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The notion of ‘publish or perish’ has become something of a cliché. But its reality is starkly confirmed by the sheer quantity of scholarly literature produced each year, with an estimated 28,100 active scholarly peer-reviewed journals publishing around 1.8-1.9 million articles in 2012. How much of this literature is written as a contribution to knowledge and […]

I gave a lecture earlier this week about the cultural politics of automation and how this might shape the emergence of mass automation as a primarily structural reality.  I wish I’d seen this Pew poll when I was preparing the lecture: This sense of the inexorability of mass automation is deeply worrying. It’s possible that people might begin to see […]

YouTube Conference: Call for Papers 23/4 September 2016, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London. Keynote speaker: Professor Jean Burgess Please send an abstract of 350 words plus a short bio of 100 words for single papers or 500 words and individual bios for group panels by email attachment to youtube@mdx.ac.uk<mailto:youtube@mdx.ac.uk>. Deadline for receipt of abstracts […]

In recent papers Ruth Müller has offered what I think is the very important concept of anticipatory acceleration to make sense of how subjects, in this case post-doctoral researchers, wilfully participate in social acceleration. Drawing on the work of James Scott, she outlines an attitude of ‘disregard for the present’: The present figured not as important in and […]

After a year’s work, we’re pleasingly getting to the end of the first phase of the Accelerated Academy project. Here’s what we have to show for it: Keynote lectures and videos from the event An introductory reading list Podcasts from the conference Interviews with Maggie O’Neill and Roger Burrows Our first paper is still under review […]

AAA 2016 CFP Data Friction As the range of devices that translate bodies, states, and lives into digital data continues to expand, the way digital data expresses lived experience has garnered both popular and scholarly attention.  In popular culture the traffic of data between devices and people has been chiefly aligned with a capacity for […]