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2 MARCH 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series presents a public lecture by George Steinmetz, 6pm, Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths.

Sociology and Colonialism in the British and French Empires, 1945-1965: the Rebirth of a Discipline

George Steinmetz.

Colonial research represented an important part of the renascent academic discipline of sociology after 1945, especially in Britain and France. Colonies key object, terrain of investigation, and employment site for sociologists, engaging 33-55% of the British and French sociology fields between 1945 and 1965.The article begins by showing that colonial developmentalism created a demand for new forms of social scientific expertise, including sociology. Sociologists became favoured partners of colonial governments, resulting in novel forms of applied sociology focused on urbanization, detribalization, labour migration, industrialization, poverty, and resettlement. The article establishes the existence of networks of colonial sociologists, charts their size and composition, and reconstructs these colonial sociologists’ relations to neighbouring academic disciplines, especially anthropology, and to the metrocentric majority within their own discipline. Colonial sociologists also made a number of theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions that shaped the subsequent discipline in unacknowledged ways and foreshadowed recent work on race relations, transnational and global history, and “southern” and postcolonial theory.

George Steinmetz works on social theory, the history of the social sciences, and on states, colonies, and cities. His main publications are Regulating the Social: The Welfare State and Local Politics in Imperial Germany (1993), State/Culture (1999); The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences (2005), The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa (2007), and Sociology and Empire (2013). He is currently finishing a book about the refounding of British and French sociology after 1945 in the context of empire, with a focus on their colonial research.

5 APRIL 2016 Public Lecture by Pablo Alabarces, 2:00 – 3:30pm, Deptford Town Hall room 109, Goldsmiths

“Brazil, tell me how it feels”: Football, Popular Music and Narcissism or how to be an Argentine fan

An image of a football match.

During Brazil’s 2014 World Cup finals, Argentine fans popularized a chant that stated “Brazil, tell me how it feels”. The chant became viral, and produced a Brazilian response, “Argentina, me diz que se sente”: both discussed relationship of rivalry by joking at the other’s expenses. These chants were based on a melody from ‘Bad Moon Rising’ released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969, possibly before the birth of those who chanted these words in support of their teams.

Pablo Alabarces, professor at the University of Buenos Aires, will be discussing the relationship between popular music and football chants, focusing on the uses of popular music and global pop at the World Cups from 1962 to now. This discussion will also cover the self-presentation of the “local” (national) fans before a globalized media scene and the role of sport icons and heroes in the construction of national epics, with both Maradona and Messi featuring in the most recent examples from the 2014 World Cup.

This discussion will illustrate that contemporary football culture must be described and interpreted in the combination of surfaces and materials, and in the continuous intersection of local texts, fans’ practices and global events. In doing so Dr Alabarces will present analysis of different practices and representations from all the actors involved in the global contemporary football scene: fans, mass culture, media and football heroes.

Pablo Alabarces is professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (where he chaired the Doctorate Programme from 2004 until 2010) and Principal Researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET); he has created and coordinated the Popular Cultures Studies Group and the Sport and Society Working Group (CLACSO, 1999-2002). His research in popular cultures (including studies about popular music, youth cultures, and football cultures) is highly regarded in Latin America, where he is considered one of the founders of the sociology of sport. Slected publications: Fútbol y Patria (2002), Hinchadas (2005, editor) Resistencias y mediaciones. Estudios sobre cultura popular (2008, editor), Peronistas, populistas y plebeyos. Crónicas de cultura y política (2011) and Héroes, machos y patriotas. El fútbol entre la violencia y los medios (2014).

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