[BOOK REVIEW] AND: Phenomenology of the End in @TheSocReview

I reviewed Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s AND: Phenomenology of the End, and the review has just been published in SAGE’s The Sociological Review. My review starts: Franco Berardi is an influential figure in the world of the arts, part of the radical protest movements in 1960s Italy, and currently teaches the social history of communication at the Accademia di belle Arti in Milan. A Marxist theorist and activist in the autonomist tradition, he worked extensively with Félix Continue Reading →

Day 1: Surveillance and Religion Conference (with @es61andrews)

Tweets from today’s workshop. The event continues for the next two days, but I need to get back to MMU and teach… [View the story “Day 1: Surveillance and Religion Conference (with @es61andrews)” on Storify] Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

[ACADEMIC] Social Media, Peer Surveillance and Spiritual Formation

I may still be tweaking this on the train on the way up (only 30 mins session), but this is the presentation I’ll be giving this afternoon as an invited speaker at the Surveillance and Religion Network workshop in Edinburgh: Social Media, Peer Surveillance and Spiritual Formation from Bex Lewis Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf17 #6: Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice by Chris Barker & Emma A. Jane, from @SAGEmedia_comm

So, I’ve used cultural theorists, especially Foucault, and I’ve been engaged in studying digital culture for quite some years, but never had a chance to read a solid overview of the field, and consider some of the other options. SAGE sent me this book as a possible textbook for one of my courses, and, no, I’ve not read it all, but I’ve read enough to know that this a really helpful text to use to Continue Reading →

[SYMPOSIUM] Online Anonymity: Right or Threat? at @lboroCRCC #CRCC2017

Simone Natale kicked off with The New Yorker published a cartoon in 1993 – “no one knows you’re a dog”, with the idea that the online makes it easy to hide your ID. Timandra Harkness indicated that is an updated version – zoom out and we can see the surveillance cameras giving ALL the data – the tech is already there. John Downey from Loughborough’s Centre for Research in Communications and Culture highlighted what they Continue Reading →

[EVENT] #TrollingtheArtist with @MsMapes and @NatashaCaruana. A @RedEyeNetwork Event

I’ve just returned from an interesting, and challenging evening at RISE Manchester, at an event organised by the RedEye Photography Network. I was asked to chair the session, in which photographic artists Sarah Maple and Natasha Caruana discussed their work, and the impact of trolling – both being trolled, and being the troll, has impacted their work as they seek to provoke conversation and discussion. I introduced the artists, largely drawn from the biographies they had Continue Reading →

[LIFELONG LEARNING] Feedback on Reflective Essay on PhD Supervision

It’s been a while since I wrote an essay, but I was pleased to receive this mark yesterday for an essay on “To produce a written reflective assignment, to include a demonstration of the participant’s critical and analytical understanding of the learning from the unit content, and action planning for their continuing professional development as postgraduate supervisors. (2,500- 3,000 words)”. You can download the essay (minus appendices) in PDF format, and I think the feedback below Continue Reading →

[GUEST POST for @LSE_RPS] From Pokémon Go to Hashtags: How digital and social media is changing the Church

The recently formed Religion and the Public Sphere research group at London School of Economics seeks to explore the place and role of religion in British public life today. Posts on the blog explore how religion does and doesn’t matter in British public life, and how it should and shouldn’t. “The point is to know religion a bit better, not simply as believers or disbelievers in specific tenets of faith, and not simply as insiders to Continue Reading →