Call for chapter proposals: Music cities

April 28, 2017

This looks really interesting – a call for chapter proposals towards an edited collection on Music Cities. The deadline is 15 May, so fast approaching. Based on the listserv email I saw, the editors are seeking contributions that look at the city-based music scenes as scenes – i.e. their urban situation, rather than urban representations […]

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Thinking media through the city (Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award talk)

February 28, 2017

Slightly last minute here, but if anyone is interested in hearing about an alternative assessment technique in media/urban studies, I have just the thing for you. Tomorrow (1 March 2017) I will be giving a 4pm talk at Birkbeck’s Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching, around the ‘urban media inventory’ assessment that I […]

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New academic posts announced at Birkbeck

February 2, 2017

Today a series of new academic posts at Birkbeck have been advertised, on the Birkbeck jobs website (which is due for an upgrade, don’t be put off!) and elsewhere, such as the Times Higher Education website. These look to be a great set of positions, many focusing on globalisation and the transnational, very apropos of […]

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Politicians and other performers: forthcoming presentation

January 5, 2017

In just a few weeks I will be presenting a paper at what looks like a very interesting symposium here at Birkbeck considering the increasingly important relationships between politicians and performance. I have pasted the programme, as well as my own abstract, below. Many of the other contributors will be drawing centrally on practices and […]

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Bloomsbury’s Gordon Square: Workplace becomes media production space

December 20, 2016

[Note: this post has been edited to remove details of the specific production in question. I’m being cautious as a colleague reminded me of a non-disclosure agreement to which I am indirectly a party. However I have decided not to remove the entire post, since the rest pertains to observations made in outdoor public space, […]

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It’s a wrap: Mediapolis roundtable on the urban in media theory

December 13, 2016

Just a quick note to say that the roundtable on ‘The Urban as Emergent Key Concept for Media Theory’ in Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture has reached it’s conclusion. Now available are opening essays and responses from Zlatan Krajina, André Jansson, Myria Georgiou, Giorgia Aiello and me. Here’s an excerpt from my concluding […]

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Birkbeck announces Stuart Hall PhD scholarship

November 25, 2016

This has caught me by surprise, but I’ve just learned that my institution Birkbeck is offering a Stuart Hall PhD Scholarship for 2017-18, in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation. Some great news, making me proud to work at the institution (as, by the way, did the College’s recently-announced Bridges to Study programme for asylum […]

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The urban as emergent key concept for media theory: Mediapolis roundtable

November 16, 2016

Today a roundtable I have edited on ‘The Urban as Emergent Key Concept for Media Theory’ has been published online in Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. This roundtable was initially spawned from a session at ICA 2016 in Fukuoka, Japan. In its journal form, it brings together contributions from five scholars (Zlatan Krajina, […]

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A wee little ethnography of ICA 2016

September 12, 2016

I’ve gone and done something I always wanted to do: write an ethnography of a conference; to be precise, one of the 2016 ICA conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Now, straight away, the proviso I’d make is that I’ve written one that is quite short and modest (UPDATE: and certainly it doesn’t merit the title of […]

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Second Mediapolis essay: ‘Small-gauge as remediating and metamedial’

July 7, 2016

My second essay within the special Mediapolis roundtable on ‘small-gauge’ scholarship, which has been running over the past few weeks, has now been published. It’s been a really interesting exchange which tries to confront and tease out the emergent notion of small-gauge scholarship, a term contained in the founding mission statement of the journal. If […]

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