Category Archives: space

Jenny Diski on books (and home space)

A really nice piece by Jenny Diski on books – and on their use, non-use and incorporation into home space – in Berfrois.

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Louise Amoore’s The Politics of Possibility

  There is some news about Louise Amoore’s much anticipated book The Politics of Possibility on Stuart Elden’s Progressive Geographies blog. There is also a link to a preview of the introductory chapter. The book looks excellent. I’ve used Louise’s … Continue reading

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Cultural Speed-up

Cultural Speed-up is an issue that comes up quite a bit in my teaching. Students often discuss the speed of the transformations they are observing. The discussions we have of Georg Simmel’s piece is often a source for thinking about … Continue reading

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Sheffield sound maps

News of an art exhibition using recorded sounds captured in Sheffield. This piece links into other literature on the connections between urban processes and soundscapes. With the soundscape being a product of the different parts of the city. My colleague … Continue reading

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Greg Hainge talks about his new book Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise

Greg Hainge talks to Dave O’Brien about his new book Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise. The interview covers Greg’s background along with the relations between music and noise, critical theory, the problem of defining noise, political accounts of … Continue reading

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How to start a DIY music scene in your own town

Later today I’ll be giving a lecture on music scenes (as part of my 2nd year module, details about which can be found here). The lecture looks back historically at the formation of scenes using Nick Crossley’s social network analysis … Continue reading

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The audio from a workshop on the writings of Jane Bennett

I’ve just received a copy of Jane Bennett’s book Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. I’m just in the process of gathering materials for a future project. It looks like a great book. Stuart Elden has just posted a … Continue reading

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Les Back and Michael Bull discuss the tenth anniversary of the Auditory Culture Reader

The Auditory Culture Reader is a great book. I remember buying a copy at the British Sociological Association in 2004. I was working on my PhD at the time and the book really helped with the work I was trying … Continue reading

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A short reading list on the topic ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences’

Yesterday I posted some description and an outline of my module ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences‘. Afterwards a couple of people asked if I’d be happy to share the readings, which I certainly am. So I managed to … Continue reading

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Digital by-product data and the social sciences (my postgraduate module)

Over the last two or three weeks I’ve been working on my postgraduate module ‘Digital by-product data and the social sciences’. The module ran for the first time last year and I’ve been trying to develop the content a bit … Continue reading

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