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  • Date and time: Sunday 2 June 2024, 2pm to 3pm
  • Location: In-person only
    City Screen Picturehouse, Coney Street (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Prepare to see our city with fresh eyes on a guided tour of York’s historic city centre. Led by sociologists Kath Bassett and Mary Laing, the tour offers a taster of a new sociologically themed podcasted-walk devised by researchers from the University of York. 

The Sociologically Imagining York podcasted-walk features an exploration of 16 sites, offering novel perspectives on familiar places via a sociological lens. The taster tour will visit a small selection of these stops, after which you'll have chance to explore the rest of the route at your leisure. 

Each podcast is voiced by a sociologist from the University’s Department of Sociology, and reflects their research expertise in discussing the value of thinking about the city and world around us sociologically.  

Locations on the route include Museum Gardens, York Minster, Evil Eye and SPARK. Themes covered include Architecture and Ruins; Futures of Sustainability; York’s Drinking Culture and Night-Time Economy; and Transport and Communication. You can follow the full podcasted-walk route, select one of the curated walks, or just check out a few locations of your choice. Each podcast is around five to ten minutes long. 

If you enjoy the taster event, why not follow the rest of the route on a self-guided tour

Please note: Always be aware of your surroundings if listening to the audio on headphones while outside. Parts of the tour may include crossing roads and listening should always take place in pedestrianised areas.

There is another opportunity to take part in a guided walk on Wednesday 5 June and you may also be interested in the Sociologically Imagining York launch event on Sun 2 June. Alternatively, why not download the podcasted-walk and follow it at a time of your choosing?

Learn more about Sociologically Imagining York.

Image credit:  Wayne Britcliffe

About the speakers

Dr Kath Bassett is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. Their research is concerned with mundane forms of governance, and is presently focused on locative media platforms and algorithmic governmentality in the context of mobilities, urban economies, and touristic development. Their research has been published in Tourism Geographies, Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture, Social Science and Medicine, New Media & Society and Feminist Studies. They are also the co-developer of this podcasted-walk and website.

Dr Mary Laing is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York. She is a collaborative and interdisciplinary researcher focusing on sex work and the sex industry. She researches non-heteronormative and queer sex work, sex work and technologies, academic experiences of researching the sex industry, safety and violence, participatory methods and human rights. Mary has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including National Ugly Mugs, which is an award-winning and internationally known sex worker safety organisation. She is also the co-developer of this podcasted-walk and website. 


Sociologically Imagining York University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible