Month: March 2012

What do people gain from all the toil    at which they toil under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes,    but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun goes down,    and hurries to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south,    and goes around to the north; […]

Dear members of IACR and friends of critical realism,   Christian Smith, who shared the 2011 Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize with Alan Norrie,   for his book “What is a Person?” will give his lecture:     “Human Nature, Human Goods, and Motivation for Action”     at the Institute of Education in London  Wednesday […]

The word ‘blogging’ often has negative connotations. Yet blogging can be understood both as an output and as a platform. Many negative views about blogging are connected to a certain idea of what it is: a single author, using it as a forum to express their views to a world which, in my cases, isn’t particularly […]

If we intend to conduct biographical research, it raises the obvious question: what is a biography? Our answer to this should ideally involve both theoretical and methodological considerations I.e. it should be orientated towards thinking through the practical consequences for a researcher thinking in terms of a given concept of biography. One tendency I find […]

Did you hear the ’59 Sound coming through on grandmother’s radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song playing one last time…? Tell all the young boys, young girls,  All the young […]

Tuesday 15 May 2012, 10:00-16:40 The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA Location: Michael Young Building 1,2 & 3 Map and Directions: Event This event brings together people who are studying gender and sexuality from a variety of psychosocial perspectives. There have been a number of events recently considering ‘new femininities’, ‘sexualisation’, […]

Public Perceptions of the Social Sciences in a Contemporary Era of Unrest BSA Postgraduate Day Conference 16th April 2012 Department of Sociology, University of York Keynote Speakers Professor John Holmwood, University of Nottingham & President Elect of the British Sociological Association Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths College Professor Mike Savage, University of York Professor Roger Burrows, Goldsmiths College […]

If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you will do will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you will yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift to the coming human hell.

C Wright Mills – The Politics of Truth

In light of the funding council emphasis on collaborative partnerships for research and impact, both with other HEIs and with private and public organisations, it is crucial that today’s researchers are capable of working effectively with a range of organisations. What it is: An interactive workshop on effective engagement with non-academic partners. Led by: Dr Maggie Leggett, […]

Connecting at a distance: creating a collaborative language learning community. This seminar will combine insights from our experience and hands-on opportunities to evaluate technologies for connection and collaboration in an informal, international community. We will build and expand our own personal learning networks to help find support for the challenges faced in your individual contexts. […]

International Conference Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation Call For Papers September 13th & 14th, 2012. University of Hull, UK. This conference focuses on the social pathologies of contemporary civilisation, i.e. on the ways in which contemporary malaises, diseases, illnesses, anxieties and psycho-somatic syndromes are related to cultural pathologies of the social body, how disorders of […]

The 200-plus emails that have been released from WikiLeaks’ cache of “Global Intelligence Files”—more than 5 million messages lifted from Stratfor, a private “global intelligence” firm—are a comical mix of breathless geopolitical intrigue and workplace chitchat, equal parts Tom Clancy and Office Space. But the trove also offers insights into the business of corporate intelligence, showing how multinational companies paid Stratfor tens of thousands of dollars to watch global hotspots, cover their competitors, and even monitor pesky activists.

It was all part of Stratfor’s “Global Vantage” plan, a subscription-based program for companies to obtain personalized intelligence briefings. Launched in 2006, the service became an overnight success: Organizations as diverse as Coke, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, the Marine Corps, Duke Energy, and Georgetown University plunked down $20,000 or more a year to get their hands on tailored sensitive information. As Stratfor’s leaked master client list shows, major military contractors were well represented, as were Big Oil and agribusiness.

WikiLeaks Goes Inside Corporate America’s Wannabe CIA

ePamphlets is a word I’m using until a better one occurs. As part of the process of continuous publishing , I’ll regularly curate ePamphlets based on my online work in the area. The kind of things they collect: Podcasts Videocasts Blog Extended chunks of writing Quotes from reading (I’m also using the blog as my reference manager […]