This includes as as a structuring logic for punishment, and as a feature of the carceral experience. Looking beyond the prison, the presentation will also explore temporal aspects of community sanctions and measures through a focus on an empirical study of the use of pre-sentence reports in the Irish criminal justice system. Using the frame of the chronotope it will explore how the use of pre-sentence reports shifts the spatio-temporal logics of the court process towards a different sphere of governance. 


Nicola Carr is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. She has recently co-edited (with Gwen Robinson) a book on Time and Punishment – New Contexts and Perspectives published by Palgrave. She is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology and Criminology, UCC in Autumn 2023.


14th November, 12-2, Safari G01, Professor Louise Ryan, London Met University


Following the dramatic evacuation from Kabul airport in August 2021, the British government proclaimed its commitment to a 'warm welcome' for Afghans. This paper draws on original qualitative research to explore the emerging experiences of evacuees, and other recent arrivals, during their first year in London. Using the narratives of our Afghans participants, as well as insights from key stakeholders, we show how they navigated slow, opaque bureaucratic processes and lack of communication with official agencies. As a result of these lengthy processes, many thousands of evacuees remained in temporary hotel accommodation for 2 years. The paper argues that the ad hoc response of the Home Office and the Foreign Office has created ‘false distinctions’ between categories of Afghan refugees, reinforcing notions of 'deserving' versus 'underserving' migrants. This distinction allows the British government to present itself as humanitarian, 'rescuing' people from Afghanistan, while simultaneously maintaining its commitment to the 'hostile immigration environment'.

This event is organised in collaboration with ISS21


Belonging and Narrative Symposium, ORB G027, 1-4pm, Sept 20th 2023.

  • Professor Molly Andrews, UCL
  • Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL
  • Professor Maggie O'Neill, UCC
  • Dr Caitriona Ní Laoire, UCC
  • Dr Ulrike M Vieten, Queens Belfast
  • Dr Mastoureh Fathi, UCC

Programme available to download here: Programme for our Sociology Symposium Sept 20th 2023



2022-2023 Series

March 7th 2023 

Dr John O'Brien, UCC: The Belfast Rape Trial: A forensic sociological analysis

Grit Hoppener (UCC) 

February 22nd 2023

Dr Ulrike M Vieten, Queen's University Belfast, presented 'The Normalization of colonial continuity: anti-migration discourse and gender toxicology'

January 18th 2023

Dr Simone Varriale, Loughborough University gave a talk entitled Changing imaginaries of unequal EU migrations

The paper draws on a larger book project, titled Coloniality and Meritocracy in Unequal EU Migrations (Bristol University Press, 2013). The book is based on 57 biographical interviews with working-class and middle-class, White and Black Italian migrants, and with both migrant women and men.

November 16th 2022 

Professor Brenda Murphy, University of Malta and UCC, gave a talk entitled Boundaried spaces and the pursuit of happiness feminist practices: from academy to activism.



2021-2022 Series

June 2nd 2022

Dr David Honeywell

Life After Prison: Liminality, identity and who gets to decide how 'moving on' looks like.

See our news item here for info and RSVP detail: 

May 25th 2022 

Book launch of Criminal Women - Gender Matters

See this listed in our news item 

May 9th 2022

Professor Gary Craig

The Racist Tail Wags the Welfare Dog

April 6th 2022 

Diana Stypinska, NUIG

The pantomime of critique: On decadent indignation and the (im)possibilty of radical social change.

February 28th 2022

Lorraine Bowman Grieve (WIT)

Researching the Radical Right online: Stormfront and the Women's Forum 

February 21st 2022

Professor Louise Ryan

Is it who you know?

Exploring the direct and indirect roles of social migrants' accessing labour markets



2020-2021 Series

29th March 2021

Professor Pádraig Carmody and Dr. Su-Ming Khoo

Revisiting Development Theories

View Webinar here

24th November 2020 

Dr Ebun Joseph, Ismail Einashe, Dr Jacqui O'Riordan and Dr Mike FitxGibbon

Migration, Race & Ethnicity

8th October 2020 

Professor Ursula Kilkelly

Transforming Youth Detention: the Oberstown story? Making rights real in youth detention

 View webinar here



2019-2020 Series 

10th October 2019

Professor David Wall

‘Cybercrime Kingpins: The changing division of criminal labour within the modern cybercrime ecosystem’


19th November 2019

Dr Annie Cummins

‘Understanding the nature of play in after-school settings in Ireland’

3rd December 2019

Dr Tom Boland

‘Governing the labour market in the cargo-cult for full employment’

21st January 2020

Professor Louise Ryan

‘“Kilburn is not Kilburn any more”: an analysis of ageing in and out of place’

28th January 2020

Professor Arpad Szakolczai (UCC)

‘From Baudelaire through Picasso to Sartre: Scenes from the lives of the demonic avant-garde’

11th February 2020

Dr Richard Milner (UCC)

‘Narratives and Collective Learning Processes: how society makes sense of and responds to crises’ 

20th February 2020

Dr Aine Mangaoang (University of Oslo) and Dr Tom Western (University of Oslo and University of Oxford) ISS21 joint seminar with the School of Applied Social Studies.

"Music, Sound, and Power in contemporary places of detention"



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