Eric Miller Lecture


Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018

Time: 2.30pm- 4.00pm followed by tea.

Speaker: Professor Sasha Roseneil MInstGA FAcSS, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Essex University.

‘What does change feel like? Living through societal transformation’.

The pits are closed and the men are unemployed. Flooding overwhelms a town. Large numbers of strange people move in to a neighbourhood.

What does it feel to live through deep and far reaching processes of societal transformation? How do people in different places respond to forces that they experience as outside their control – de-industrialisation, population change, and climate change? How can communities survive and thrive in the face of disruptions to their environment and destabilizations of established ways of living and being together? Drawing on a fifteen year long study of three places in Yorkshire – Barnsley, Hebden Bridge and inner city Leeds – this lecture will offer a psychosocial, sensory exploration of these questions.




Sasha Roseneil is a sociologist and group analyst. Before coming to Essex, she was Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at Birkbeck, University of London for nine years. Whilst at Birkbeck, she served as Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and Head of the Department for Psychosocial Studies. Prior to her time at Birkbeck, she was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, and founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, at the University of Leeds. From 2005 to 2015 she was also Professor II in Sociology at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and an elected member of the Council of the Academy.

Sasha is a member of the Institute of Group Analysis and a full clinical member of the UKCP College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. She is also a founding member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS). She was first Chair of the APS from 2013 to 2016, and is currently Vice Chair (Policy).

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