Academy and Campaign announce Summer Programme of events

23 May 2016

The Academy and its Campaign have announced a full lineup of events for the summer season, covering a range of topical and engaging issues.

The Summer Programme, to be held at the Academy’s premises at 33 Finsbury Square, London, kicks off on June 14th with a talk from John Curtice FAcSS, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, Senior Research Fellow at NatCen and Senior Fellow of the ESRC’s The UK in a Changing Europe programme. Entitled ‘A nation at unease with itself? Britain on the eve of the EU referendum’, Professor Curtice considers how the problems of the polling industry and the social tensions exposed by the referendum play themselves out in nine days’ time and beyond.

The programme continues with a lecture from Chair of the Academy Council, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS on the ‘The State of Japanese Social Science; Japanese Social Science and the State’ on June 30th.

Following Professor Goodman’s lecture, also on June 30th Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS will chair a panel discussion on the implications of the EU Referendum vote for UK social science. Panel members for ‘After the EU Referendum – where next for social science?’ include Professor Jane Elliott FAcSS (ESRC), Professor Graeme Reid (UCL), Jon Deer (LSE and EASSH) and Professor Antje Wiener FAcSS (University of Hamburg).

New Academy Fellow Professor Linda Woodhead FAcSS, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Institute of Social Futures, rounds up the summer programme season with a lunchtime talk on ‘The Rise of “No Religion”’. In her talk, Professor Woodhead profiles the nones, and offers an explanation which shows not only how and why recent generations became less religious, but how organised religion became more extreme and less attractive. She ends with cross-national comparisons.

Stephen Anderson, Executive Director of the Academy and Campaign, said:

“We are pleased to offer a series of events of excellent calibre with top notch academics and practitioners able to comment on such topical issues. This is an important part of the Academy and Campaign’s mission to promote the social sciences for the public benefit.”

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