How To Keep Your Sociological Imagination Alive
BERA Doctoral Thesis Award
Huge congratulations to Dr Christy Kulz for winning the 2014 BERA Doctoral Thesis Award for her thesis entitled ‘Structure Liberates?’: Making Compliant, Consumable Bodies in a London Academy.
Liberalism in neo-liberal times
Kate Nash is curating a strand 'Liberalism and Human Rights' for a series 'Liberalism in Neo-Liberal Times' organised through the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, and running in the webjournal Open Democracy. Articles will be appearing in the series throughout the summer and autumn, with commentaries and discussions. You are very welcome to participate!
The Life of the Mind Behind Bars
Les Back talks to Simon Williams about his experience of prison life, his involvement in Goldsmiths' Open Book programme and the value of education. This discussion is structured around the letters exchanged between Simon and Les during 2013-14 when Simon was an inmate in Wormwood Scrubs. Amongst other things they talk about the current ban on sending books to prisoners, the impact of pubic sector cuts on prison life and what Simon hopes for as he contemplates start the 3rd year of his degree in Sociology. This podcast is one of a series by Les Back entitled Podcasts from a Sabbatical.
Beirut - Warsaw. Re-birth
1-10 August 2014
Dom Towarowy Braci Jabłkowskich, Ul. Bracka 25, Warsaw, Poland
Curated by Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek [Sociology PhD Candidate], the exhibition is an opportunity to see a collection of photographs of war-torn Beirut taken in 1993 by 14-year old Fadi Zabad, who survived the civil war in Lebanon.
An Open Letter to Chris Grayling by Les Back
Last year saw the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling introduce a new prison regime that included a vindictive ban on prisoners being sent books. The ban has been widely condemned and legally challenged. In this post on the blog The Sociological Imagination Les Back shares the letter he has written to Grayling criticising the ban. He included a copy of Escape Attempts with the letter, as part of the Howard League’s project to send books to the conservative politician with the request that they be passed on to prison libraries.
Should cyclists be allowed to listen to music?
Katrina Jungnickel was mentioned in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph entitled "Should cyclists be allowed to listen to music"? The article links to a paper written by Katrina and Rachel Eldred: Cycling’s Sensory Strategies: How Cyclists Mediate their Exposure to the Urban Environment.
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?
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
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'.
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
Presentation ‘London Project’ & Workshop on Street Photography (40-60mins)
(Talking about imagining the city in reference to urban decay, urban regeneration, gentrification)
Presentation on ‘Old Dutch House’ (30-45mins)
Conversation between artist curator, Goldsmiths professor & art educator (30-45mins)
(Open seminar session with the public)
Holeng, Paul Halliday & Laura Sipos
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.
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
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
Advanced Doctoral Training Workshop on Socialising Big Data
10-11 June 2014
Doctoral Training Workshop
IT University of Copenhagen
Dr Evelyn Ruppert and collaborators will be offering an advanced Doctoral Training Workshop on Socialising Big Data at IT University of Copenhagen.
This workshop will also be offered at the London DTC on Tuesday 24th June.
Can Markets Solve Problems
5-6 June 2014
Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop
Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume, France
As part of the Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop, Daniel Neyland will be presenting a paper entitled 'Can Markets Solve Problems? On building a market for privacy'. This paper was co-authored with Sveta Milyaeva.
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