Prof Les Back, Goldsmith (University of London)

Les Back has long standing interest in the sociology of racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, and urban life and communities. He has published widely about racism, belonging, cultural sociology, social research methods and a range of further topics. Most recently he explored academic work itself in his Academic Diary.

Prof Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University 

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, where her fields of study include disability studies, feminist theory, and bioethics. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities to bring forward disability access, inclusion and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look; Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature; and several other books. Her current book project is 
Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics.

Prof Michele Lamont, Harvard University 

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She serves as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. As a cultural and comparative sociologist, the prime focus of Michèle Lamont's research has been how culture is used to create and maintain boundaries between categories of people and how these symbolic boundaries generate and perpetuate social and economic inequality.