Category Archives: infrastructures

Writing Space

There is a really interesting post here by Stuart Elden on his writing space, which links into another post on the topic and a related Twitter hashtag (#whereiwrite). My writing space has varied a bit over the last couple of … Continue reading

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Will Davies responds to Nick Gane’s piece on the ‘Emergence of Neoliberalism’

The neoliberalism debate is continuing on the Theory, Culture & Society open site (with more to follow soon). In this piece Will Davies responds to Nick Gane’s recent TCS article ‘The Emergence of Neoliberalism’. It’s an excellent piece that further … Continue reading

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Measurement, Circulation & Possibility (some notes for a forthcoming talk)

I’ve been asked to give a short presentation at an ISRF workshop, the details of the event are here. The workshop is on the theme of ‘Critique and Critiques’, with the second day focusing on critical theory in particular. The presentations … Continue reading

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Kittler on data and surveillance (a new translation)

At the Theory, Culture & Society open site we have just published a new translation of a piece by Friedrich Kittler. The piece was originally published in 1986 but this is the first translation into English. It focuses on questions … Continue reading

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20 things to read about the music industry

Toby Bennett has posted 20 things to read about the music industry. These are all publications from the last year, there are also some notes at the end about forthcoming books. It’s a comprehensive list, plus it is useful for … Continue reading

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Caroline Knowles on the urban problematic

The Theory, Culture & Society site is starting to develop quite quickly now. I linked to Les Back’s recent piece on Junior Murvin and the exchange on neoliberalism, since then the TCS site has also published a tribute to Paul Cilliers , Angelo Martins … Continue reading

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Predicting the future success of researchers and their research…academic moneyball

A bit of a scary article on the LSE Impact blog. It is a piece about using various metrics to predict which academics will achieve future success, and also to predict which journal articles will be most successful. The idea … Continue reading

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Punk Sociology…published

My book Punk Sociology has now been published. I posted previously about the content of the book and Les Back’s endorsement (and also linking to chapter 1 which is still available open access). The book can now be accessed through … Continue reading

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Big Data and Geography

The current issue of Dialogues in Human Geography contains a special section on Geography and Big Data. The section follows the usual format for this journal, with a featured article followed by a series of responses. In this case the … Continue reading

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How Shazam uses big data to predict the next big artists

Apparently Shazam are making use of the data from their app to make predictions about which songs will be hits. This article gives some description of the process and predictions (thanks to Emma Uprichard for the link). Here we can … Continue reading

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