Events & Conferences* Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Professor in Sociology & Physical Culture, School of Sport & Exercise Science
Arrival 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Minerva Building, University of Lincoln (map)

This is one of a series of lectures that are an opportunity to hear about the research work of some of our newest Professors in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln.

Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson will speak on:

Talking sense(s): Sociology and the person in the body

Despite vociferous calls to ‘bring the body’ into sociological theory and conceptualisations over the past two decades, there has been a strong critique of ‘mainstream’ sociology for overlooking the grounded, corporeal realities and consequences of embodiment. Feminist sociologists and phenomenological sociologists have been amongst those calling for sociology to incorporate the corporeal. In her work, Professor Allen-Collinson highlights the need to investigate and analyse the influence of social structural forces (and ‘classic’ sociological variables) upon the lived experience of the person in the body.

Drawing on some ‘documents of life’, the lecture will commence with a brief autoethnographic reflection on Professor Allen-Collinson’s career path from university administrator to academic, and how this has stimulated various research interests, including:

-  identity and ‘identity work’ within academia and beyond

-  the lived experience of asthma in sport and physical cultures

·  the sociology/anthropology of the senses in physical cultures

Throughout her lecture, and commensurate with the autoethnographic spirit, Professor Allen-Collinson will highlight the personal and socio-cultural linkage, reflecting on salient findings from some ethnographic, autoethnographic and qualitative projects.

The presentation will last approximately one hour and conclude at 7pm with a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking and to continue any discussions arising from the lecture.

This lecture is free to attend, however booking is required. Please complete the booking form on this page or email

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