Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor BSc, MA, PhD, PGCert

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Alex Rhys-Taylor is a sociologist with a specialism in urban sociology and a particular focus on the relationship between our experiences of cities and histories of change. His work focusses on the multisensory experience of urban space the new forms of association and exclusion mediated through it. He is also engaged in research looking at the the role of cities in disrupting and transforming territories on a wider scale. Committed to the crafting of innovative methods and experimental approaches to urban
research, Alex also draws extensively on a long tradition of urban sociology.

Presentations and exhibitions

Selection of Recent Talks

Sonic Boom, 100 Years of Urban Sound, ACCESS, Museum of Amsterdam, May 2013.

The Sensuous Materiality of Multiculture, Los Angeles, April, 2013, Association of American Geographers annual conference

"When I close my eyes…" Presenting a different mode of attention to the urban space through the senses, April, 2013, BSA Conference 2013

Sensing Change, Nottingham University, March, 2013

In the Realm of the Senses: The Wire Magazine Salon, March 2013

The Illuminating Limits of Ethnography, June 2012, ESRC Methods Conference

Keynote Paper: Migration, Marginality and the Senses, April 2012, Researching the Margins Conference

‘The Sensuous Materiality of Multiculture,’ COMPAS Conference on Migration and Ethnography, Oxford University, September 2011

‘Class, Power, Taste,’ Ethnographic Monograph Seminar Series, Gothenberg University May 2011

‘The Smell of Fear,’ Media and the Senses Conference, Goldsmiths, London

‘Coming to our Senses,’ Making The Intangible Tangible (Conference) Manchester City Museum, Manchester University, March 2010

‘Coming to our Senses,’ (Public Lecture), Gothenburg City Museum, March 2010

‘The Global Circulation of Taste and Distaste,’ NYLON Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU, New York, March 2010

‘Slime and Reason,’ Mapping Dangerous Spaces, The British Library, April 2009

‘Seafood and Stratification,’ Vital Signs, Manchester University, September 2008

‘Follow Your Nose,’ Mise-en-scène (Photography Exhibition), June 2007

Television and video output

May 2013, Channel 4, Sunday Brunch


June 2013, BBC Radio 4, Thinking Allowed

Selected publications

Number of items: 6.


Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. The essences of multiculture: A sensory exploration of an inner-city street market. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 20(4), pp. 393-406. ISSN 1070-289X [Article]

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. Disgust and Distinction: The case of the jellied eel. The Sociological Review, 61(2), pp. 227-246. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Book Section

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2014. Urban Sensations: A Retrospective of Multisensory Drift. In: David Howes, ed. A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000. London, New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780857853448 [Book Section]

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2014. Intersemiotic fruit: Mangoes and Multiculture. In: Emma Jackson and Hannah Jones, eds. Emotion and Location: Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging. London, New York: Earthscan Routledge, pp. 44-54. ISBN 978-1-13-800065-0 [Book Section]

Rhys-Taylor, Alex, Jackson, Emma and Jones, Hannah. 2014. Moving and Being Moved. In: Emma Jackson and Hannah Jones, eds. Emotion and Location: Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging. London, New York: Earthscan Routledge, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-13-800065-0 [Book Section]


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