Month: February 2013

Panel Discussion: Achieving a Social State and the new Giant Evils at LSE, March 13

Lots of international events going on… This one is for those who will be in London in March. A panel discussion organised by the LSE Politics and Policy blog on Wed 13 March 2013, 6:30pm. Free event so expected to be very popular. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. A podcast on the LSE politics and policy blog and live tweeting action #socialstate from the event will be available for those who are not able to get in or who won’t be anywhere near London at the time…

Seventy years ago the Beveridge Report announced the pursuit of a new settlement, one that would dramatically change the structure of Britain for the better. With this in mind, a new project from Class looks at what Beveridge’s analysis of society can teach us about the Giant Evils of today and how can we use this to chart an alternative course for a welfare state – or Social State – fit for a new settlement in 2015.

This event at the London School of Economics will bring together the experts working on Class’s Social State project in a panel discussion on the themes and policy suggestions proposed in this series of work.


  • Chair: Dr Robin Archer, LSE
  • Kate Bell, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Duncan Bowie, University of Westminster
  • Howard Reed, Landman Economics
  • Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Further speakers to be announced

For further info and to register free attendance please see:


CFP: Workshop on social theory and the internet in Paris, May 01 2013

For anyone who will be around Paris in May and open to exploring something a bit different…:

Web Science 2013 Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Social Theory for Web Science

This workshop seeks to encourage interdisciplinary thinking about the relationship between social theory and Web Science. It aims to explore what social theory offers to Web Science and to examine the theoretical collaborations and innovations that might emerge in this context. In doing so it will consider some of the wider economic, political and sociological questions associated with this endeavour.  

The core questions for the workshop will be:  What kinds of social theories are useful for Web Science? What are the consequences of social theory for the development of Web Science as a discipline

Topics and Objectives


The aim of this workshop will be to promote lively discussion about social theory and the Web, and to initiate and develop research collaborations based on interesting theoretical ideas. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • How does political economy help to describe and understand corporate power online

  • What do concepts such as surveillance and governmentality offer in exploring struggles over political control and censorship of the Web

  • How might  intersections of gender and the Web , its architectures and algorithms, be revealed by feminist theory

  • How might Actor-Network Theory be adopted to explain the development of the Web; how its networks of activity form and develop

  • What theoretical frameworks  might account for the local cultures, particular contexts and alternative behaviours on the Web

  • How do theories of identity and the ‘presentation of self’ help to understand how members of virtual communities present themselves to other users

  • Can theories of globalization, motilities and flow contribute to our understanding of the Web’s development, formation and impact?


Paper submissions will be all short papers either position papers arguing for the application of a theory to Web Science or a demonstration of how theory has been used in an empirical study of the Web. Papers to be kept short, limited in length to 4 pages in ACM template. At least one author of each paper is expected to register for the workshop and attend to present the paper.

Papers will be evaluated for originality and relevance to the workshop theme by the workshop organizing committee.  

Key Dates

The deadline for position papers is 20 March 2013. Notifications will be sent on 29 March 2013.

The workshop will take place on 1 May 2013, at the Le Palais des Congres de Paris

For more information on the background, organisers, format, schedule and submission process please see:


Event: Noam Chomsky in conversation with Jonathan Freedland

Anyone heading to London for this years’ BSA Conference and getting there a bit early might be interested in this event. The event will also be webcast live on the night:

Philosopher, cognitive scientist and political activist Noam Chomsky discusses the roles of the state and the mass media, 25 years on from his essential work Manufacturing Consent with journalist Jonathan Freedland.

When: Tue 19 Mar 2013, 18.30-20.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions

Although it looks to be sold out, perhaps some tickets will be available on the night. Alternatively, and for those not traveling to London, check out the live webcast on the night:

This special event is a foretaste of the British Library’s summer exhibition Propaganda: Power and Persuasion on from 17 May – 17 September 2013.

Public Lecture: The unbearable persistence of binarisms: On the ontology of the digital x

Professor Tom Boellstorff (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine) will conduct a meta-analysis of his research in Indonesia and in virtual worlds, as well as the research of a number of other scholars, to make a big claim: the most fundamental issue in all of social theory is the unbearable persistence of binarisms. He explores how a rethinking of dichotomy is essential to addressing the most politically, theoretically, and methodologically significant issues in regard to digital culture. In doing so, he examines a reframed dualism as the gift of the virtual, manifested in several ways including overlay, that provides crucial insights into the ontology of the digital.

Date: Monday 18 March, 2013

Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Venue: The ‘Green Brain’, Storey Hall, Building 16, Level 7, RMIT City Campus

To attend, please RSVP:

This talk is part of the Money, Media and Contemporary Culture series that is made possible through an International Visiting Fellows grant from the RMIT Foundation. It is also sponspored by the School of Media and Communication at RMIT

Opportunities for sessional teaching at Monash University

Any sociology/cultural studies scholars in Melbourne looking for sessional teaching opportunities for the coming semester:

Mark Gibson is looking for sessional teachers this semester. Ideally, someone who has an interest in celebrity, particularly from the perspective of those who are professionally
engaged in media and cultural industries.

Not a huge amount of work (8-10 hours of seminar teaching and around 40 hours of marking), possibly also with some further supervision of minor dissertations. All at graduate coursework level. If you are interested, please email:

Australian Academy of Humanities Fellowships


The Australian Academy of Humanities is offering fellowships of up to $4,000 to permanent resident scholars in Australia working in the humanities.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10 April 2013.

For more information please see: