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Kilminster conference: The Sociology of Sociology in Long-term Perspective

Invitation to: The Sociology of Sociology in Long-term Perspective: A conference in honour of Richard Kilminster

Dear Colleague,

You are warmly invited to attend a special two-day conference: The Sociology of Sociology in Long-term Perspective: A conference in honour of Richard Kilminster, to be held at the University of Leeds, where Richard has worked since the 1970s.

Richard  has made a profound and unique contribution to the field of sociology on a number of levels, but particularly through his extensive research and writings on the sociology of knowledge. There are few scholars remaining globally who are pursuing similar important lines of inquiry or who have the breadth and depth of theoretical knowledge to do so. This makes his distinctive contribution all the more important in ensuring a bridge from classical to contemporary sociology for a younger generation of sociologists. Yet Richard’s body of work has not received the recognition it warrants. As well as an acknowledgement and celebration of Richard’s unique contribution, secondary aims of the conference include: ensuring Richard’s legacy in terms of reaffirming the centrality of the sociology of knowledge to the future of the discipline; and the continued dissemination of Elias’s ideas on the relationship between knowledge, social process and power.

The conference will take place over over two days in April 2018:

When: April 5-6, 2018 (commencing at 12 noon on 5 April and ending at 4 pm on 6 April.

Where: Great Woodhouse Room, University House, University of Leeds, UK.

Confirmed speakers include: Richard Kilminster, Marc Joly, Andrew Linklater, Steven Loyal, Stephen Mennell and Alan Scott.

The conference is free to attend but places are limited, so please book your place by clicking on the Eventbrite link below:

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us to mark Richard’s unique contribution to sociology.

Many thanks,

Ryan Powell

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 

University of Sheffield,

Western Bank,


S10 2TN