Institute of Education


Citizenship, Social Imagination and Collective Action

A research seminar series hosted by the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group (SSTRG) within the Social Research Institute at the UCL Institute of Education.

The series provides a forum for rigorous theoretical debate of different modes of civic agency and participation in diverse policy areas such as migration, health, education, culture and housing. It focuses on the political economy of citizenship in the operation, legitimation and resistance of government policy, the construction of neoliberal identities, the emergence of new spaces of grassroots participation in response to the marketisation of public/social services, and the relevance of global social movements and activism to contemporary public and private bureaucracies.

These public seminars are free and all are welcome to attend.

Previous seminars


Mobs, Memes and Movements

A series of discussions examining contemporary social movements. 

14 May 2019

Inaugural lecture 
The digital party

Dr Paolo Gerbaudo, Kings College London
23 May 2019Reading group
New populisms: From the Tea Party to the Yellow Vests
30 May 2019Reading group
#MeToo, 4th wave feminism and identity politics
13 June 2019Reading group
Movements and parties





27 March 2017Inaugural Lecture
Performative citizenship: democratic and demagogic
Professor Engin Isin (QMUL and ULIP)Transcript available on request from convenor
8 May 2017Everyday bordering as a new citizenship dutyProfessor Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London) 
30 May 2017Citizenship-as-practice: 'movement social learning' on Twitter in the UK People's Assembly Against AusterityDr Dan Mercea (City, University of London)Presentation available on request from convenor
22 June 2017Rethinking utopia with social movementsDr Ana Dinerstein (University of Bath) 
1 November 2017On the Praxis of Global Citizenship: Rethinking the World Tribunal on IraqDr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights (London School of Economics and Political Science) 
22 March 2018Film: 'CCÀ SEMU, here we are. Lives on hold in Lampedusa'Dr Michela Franceschelli (UCL Institute of Education) 
2 May 2018 Dr Titus Hjelm (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies) 

Series convenor

Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

Image: Protest at the Brazilian National Congress, by Valter Campanato/ABr (Agência Brasil) via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0 BR)