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  • Date and time: Sunday 2 June 2024, 12.30pm to 12.50pm
  • Location: In-person only
    York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join us for the launch of a podcasted-walk of York’s historic city centre which promises new perspectives on familiar places via a sociological lens.

Devised by sociologists from the University of York, Sociologically Imagining York features an exploration of 16 sites including Museum Gardens, York Minster, Evil Eye and SPARK. Each short podcast on the route is voiced by a York sociologist and reflects their research expertise in discussing the value of thinking about the city and world around us sociologically.  

Kath Bassett and Mary Laing of the University’s Department of Sociology will give an illustrated talk on the creation of the podcasted-walk. They’ll also discuss a new podcasted-walk under development about York’s colonial past and present.

You may also be interested in Sociologically Imagining York guided walks taking place on Sunday 2 June and Wednesday 5 June. Alternatively, why not download the self-guided podcasted-walk and follow it at a time of your choosing?

Learn more about Sociologically Imagining York.

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

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop