CCI Winter School update

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

Wow, I can’t believe it’s less than a month until the CCI Winter School kicks off! I’m excited to be working with an amazing team and awesome participants on a great 7-day programme (phew, that’s a lot of superlatives!) and Larissa Hjorth and I are especially looking forward to our workshop: Objects of Ethnography: Creative […]

@NotTildaSwinton fills me with awe

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Highlights from a 200 tweet (art ?) project, currently half-way through:  

What I Read, 2nd Ed

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Everyday Life

Recent pieces that caught my fancy: Naomi Alderman argues that “zombies are all the things that will not lie down and die, the truth we cannot repress, the thing that will rise up until it overwhelms us all. Whatever you want to forget is stumbling, dead-eyed and open-mouthed towards you.” Is it enough to describe […]

On writing the self

Posted on May 19, 2012 in Everyday Life

A year ago, Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Office commissioned the RCA to look at how authorship may change in the future and to help design the Future of Writing, and you can┬áread about all the interesting projects in depth (pdf). But it’s Koby (Yaacov) Barhad‘s Thoughts You May Have that stuck with me the […]

Sweet Darkness

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Everyday Life

“Sweet Darkness” When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your […]

In praise of academic tactics

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

If you’re an early career research you should read Mel Gregg’s recent post, “In praise of strategic complacency.” (Seriously, no matter what anyone says–and you’ll hear it even more if you’re a woman–it’s NOT selfish to figure out what you need to do to take care of yourself and your career. I didn’t learn this […]

What I Read, 1st Ed

Posted on May 11, 2012 in Everyday Life

Don’t tell anyone, but it’s my super secret dream to one day have Rafil Kroll-Zaidi‘s skill and writing gig. Yes, I can already imagine how glorious my life will be when each month I search far and wide for the world’s most fascinating or peculiar research, and pull it all together with exceptional verve. In […]

The affective politics of academic labour

Posted on May 7, 2012 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

Last week I read Rosalind Gill’s “Breaking the silence: The hidden injuries of the neoliberal university” (pdf) and it continues to weigh heavily on my mind and spirit. The chapter starts with a conversation between academic colleagues that “speaks of many things: exhaustion, stress, overload, insomnia, anxiety, shame, aggression, hurt, guilt and feelings of out-of-placeness, […]