Transmissions and entanglements: making, curating and representing research
Kat Jungnickel recently presented a paper entitled 'Transmissions and entanglements: making, curating and representing research' as the closing keynote plenary at the London ESRC Doctoral Training Centres Annual Conference, "Creating and Communicating". A copy of the conference booklet can be downloaded from the ESRC London Blog.
Alberto Toscano - 'Plasticity, Capital, and the Dialectic'
Alberto Toscano's essay 'Plasticity, Capital, and the Dialectic' has just been published in the collection Plastic Materialities: Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou, edited by Brenna Bhandar and Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller for Duke University Press. He has recently also taken part in an online discussion of 'Paranoid Subjectivity and the Challenges of Cognitive Mapping - How is Capitalism to be Represented?' at e-flux.
“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.
The Ladies Bridge - Documentary Screening with Panel Discussion and Q&A
Kat Jungnickel will part of a panel discussion following a screening of 'The Ladies Bridge', a documentary about female construction workers in WW2. For further information and to book tickets visit the Somerset House website here.
Les Back interviewed for The Observer
Les Back has been featured in an article about the opening up of private gardens as public spaces published in The Observer. You can read the article online here.
Philosophy Against the Flow: Abstraction and Logistics in Allan Sekula's Writings
Alberto Toscano has published an article on transport and circulation in the work of photographer and critic Allan Sekula, 'Philosophy Against the Flow: Abstraction and Logistics in Allan Sekula's Writings', in a catalogue of his last work Ship of Fools / The Dockers' Museum, edited by Hilde Van Gelder and published by Leuven University Press.
Kat Jungnickel on 'The Great British Sewing Bee'
Kat Jungnickel appeared in a segment on corsets in the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee. Kat explained how clothing evolved to become more rational in the Victorian era, as women took to activities like cycling. Segment begins at 21 minutes in. Catch up on iPlayer.
Would London Make Sense Without Smell?
Alex Rhys-Taylor wrote about how smells in London have shaped the way we move, develop and explore the city, and what happens to your sense of place without a sense of smell, in the Londonist. He also gave a top five of London's fragrant history in Time Out to promote The Body in the City symposium. Read more on our news pages.
Migrant City: Waiting, Dead Time and Freer Life
Les Back will be giving a talk on Feb 26 as part of the Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series at Bristol University.
Discussions of migration usually foreground the issue of movement through space and across borders. In this paper, I will explore the issue of the temporal dimensions of the experience of movement but also the constraints that the regulation of human mobility place on the category of person referred to through the category of 'the immigrant'. It looks at the experience of 'waiting' as symptomatic of the ordering of status and belonging. While young people in a precarious position are forced to wait, the rich mobile global citizens simply do not because their lives are on the 'fast track'. The paper looks at the social and existential consequences of what it means to live in this condition and draws on my five year ethnography conducted with Shamser Sinha on the experience of 30 adult migrants in London.
In a sense, the book we are finishing, entitled ‘Migrant City’ (Routledge 2016), is the story of London through their eyes and experience. Our argument is that we live in a time of divided connectedness in which humanity is both more connected than at any other point in history; and yet, there are thicker lines and divisions being drawn between people on a global scale. Elsewhere we have argued that this is producing new hierarchies of belonging (Back and Sinha 2012) but in this paper we argue that these divisions also produce an ordering of time. Here some people are condemned to live in 'dead time' drawing on insights from Erving Goffman, while others lives within a fugitive time that emphasises the present and where past and future is bracketed out.
This project has also aspired to create a more sociable form of sociology in which the conventions of observation and analysis have been redesigned. Here participants are not only observers in their own lives but also authors (Sinha & Back 2014).
The Good Project Shortlisted for BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize
Monika Krause's recent publication, The Good Project: Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason has been shortlisted as one of 6 titles for this year’s BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
The winner of the prize will be announced in March 2015. Good luck Monika!
Sí Se Puede, Seven Days at PAH Barcelona
Sí Se Puede, Seven Days at PAH Barcelona will be screened by the Anthropology Department, Centre for Visual Anthropology (Anthropology Department) and the Unit for Global Justice (Sociology Department) followed by a drinks reception on Monday 23 February, 6pm, Professor Stuart Hall Building (NAB), Room LG01
Transfeminism Panel Discussion
The Centre for Feminist Research is hosting a Transfeminism Panel Discussion on 11 Feb 2015.
Les Back on the Promise of Sociology in 2015
Les Back and Nicholas Gane reflect on their article C. Wright Mills 50 Years On: The Promise and Craft of Sociology Revisited in a podcast available for streaming here.
For a Sociological Reconstruction: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Segregated Sociology
Les Back will present his talk 'For a Sociological Reconstruction: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Segregated Sociology' on 4 Feb 2015, as part of the University of Warwick's series of graduate workshops.
The Enigma of Departure: What We Can Learn from Dying Migrants?
Yasmin Gunaratnam's article 'The Enigma of Departure: What We Can Learn from Dying Migrants?' has been published by Discover Society.
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