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David Oswell, BA (Hons), MA , PhD

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PositionProfessor in Sociology
Department Sociology
Email d.oswell (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7715
David Oswell, BA (Hons), MA , PhD
Cultural studies, media and communication studies, sociology of science and technology, sociology of childhood and social theory

BA (Hons) Classics and Philosophy (Polytechnic of North London), MA in Film and Television Studies (Polytechnic of Central London), PhD in Sociology (Open University).

I started off teaching part-time at the Polytechnic of North London while I was completing my MA in Film and Television Studies at the Polytechnic of Central London and just starting researching for my PhD based at the Open University. I then got my first full-time lecturing post in media and cultural studies at Staffordshire University in 1993. I finally completed my PhD and moved down to the Department of Sociology at Brunel University in 1995. At Brunel I got my first taste of science and technology studies from Steve Woolgar, Mike Lynch and Alan Irwin and had to proffer the pretence of knowing the field as Director of Graduate Studies at the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT). I then moved to the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College in 2001. Since being at Goldsmiths my research has developed around cultural theory, technology, organisation, and social life – for which the ‘child' is still a central, if somewhat oblique, figure.

Teaching

My undergraduate teaching is in the fields of cultural studies, cultural theory and the sociology of childhood. I teach the following courses: SO52079A – Culture in Context, SO52040A – Culture, Representation and Difference and SO53043A – Childhood Matters.

My postgraduate teaching reflects some of these interests but is also inflected by more general philosophical questions about generation, forms of life and technology (from Aristotle to La Mettrie to Serres, Deleuze and Latour). I teach a course entitled SO71073A - Forms of Techno-Social Life.

Areas of supervision

I supervise PhD students across the range of my research interests and I currently supervise students working on areas including: the cultural analysis of mobile telephone use; child protection and professional visual imagination; the government of teenage pregnancy in postwar Britain; a social history of organology in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; and cultural memory, ‘race', and migration.

Some PhD students supervised to completion

  • Maria Sourbati, ‘Regulating convergence: communication policies and the digital television markets', Awarded PhD in 2001
  • Lin Williams, ‘A Discursive Analysis of Psychiatric Encounters', Awarded PhD in 2002
  • Bryony Hoskins, ‘Tales of the intimate: exploring young people's accounts of sexual practice', Awarded PhD in 2002

Publications

Article

Infancy and Experience: Voice, Politics, and Bare Life
Oswell, David. 2009. Infancy and Experience: Voice, Politics, and Bare Life. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(1), pp. 135-154. ISSN 1368-4310

Yet to Come? Globality and the Sound of an Infant Politics
Oswell, David. 2009. Yet to Come? Globality and the Sound of an Infant Politics. Radical Politics Today, 1(1), pp. 1-18.

Infancy, Generation and Experience: Notes on the Sociological Empirical and Toward a Political Theory of Children’s Association
Oswell, David. 2007. Infancy, Generation and Experience: Notes on the Sociological Empirical and Toward a Political Theory of Children’s Association. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-18.

When Images Matter: Internet Child Pornography, Forms of Observation and an Ethics of the Virtual
Oswell, David. 2006. When Images Matter: Internet Child Pornography, Forms of Observation and an Ethics of the Virtual. Information Communication & Society, 9(2), pp. 244-265. ISSN 1369118X

Mobile Signs: Matter, Medium, and Generation
Oswell, David. 2005. Mobile Signs: Matter, Medium, and Generation. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-10.

Book

The Agency Of Children: From Family to Global Human Rights
Oswell, David. 2013. The Agency Of Children: From Family to Global Human Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521604703

Culture and Society: An introduction to Cultural Studies
Oswell, David. 2006. Culture and Society: An introduction to Cultural Studies. Sage. ISBN 0761942696

Television, Childhood and the Home: A History of the Making of the Child Television Audience in Britain
Oswell, David. 2002. Television, Childhood and the Home: A History of the Making of the Child Television Audience in Britain. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198742606

Book Section

Re-aligning children's agency and re-socialising children in Childhood Studies
Oswell, David. 2016. Re-aligning children's agency and re-socialising children in Childhood Studies. In: Florian Esser; Meike Baader; Tanja Betz and Beatrice Hungerland, eds. Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 19-33. ISBN 1138854190

Cultural Theory: Genealogies, Orientations and Territories
Oswell, David. 2010. Cultural Theory: Genealogies, Orientations and Territories. In: David Oswell, ed. Cultural Theory. London: Sage, xxi-xlviii. ISBN 9781848607057

Media and Communications Regulation and Child Protection: An Overview of the Field
Oswell, David. 2008. Media and Communications Regulation and Child Protection: An Overview of the Field. In: Kirsten Drotner and Sonia Livingstone, eds. International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. London: Sage, pp. 469-486. ISBN 978-1-4129-2832-8

Ethics and techno-childhood
Oswell, David. 2001. Ethics and techno-childhood. In: I. Hutchby and J. Moran-Ellis, eds. Children, Technology and Culture: The impacts of technologies in children's everyday lives. Routledge Falmer, pp. 170-183. ISBN 0415236355