The first of the University of Westminster’s Sociology Open Talks series for 2016/17 will take place on Thursday 20 October from 5-7pm with Dr Naomi Rudoe and newly arrived Professor Val Gillies. 

The Sociology Open Talks form part of the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology departmental seminar series, and will bring together Sociology staff with external speakers to explore a shared topic of interest.

The talk, which will take place at the University’s Regent Street campus will focus on the topic of Early Childhood and Social Policy.

Professor Val Gillies, Professor of Social Policy and Criminology, whose areas of expertise lie in early intervention, and marginalised children and young people will present her research entitled: ‘The Politics of Early Years Intervention: Hopeful Ethos or Cruel Optimism’. Professor Gillies will draw on her co-authored book on the subject of ‘early intervention’, and highlight the negative connotations that flow from a preoccupation with prevention.

Senior Lecturer in Sociology Dr Naomi Rudoe will present her research ‘Nursery schools, ‘quality’, and early years education policy in England’. Dr Rudoe will discuss whether ‘quality’ can or should hold any sort of objective or common meaning, and whether it can be leveraged to re-focus on new ways of thinking about the purpose and value of education and care for the youngest in the school system.

The Sociology Research Group within the University’s History, Sociology and Criminology Department has an established profile of innovative research that is internationally engaged, committed to social justice, and which makes an important contribution to wider public and policy discussion. 

The Westminster Sociology Open Talks are open to students, staff, alumni and the public. Attendees should register via Eventbrite.

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