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On the fallacy of the zoom

Notes from Bruno Latour’s closing keynote at Paris CHI. I Latour’s opening provocation set the agenda: ‘There are no collective phenomena’. Rather, collectives contain the work of collecting (as we will see, contain can have several senses here: to hold, to include, to limit). There are many collecting devices which generate collected data. There is […]

Gaining momentum

A month later, I am slowly getting my head around the new job, and the wonders of Southern California (also downtown Hillsboro, OR, where my Intel lab buddies are located). On top of the adjustment to the corporate world, the amount of life admin involved in the move has been relentless, so I won’t dwell […]

Everything will be better in Chicago

I’m in Chicago this week and next to speak as part of this wonderful series organised by Lauren Berlant and colleagues. My paper is an overview of ideas coming out of the intimacy course I’ve been teaching for the past few years at Sydney – and will also draw on some ongoing projects that consider […]

Life, Labour and Information

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND THE ARTS Communication studies seminar VU City campus Flinders Street Level 11, room 11.05 30 May 2012 2pm – 3.30pm PANEL TITLE: LIFE, LABOUR, AND INFORMATION PANEL OVERVIEW: There is a key conjuncture of bodies and technology which underlies all three papers: our unprecedented ability to process and circulate […]

Holiday consumption

This fascinating post at Supervalent Thought is timely motivation for new year writing projects. Makes me wonder if I should rethink my avoidance of MLA. I’ve never been, having lost touch with literary studies after my Honours year. I still think in terms of textuality though… indeed the more I go through peer review processes […]

Next project

Lots happening on the book front this week, which I’ll post about separately. For now, I just wanted to mention that I’ve updated my current research section to include a description of the project I hope to do next year while on sabbatical. ‘Work Smarter, Not Harder’ extends some of my previous work on technology […]

Between stops

I have been been back in Sydney for a couple of weeks following the ICA conference and some side trips afterwards. A few extra days in Townsville this week because of the ash cloud was a nice enforced break in the weather! Between marking and closing off the semester’s grades I’ve been working full time […]

After the crisis, if there is one

The last few posts and comments have a further purpose which is to prepare for Boston ICA this week. I’m on a panel with Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths), Isabel Maria Capeloa Gil (Universidade Catolica Portuguesa) and Stewart M. Hoover (U of Colorado) and the topic is ‘The University in Crisis’. Here’s the abstract: Anyone who has […]

US trip

I am doing a couple of talks at the end of the month on the back of the Chicago Cultural Studies Association conference. It is just a quick US trip because it is the middle of a teaching semester… but one of the events is this talk at Rutgers University. Affective Labor and its Limitations. […]

Holiday postscript

NB: This is a preface to some notes on Matthew Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft, which I’ll now shift to another post. Every time I go home to Tasmania I tend to become very introspective about where I’m at in life. Taking holidays in Hobart and on Bruny Island – where I spent a lot […]

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