Carrie Paechter from the Department of Educational Studies on why she found it so hard to be a married feminist.
Will the so-called Honeyball Resolution, adopted by the EU Parliament on 26 February, contribute to gender equity or further marginalise sex workers? Sophie Day from the Department of Anthropology has her say.
Welcome to the world of computing! I hope it is all that you hoped. It may not be quite what you expected, writes Kate Devlin from the Department of Computing
Sara R Farris from the Department of Sociology asks us to consider what feasts we celebrate during International Women’s Day.
If the media are to change how they portray women, they'll need more than a new Getty stock photo collection says Angela Phillips from the Department of Media and Communications.
Mass migration is a huge issue in China's fast-growing cities, deepening existing anxieties about urban sprawl, the overheated real estate markets, overcrowding, land disputes, and social unrest. Caroline Knowles explores two very different migrant experiences in Beijing: those of UK migrants, and those of internal migrants.
Find out more about Dr Rachel Doern who joined the Institute of Management Studies in January 2014 after being attracted to Goldsmiths' inter-disciplinary nature, its creative heritage and strong emphasis on research.
Mijke van der Drift, who is studying a PhD in the Centre for Cultural Studies, talks about their work as programmer of TranScreen, the Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, how film is important to the trans* community, and how Goldsmiths is getting involved this year.
Cisgenderism is tacit. This means that, although it is ubiquitous, it is communicated without language. People don't go round saying "gender is unchangeable, fixed at birth, etc.", it is something we take for granted and have grown up knowing without actually having to be told in so many words.
Natacha Kennedy discusses cisgenderism is, what it is, and the implications of a cisgenderist society.
Anna Carlile writes about what it's like to be a lesbian mum in the playground. She explains how sometimes the expectation of a negative response can be worse than the actual experience.
Trans is a word in its own right now, rather than simply an abbreviation of 'transsexual'. The meaning of trans is still changing and developing, while other understandings of gender, such as gender-queer and gender-fluid, are also being established. In this article, Andolie Marguerite tries to understand how trans youth speak their identities.
Professor Angela McRobbie remembers Stuart Hall, the influential cultural theorist who died on Monday 10 February aged 82.
Research suggests 88% of men buy presents for Valentine's Day - the most popular being cards, plush toys, candy, flowers and jewellery. Pointless tat, in essence. But why do men do this? Patrick Fagan explores a number of different psychological studies to try to answer this very question.
It is often said that, without interns, London Fashion Week wouldn't run at all. It is an issue that has not changed much for the better over recent years, despite increased scrutiny and media attention. But, as Ruby Hoette and Sian Prime explore, it is taking its toll not only on the interns but on the very fabric of the fashion industry.
Ruby and Sian will be taking part in a live chat on all topics to do with fashion on Monday 17 February at 1pm. Send your questions into @GoldsmithsUOL using #fashchat.
Eva Aldea, who specialises in the intersection of literature, philosophy and contemporary fiction, she answers questions about progress, evolution and why human culture may not be that unique after all.
On Saturday 8 March 2014, Goldsmiths will host a one-day conference on vampires, jointly organised by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit (APRU) at Goldsmiths.
Professor Chris French, Head of the APRU, outlines the many perspectives that researchers have taken in exploring this intriguing phenomenon.
Through original interviews shot in London, Berlin and New York, twelve artists unfolded their individual stories of creative possibilities through accessible and affordable forms of moving-image technology. Taken together, their narratives add up to an idiosyncratic romp through four decades of avant-garde experiment, from the Warholian underground, to contemporary cabaret, club performance and gallery art. Gavin Butt and Ben Walters talk about their film, This Is Not A Dream.
When Cameron used the phrase 'progressive conservatism' many assumed that he was moving the party to the centre and would promote some form of social justice. Not so, says Simon Griffiths. Cameron's progressive conservatism can be seen, therefore, as progressive in the same specific – and less used – sense that Thatcherism was: the state has become an obstacle to progress rather than its conduit, and progress is equated with radical marketisation.
In popular culture, the great English polymath Alan Turing is perhaps best remembered for his work on the BOMBE, the giant electro-mechanical devices that broke the German Enigma code. Mark Bishop talks about how Turing is also known in the world of Artificial Intelligence for his seminal reflections on machine intelligence.
Dr Ayesha Hameed has joined the Department of Visual Cultures as a Lecturer and Joint Programme Leader of the BA Honours in Fine Art and History of Art. This follows her position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, and continues her role as Research Fellow with the ERC-funded Forensic Architecture project.
Why did Madonna use the n-word on Instagram? And why is it that what happens online is perceived as less 'real' than what happens offline? Dhiraj Murthy answers all.
Over the last ten years, Facebook has gone from being an unknown website to a social network we can't imagine life without. But it's easy to forget that like all social networks, it's really just a mirror of the real world. Professor Jonathan Freeman speaks to The Sun.
On Facebook's ten year anniversary, Dhiraj Murthy discusses the impact Facebook has had on the world, and what will kill it off.
The first Monday of February is the day that most people pull a sickie. Patrick Fagan discusses why this is so, and also why pulling a sickie isn't always such a bad thing...
Ahead of Chinese New Year, Dr Yunxiang Chen from the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance explains the Chinese Zodiac and its significance in Chinese society.
When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.
Patrick Fagan explores the psychology behind the increasing cost of train travel, from the rail companies hiking up the prices, to the commuter who moans and grumbles but continues to pay.
Anna has moved to Goldsmiths from the University of Sydney, where she was based in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. She is interested in generating new stories about disadvantaged and disabled youth in ways that do not re-inscribe marginalisation. Her work can be described as a cultural studies approach to youth arts as a subcultural form of humanities education.
Dhiraj Murthy talks about the controversy around Lisa Bonchek Adams, a breast cancer patient, and Emma Keller, a US journalist who describes Lisa's tweeting about her cancer as 'TMI'.
Caroline Knowles from the Department of Sociology discusses how, upon death, the lives of divisive leaders are reduced to saints and sinners. With Nelson Mandela beatified as a saint, and Margaret Thatcher reduced to a sinner, how will Ariel Sharon be interpreted?
Sharon leaves behind a legacy of construction and destruction that has shaped today's Israel and Palestine.
Rebecca Fiebrink has joined Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in the Department of Computing. See more about Rebecca's academic career which encompasses working on technologies to help people create new instruments, work on a number iTunes app, and work as an Assistant Professor at Princeton University.
Can a mere jumper, whether Christmas themed in a traditional or novelty way, possibly contribute in any way to a real Christmas feeling? Ruby Hoette questions the authenticity of the Christmas jumper trend.
Beware of your brain this Christmas. Patrick Fagan lists eight ways that our brain tricks us into splashing our Christmas cash...
If you’re looking to write that next catchy holiday hit that just won’t leave peoples’ heads, there are a few things that research from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths may help you with.
Gift-giving is possibly the most sacred Christmas act we can perform, and not just because it’s what the Wise Men did when they arrived at the crib bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
In this year's festive John Lewis advert, why do they use stop motion? In this article, Ceiren Bell questions the common assumptions surrounding animation and its connection to deeply problematic notions of authenticity, integrity and tradition; notions inextricably linked to the idea of Christmas.
South Africa – and the world – has said its formal goodbye to Nelson Mandela. It was a celebration of a life gloriously lived, an event that united us as a global family. But at the centre of an increasingly acrimonious family dispute over the location of Mandela's eventual grave site lie the bodies of his own three children, who died in 1947, 1969 and 2005.
Dr Alexander Watson has joined Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in History. He specialises in Central Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, especially during the First World War.
"Why is memory of the First World War still controversial in Ireland?"
Taking a stance of researching 'military history from the street', Head of History at Goldsmiths and Professor of Twentieth Century History, Richard Grayson works closely with community groups, especially in Northern Ireland, as they tackle issues around remembrance.
"Britain’s recovery, the little bit of economic growth finally experienced after years of economic malaise, is built on household debt." - Goldsmiths Economist Dr Johnna Montgomerie comments on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement
"How will people continue to develop an understanding of the social world as it is changing?"
Professor Angela McRobbie combines the study of different dimensions of youth culture with a commentary on development in cultural theory and politics. Her essays reflect on young women and the contemporary world of neo-liberal culture and neo-liberal politics.
"How do we experience the world? What can we learn about the way we experience the world? How can we apply this to all the things we do?"
Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, Kate Devlin is a qualified computer scientist and archaeologist who combines both disciplines into her research on digital cultural heritage. She also works in human-computer interaction (HCI), applying knowledge of perception to assess how people interact with, and react to technology.
Britain (Europe, America and much of the so-called advanced industrial world) is in the grips of seemingly never-ending crises. It is a financial crisis, a debt crisis, a growth crisis, a political crisis of the elites, a socio-economic crisis of inequality. The good news is that the winds of change are blowing and a new excitement is in the air. This time there is real potential for meaningful change because the demands for new ways of thinking are coming from the young.
Halloween will bring many of us into contact with what we can all agree is the harmless side of ghouls, ghosts and all things paranormal. But there are many people who experience seemingly unexplainable 'paranormal' experiences on a regular basis, and for them it is far from harmless. Professor Christopher French critically examines these 'paranormal' experiences through the lens of psychology.
Lecturer in International Politics, Dr Bernadette Buckley is interested quite simply, in why things are the way the are.
Her research investigates the connections and disconnections between art and politics and explores the kinds of resistance to looking at these connections and disconnections.
Dr Julia Ng joined the Centre for Cultural Studies in September. She is currently working on two book projects: the first, Conditions of Impossibility; and the second, Body, Force, Right: Towards a Literary Theory of Posthumous Life.
"Everything comes down to the relationship between everyday assumptions and what research can do to unsettle those assumptions.”
Emma has been at Goldsmiths for over ten years researching various aspects of visual culture. In particular her research looks at material culture, issues of dress, identity and cultural politics linked to appearances. Her work investigates the relationship between cities, urban environments and people’s experiences in relation to state policies.
Dr Keon West has joined Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in Social Psychology. His research focuses on understanding and improving relations between people of different social groups. In particular, he focuses on applications and extensions of Contact Theory that can be used to reduce bias and prejudice.
“How can theory, thinking, and critical thought impact on practice?”
“Can art help change the current education system and the disruptions that are happening within the UK?”
Professor Rob Imrie joined the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths in October 2013. He has a background in geography, sociology, and planning studies, and a doctorate in industrial sociology. He was previously Professor of Geography at Kings College London and at Royal Holloway University of London.
Anja Kanngieser joined the Department in Sociology in September. Anja is a lecturer with a background in geography and communication studies. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Anja was at Royal Holloway, doing an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography.
In a hyper-connected world, the regulation of movement is more complex and technologically sophisticated. It is not just that migrants face institutionalised forms of marginalisation – without leave to remain they cannot work or have recourse to public funds – they also have to live with a sense of insecurity enhanced by the mobile phone in the palm of their hands.
“My interests have always been in the idea that performance making is a laboratory process and that it is rooted in the body.”
As head of the Department of Theatre and Performance and leader of the MA in Performance Making programme at Goldsmiths, Anna Furse was one of the first generation of women directors in the UK, who uniquely combined feminist concerns with Laboratory theatre research in the late 1970s.
Georgina Hosang joins Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in Psychology following positions at Middlesex University and Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Her research focuses on the role of life adversity on the development and course of psychiatric and physical disorders.
"If any single article demonstrates the abuse of press power, the Daily Mail's hatchet job on Ralph Miliband, the father of Labour leader Ed Miliband, has got to be right up there with the best of them."
The astonishing rise of firms like Twitter (founded just seven years ago, yet now expected to float for $10bn), is often seen as a grand romantic narrative – an exciting story, difficult to predict. But transformation, disruption, and change should be easier to forecast.
For the average soldier on the Western Front, very little happened on a day-to-day basis. Even when soldiers were at the front line, they watched and waited. Boredom was a major problem. But the prospect of action gave soldiers plenty of opportunity to feel not just boredom, but fear. Both could be relieved by humour. And The Wipers Times was partly a product of soldiers' need to tackle both the boredom and the fear.
Dr Evelyn Ruppert joined the Department of Sociology in April 2013 from the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC), a collaboration between the Open University and the University of Manchester. She is a data sociologist and her research focuses on how different socio-technical arrangements organise and constitute populations as objects of knowledge and governing.
Vigilante archetypes and the spread of 'real life superheroes'
The exponential rise of superheroes throughout popular culture is seeing a corresponding increase in related news stories: the Burka Avenger’s role model status in the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a portly gentleman dressed as Batman handing over a wanted criminal to the police in Bradford, or the galling details of the Aurora theatre killings are just the tip of the iceberg.
Following the arrest of man in connection to abuse aimed at Caroline Criado-Perez on Twitter; an online petition demanding a Twitter abuse button has reached nearly 75,000 signatures.
Cognitive psychologist Fiona Gabbert joins Goldsmiths as a Reader in Psychology following posts at Abertay University and Aberdeen University. Her research interests are centralised around the strengths and weaknesses of human memory.
Gabbert’s PhD focused on Social Influences on Memory, exploring how remembering with others in a social context can have both positive and negative influences on the quantity and quality of information recalled from memory. This research has generated a lot of interest, as the majority of previous psychological research focuses only on individual memorial performance.
London-based visual artist Oreet Ashery has joined Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice). Her practice is based in visual art, working in performance, still and moving image, objects and writing, mainly in the context of post-identity and minority discourses. She continuously explores the participatory nature of events, situations and public platforms.
A day may soon be approaching that most South Africans hope will never come - the day their former President, and beloved standard-bearer of the nation, Nelson Mandela dies.
At 94 years-old, his declining health has been well documented and - though it might have bypassed us here in the UK - his future funeral has already become the source of much controversy.
Last night the deafening frequency of the sirens was reminiscent of London after the 7th July bombings, as the police cars and vans hurtled down the New Cross Road towards Woolwich. It is the soundtrack of the ‘war on terror’ and lasted deep into the night. Against this piercing sonic backdrop the streets remained unnerving quiet and without people. Most residents stayed inside watching the news of violence in familiar places unfold on screens via Twitter, Facebook and often last of all the TV news. It was as if South East London was holding its breath.
The greatest achievement of the Victorian era was the public library. Machine-readable catalogues were the precursor to the web, which still has some of the utopian orientation of the library voiced in Antonio Panizzi's evidence to the Select Committee on the British Museum in 1836:
"I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity, of following his rational pursuits, of consulting the same authorities, of fathoming the most intricate inquiry as the richest man in the kingdom, as far as books go, and I contend that the Government is bound to give him the most liberal and unlimited assistance in this respect."
'White Working Class Children': Classism, Racism, 'Extremism', And the Young Voters of 2015
Young people are an easy target for new governments. They don't vote; their voice is not yet taken seriously; and any policy embedded in schools both represents and functions as the projection of political ideology into the future.
“Goldsmiths allows me to think about the socio-cultural consequences of how sound can play in everyday life.”
Operating at the intersection of sonic arts, soundscape studies, and acoustics, Drever’s work represents an inquiry into the practice and design of environmental sound and human utterance. He has a BMus from University of Bangor, MMus from the University of East Anglia, a PhD from Dartington College of Arts and a Diploma from the Institute of Acoustics.
The government has announced it is setting the minimum price per unit of alcohol at 45p. Much has been written about the potential effectiveness of this policy on reducing problematic and binge drinking. Other than the stated aims of this policy, I believe there are some rather troubling broader issues.
Let’s start by focusing on who are the winners and the losers of this policy. The obvious beneficiary is the alcohol industry who, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, is set to receive an increase in revenues in excess of £850m.
Professor Anna Furse was one of the first generation of women directors in the UK, who uniquely combined feminist concerns with Laboratory theatre research in the late 1970s.
Anna began the project "The art of ART*" after she herself had a baby using IVF methods. During this experience, she encountered all sorts of relationships between her body and medical technologies. Converting this real-life experience into a series of performance works that have been commissioned by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Anna drew inspiration from 3D and 4D ultrasound technologies.
The European Convention of Human Rights is not popular in the UK. Nor is the European Court of Human Rights given its role in the Abu Qatada extradition affair. Despite a belief that civil liberties are a domestic matter, mobilisation against the UK Communications Data Bill highlighted how governmental “snooping” of ordinary people online is very much about human rights, like privacy and freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and British law.
Senior Research Fellow in, and Project Coordinator of, the ERC funded project: Forensic Architecture, Centre for Research Architecture, Susan Schuppli is a practicing artist and cultural theorist.
Forensic Architecture refers to the presentation of spatial analysis within contemporary legal and political forums. The project undertakes research that maps, images, and models sites of violence within the framework of international humanitarian law and human rights.
Unilever's double standards in cleaning up a mercury contaminated site and compensating affected workers in its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India, came up for criticism by shareholders during the AGM of Unilever PLC in London.
This AGM intervention was noteworthy because Unilever is widely regarded as having an exemplary reputation in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility. The AGM intervention comes at a time when the UK public is paying particular attention to the behaviour of the country’s corporations.
Businesses can now record pretty much everything we do while we're at work, and they can find out a lot about what we're up to when we're not at work.
For Human Resources departments, having access to ‘big data’ is great progress. But what they really need are big insights, and how to get to this heightened level of understanding hasn't been worked through. Examples put forward by proponents of HR data analytics to date show we're making progress, but they tend to link data within rather than across HR functions, and so they represent isolated advances in narrow pockets of the information frontier.
Goldsmiths, University of London is packing away the stalls after the last Open Day of the academic year. As an institution we are putting more effort than ever before in reaching out to our potential students so that they will choose us come September.
It has also meant that we are doing more outreach work to schools where students will be the ‘first in family’ if they attend higher education. The publication this week of research showing that a falling proportion of ‘socially disadvantaged’ students are attending Russell Group universities is particularly telling.
“My research is about trying to find new ways of exploring creative activity through technology with a wide range of different people and cultures.”
Dr. Mick Grierson is an experimental artist specialising in real-time interactive audiovisual research, with specific focus on cognition and perception. He works in film, music, and software development, both inside and outside industry, designing, developing and producing new approaches to creating audiovisual experience.
Saturday 29th June marks the 400th anniversary of the original Globe Theatre in London, built and owned by Shakespeare's company of players, being destroyed by fire.
‘See the World’s ruins’ said Ben Jonson as he surveyed the remains of the Globe after the fire that destroyed it that summer’s evening in 1613.
“Anthropology is important in highlighting both the differences and the commonalities across diverse cultures.”
Dr. Ricardo Leizaola is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist specialising in visual anthropology and ethnobotany. Ricardo trained in anthropology at Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela) and UK (Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology & Goldsmiths, University of London).
Whether you're a keen gamer yourself or subjected to those around you incessantly tapping away at their smartphone or games console, interactive gaming is becoming increasingly prominent in our daily lives. Rapid growth in personal and online games, and an influx in gaming being incorporated into digital media, advertising and education, has led to a growing gap in the market for skilled games programmers, designers and artists.
Sara's research interests include sociological theory; political sociology; international migration, focusing on female migration and care-domestic work; feminist theory and gender studies; theories of migrants’ integration; nationalism and racism; political economy; Marxist theory.
The Microsoft Kinect is the device that has promised to change the way we play games and interact with computers by making real time motion tracking possible on commodity hardware, but its potential doesn’t stop there. We've been exploring how it can massively expand the way players can customise their games.
Max Hattler teaches animation on BA (Hons) Media & Communications. He is a moving image artist who has had solo exhibitions across the world, his works have been shown at hundreds of film festivals as well as in museums and galleries and he has collaborated with music acts such as Basement Jaxx.
"Can you teach creative writing?"
Blake Morrison is best known for his autobiographical works ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ and ‘Things My Mother Never Told Me’, which redefined the memoir form. He has also written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, and has adapted plays for the stage. Blake has been a Professor at Goldsmiths since 2003 and is the director of the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre.
Lecturer and Director of Digital Entrepreneurship within the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, Gorkan Ahmetoglu’s big question is ‘how do we increase our knowledge’?
Gorkan’s research focuses on the psychology of entrepreneurship. He is interested in the person, or people, behind entrepreneurial activity and aims through his research to capture ‘entrepreneurial potential’ - what it is, how it develops, and what entrepreneurial people do and achieve.
"The future of most created art of a high standard will be international, and I believe it is critical to combine different cultures in interesting ways."
As Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Gerald Lidstone find the most exciting thing about his research to be about working with diverse groups of people.
For Les Back, the big issue in his research is what it means for young people to ‘come of age’ in the 21st Century.
Author of the acclaimed book ‘The Art of Listening’, Les’ research focuses on the sociology of racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, urban life, community, social divisions class, social theory and sociological methods.
"As we commemorate the Great War we must look beyond the popular myths of poetry and television."
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