Thinking on film: movie screenings

  Culture, politics and global justice research cluster is running a series of film screenings showing how contemporary cinema portrays the practice of 'thinking' - whether in the form of philosophy, theory, mathematics, writing, or something else. We've mostly selected films that are freely available and go beyond the 'usual suspects', but suggestions are always … Continue reading Thinking on film: movie screenings

The Digital Condition: An Experiment in Mediated Dialogue

What does it mean to speak of a digital condition? How can we describe, explain and understand our digital condition? What is it, that we are trying to come to terms with? Where exactly does ‘the problem’ of technology lie? Beginning in October 2019 we will embark on an experimental discussion group centred around those … Continue reading The Digital Condition: An Experiment in Mediated Dialogue

Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy

CFP – Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy  (Accelerated Academy 7) Nov. 22-23, 2019 Michigan State University Digital Scholarship Lab An interdisciplinary symposium on the future of academic life and labor, organized by Zach Kaiser (MSU) and Erin Glass (UC San Diego) In theory, the academy is an institution of research and … Continue reading Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy

Is the social contract a racial contract and does it matter?

May 8th, 4:30 to 6pm (Room to be announced shortly) Sharon Walker, a doctoral candidate, will be engaging participants in the following question in order to engage with significant theoretical discussions about the place of race in the conceptual underpinnings of the 'social contract' (see full description below). All welcome and do come along to … Continue reading Is the social contract a racial contract and does it matter?

Our upcoming work in progress seminars

We have four work in progress sessions confirmed for Easter term: Charles Mathies (University of Jyvaskyla): We are doing it to ourselves: How university research management platforms are shaping academic research. 3rd May, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Donald McIntyre Building 2S3 Eric Lybeck (University of Manchester): The University Revolution: Re-thinking the Role of Higher Education in Modernity. 17th May, 12:00pm-1:30pm, … Continue reading Our upcoming work in progress seminars

Call for Papers for the Second Annual Conference: Capitalism, Social Science and the Platform University

28 – 29 November 2019 Lancaster University Higher education is increasingly ‘platformised’. Indeed, digital platforms have become ubiquitous. They are dominant intermediaries not only in our social, economic and political life, but have become central forms of capitalist accumulation. While platforms differ in terms of openness to developers and public access to data, they operate … Continue reading Call for Papers for the Second Annual Conference: Capitalism, Social Science and the Platform University