Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Interview with Zygmunt Bauman



Zygmunt Bauman
(Photo: Simon and Simon
Simon Dawes asks Zygmunt Bauman for his responses to some of the claims made in the current TCS Special Section on his work, about his forthcoming book on inequality, and why he no longer referees articles for TCS



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Body & Society 16.4 - Out Now



The December issue of Body & Society (volume 16, issue number 4) is now available.

Go here to read articles by Antonio A. Casilli on the body and computer culture in the 80s; Lucy Pickering on toilets and composting in Hawai'i; Debra Gimlin on the 'other' in cosmetic surgery; Anne Pollock on a feminist articulation of heart disease; and Luna Dolezal's review article on Sartre on the Body (edited by Katherine J. Morris)


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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Interview with John Milbank on Bauman and Religion



John Milbank
Edmund Frettingham interviews John Milbank on reason, religion, foundationalist secularity, and his critique of Bauman’s position on the role of the intellectual







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Peter Burke on writing The Social History of Knowledge



Photo: Peter Burke
Here is the full text of Peter Burke's seminar on ‘Writing The Social History of Knowledge’, given in the History Department of Birkbeck College, University of London, on 2nd November.


We also provide links to our earlier interview with Peter on the TCS Blog, to the podcast and written text of his lecture on his forthcoming sequel to A Social History of Knowledge, and to his article on Jack Goody that we published in TCS in 2009.


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Monday, 20 December 2010

The (late) November issue of TCS (27.6) is now available. In the Special Section on Megacities & Violence, edited by Ryan Bishop, you can read articles by Saskia Sassen, Eyal Weizman, Peter Adey and Jordan Crandall. And in the Special Section on Zygmunt Bauman, edited by Roy Boyne, you can read articles by Martin Jay, John Milbank and Julia Hell.

On the Blog we've already featured Mark Davis's profile of Bauman and an interview with Ryan Bishop on the themes of his section. This week we'll be posting an interview with John Milbank on his article on Bauman, and an interview with Bauman himself on his response to the claims made in the journal.


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Friday, 17 December 2010

Ben Carrington: Race, Sport and Politics - Out Now

Ben Carrington's new TCS book, Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora is now available.

The book was also featured on Left of Black on Monday 13/12/10, and discussed on Laurie Taylor's Thinking Allowed (BBC Radio 4) on Wednesday 15/12/10 


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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Interview with Ryan Bishop on Megacities & Violence



Photo: Ryan Bishop
 The Special Section on Megacities & Violence, edited by Ryan Bishop, will be published in the (running late) November issue of TCS, and will feature articles by Saskia Sassen, Eyal Weizman, Jordan Crandall and Peter Adey.


Simon Dawes interviewed Ryan on the themes of the section. Read more to find out what makes a mega city, what they can tell us about our propensity to violence, and to what extent megacities can unsettle ‘the vertical’


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Monday, 13 December 2010

Peter Burke on the Social History of Knowledge, 1750-2000

Photo: Peter Burke

Here is the full text of Peter Burke's public lecture ‘Loss and Gain: The Social History of Knowledge, 1750-2000’, given at Birkbeck College, University of London, on 9th November.

Read more to find out about the three forms of knowledge loss: the hiding, destroying and discarding of knowledge. 

We also provide links to our earlier interview with Peter on the TCS Blog, to the podcast of the lecture, and to his article on Jack Goody that we published in TCS in 2009.



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Friday, 10 December 2010

Mark Davis on Zygmunt Bauman



Zygmunt Bauman
(Photograph: Grzegorz Lepiarz
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To coincide with Zygmunt Bauman's 85th birthday in November, we commissioned for the journal a special section of articles on his work (TCS 27.6), and for the blog we asked Mark Davis, Director of the Bauman Institute, to provide his own reflections on Bauman. Read more for Mark's sociological, personal and birthday notes 'For Zygmunt'



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Thursday, 9 December 2010

TCS Special E-Issue: 'David Frisby on Georg Simmel and Social Theory' - Out Now


Photo: David Frisby

The TCS Special E-Issue 'David Frisby on Georg Simmel and Social Theory' is now available.

Introduced by Thomas Kemple, and featuring all David's articles in TCS, his translations of Simmel, as well as other TCS articles with which he was involved and a review of his Sociological Impressionism book, this is our tribute to David Frisby (1944-2010).


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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Thomas Kemple introduces 'David Frisby on Georg Simmel and Social Theory'

Photo: David Frisby

In commemoration of David Frisby (1944-2010), we have compiled a Special E-Issue of David's writings in TCS, the Special Issue on Simmel with which he was invloved, and a review of his book Sociological Impressionism. The E-Issue, 'David Frisby on Georg Simmel and Social Theory', is introduced by editorial board member Thomas Kemple. You can read the introduction here


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Monday, 6 December 2010

Interview with Michel Maffesoli on Postmodernity


Michel Maffesoli (Photo by Simon Dawes)

Before Michel Maffesoli gave his talk on ‘Le Temps Revient: Les Formes Elémentaires de la Postmodernité’ in Montpellier (France), Simon Dawes met him at his hotel to discuss postmodernity, the state of sociology in France, and letting the burning house of modernity burn.




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Friday, 3 December 2010

Nigel Clark: Beyond Justice? The Radical Asymmetries of Climate Change


Photo: Nigel Clark

Nigel Clark's lecture 'Beyond Justice? The Radical Asymmetries of Climate Change' was presented at the Department of Geography, King’s College, London on 19th October, 2010. We interviewed him about it last week, and now Nigel has agreed to let us reproduce the full text of his lecture exclusively on the TCS Blog.

Read more on the desire for justice, the importance of the body in our ‘learning to be affected’ by climate change, and on the possibility of asymmetrical gestures

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

John W.P. Phillips: On how Slavoj Zizek doesn’t know how to read


Photo: John W.P. Phillips

Following an interview with John Phillips on the TCS Blog in September, we asked him to follow-up on some of his references and claims. Here is his third and final (for now) post: on deconstruction, the possibility of impossibility, and how Slavoj Žižek doesn’t know how to read







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Monday, 29 November 2010

Mike Featherstone pays tribute to David Frisby








Mike Featherstone pays tribute to David Frisby, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics, who died just over a week ago.



Photo: David Frisby 26th March 1944 - 20th November 2010








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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Interview with Nigel Clark on Climate Change and Justice


Photo: Nigel Clark

Following his contribution to the Special Issue on Changing Climates (TCS 27.2/3), Nigel Clark continues his work on climate change in a recent talk at King’s College, London. Here, Jennifer Barth interviews him on the meaning of justice, the limits of climate calculations, and alternatives to the economic logic of understanding climate change.

Next week, we'll be posting the full text of his lecture exclusively on the TCS Blog.



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Friday, 19 November 2010

John W.P. Phillips: On Rancière and Derrida on Plato


Photo: John W.P. Phillips

Following on from our interview with John Phillips on the TCS Blog in September, we’ve been asking John to clarify and elaborate upon some of the complex theories and concepts to which he’s referred. Here is his second response: on Rancière’s and Derrida’s readings of Plato, and a new logic for addressing the metaphysical questions of space, time and death.



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Monday, 15 November 2010

Interview with Peter Burke on the social history of knowledge



Photo: Peter Burke
Last week, Peter Burke gave a public lecture entitled ‘Loss and Gain: The Social History of Knowledge, 1750-2000’ at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Simon Dawes interviewed him about his lecture, his forthcoming book, and about knowledge, ignorance, trust, encyclopedia projects and ‘agnotology’.

We provide links to the podcast of his talk, and to his article in TCS last year, at the end of the interview.



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Friday, 12 November 2010

John W.P. Phillips: On Mathematical Logic



Photo: John W.P. Phillips
We featured an interview with John Phillips on the TCS Blog in September, in which Simon Dawes asked him about aesthetics, Badiou and Rancière; his responses took us on to Lacan, Plato, Žižek and mathematics. We asked John to clarify some of the complex theories and concepts to which he referred, and over the next few weeks we’ll be posting his responses. Here is his first response: on the significance of cardinal and ordinal numbers, and mathematical logic in general, to philosophy and psychoanalysis.


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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Interview with Aryn Martin on Microchimerism


Photo: Aryn Martin
 In this interview, Simon Dawes asks Aryn Martin about her article on microchimerism in the current issue of Body & Society – a Special Issue on Bodily Integrity, edited by Lisa Blackman.

In explaining the concept of microchimerism, Aryn discusses the exchange of cells between a mother and her foetus, problematises the self/non-self model dominant in immunology, and emphasizes the significance of the use of geopolitical metaphors to explain this phenomenon – and consequently the links between the foetus and the nation-state.




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Monday, 1 November 2010

Interview with Adam Piette on Paul Ricoeur



In the fourth and final of our interviews with the contributors to the Special Section on Paul Ricoeur (TCS 27.5), Simon Dawes interviews Adam Piette, whose article draws on Ricoeur to compare the remembrance and forgetting of two massacres in Vichy France.

Photo: Adam Piette


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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Remembering Mohammed Arkoun (1928-2010) by Couze Venn

In this short piece for the TCS Blog, Couze Venn pays tribute to Mohammed Arkoun, who died last month in Paris.

Arkoun's article, 'The Answers of Applied Islamology', was published in the TCS Special Issue on Authority and Islam (24.2) in 2007. We've made his article freely available until 30th November (follow the link below).


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Monday, 25 October 2010

Interview with Lisa Jones on Paul Ricoeur

In the third of our interviews with the contributors to the Special Section on Paul Ricoeur (TCS 27.5), Simon Dawes interviews Lisa Jones, whose translation of Ricoeur's lecture on Hannah Arendt and violence, and whose own article on Ricoeur's idea of the Author, feature in the section.

Photo: Lisa Jones


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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Exhibition Review: Unfold: Art from Cape Farewell




Following on from our Special Issue on Changing Climates (TCS 27.2/3), we sent Jennifer Barth to review artistic responses to climate change at Cape Farewell's Unfold exhibition

Photo from Chris Wainwright: ‘Here comes the sun, there goes the ice’



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Monday, 18 October 2010

Interview with Alison Scott-Baumann on Paul Ricoeur

In the second of our interviews with the contributors to the Special Section on Paul Ricoeur (TCS 27.5), Simon Dawes interviews Alison Scott-Baumann, English Representative of Fonds Ricoeur, on Ricoeur's translation model, and the relation between translation and tolerance.

Photo: Alison Scott-Baumann at Fonds Ricoeur


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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Exhibition Review: ‘Through Labyrinths’, Barcelona



In the second of his reports from the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona (CCCB), Simon Dawes reviews the exhibition ‘Through Labyrinths’









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Monday, 11 October 2010

Interview with Steve Hedley Clark on Paul Ricoeur

In the first of our interviews with the contributors to the Special Section on Paul Ricoeur (TCS 27.5), Simon Dawes interviews Steve Hedley Clark, who edited and introduces the section.

Photo: Steve Hedley Clark


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Thursday, 7 October 2010

Éric Fassin: Why the Roma?

In response to the recent deportations of Roma from France, we invited sociologist Éric Fassin to give us his account of why the Roma are being stigmatised by the Sarkozy administration.

In this translation of a talk he gave last month at a public event in Montreuil, France, Éric explains the symbolic links between Roma and Muslims, and suggests the concept of the 'floating signified' to explain the rhetorical circulation of the 'othering' of multiple groups.

Photo: Éric Fassin


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Saturday, 2 October 2010

TCS Special on Ricoeur - Out Now!

The new issue of TCS (vol 27, issue 5) is out now, featuring a Special Section on Paul Ricoeur. The Section is edited and introduced by Steve Hedley Clark, and features translations of two Ricoeur articles, as well as new articles by Lisa Jones, Alison Scott-Baumann and Adam Piette.




The issue also includes two standard articles: Leonhard Praeg's 'Of Evil and Other Figures of the Liminal' and Leslie Sklair's 'Iconic Architecture and the Culture-ideology of Consumerism'.

Over the next few weeks on the TCS Blog, we'll have interviews with all the contributors to the section on Ricoeur, a report on Fonds Ricoeur (the Ricoeur archives in Paris), and an introduction on 'how to read Ricoeur' by Alison Scott-Baumann.

You can access all the articles in this issue of TCS here
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Tomoko Tamari interviews Jennifer Robertson on Robo-Sexism in Japan

Tomoko Tamari (Managing Editor of Body & Society) talks to Jennifer Robertson about the posthuman, eugenics and robotics, and about gender and national identity in Japan.






Image: Jennifer Robertson (left) 


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Monday, 20 September 2010

Body & Society - Special Issue on Bodily Integrity - Out Now!



The September issue of Body & Society (volume 16, issue 3) is out now.

In this Special Issue on Bodily Integrity, edited and introduced by the journal's editor, Lisa Blackman, you can read Margrit Shildrick's commentary on the issue, and articles by Aryn Martin (on micro-chimerism), Vivian Sobchack (on phantom limbs), Jenny Slatman & Guy Widdershoven (on hand transplants), Boaz Neumann (on prosthetics in WWI and Weimar Germany) and Rhonda Shaw (on organ donation in New Zealand).

Go here for the full table of contents and access to the articles.


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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Special Issue Extra: Interview with Elizabeth Shove



In the fourth of a series of interviews with contributors to the TCS Special Issue on Changing Climates (27.2/3, March-May 2010), Simon Dawes interviews Elizabeth Shove on the relationship between social theory (and economics) and climate policy



Image: Elizabeth Shove




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Friday, 10 September 2010

Interview with Souvik Mukherjee

In this interview, Simon Dawes speaks to Souvik Mukherjee about videogame narratives, Gilles Deleuze and the history of the TCS Website

Read more to find out why only people who play computer games should write about them, and why Souvik thinks game theory is growing up


Image: Souvik Mukherjee



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Monday, 6 September 2010

Interview with John W.P. Phillips on Badiou, Rancière...and Žižek



Simon Dawes interviews TCS Editorial Board member John W.P. Phillips on his article, 'Art, Politics, and Philosophy: Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière', which was published in the July issue of TCS (volume 27, issue number 4).

In this interview, John discusses aesthetics, the relationship between Badiou and Rancière, and between them and the French intellectual tradition...and then criticises Žižek's selective reading of the two thinkers

Image: John W.P. Phillips



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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Exhibition Review: Barcelona and the City

In the first of his reports from the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Simon Dawes reviews the exhibition ‘Barcelona-València-Palma (BVP): A History of Confluence and Divergence’



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Interview with Vikki Bell

Simon Dawes interviews Vikki Bell on her recent articles in TCS.




Image: Vikki Bell



To supplement her article on images and justice in Argentina, Vikki has supplied us with a list of links to key organizations in Argentina, which we've reproduced at the end of this interview. Her interview with Judith Butler is the latest in a long line of articles we've published on and by Butler, and we'll be making the archive freely available on the TCS Website very soon.


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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Surfing the Jagged Shards of Communism: Jennifer Barth comments on Boris Groys at the ICA

In the first of Jennifer Barth’s reports as TCS Website Researcher, she discusses the recent talk given by Boris Groys in London.

Groys is perhaps most famous among Anglophones for his work on Russian avant-garde art, the ‘post-communist condition’ and the relationship between art and power. A special section on Boris Groys, edited by Matthias Benzer and Hannah Abdullah, will be published in TCS in early 2011.

Image: Boris Groys



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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Interview with Jennifer Barth



Jennifer Barth has recently joined the TCS Website team.

As Researcher, she’ll be reporting for us on the UK events that we’re following, and in which we hope readers of Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society will be interested.



Image: Jennifer Barth


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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Interview with Gurminder Bhambra




Gurminder K. Bhambra is the convenor of the British Sociological Association's (BSA) Theory Study Group, and is currently editing a TCS Special Issue on economist Amartya Sen. In this interview with Simon Dawes, she discusses the activities of the Group, Sen's theories and her own research interests.


Image: Gurminder K. Bhambra


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Monday, 2 August 2010

Simon Dawes interviews Stephanie Hemelryk Donald on Ang Lee's 'Lust Caution'

Simon Dawes interviews Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, whose article, 'Tang Wei: Sex, the City, and the Scapegoat in Lust Caution', is now available in Theory, Culture & Society (volume 27, number 4).




Image: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald



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TCS 27.4 Out Now!




The new issue of Theory, Culture & Society (volume 27, number 4) is out now.

This issue contains a controversial article on 'The Postsecular Turn' by Gregor McLennan, an article by Stephanie H Donald on the controversial film Lust, Caution, Susan Ruddick on Affect in the work of Negri and Deleuze, Neil Narine on narrative cinema, Vikki Bell on biopolitics in Argentina, Alev Cinar on globalisation and nationalism in Turkey, and John WP Phillips on Badiou and Rancière


You can access the articles here


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Friday, 23 July 2010

Simon Dawes interviews Gregor McLennan on 'The Postsecular Turn'



In anticipation of the forthcoming publication of the new issue of TCS (27.4), Simon Dawes interviews Gregor McLennan, whose article, 'The Postsecular Turn', opens the issue.





Image: Gregor McLennan



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Friday, 16 July 2010

Simon Dawes interviews Lee F. Monaghan about his co-authored article on obesity 'epidemics'



In this supplement to the new issue of Body & Society (16.2), Simon Dawes interviews Lee F. Monaghan about his co-authored article on obesity 'epidemics'





Image: Lee F. Monaghan



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The new issue of Body & Society (16.2) is out now.



The new issue of Body & Society (16.2) is out now.

In volume 16, issue number 2, you can read articles by Jennifer Robertson on robo-sexism in Japan, Lee F Monaghan, Robert Hollands and Gary Pritchard on obesity epidemic entrepreneurs, Matthias Zick Varul on Talcott Parsons and chronic illness, Sarah EH Moore on the gendered healthy body, Tanya Maria Zivkovic on Tibetan Buddhist embodiment and Susie Scott on the swimmer's body.

You can read the articles here


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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Special Issue Extra: Interview with Kathryn Yusoff



In the third of a series of interviews with contributors to the TCS Special Issue on Changing Climates, Simon Dawes interviews Kathryn Yusoff about polar bears, archives and the hybrid nature of climate change



Image: Kathryn Yusoff


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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Special Issue on Changing Climates – For Free until end of July



The TCS Special Issue on Changing Climates (TCS 27.2/3, May 2010, edited by Bronislaw Szerszynski and John Urry), featuring articles by Ulrich Beck, Mike Hulme, Elizabeth Shove, Brian Wynne, and many more, will be available for free until 31st July 2010.

The issue demonstrates how social science can help to illuminate the very nature of the challenge of climate change, and gathers papers by some of the world's leading authors working on climate and society. The contributors trace the way that climate science has been produced, organised, mobilised and contested, and explore the relationships between climate change, politics, global inequity, financial turbulence and even life itself.

You can access the articles for free here.

To support the publication of this issue, we’ve also collated links to some other material (relevant publications and events, interviews, recordings etc) you may also find of interest – you can access the extra material here.



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Special Issue Extra: Interview with J. Timmons Roberts

In this supplement to our special issue on Changing Climates, Simon Dawes interviews J. Timmons Roberts, whose co-authored article, ‘Climate Change, Social Theory and Justice’ features in the issue.






Image: J. Timmons Roberts


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Friday, 4 June 2010

Special Issue Extra: Interview with Bron Szerszynski

In the first of a series of interviews with contributors to the TCS Special Issue on Changing ClimatesSimon Dawes interviews the issue co-editor Bron Szerszynski about the relationship between social theory and climate science.






Image: Bron Szerszynski


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The Future of Affect Studies





Event to celebrate the relaunch of Body & Society and the Special Issue on Affect


Monday 14th June, 2010: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Room 307 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW




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Royal Society Debate: 'The Experimental Society: What Happens when Evidence, Uncertainty and Politics Collide?'





This event will take place on 28 June, 2010 at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Speakers include Michael Hulme and Sheila Jasanoff, and Brian Wynne and Bron Szerszynski are part of the planning team - all contributors to the TCS Special Issue on Changing Climates (out now).





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