Forthcoming Events

Society, Materiality and the More-than-Human

International Seminar Series 2022

 Following the success of our international seminars in 2021, we are pleased to announce a further series of UK and international speakers, featuring a mix of online and face-to-face presentations.

The speakers are united by their focus on the more-than-human, and will provide us with much food for thought as we pursue our interest in post-anthropocentric and posthuman scholarship.

Seminar 1 (Zoom): 24 May 2022 (15:00-16:00 BST)

Dr Sarah Elton (Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada)

Nonhuman matters - Nonhumans matter:  plants, food systems and the production of health’.

Evidently, plants are good for health – they provide food and oxygen, as well as materials for our clothing and shelters. But in which ways are plants health actors? How are these nonhumans imbricated in the sociopolitical processes that produce human health? This presentation considers the agency of plants in the production of health at two sites: the vegetable garden and the human gut. These are two scales related to food systems at which humans are intimate with plants. Drawing on fieldwork in urban gardens and an analysis of the biomedical literature on the human gut microbiome, this talk explores the notion of relational health and the role of plants in its production.

Sarah Elton is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the newly re-named Toronto Metropolitan University, and founding director of the Food Health Ecosystems Lab.  She researches the human-ecosystems-health nexus in the city through the study of produce supply chains, urban gardens, and one of our most intimate sites of the social production of health: the human gut microbiome.

To register (free) for Zoom seminar:

Seminar 2 (Zoom): 20 June 2022 (14:00-15:00 BST)

Professor Deevia Bhana (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

'Teenage girls and the entanglements wtih online porn: a new feminist materialist perspective'.

Abstract TBA

Deevia Bhana is the DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality. She is known internationally for her research with children and young people in which she seeks to understand the early formation of gendered ideologies, the experience of sexuality across the young life course, relationship dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and violence.

 To register (free) for Zoom seminar 2:

We are currently arranging further seminars in this series for summer and autumn 2022.  Watch this space for more details.

Past Events

1 June 2021 (15:00-16:00 GMT)
Microphysiologies of Desire and an Ethics of Matter with Professor Deboleena Roy - WATCH VIDEO BELOW
Between STS and the New Materialisms: Affinities and Alliances in Troubling Times - a seminar series from the BSA Science and Technology Studies and New Materialisms Study Groups

4 May 2021 (14:00-15:00 GMT)
Disentangling Food Ethics: Activism as Theory with Dr Eva Giraud - WATCH VIDEO BELOW
Between STS and the New Materialisms: Affinities and Alliances in Troubling Times - a seminar series from the BSA Science and Technology Studies and New Materialisms Study Groups

BSA New Materialisms study group Inaugural Day Conference

Monday 10 June 2019
12 noon to 5 p.m.
BSA London Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, Fulham.

The establishment of the BSA new materialisms study group in 2018 reflects the growing interest among sociologists in this approach, both theoretically and as an ontological perspective to inform empirical research.  This one-day symposium is a showcase of members' research, and will also discuss the future development of the study group's work within the BSA.


Please click here to download the full programme for the event.

International event

New Materialism and the Sociology of Inequality. Class, Capital and Capacities

Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus South EA.2.13 (LT02)

Monday 25 February 2019 from 2pm to 4 pm

Paper 1: Class Matters: A New Materialist Approach.

Peta Hinton (Heinrich-Heine University, Germany).

Paper 2: Re-materialising Social Class.

Nick J Fox (University of Huddersfield/Sheffield, UK).

In this seminar the speakers re-assess how sociology has explored social inequality.  They argue for a new materialist perspective that addresses the part non-human matter plays in social divisions.

You can now watch the video of this entire event, at:


Download symposium flyer