Thursday, 29 January 2015

Mass Observation Archive :: Nathan Manning

I'm working on a project which uses the Mass Observation Archive to explore political (dis)engagement qualitatively and over time. Today I sorted a sample of the large amount of data the archive holds on the elections. Each little stack represents a person's responses to elections between 1983-2010. I'm hoping that this research will shed some light on why electoral turnout has been in decline and how people feel about electoral politics. Now I just have to read it all! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Graduation January 2015

Congratulations to  our postgraduate students who returned to York on Friday 23 January in order to graduate.

The full album is available on the departmental website at:

Friday, 16 January 2015

Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The PG students invite everyone to their conference on Wednesday 13 May 2015,
Time: 9.30am to 18:00
Keynote Speakers: Dr Shani Orgad (LSE) and Dr Vanda Zajko (University of Bristol)

Call for Papers

We invite papers and panels and abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and must be received by 5pm Monday 2nd March.
Send by email  to
Location: RCH/037 Heslington East Campus, University of York
Admission: by registration

Full information is on the web page at: 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Dave Beer - Debut Number 1's and music culture

Dave Beer has had an article about the rise of debut number ones and the speed-up of music culture published on the open access news site The Conversation. Here is the opening paragraph:

In early September 1994, Whigfield released her single Saturday Night. It appeared from nowhere and echoed everywhere. As songs go it seemed quite innocuous. But its catchy wafer-thin sound actually represented a watershed moment in music chart history.

You can read the rest of the article here

BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

20 November 2018 (09:00-17:00) Call for papers Research concerning sensitive and emotionally demanding issues is vital but challenging...