Eminent social scientist to work with Manchester Urban Institute

3 August 2017

World-renowned philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist Professor Bruno Latour has been appointed Simon and Hallsworth Visiting Professor at The University of Manchester. He will work with the Manchester Ethnography Network at Alliance Manchester Business School and the Manchester Urban Institute at the School of Environment Education and Development (SEED).

Professor Albena Yaneva from SEED and Professor Damian O’Doherty from Alliance MBS worked together to secure the appointment and have planned a series of events for the coming year.

Professor Latour will give lectures and host seminars in Manchester, and will be a keynote speaker at the annual International Ethnography Symposium, hosted by the Manchester Ethnography Network at the University of Manchester, later this summer.

Prof O’Doherty said the appointment was a real coup for Manchester. “Latour is one of the most important contemporary figures in the humanities and social sciences and his work is cited worldwide. He is an extremely influential thinker and it would be fair to say that his work has changed the way that social scientists think. He has had strong links with Manchester for many years and we are delighted to welcome him.”

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