50 Years of Sociology

This year marks an important milestone for Edinburgh Sociology. It's been 50 years since Tom Burns founded the department in 1964 and became its first Chair of Sociology and we are delighted to announce a year-long programme of events that will celebrate sociology's achievements of this past half century. Burns emphasised the importance of teaching students not just about society, but about the methodologies and skills required to study it, a legacy that has contributed...


Angus Bancroft and Guerilla Science Investigate Ritual and Altered Minds

Talks to take place at this year's Secret Garden Party

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at Edinburgh Fringe

More than 20 University academics are to present shows about their "dangerous ideas" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Photos from the 50th Anniversary Conference

Photos and video from the 50th Anniversary Conference held on 2-3 July in St Cecilia's Concert Hall.

Upcoming Events

Oct 06 : Please choose: TBC # TBC Global Ethnographies Exhibition (5 days) , Chrystal Macmllan Building Foyer

sociology 50th Anniversary

Oct 06 Seminar: Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Yuqing Ye # University of Edinburgh Global Ethnographies Showcase 17:00 (4 days and 4 hours) , Chrystal MacMillan Building


Oct 22 Seminar: Speaker: Anne Murcott # SOAS, University of London and University of Nottingham On the boundaries between sociology and social anthropology 11:00 (2 hours) , 6th Floor Common Room CMB, 15a George Square

Sociology Seminar Series

Sociology Video