Staff profile

Dr Simon Speck


Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Subject

Social Sciences

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department

Criminology and Social Sciences, Derby Law School

Campus

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Email

S.Speck@derby.ac.uk

About

I teach modules across all three years of the Sociology degree programme with particular responsibility for the social theory 'strand'.  I also supervise PhD students and am responsible for co-ordinating the Erasmus European Exchange Programme in Sociology.

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for module leadership of the social theory 'strand' across the three years of the Sociology programme and for a number of modules on substantive topics. I teach the first year modules 'Thinking Sociologically' and 'Sociology of Childhood and Youth', the second year module 'Capitalism, Culture & Class: Social Theory in Classical Modernity', and the third year modules 'Power, Discourse and Danger: Social Theory Today', 'Globalisation and Social Change' and 'Humour and Society'. I am also module leader for the Stage 3 double-module 'Independent Studies'.

Research interests

My research interests are grounded in an engagement with classical and contemporary social theory as it is rooted in the 'continental' tradition of modern philosophy and as it enables an understanding of the social, cultural and political challenges of the present. I have undertaken research on the continuing relevance of the Marxian theoretical legacy, the shifting significance of religion in contemporary society and the reconceptualisation of 'modernity' in current social theory. I am currently researching the reasons for the ubiquity of humour, laughter and comic phenomena in contemporary culture.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Religion and of the British Sociological Association.

Qualifications

 

Recent conferences

In the media

I have commentated on social, cultural and political trends for BBC Radio Derby and written for The Derby Evening Telegraph.

Recent publications