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Mad Men revised

My updated paper on Mad Men (following peer review) is now available here. What a great experience this time – some really helpful reports. But I am keen to hear any more feedback before submitting the final version. I’m still not quite happy with the conclusion and wonder if it is to do with the […]

Willunga Connects – public release

This time a year ago I was heading off to Willunga, South Australia, to study the roll-out of the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network. Just before Christmas, the South Australian Government’s Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology released the public report on our findings. This is the only research of its kind that […]

Book reviews, excerpts & party!

Work’s Intimacy has been out in Australia for a few weeks now after an earlier release in the UK. Some reviews are coming in already; this one from The Guardian is very exciting, as is this in The Irish Times. There is also a write up in the Times Higher Education. In Australia a couple […]

Rethinking Convergence/Culture

Just doing some tidying up around here – and thought it worth mentioning that the new issue of Cultural Studies is out. This double issue, edited by Nick Couldry and James Hay, is a response to the “convergence culture” theory. It has some fantastic papers: RETHINKING CONVERGENCE/CULTURE An introduction James Hay & Nick Couldry MORE […]

‘The horrors’

When I finished writing my book manuscript in early 2010, I included an epigraph from the late George Orwell: Even the middle classes, for the first time in their history, are feeling the pinch. They have not known actual hunger yet, but more and more of them find themselves floundering in a sort of deadly […]


After resisting for some time I have finally joined academia.edu. Initially I was reluctant to provide another online profile given that all my publications are listed here anyway. I was also hesitant because it had been recommended as yet another form of department promotion/branding at a time when I was already struggling with extensive online […]

New writing

I’ve just added a new paper to the publications page, “The Pedagogy of Regret: Facebook, binge drinking and young women” (pdf). I’ve been sitting on this one for a while during the peer review process and because it is a co-authored piece. Rebecca Brown, a PhD student at GCS, provided much of the content. Her […]

CFP: Underbelly book

With the end of the year upon us there is one more project in the works that I haven’t shared here yet. The Underbelly collection I’ve been planning with Sue Turnbull & Jason Wilson has an official call for papers out. We are accepting abstracts until the end of December. Read on for more. This […]


Here are some photos from the launch last week. Thanks a bunch to Glen and Kane for documenting the moment! It was great to see so many friends, colleagues and collaborators enjoying the drinks and pizza. We even sold out of books (though I didn’t ask how many there were to start with!). For anyone […]

The Affect Theory Reader – available September

The index is being compiled, the proofs corrected and soon there will be a book. You can even order a copy now, ready for publication in September! Here are the contents. Thanks to the contributors for your unending patience; hope we can celebrate this together somewhere soon. THE AFFECT THEORY READER Edited by Melissa Gregg […]

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