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  • The Italian List

    Alberto Toscano has an interview with Anthony Paul Smith at the An und für sich blog, about his work as series editor for The Italian List at Seagull Books, and about postwar Italian intellectual life more broadly.​

  • Going Underground

    23 July 2014

    Caroline Knowles will feature on Going Underground a British current affairs series for RT with Afshin Rattansi, broadcast on Freeview 85 and Sky 512 at 05:30, 10:30, 15:30 & 20:30.

  • 484 14th Street

    10 July - 2 August 2014
    Legion TV, 4-17 Frederick Terrace, London E8 4EW
    12-5pm

    A new installation by Nina Wakeford addressing her encounters with an archive.  This exhibition forms part of Immaterial Almanac, and is supported by Arts Council England.

  • Curating the Activist Object

    7-8 July 2014
    May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
    9am - 5pm

    The wave of political uprising in recent years has made visible the inventiveness and creativity that characterizes contemporary social movements and political activism. Digital infrastructures, mundane technologies, ad-hoc architectures, and new modes of narrating and documenting are refurnishing the political practices of activists and citizens.  In this workshop we want to approach the social life of activist objects drawing on theoretical approaches to politicised objects more broadly conceived. We want to explore the entanglement of practices of design, documentation and curation, as they are framed and tested by academics, curators, activists and artists. We ask in which contexts and through which dynamics these objects are designed and forged? Is the circulation of documentation what transforms an otherwise mundane object into an activist one? Is the documentation (the creation and circulation of photos, videos, websites) an activist practice in itself? Is it possible to curate and exhibit objects without disarming their distinctive political capacity?

    Participants include Nirmal Puwar and Nerea Calvillo.

  • Flip flops: the world wide trail of an everyday commodity

    30 June 2014
    BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed

    Flip flops: the world wide trail of an everyday commodity. Laurie Taylor talked to Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose study takes a ground level view of the lives and places of globalisation's back roads, via that most ubiquitous of footwear - the flip flop sandal.

  • Situated Efficacy as a novel approach to interdisciplinarity in the devising and delivery of effective medical and behavioural interventions

    16 & 17 February 2015
    Symposium

    Marsha Rosengarten, Martin Savransky and Daniel Neyland have been awarded funding by the Brocher Foundation for a symposium ‘Situated efficacy as a novel approach to interdisciplinarity in the devising and delivery of effective medical and behavioural interventions'.

  • Has Facebook done anything wrong?

    30 June 2014
    BBC World Have Your Say

    Sociology's Dhiraj Murthy appeared on BBC World Have Your Say talking about the Facebook psychology 'experiment'. 

  • Urban Decay

    16-20 July 2014
    Artplacc Lake Balaton, Hungary

    As part of artplacc on 17 July, Paul Halliday will be showcasing Photography & Urban Cultures, where they challenge many aspects of what has been historically important to
    every society – the question of urban identities orbiting around the adaptability of new forms in homogenous cultures. This attempts to contextualize what is distinctively humane about city life and ask vital questions as to what constitutes urban decay in the 21st century.

    Wall: Paul Halliday | Sarah Feuillas
    Outdoor: Ho Leng | Delphine Pouille | Elvedin Klačar

    11am -1.30pm
    Presentation ‘London Project’ & Workshop on Street Photography (40-60mins)
    (Talking about imagining the city in reference to urban decay, urban regeneration, gentrification)
    Paul Halliday

    Presentation on ‘Old Dutch House’ (30-45mins)
    Holeng

    Conversation between artist curator, Goldsmiths professor & art educator (30-45mins)
    (Open seminar session with the public)
    Holeng, Paul Halliday & Laura Sipos

    3pm
    Kulturaktiv workshop with artist
    Ho Leng and Laura Sipos

  • Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries

    Evelyn Ruppert is Founding Editor and Editor of a new SAGE journal which was officially launched this week. Big Data & Society is an open access (OA), peer reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to exploring the implications of Big Data for societies. It aims to move beyond the usual notions of Big Data and provide a platform for connecting debates on how Big Data practices are reconfiguring academic, social, industry, business and government relations, expertise, methods, concepts and knowledge. The journal will publish interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences. More information can be found at the journal home page, blog - and via Twitter.  A video editorial of Evelyn introducing the journal can also be viewed.

  • Beyond the Neoliberal Academy

    26 June 2014
    LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields


    Nirmal Puwar will be part of a roundtable discussion with Michael Bailey (Essex), Des Freedman (Goldsmiths), Benjamin Gingras (ASSÉ) (by live link), Feyzi Ismail (SOAS), Chris Newfield (UCSB), Kerem Nisancioglu (Westminster), Maia Pal (Sussex), and Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS) discussing 'Beyond the Neoliberal Academy' as the final plenary session at the Governing Academic Life conference. 

    The focus of the conference, will be on the form of governmentality that now constitutes our identities and regulates our practices as researchers and teachers. However the event will also create a space for encounters between governmentality scholars and critics of the neoliberal academy whose critiques have different intellectual roots – especially Frankfurt school critical theory, critical political economy, feminism, Bourdieuian analyses of habitus, capital and field, and autonomist Marxism.

  • Universal ablebodiment and the design of shared street scapes

    22-26 June 2014
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Rob Imrie is presenting a paper at the 6th Euro science Open Forum (ESOF2014) in Copenhagen, June 22nd-26th, 2014, entitled 'Universal ablebodiment and the design of shared street scapes'.

  • Universalising Design

    15-18 June 2014
    Lund University, Sweden

    The ERC 'Universalising Design' Project team (Charlotte Bates, Rob Imrie, and Kim Kullman) attended the International Conference on Universal Design at Lund University, Sweden, June 15th-18th and were involved in two activities:

    The first was presenting a paper entitled 'Mediating bodies: universal design methodology and post-phenomenology. This paper develops a methodological argument about the challenges that universal designers face as they engage with bodily difference and diversity. Adopting a post-phenomenological perspective, the paper indicates that Universal Design practices could benefit from a critical dialogue around the assumptions and ideas about embodiment and the world that design methods and tools advance as they are employed to make sense of everyday experience. Without such a dialogue, there is a risk that the widely different ways in which bodies, objects and spaces interact can remain unaccounted for and thereby limit what may be designed. We argue that post-phenomenology, through its detailed understanding of the socio-technical mediations of experience, can inspire universal designers to develop a range of critical and creative ways of using and sharing embodied knowledge.

    The second was the development of a live installation over the three days of the event, asking the 250 delegates to map their UD networks on a world map. The exercise was entitled  'Mapping the local and global networks of Universal Design' and asked delegates Who are the people that inform your practice, which professional groups do you belong to, what organisations are you connected with, and where in the world do these links transport you? These ties matter, because they transport the attitudes, information and objects that shape communities of practitioners and mobilise Universal Design around the world today. The results of the exercise will be displayed on our web site some time in the near future.

  • Beyond matter, beyond concern? Rethinking implication in social sciences

    25 June 2014
    Media_TIC Bldg, Roc Boronat Street, Barcelona
    3-6pm

    The STS-b research group is pleased to invite you to a seminar titled 'Beyond matter, beyond concern? Rethinking implication in social sciences', that aims to discuss the following papers in the light of the ethical turn in STS (Science and Technology Studies).

    'Matters of Care as Politics: Toxicity, Containment and Bio-Animacy in Puchuncaví' by Manuel Tironi and 'Wondering about What Matters: The Adventure of Relevance and a Social Science to Come' by Martin Savransky.

    The seminar will be held in both Spanish and English - please register HERE.

  • Humanities in Human Rights Showcase

    13 June 2014
    Charles Darwin House, London

    Humanities in Human Rights is an 18-month training programme for PhD students developed by a consortium of universities in south east of England (CHASE)[including Goldsmiths], funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). At the Showcase students will be presenting the results of the work that they have developed as a result of four workshops held in February this year, along with Professor Les Back from Goldsmiths and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge from the University of East Anglia.

  • Sound and the City

    9 and 11 June 2014
    Natural History Museum, London

    On Monday 9 June (10am-5pm) and Wednesday 11 June (6pm-10pm) Goldsmiths will launch the Sound and the City installation at the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre. This installation is part of Universities Week 2014, which brings together universities from across the country to celebrate their work and how it improves people's lives.

    Sound and the City explores the rapidly changing urban soundscape and questions how the sounds around us affect our daily life and what a futuristic city might sound like. Through a 3D interactive cityscape, visitors can listen to academics explain how sound in public toilets, traffic, nature and the mobile future all impact our everyday health, wellbeing and sense of place.

    The project is a collaboration between Professor Atau Tanaka, Department of Computing, Anja Kanngieser, Department of Sociology, Dr Georgina Hosang, Department of Psychology, John Drever, Department of Music and Sean Cubitt from the Department of Media and Communications.

  • Spaces of Memory & Performance: Trauma, Affect, Displacement

    20-21 June 2014
    Spaces of Memory & Performance: Trauma, Affect, Displacement
    Centre of Performing Arts Development, University of East London

    The aftermath of episodes of trauma and loss have traditionally given way to urban rituals and encounters with sites of public grieving. Even so, the emergence of disparate sites of trauma has not been enough addressed from a performative perspective. The very existence of the so-called ‘spaces of memory’ requests the reconfiguration of modes of engagement with the public space in the face of trauma and its performance. With this in mind, this two-day international conference explores unconventional forms of intervention in performance and visual arts in a wide spectrum of geographical scenarios. The question that underlines the event is:  how can we possibly propitiate public pathways to engage with loss and trauma among expanded publics?

    Featuring a range of panels, paper presentations, keynote addresses and performative lectures, live performances, film showings, provocations and round table discussions, this conference meeting interrogates embodied, ephemeral and unmarked spaces as sites of enchantment and public gathering while it explores transitional and diasporic interventions that might envisage news forms of being together.  Keynote speakers: Maria Delgado (Queen Mary), Carl Lavery, (Glasgow University), Leigh Payne (University of Oxford), Alan Marcus (Aberdeen University), Lola Arias (Theatre Director), Claudia Fontes (Visual Artist) - Respondant Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Marcelo Brodsky (Photographer Artist), Valentina Salvi (University Tres de Febrero).

    For registration, please clcik HERE

  • The Flip Flop Trail

    Since 2006 Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, has been following the flip-flop trail; the territory across which a pair of flip-flops travel during their lifetime.  To find out more, please see her recent book and website.



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