Month: April 2013

Foodies and winos, these ones are for you!

Take a look at these publications by some of our very own CS group members on wine, food and how they are consumed in Australia over on The Conversation.

 Julie McIntyre, John Germov and Lauren Williams explore the pro’s and con’s of diet wine and urge for consumption guidelines on “light” wines in ‘Light’ wine: good for your waistline or just producers’ bottom line?

Also on The Conversation, Lauren Williams and John Germov share some insights from their studies on the the Slow Food movement in Australia in their article Forget fast food, slow down for better well-being.

Enjoy and share your thoughts and comments, here or over on The Conversation.

For Foucault enthusiasts

There are some great resources on the Open Culture website including free lecture recordings by Foucault from his last years at UC Berkeley, video material, podcasts and other neat things. Go check it out:


New book by Tony Bennett: Making Culture, Changing Society


Making Culture, Changing Society proposes a challenging new account of the relations between culture and society focused on how particular forms of cultural knowledge and expertise work on, order and transform society. Examining these forms of culture’s action on the social as aspects of a historically distinctive ensemble of cultural institutions, it considers the diverse ways in which culture has been produced and mobilised as a resource for governing populations.

These concerns are illustrated in detailed case studies of how anthropological conceptions of the relations between race and culture have shaped – and been shaped by – the relationships between museums, fieldwork and governmental programmes in early twentieth-century France and Australia. These are complemented by a closely argued account of the relations between aesthetics and governance that, in contrast to conventional approaches, interprets the historical emergence of the autonomy of the aesthetic as vastly expanding the range of art’s social uses.

In pursuing these concerns, particular attention is given to the role that the cultural disciplines have played in making up and distributing the freedoms through which modern forms of liberal government operate. An examination of the place that has been accorded habit as a route into the regulation of conduct within liberal social, cultural and political thought brings these questions into sharp focus. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, museum and heritage studies, history, art history and cultural policy studies.

Published 21st March 2013 by Routledge


CfP: Work, Employment and Society Conference 2013

Work, Employment and Society Conference 2013
States of Work: Visions and the interpretations of work, employment, society and the state

Dates: Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 September 2013
Postgraduate Workshop: 2 September 2013
Venue: University of Warwick

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 19 April 2013

The Work, Employment and Society 2013 Conference has an international focus and comes at a critical time for the study of work. Like the journal, the conference is sociologically oriented, but welcomes contributions from related fields.

Over the past few years, unprecedented state intervention in the economy and subsequent radical reform plans for the public sector and the welfare state have raised new questions on the ways work is socially regulated: the WES 2013 conference will bring together sociologists of work from across the globe to assess the evidence and consider the theoretical implications of changing relations between work, society and the state.

The full Call for Papers can be viewed at:

University of Western Sydney – job opportunity


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Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your research career?

Would you like to join a team of vibrant, internationally acclaimed research leaders in our quest to address the multidimensional social and cultural challenges we face in the world today and in the future?

As a leading research institute, the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney investigates transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. We champion inter-disciplinary, engaged and collaborative research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for a digital age. Details about our research program can be found on our website,

We seek to appoint three Senior Research Fellowships in Cultural and Social Research. Applications are sought from forward thinking researchers with great interpersonal skills, clear leadership potential and outstanding track records of research, scholarship and service in at least one of the following areas:

·         Cultural and Social Statistical Analysis

·         Cultural and Social Environmental Research

·         Digital Cultural and Social Research

You are entrepreneurial, collaborative and passionate about your research with a desire to excel and lead. Ideally, you will have broad interdisciplinary expertise in cultural and social research, and be prepared to contribute to the strategic development of the Institute’s overall research program. Your interest in the role of knowledge practices in contemporary social and cultural change and your experience in Asia-related research activity would be a distinct advantage.

The positions are full time, ongoing appointments and will be based at our Parramatta campus.

To apply for this position you must have completed a PhD qualification in a relevant discipline; and are required to submit a research and scholarly activity plan.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level C $123,713 to $141,913 p.a. (comprising Salary $104,645 to $120,200 p.a., 17% Superannuation, and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Professor Ien Ang, email

Closing Date: 21 April 2013

To view the position description or to apply, please see the University of Western Sydney current vacancies listing.