Wednesday, 29 April 2015
He is going to present a paper on how deviance is constructed by drawing on the financial life in the City of London. Alex is using his doctoral research which is an ethnographic study of London's financial heartland.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
|The real game gets filtered by the imaginary.|
- The first, piece, Living with smartness, was published by the digital commons site Open Democracy
- The second piece, Systems of measurement have a productive power in our lives, reflects on his recent work on metrics and was published by LSE Politics & Policy.
- The final piece, Real or fantasy, football is now consumed by numbers, looks at the changing consumption of football and was published by The Conversation.
Friday, 24 April 2015
Shadow Puppet Performance Where are you now? Reflections on catastrophic brain injury - the vegetative and minimally conscious states
- This show brings home the reality of the situation. It helped me with understanding that brain injury continues to affect the family of the injured patient far beyond our involvement. (Solicitor)
- Powerful performance - invites reflection on aspects of my work (Case Manager)
- It gave me a much deeper respect of the position family members are in and how as a therapist I could try and support them with uncertainties (Occupational therapist)
- Very moving. My nephew suffered a catastrophic brain injury a year ago and died in intensive care a week later. At the time I felt we should have persisted. I'm not sure now. (Physiotherapist)
So back in March I found myself at 9.30am in a pub leaning on the bar armed with pints of beer for Dave Myers and Si King watching them having to repeatedly film trying to open the door to pub but messing up. Once they had successfully made it into the building we talked about my research relating to the Kray Twins and how they were untrained but effective spin doctors which combined with their distinctive Twinness has made them legendary.
So what did I take away from this experience? I can confirm that the Bikers are both as affable as they appear on tv and their hair is truly spectacular - television does not do them justice! I also learnt that walking, talking and gesturing whilst being filmed is harder than it looks and a skill I lack. I suspect I will look pretty stiff on screen as it felt so alien having cameras pointed at me and being told to act natural. However it was fun and I'm staying in touch with the producers and director and I hope to film for the BBC again.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
The article considers how forensic science portrayals in popular culture fuel public obsession with death and corpses. It suggests that watching the dead is societally acceptable when seen through forensic science which provides a softening lens. It is this softening lens and popular culture representation that is leading to a normalisation of consuming the dead by the public.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
In amongst papers about indigenous epistemologies of ownership in the US's electronic mortgage registration system (MERS), the importance of Greenwich Mean Time in the British imperial project of maritime sovereignty and modernity, I was asked to talk about issues arising from my own thesis.
My paper explored how the public umbilical cord blood bank contends with the regularly updated professional standards intended to regulate the clinicians who use the collected tissue. The collection managers must anticipate future clinical need, typing and diagnosing tissue beyond current clinical expectations, and regularly appraising older stock. This anticipatory logic, as I call it in the paper, demonstrates the temporal rhythm of a repository of tissues collected in the past, maintained in the present, and of potential use in the future.
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Friday, 17 April 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Merran Toerien (PI)
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Dave Beer - A new article on big data, everyday neoliberalism and the productive power of systems of measurement.
You can read the new article on Productive measures for free (it is entirely open access) here http://bds.sagepub.com/content/2/1/2053951715578951
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
The Sociology Department is proud to present the yearly postgraduate conference - organised by our postgraduates for postgraduates in social science and humanities. Anais Duong-Pedica and Valdimir Rizov have organised the event and
focused it uponexploring the variety and richness of the notion of myth. It seeks to create a space where a multitude of disciplines, perspectives, and methods could be discussed critically. The ambivalence and the ambiguity of 'myth' is intentional. Myth is wide and varied - it can be a problematic social construction; it can be the process of creating meaning; it can even be the myth of meaning itself. Thus this conference plans to provide an opportunity for multi/interdisciplinary perspectives and their critical exploration.
- Dr Shano Orgad (LSE) who will present on ambivalent and incomplete imaginings beyong dreams and nightmares
- Dr Vanda Zajko (University of Bristol) will discuss the syncretism of contemporary mythopoesis
- Professor Ivor Gaber (University of Sussex) will analyse media myths and society
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