This is a collection of longer or shorter complaints by PhD researchers in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Most of them were previously filed independently as feedback in our Annual Progress Monitoring Form and/or in the Spring Check-in Survey conducted by the college. We speak out here against the disastrous effects … Continue reading Shouting Together: Sociology PhD complaints against the destructive actions of Goldsmiths’ Senior Management
by the Department of Sociology Below you may find the answers provided by the Department of Sociology to a proposal by the Senior Management Team for a so-called “connected curriculum”, an attempt to make a certain number of modules mandatory for all undergraduate students of all disciplines. While we cannot publish the actual proposal, we … Continue reading Our Response to SMT’s “Connected Curriculum”
by Stephanie Guirand For whatever reason, the only sound I could stomach on my walk from the train station to the campus was the Bridgerton score. Melodic, familiar, and escapist—the music was interrupted by a WhatsApp call. I answered. Come to find out, one of my research participants was shot in the head the night … Continue reading Grief and a Scholar
Although we do not yet know what exactly is involved in SMT’s plans to ‘centralise professional services’ in College, students and staff have written testimonials to show why ‘ripping the heart out of the Department’ is such a bad idea for all of us. Read the testimonials here. Continue reading Students and staff on the vital work of admin staff for learning and research in the Department
Letter and powerful Testimonial sent to Goldsmiths Senior Management Team from former Sociology Department academics Dear Frances Corner, Senior Management Team, Dinah Caine and members of Council, As academics who have benefitted from the work of the Administrative Staff in the Department of Sociology, as former teachers and researchers there, we are writing to … Continue reading Goldsmiths SMT urged to reconsider admin centralisation
Sociology Department UCU members pass motion condemning the ‘deletion’ of professional service staff roles in their department The Sociology Department met on 29 September to discuss Goldsmiths College plans to make three of the Department professional service staff redundant. As stakeholders and those most directly affected by this change, we strongly oppose this move. Removing this dedicated … Continue reading Breaking News – Sociology UCU Department Motion
The easy and clear answer to the question “Will I be penalized if I can’t study at the moment?” is “no”. I’m writing to Goldsmiths Sociology students as the Senior Tutor in the Department. Everybody’s first priority is clear. People should look after themselves and they should look after anybody they need to look after. … Continue reading Will I be penalized if i can’t study at the moment?
A student asked me this: “Hi David, I was just wondering if you had any advice in finding sources for essays and revision now that we can’t go to the library.” Here’s an answer: Look at the VLE pages for the course you’re working on, and the formal course outline. There will be online reading … Continue reading How do I find sources for my coursework without the Library?
How we live with difference is the key issue of our time. Issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate. Listen to Dr Brett St Louis explore social justice and find out more about our new MA in Race, Media & Social Justice. Continue reading Exploring Social Justice
Yasmin Gunaratnam, Ulla McKnight, Aisha Edeor-Lawal, Nicole Evangelou-Georgiou, Melitini-Penelo Havoutis Andrew Jemmott, Abigail Joseph, Rhianne Phillips, Kaila Stone Studying sociology can feel like learning another language. There are new strange words and different schools of thought with their own vocabularies. Somewhere along the line we also become writers of sociology. How this happens is often … Continue reading Poetry in the classroom