11 December 2013
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
Noortje Marres and Evelyn Ruppert (Sociology) and Liz Moor (Media and Communications) are speaking at a conference on 'The New Social-ism' at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick . The conference brings together scholars working in economic sociology, science and technology studies, social studies of finance, media studies, social studies of Big Data and other fields, to address questions about what is ‘knowable, valuable and visible in the emerging social economy.
Listen to Michaela Benson and Emma Jackson talking about their recently published paper “Place-making and Place Maintenance: Performativity, Place and Belonging among the Middle Classes” with Sophie Watson, Editor of Sociology, Sage Journals.
Watch a video featuring Rob Imrie being interviewed about his European Research Council project on 'universalism, embodiment, and universal design', and a discussion of the relevance of shared space design in urban environments. The interview was conducted at a one day workshop hosted by Connect Culture on November 23rd 2013 and the theme of the event was 'Moving On; Accessible Transport'.
Initially produced for the Glimpses Festival in Delhi with (very little) AHRC money from a bigger project linked to the University of Exeter and the Cultural History of Southall, the film 'Southall Broadway - Hands at Work' by Paolo Cardullo is for wall screening only. No sound, viewers are passers-by and are meant to walk in the exhibition space passing by the Broadway…While in Bangkok, however, a Thai orchestra played with the film in the background.
The film features the busy and tightly knitted social and working life of Southall Broadway (London UB1), also known as ‘Little Delhi’. The provisional title of ‘Hands at Work’ is an euphemism of ‘working-class’ London. In such spaces, in fact, social reproduction, everyday business, and social activity live in close proximity with each other.
5 December 2013
RHB 144, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way
6-8pm, inc. drinks reception
Muthanna Al-Qadi’s work is displayed amongst contemporary photographs of Palestine alongside the exhibition Conversations with Jean Mohr and Edward Said in Palestine, installed at Goldsmiths (until June 2014) by the Methods Lab. Muthanna Al-Qadi is a freelance photographer from Nablus and editor of Middle East affairs at AL-QUDS newspaper based in London. He has worked in a number of journalistic positions.
SPACE & GAZE: Conversations with Jean Mohr & Edward Said in Palestine
(Kingsway Corridor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, Nov 2013 – June 2014)
Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Presented by the Methods Lab
In 1983 Jean Mohr was commissioned by the UN, on Edward Said’s recommendation, to take photos of some of the key sites in which Palestinians lived their lives. Because the UN allowed only minimal text (the names of places) to accompany the photographs, Said and Mohr decided to work together on an 'interplay', as Said put it, of Said's personal account of Palestinian suffering and exile and Mohr's photographs – 'an unconventional, hybrid, and fragmentary [form] of expression' - which they called After the Last Sky (1986).
Evelyn Ruppert is Editor of a new SAGE journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquires (BD&S) to be launched in June 2014. Ville Takala, a PhD student in the Sociology Department, is Editorial Assistant and together they have launched the Journal's blog. BD&S is an open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies. More information and updates are available via Twitter: @BigDataSoc.
18-22, 25-29 November and 2 December 2013
New Academic Building Atrium
This exhibition of patient artwork from St Christopher's Hospice offers an emotional encounter, inviting the viewer to reflect upon life and death, loss and change, and one's own mortality. The art challenges perceptions of dying, disability and the death taboo that is prominent in Western cultures. It makes real the life force that is so strong in us all, raising questions about legacy and the role of art at the end of life.
4 December 2013
Room B311, Borough Road Building, London South Bank University
David Oswell will be talking on ‘The Value of Children: Between Agency and Labour in Neoliberal Times’. If you wish to attend, please contact Val Gillies.
ESRC makes award under it's new Urgency Grants Mechanism to support social science research projects responding quickly to urgent or unforeseen events. Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam will be part of the research team that will go beyond the Home Office’s internal evaluation of the ‘Go Home’ van to uncover impacts on local migrant and non-migrant communities, public debate and activism.
25 November, 2013
Copenhagen Business School
13 December, 2013
Trevelyan Hall, St Matthews Conference Centre, London
0930 - 1700
The UD movement is committed to a user-led inclusive design process that draws on the diverse experiences of people in interacting with the designed environment. However, there is little clarity about how, practically, knowledge of the diverse design needs of people can be generated and designed into the UD process in ways whereby inclusivity can be attained.
This seminar is part of a research collaboration between Rob Imrie from Goldsmiths, University of London and the Open University.
17-21 November, 2013
The Open University
8 November, 2013
University of Rotterdam
On November 8, Noortje Marres will participate in a symposium celebrating 50 years of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She and others will respond to a lecture by prof. Craig Calhoun on the Public Misison of the University.
5 November, 2013
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES [CRASSH]
Seminar room S1, First floor
Roger Burrows will be presenting recent work on the 'spatialization of class' to an analysis of the territories of the 'super-rich'. Such an approach has already been drawn upon within contemporary urban studies. This includes the now massive literature on gentrification, suburban life and middle-class identities, but also questions of domestic fortification and the spatial and political secession of the very wealthy.
7 December, 2013
Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion: 3rd Annual Symposium
BSA Meeting Rooms, London
10am - 5pm
In a fast-changing, multi-faith context, the incorporation of Islam on the curriculum is a salient issue for higher education disciplines. Religious diversity is growing, highlighted in the recently-released 2011 Census figures detailing the re-configuration of religious identification in England and Wales. According to the Census data, Muslims constitute the third largest grouping, after Christianity and No Religion, and the number of the population identifying as Muslim is increasing. This raises debate and discussion about how Islam is integrated into teaching and learning contexts in higher education settings. In recent years there has been widening interest about the place, or even non-place, of Islam on the curriculum, not only because of increases in Muslim students, but also because of the (often negative) discourses circulating about Islam. Debate has occurred around the need for greater religious literacy around religion more generally, and Islam in particular. To what extent are higher education institutions responding to these issues? How do Muslim students feel Islam is represented in higher education? Does a Christianised curriculum still dominate? How do non-Muslim students respond to the religious content of courses? And how do teachers respond to a more diverse student body? This symposium aims to address such questions, to understand the relationship between Islam and university curricula.
This BSA Socrel symposium is organized by Dr Abby Day (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Sarah-Jane Page (School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University. Total delegate numbers are restricted to 35. Last year’s symposium was oversubscribed, and early registration is encouraged.
Confirmed Speakers include Abby Day and Mariam Motamedi-Fraser from the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths
14 November, 2013
The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW
Disappearance and disappearing – not only of cities, but of the state, of borders, of people – bitterly defines the particularity of Palestinian existence. One of the great Palestinian poets, Mahmoud Darwish, looking back at his life journey, described in his last set of poems the experience of constantly finding himself in the presence of his own absence.
This panel session, from the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths, reflects on the different kinds of absences and presences that they have encountered as part of their work in Palestine and considers some of the challenges and responsibilities that such work raises for researchers and visual practitioners. The panel consists of Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek, Samah Saleh and Mariam Motamedi-Fraser.
Last week two London academics: Les Back and Shamser Sinha, exposed a racist government blunder, sparking international embarrassment and a statement from the Prime Minister. A small victory in the jaws of defeat, they say. Here is their report on one week in anti-immigrant times.
25 October 2013
Sara Farris will be giving a keynote as part of the Goldsmiths Graduate Conference.
In this presentation I will illustrate how Femonationalism, as a state ideology, functions as a space of convergence between nationalists, neo-liberals and state feminism. By using workfare programmes for migrant women across the EU as an example of femonationalism as state ideology, I aim to show how this ideological space is internally fragmented and contradictory. This occurs not only because of the different political agendas of the actors converging within it, but also because of the different temporalities involved. In the end, I will use this example to argue that state ideologies are rather inconsistent and internally fragmented formations, whose contradictions do not necessarily harm their stability and strength, but are nonetheless important to identify. The deepening of them in fact enables us to develop our alternative worldviews: worldviews that strive for consistency and do not recreate the conditions for the reproduction of racism, sexism and class exploitation.
Chinatown in central London went into shutdown on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 October, as business owners protested against the unfair treatment they say they have received by immigration authorities.
Bobby Chen, an immigration specialist from Central London Law Centre said the raids were not intelligence-led while Professor Les Back, a sociologist from Goldsmiths, said the Chinese community was not known for taking public action so this protest showed the strength of feeling against the raids.
21 November 2013
Calculative Devices in the Digital Age, Durham University
Daniel Neyland and Patrick Murphy will be giving a paper as part of the Conference.
Within the recent and dramatic increase in discussions of algorithms there appears to reside a continuing negativity, containing an alluring and compelling drama. The new (in this case algorithms) is set up as a threat to the old (our ordinary ways of life) and the intensity of the drama is ratcheted up (not only are algorithms likely to change our lives, they are beyond our control, are working independently, we cannot in principle understand them, etc). The compelling drama is focused on attributing definitive, agential and powerful characteristics to algorithms. Yet post-essentialist work and the recent history of Science and Technology Studies research encourages us to disturb both the notion that algorithms have a single, essential characteristic and the claim that algorithms have power or agency. Instead of the new rampaging through the old beyond our control or knowledge, we are presented with the possibility that algorithms might emerge from and operate in some more familiar sets of relations, like design and organisational work, perhaps even tied to budgets and priorities and strategic decisions. Algorithms might even be subject to some familiar forms of messiness. This is where the paper will begin.
30 October 2013
Anthropology Departmental Seminar
Daniel Neyland will be talking about his new 5 year ERC project (MISTS) that asks the question: Can Markets Solve Problems? In this talk he will focus on a pilot study looking at an attempt to build a market for a non-existent malaria vaccine as an illustration of the complex entanglements of problems, solutions, markets, lives/deaths, poverty, values and choice (maybe with a bit of accountability thrown in).
9 October 2013
BBC Radio 4
Dhiraj Murthy talks to Laurie Taylor of Thinking Allowed about his new book 'Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age'. About how this form of social media is now a household name, discussed for its role in political movements, national elections and natural disasters. But what's the real significance of this 'electronically diminished turn to terseness' as Murphy describes it? Using case studies including citizen journalism and health, his groundbreaking study deciphers the ways in which Twitter is re-making contemporary life.
18 October 2013
The Great Woodhouse Room, University House, University of Leeds
As part of the one day programme, Professor Heidi Mirza will be giving a keynote talk entitled: Decolonzing Pedagogies: Black Feminist reflections on teaching race, faith and culture in higher education.
15 October 2013
Girton College, Cambridge University
Inspired by the women of Fly, the first Cambridge University social for self defining ethnic women, 'A Vindication' will be both a discussion and celebration of distinctiveness and dynamism of Black Feminism.
It is also an opportunityto stress the importance of nity between Black Femimism and the mainstream movement, whilst exploring the reasons why Black Feminism still requires independant recognition in academic thought.
Speakers are Professor Heidi Mirza, Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Nydia Swaby and The Right Honourable Diane Abbott.
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