Key Note Speakers 

Key Note speaker Prof. Gurminder Bhambra

Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Tentative title: «Rethinking colonial modernity»


Prof. Bhambra  is engaged in the postcolonial debates of silencing histories that do not fit an idea of European exceptionalism and what we mean by modernity. She has particularly work on the sociological understandings of modernity, where the experiences and claims of non-European ‘others’ have been rendered invisible to the standard narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. In challenging the dominant, Eurocentred accounts of the emergence and development of modernity, she has put forward an argument for the recognition of ‘connected histories’ in the reconstruction of historical sociology at a global level.

Previously, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and also Guest Professor of Sociology and History at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden (2016-18). She has published extensively on topics ranging from topics of nationalism, including debates on President Donald Trump and Brexit, and has published two books namely “Connected sociologies. Theory for a Global Age” and “Rethinking modernity: postcolonialism and the sociological imagination.”

Key note speaker Melissa Leach

Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.

Leach co-founded and co-directed the European Research Council Project “Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability” from 2006 to 2014, with its pioneering pathways approach to innovation, sustainability and development issues. In particular, she works on the Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and innovations in how the individual goals can be achieved. 

Melissas keynote presention from the conference can be accessed here