18 Oct 2007

World renowned sociologist gives Pavis public lecture

Professor Lord Giddens

Professor Lord Giddens

The most widely cited contemporary sociologist in the world, Professor Lord Giddens, is delivering the annual Pavis lecture at The Open University on Thursday 15 November. Professor Lord Giddens lecture is entitled “A Sociologist in Politics” and is open to the general public.

Author of more than 30 books, Professor Lord Giddens has been a special advisor to Tony Blair and popularised the notion of the third way in political thinking, a centrist political philosophy lying between socialism and capitalism. Political leaders from Asia, Latin America, the US, Europe and Australia have all sought his advice, and he had a major impact on the evolution of New Labour in the UK.

Professor Lord Giddens was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1997 to 2003 and became a member of the House of Lords in 2004. He is known for his distinctive combination of scholarship with public and political engagement and delivers lectures in a refreshing and exciting style.

The lecture starts at 4.30pm in the Berrill Lecture Theatre at The Open University’s Milton Keynes campus, with refreshments available from 4pm. The annual Open University Pavis lecture is organised by the Department of Sociology’s Pavis Centre, which undertakes research concerned with the relations between culture and society. It was founded with a bequest from a former student, the late James Pavis, who wanted to promote the study of sociology and anthropology at The Open University.

Those wishing to attend the lecture are asked to book a space via an email to The lecture will also be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet, at

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