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PIR Inaugural Lecture

Posted on 01/02/2011

Cosmopolitan Strangers at Europe’s Invisible Borders: Arguments for a Multidisciplinary Political Sociology

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Chris Rumford

Professor of Political Sociology & Global Politics

Tuesday 8 February 2011, 6.15pm

Windsor Building Auditorium


It is well established that a multidisciplinary approach allows for the exploration

of issues from a number of perspectives. Less well recognised is a more signifi cant

benefi t, namely the possibility of studying things which are not recognised as

issues or problems in any discipline. Political sociology is here recast as the study of

liminality, and ‘cosmopolitan strangers’ and ‘invisible borders’ are not oxymorons

but indicators of ‘inbetweenness’, the study of which can unlock important new

research agendas.


All welcome. Admission free. No booking necessary. Followed by a reception in the

Windsor Building Foyer. 


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