Monthly Archives: October 2012

CURB (Centre for Urban Research) 1st annual report

CURB, which is a centre for urban research at York, has just celebrated its first anniversary. The centre is directed by my colleagues Rowland Atkinson and Simon Parker. They have just published the first annual report. Here is a link … Continue reading

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An interview with Ian Woodward on material culture

There is another interesting interview in the Figure/Ground series. This time it’s with Ian Woodward. It covers some interesting stuff on his background and writing, and it also focuses on his work on material culture. Here is an example of … Continue reading

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The philosophy of Walter Benjamin Conference

Goldsmiths are hosting a really great looking conference on ‘The Philosophy of Walter Benjamin’. It looks like they’ve had loads of interest and its expanded to two days. The programme looks really interesting. Here are the details.

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The comfort of mobile media

My article ‘The comfort of mobile media: uncovering personal attachments with everyday devices’ has just been published in the journal Convergence. It’s a debate piece that looks across at work on everyday objects and suggests that we need to apply … Continue reading

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Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives book

Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives edited by Kate Orton-Johnson and Nick Prior will be published early next year. It can be pre-ordered now, and the paperback is moderately priced. Here is the information on the publishers site , and here is … Continue reading

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Zombies in the Academy book

The early marketing materials for the book Zombies in the academy: living-death in higher education have just been released. Here’s is the link to the information about the book on the University of Chicago press Catalogue. I think it’s also … Continue reading

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Satsu annual review 2011-2012

I’m a member of the SATSU (the science and technology studies unit) here at York. The annual review for the unit has just been released covering the 2011-2012 academic year. The unit is also coming up to its 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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A series if interviews on media archeology with Jussi Parikka

Jussi Parikka has posted a series of interviews on media archeology (and related topics) on his blog. The interviews explore a range of topics and are available as audio files. So far he has posted interviews with Robin Boast, Martin … Continue reading

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Madonna and biography

Berfrois have a short article, by Masha Tupitsyn, that explores the connections between Madonna’s music and personal biography. At least that is my reading of it. The piece explores the connections between Madonna’s music and the author’s emotional memory’s. it … Continue reading

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Publishing and the problems of sharing: open access and music cultures

Stuart Elden has just posted a couple of short pieces that both reflect on the problems of free downloading in publishing. The first uses music downloading as a starting point, and the second responds to some criticisms of a specific … Continue reading

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