Goldsmiths, University of London
Convening and teaching on – MA Brands, Communication & Culture (Sociology + Media & Comms)
Convening and teaching on – Visual & Inventive Practice (MA Visual Sociology core course)
Convening and teaching on – Privacy, Surveillance & Security (BA Sociology 3rd year option module)
Convening – Research Society & Culture II (BA Sociology 2nd year core course)
Convening and teaching on – Critical Readings (BA Sociology 1st Year UG core course)
I also contribute to MA Visual Sociology, Sensory Sociology, Key Debates for Visual and Inventive Practice, Digital Sociology in Practice, Theorising Contemporary Society, Issues in Contemporary Social Theory.
Visual & Inventive Practice
This 10 week course is designed for students interested in carrying out artistic, creative or inventive research projects. It incorporates practical workshops that focus on an inventive form of practice (e.g. photography, video, sound). In and between these workshops students are encouraged to experiment with an expanding set of sociological media and materials. In line with the inventive approach of the larger MA in Visual Sociology, the course challenges students to think about the appropriateness of different kinds of visual and sensory materials when addressing sociological questions, conducting research projects, and presenting outcomes.
Privacy, Surveillance & Security
This 10 week popular option module explores major theoretical developments in the fields of privacy, surveillance and security in themed weeks – such as bodies, spaces, privacy-enhanced design, digital cultures and regulation. Drawing on Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, feminist technoscientists and Science & Technology Studies writers we trace the trajectory of these issues from historical examples to contemporary society and engage creatively and imaginatively with this field through lectures, contemporary media analysis, visiting speakers and case studies.
Research Society & Culture II
This 20 week course aims to help students make the transition from reading about sociological research to designing and doing their own research. It combines theoretically informed lectures with practical, hands-on workshops. It is formed of four main sections: 1. Training Sociological Attentiveness, 2.The role of reading in research (Learning from others in case studies), 3. Discovering themes in qual data and 4. Key themes in research design.
This 20 week core course introduces students to ‘the sociological imagination’ through a range of classic C16-C21 texts. It aims to develop the ability to think critically, to‘see through the language’ and identify the strengths and weaknesses of arguments. I teach the first section on ‘Thinking the “social” before Sociology’ which includes Descartes: ‘On Dreams, Doubt and Methods’, Kant: ‘On the Enlightenment’, Rousseau: ‘On Inequality’, Swift: ‘Gulliver’s Travels: Satire, Critique and the Possibility of Sociology’ as well as Mills: ‘The Sociological Imagination’.
MA Brands, Communication & Culture
The MA in Brands, Communication and Culture aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the history and development of brands and branding, and their relationship to contemporary forms of digital communication and culture. We help them develop the ability to think critically and creatively about contemporary communications and cultural practices. They acquire an in-depth knowledge of the social, political and economic backdrop against which branding has become so important, and an understanding of the key themes and debates surrounding its development and use, including the relationship between brands and intellectual property, and the extent to which branding promotes or inhibits openness and transparency within organisations.
Digital Sociology in Practice. MA Digital Sociology
This 5 week option module considers the application of sociological knowledge and techniques in relation to professional and creative contexts (with an emphasis on network analysis and visualisation, issue mapping, ethnography and observation). Students are encouraged to showcase/perform group work in experimental academic forms.
Theorising Contemporary Society
To what extent do changes in social, political and economic life demand new forms of sociological theorising? What particular challenges do these changes represent to contemporary social theorists? This core course explores concepts and themes in contemporary sociology concerning ‘globalization’, its conceptualization, conditions and consequences. It aims to develop critical thinking for the systematic study of contemporary social forms by deepening understanding about how social theory is developing in relation to changes in social life.
I co-run the Goldsmiths Practice Research PhD Forum with Professor Janis Jefferies, which brings together innovative graduate researchers from across the college. I am a member of the Goldsmiths Practice Research Working Group and the Public Engagement Committee.