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  • Jennifer Gabrys takes part in '100 Years of Now

    Jennifer Gabrys will take part in the launch for "100 Years of Now," a three-year event investigating technology, time, and planetary entanglements at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Germany. On 30 September she will join MIT science and technology studies scholar Clapperton Mavhunga for a dialogue on "Dreaming Collectives." And on 2 October through the "Datum" panel of the "Technosphere" research project she will present research on environmental sensor data from her forthcoming book, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota  Press, 2016). 

  • Are Young People Really 'Addicted' to Social Media?

    Dr Dhiraj Murthy (Sociology) wrote a blog for the Huffington Post on whether young people should really be accused of having an ‘addiction’ to social media.

  • Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (CPCT)

    The minute, run jointly by Sociology and the Centre for Cultural Studies, has been constituted and will hold its first events in June. On 11 June, CPCT will host a day-long workshop on Powers and Limits of Property co-hosted with the Unit for Global Justice (speakers include Étienne Balibar, Stella Sandford, Bev Skeggs and Eyal Weizman), and on 26 June, a discussion of the recently published English edition of the Dictionary of Untranslatables (speakers include Barbara Cassin, Étienne Balibar and Jacques Lezra), co-organised with the Collège international de philosophie. The 26 June event will coincide with CPCT's soft launch.

  • “One needs to be very brave to stand all that”: Cycling, rational dress and the struggle for citizenship in late nineteenth century Britain

    Kat Jungnickel's article, "One needs to be very brave to stand all that": Cycling, rational dress and the struggle for citizenship in late nineteenth century Britain, has been published in Geoforum, Special Issue: Geographies of citizenship and everyday (im)mobility.

  • Sara Farris - Servants of Capitalism

    Capitalism has always depended on domestic servitude, which still persists today. So why have the women clothing, caring, and cooking for new generations of workers been omitted from its history?

    Drawing on her current research project on domestic workers in the UK, Sara Farris has a new article published via OpenDemocracy to discuss the issue.

  • Fanaticism, Politics and the Subject of Justice

    Alberto Toscano has been interviewed on 'Fanaticism, Politics and the Subject of Justice'​ in the latest issue of the Birkbeck Law Review.

  • Losing Culture or Finding Superdiversity

    Les Back discusses anxieties surrounding Britain's 'loss of culture' and the idea of 'superdiversity' in his latest article  'Losing Culture or Finding Superdiversity' which has been published in Discover Society online.

  • Nina Wakeford on Gender Fluidity & Design

    Nina Wakeford has been quoted in an article, 'Fluid Gender Identity Drives a Revolution in Design' in the NY Times.

  • Roger Burrows on the power of raw money

    Professor Roger Burrows co-authors an article in the english-language version of Le Monde, which looked at the sale of houses in London to the 'super rich', the disappearance of social housing, and how it changes the city to one "made and remade for money, not for people". Read the article online on the English Language version of Le Monde.

  • objects (in)sight

    Nirmal Puwar will talk at the next objects (in)sight event, which will be exploring Vinyl records from the WRPM (Women’s Revolutions Per Minute) Collection. Other speakers include Lisa Busby (Goldsmiths Dept. of Music) and Mika Hayashi Ebbesen (Artist, Musician & Writer)

    objects (in)sight is a project to develop object-based research skills and foster cross-disciplinary thinking. In each session, academics or practitioners from different disciplines will discuss how they would approach research into an object from Goldsmiths Special Collections, Archives or Textile Collection.There will be an exhibition at the end of the project to transmit ideas and information gleaned from the sessions and (hopefully) inspire creative ways of thinking about research.

    Thurs 14 May, 17.00-18.00, PSH LG01 | Talk + drinks reception

  • New book, Being Digital Citizens, by Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths) and Engin Isin (Open University)

    Published with Rowman and Littlefield International, Being Digital Citizens develops a critical perspective on the challenges and possibilities presented by cyberspace. Isin and Ruppert examine how we encounter and perform new sorts of rights and duties through the Internet, and show how the online world is changing the ways in which we govern and are governed. The book highlights the dynamic relationship between the key concepts of citizenship and cyberspace, explores how the digital world offers new challenges and opportunities for understanding political action and agency and provides a new theoretical understanding of what it means to be a citizen today.

    See the Rowman & Littlefield webpages for more information.

  • Monika Krause wins British Sociological Association book award for The Good Project

    Monika Krause has been awarded the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology for her book The Good Project: Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason, which draws on interviews with managers in aid agencies to describe the mundane routines and practical constraints that determine who gets help and who does not.

    Further information can be found on the Goldsmiths news pages.

  • How it Became Easier to Borrow than to Save

    Joe Deville and Noortje Marres will be featured on the panel at the launch and discussion of 'Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect', by Joe Deville and 'Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending', by Liz McFall.

    Apr 29, 18:00 - 20:15, St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ. More information can be found here.

  • Bikes & Bloomers - Cycling, sewing and suffragette storytelling

    Kat Jungnickel will be speaking about her Bikes & Bloomers project as part of the Science Museum Lates series on 29 April. Bikes & Bloomers brings to life the challenges facing female cyclists in late C19th Britain through a collection of ‘convertible’ cycling costumes designed and patented by inventive women which enabled them to transform street wear into cycle wear via a series of deliberately concealed technologies.

    For futher info and booking visit the Science Museum website.

  • “What makes a public affair?” Noortje Marres at Haus der Kunst

    On April 16, Noortje Marres will give the Annual Lecture on the Public (der Öffentlichkeit) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. The lecture will discuss the Pragmatist proposal that publics are called into being by issues, and explore its implications for the theory and practice of publicity today, drawing on examples from contemporary art and design practice.

    More info visit the official site here.

  • Do young people care about politics?

    Les Back speaks on the BBC Radio 5 Live Daily programme, discussing young people, politics and racism. Catch up via the BBC iPlayer (2hrs 15 in).

  • ZOOM: Capitalism and its Horizons

    Alberto Toscano will be discussing the aesthetics of the economy and his new book Cartographies of the Absolute with Iain Boal at the MayDay Rooms on April 9, 7-9pm, at an event entitled 'ZOOM: Capitalism and its Horizons'.

  • Making Markets, Making Laws at AHRC Network ‘Technoscience, Law and Society: Interrogating the Nexus’

    Vera EhrensteinSveta Milyaeva and Daniel Neyland organized the ‘Making Markets, Making Laws’ panel at the ‘Articulating Science, Technology and Law: Regarding, Reflecting, and Remaking Society’ conference in April; part of the AHRC Network ‘Technoscience, Law and Society: Interrogating the Nexus’

    As part of the panel they each presented the following papers:-

    Sveta Milyaeva & Daniel Neyland – ‘Enacting a disparity: On the ‘data protection versus economic growth’ dilemma’
    Vera Ehrenstein – ‘Inconsistent donors? Public aid, vaccine markets, and incentivizing legal agreements’

    Conference abstracts can be downloaded here.

  • Why Map Issues? On Controversy Analysis as a Digital Method

    'Why Map Issues? On Controversy Analysis as a Digital Method' by Noortje Marres is out now in Science, Technology and Human Values. This article presents the main findings of the ESRC demonstrator project Issue Mapping as a Participatory Method (2011-2013). More info: