Month: April 2014

  • Cats vs racoons

    I see my cat act in a similar way when a local stray comes to steal her food. She acts aggressively towards the other cat but has no idea what to do when the other cat completely fails to respond, having no interest in performing territoriality but only in acquiring food. It occcured to me […]

  • Academic scribes, their writing and their unsociability

    The paradox is that we academic scribes are not always very sociable. We cling to the library like bookish limpets that, like Kierkegaard, find real human beings too heavy to embrace. We speak a lot about society but all too often listen to the world within limited frequencies. I am proposing an approach to listening […]

  • Stuart Hall BSA Conf Event 24 April

    ​Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014) at the BSA Annual Conference in Leeds http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa-annual-conference/programme.aspx The British Sociological Association invites delegates to attend the following events in memory of Stuart Hall, past president of the BSA. Presidential Event with the Activism Forum and the Race and Ethnicity Study Group: Learning from Stuart Hall: Activism Inside and Outside […]

  • AGender: A Conference about Female and Transgender Masculinities

    Gender:A Conference about Female and Transgender Masculinities16 and 17 June 2014 – Leeds Art GalleryThis conference is inspired by the artwork (and lives) of the artists Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun which will be shown in exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery during the summer of 2014. It will explore female and transgender masculinities in the context of visual arts, queer culture […]

  • Social Media in Social Research conference, London

    The Social Research Association is pleased to announce our Social Media in Social Research conference, on Friday 16 May at the British Library conference centre in central London.This is the fourth SRA conference on the uses of social media, a field of increasing relevance for social research.  Our presentations this year are:•       Uninformed consent […]

  • Man Walks Out Of Question Time Studio Over Immigration Row

    Curse this ranting audience member for making me warm to David Aaronovitch: If only this could be laughed off in reality. I find it hard not to be severely pessimistic when I think this through.

  • The creepy realisation that I got lured back into facebook

    I really hate Facebook. I only joined when I moved from London to Coventry in 2006, largely because everyone I met at Warwick used it. It’s something that’s useful to have when you’ve moved to a new place and you don’t know anyone. It makes it easy to archive new social connections, if that doesn’t sound like a horribly […]

  • Improvisation in academic life

    I really like Steve Fuller’s arguments about ‘improvisation’. He rehearsed them yesterday in a post for Sociological Imagination about the originality of conference keynotes: For about ten years now, I’ve been arguing about the benefits of improvisational performance in academia, not simply as an experience for the audience but more importantly as a way of getting ‘experts’ […]

  • Nigel Thrift and Steven Koonin discuss urban science and big data

    (via Progressive Geographies)

  • David Jay on the “head clicky thing” that happens when non-asexuals suddenly understand asexuality

    I’d completely forgotten that he tells the story of asexuality on House. I must remember to include this if I do end up writing this chapter.

  • BSA Seminar ‘Masculinities, Adaptation and Difference’ – deadline extended

    BSA Gender Study Group and BSA Youth Study GroupMasculinities, Adaptation and DifferenceA joint, one day seminarhttp://bsamasculinities.wordpress.com/BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, LondonFriday 4 July 2014Call for PapersDeadline extended to 25.04.2014Since the late 1970s critical studies of men and masculinities have explored the ways in which men’s lives have been shaped by a variety of cultural, political and […]

  • Older Care Home Residents and Sexuality/Intimacy.

    Conference: Older Care Home Residents and Sexuality/Intimacy. The Older People’s Understandings of Sexuality (OPuS) research group, (Manchester and Bradford Universities), is organizing a FREE half-day conference on older care home residents and sexuality/intimacy. The event will take place 2pm – 5pm, Monday 14 July 2014, conference room G.036B, Jean Macfarlane building, University of Manchester. Lunch will […]

  • The politics of austerity

    Richard Seymour had a thoughtful and incisive analysis in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago, released around the same time as his new book on austerity (see the video above). It addresses what I take to be the questions which the left has to address: how was it that a crisis of finance capital transmuted, as […]

  • Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age

  • The Phenomenology of Reading and the Rhetoric of Theorists

    The notion of ‘clarity’ is a contested one within social theory. This was made clear to me when various posts of mine, often just embedding videos of other people speaking, attracted a lot of indignation on Twitter. There are some people who really don’t like Lacan and Žižek being criticised for their lack of clarity. The latter still […]

  • The greatest tweet I have ever seen

    When I teach Wittgenstein someday I’m going to use this instead of duck-rabbit. pic.twitter.com/DpZjxys6i3 — Andrew (@andrewjrad) April 8, 2014 After posting this I suddenly realised that embedding a tweet isn’t exactly saving for posterity in the way I had intended. So I’ve uploaded the image here. Does anyone else self-archive using their blog like […]

  • Reframing the ‘self’: personal identity, social identity, self-concept and self-presentation

    In his book about Richard Rorty Neil Gross makes interesting use of the notion of self-concept, understanding it as the totality of things an individual thinks and feels to be true about themselves. Our investment in a self-concept shapes our interaction by engendering tendencies towards its preservation: Beyond suggesting that actors are motivated to protect the integrity […]

  • Stuart Hall BSA Conf Event 24 April

    ​Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014) at the BSA Annual Conference in Leeds http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa-annual-conference/programme.aspx The British Sociological Association invites delegates to attend the following events in memory of Stuart Hall, past president of the BSA. Presidential Event with the Activism Forum and the Race and Ethnicity Study Group: Learning from Stuart Hall: Activism Inside and Outside […]

  • CfP: Love and Relationships in the Media

    Yet another international conference I’d love to present at. I either need to get myself a travel budget or stop reading calls for papers: International conference on Media and Popular Culture 30-31.05.2014. Vienna, Austria CFP for Panel ‘Love and Relationships in the Media’ Contemporary media often include content on love and relationships; however, it is difficult to […]

  • Review of punk sociology

    I actually liked the ‘punk’ bit of this book less than I expected to. I’m a big fan of Nick Crossley’s work – though I disagree with him on a lot of things, engaging with it was really important for developing the theoretical perspective in my PhD. I’ve read a lot of what he’s done and the punk research […]