Posted on | September 19, 2012 | 2 Comments
Here is a post that I try not to write very often: a list of things I have had published lately. Most of them are already available in previous drafts, so they may not be ‘new’ to readers here. Grouping them together like this has the effect of a confessional, of admitting to myself how diverse my writing seems to have become. It therefore has a pedagogical intent, to teach me to be more streamlined! But perhaps there is consistency in these interests that I can’t see myself? Anyway, all of these papers had major revisions and improvements due to the advice of special issue editors, and I thank them and the copy-editors for their patience.
1. Today the Mad Men issue of Cultural Studies Review goes live. This special section is the outcome of a symposium at Sydney some time ago, with lots of brilliant scholars involved. My piece, The Return of Organisation Man: Commuter narratives and suburban critique, has been re-written several times since I mentioned it. Thanks to the many people who helped me get it in much better shape (see notes for details!) – especially Enrica, whose brilliant analysis of Boardwalk Empire you should check out.
2. History in the making: The NBN roll-out in Willunga, South Australia: This is an overview of the research I did for the South Australian Government last year, with a focus on methods and stats. The public report on the Willunga baseline is available here (in .pdf); this MIA piece situates the research in relation to Australian telecommunications history more broadly. It’s the first place I’ve mentioned the idea of ‘footpath ethnography’ in fieldwork. In time, I’d like to develop this in dialogue with Lefebvre’s notion of rhythmanalysis and Katie Stewart’s concept of worlding, as part of a larger project on non-metro ontologies that started here.
3. The pedagogy of regret: Facebook, binge drinking and young women, co-authored with Rebecca Brown. This paper is getting some circulation in policy circles now and reflects the excellent research being produced in Rebecca’s PhD. The methodological arguments draw on my previous collaborations with Catherine Driscoll, and the arguments are an inkling of another project I’m deciding whether or not to pursue – a book on “intimate companions”. If anyone would like to read a draft of the proposal I’ve been working on, and convince me to abandon or commit, please get in touch. I have to admit I’m so in love with my new productivity research that the intimacy book is falling to the side… but maybe I can do both?! In total contradiction, of course