[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 →

Guest Lecture: Social Media for Events Management (Case Study: #PremDac15)

On invitation to present a guest lecture for Events Management, I decided to use the Premier Digital Conference (which I’ve been involved with since 2010) as the core case study to indicate insights as to how social media marketing works, incorporating a sense of digital culture alongside practical tips: Social Media for Events Management (MMU) from Bex Lewis drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, Continue Reading →

Reframe: Research in Media, Film and Music (@_REFRAME)

This looks interesting: REFRAME aims to offer a range of scholarly and related creative and critical content – from relatively ephemeral or responsive forms of research output (project blogs, online film and video festivals, conferences and symposia, and audio and video podcasts) through to fully peer-reviewed online serials and monographic publications, and digital archives and assemblages. They’ve just published The Tablet Book, developed from a 2013 symposium which was responding to media reports that 2013 was Continue Reading →

[BOOK REVIEW] Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible

Most recent review, written for the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture. drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share it…

Cyber-abuse of academics via @timeshighered

People really have to get an idea that there are human beings behind all screens – here’s some comment on the particular situation for academics: My experiences, it seems, are far from unique. I am working on a joint University of York-University of Southampton research project; in our survey of 240 higher education sector professionals, some two in five respondents said they had been subjected to online abuse in their everyday working lives. The problems Continue Reading →

Call me Dr!

I thought this was a really interesting piece – knowing even what job title, etc to go with the sweated over title can be hard enough, if we can’t even use Dr … then what… it’s not posturing – it’s 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration – fulfilled! This scene perfectly illustrates a disturbing trend I have noticed in academia, one we should end very soon. It has become popular to rob academics with the title of Continue Reading →

Meetings: Good or Bad?

I was fascinated by this piece in Times Higher Education about the power (or otherwise) of meetings. I have been to my fair share of tedious meetings, but also find regular meetings, particularly if they are focused on decision making, incredibly valuable – decisions it would take me hours to make on my own can be done quickly… and in many ways the question about what people are doing (note the obviousness of getting the Continue Reading →

Lecturing on an Ocean Cruise: Sounds Good!

Well, there’s an idea: The scholar on stage holds the status of entertainer, putting on a show for a paying audience whose scores will determine whether their lecturer’s short-term contract is renewed. Fear not: this is not a vision of some dystopian future but rather an unusual, and fascinating, break from the day job – with azure waters and plenty of sunshine thrown in. For Kathleen Lynch, associate professor in the department of Classics at Continue Reading →