Down the Pan Book Launch: New Directions in the Sociology of Dirt

Date & Time: 18th October 2019, 6-9 pm

Location: Project Café, Glasgow

The event has been funded by The Sociological Review Foundation

Down the Pan: New Directions in the Sociology of Dirt

This event celebrates the publication of Down the Pan, a volume that has brought sociologists together with anthropologists, philosophers, geographers and an activist stand-up comic to explore dirt as a social category in the early twenty-first century. Contributors do that through examining the ways in which dirt is brought into being as dirt through social action, how the language and concepts of dirt are used to boundary morally good from morally bad action, and how built environment shapes these processes. At the launch there will be short talks from contributors, a display of images from the volume and maybe even some poetry to help start a conversation about what it is to be dirty in the early twenty-first century.

Speakers Include

  • Dr Lucy Pickering, University of Glasgow (volume Co-editor)
  • Dr Phillippa Wiseman, University of Glasgow (volume Co-editor)
  • Professor Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Jonathan Ablitt, University of Cardiff
  • Dr Lucy Norris, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
  • Professor Andy Smith, University of Glasgow


You can register for the event here.

Venue Information and Directions

The Project Café is at 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST. See map.

The nearest underground station is Cowcaddens, and is a 5-minute walk from the bus station. Nearest parking garage is Cambridge Street Car Park.


The venue is fully accessible. The venue is wheelchair accessible by ramp and has accessible toilets.

Please find detailed information on accessibility here.

For further information or questions about accessibility please contact Phillippa Wiseman at

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