Professor Geoffrey Alan Hosking has started the lecture series for SPA postgraduate students of all areas of specialization. A short term course of lectures is based on the latest foreign and Russian interdisciplinary studies and is primarily focused on financial and economic components of social capital and trust.
Professor Hosking offers a serious discussion of the nature of trust and how it manifests itself in social behavior, provides ample historical material from a variety of sources to illustrate trust and distrust in social behavior, outlines the main symbolic systems which have mediated trust in society and gives a list of prescriptions from historical perspective on how to understand and potentially solve the current ‘crisis of trust’.
Professor Geoffrey Hosking is a British historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at University College, London. He also co-founded Nightline.
He taught at the University of Essex, has been a visiting lecturer in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a research fellow at Columbia University‘s Russian Institute, and a visiting professor at the University of Cologne.
Professor Hosking was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to higher education and to students.