Christos Varvantakis has a chapter published in a recent edited volume on photography and collective identities in Greece: Varvantakis, C. (2021) ‘Η Ακρόπολη από μακριά: Απόσταση, εγγύτητα και αφή’ (‘Acropolis from a distance: Distance, proximity and touch.’), in Petsini, P. and Stathatos, Y. (eds) Φωτογραφία και συλλογικές ταυτότητες: Ελληνικές φωτογραφικές μελέτες Ι (Photography and collective identities: Greek photographic studies I). Athens: Koukkida, pp: 159-178.
Martin Savransky’s latest book, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse (Duke University Press, 2021) has been published. There is a 30% discount code if you order a copy directly from the European distributor, Combined Academic Publishers: CSFS2021.
Melissa Nolas has published an essay viewpoint in Children’s Geographies: “Childhood publics in search of an audience: reflections on the children’s environmental movement“, which is now Open Access via the library agreement with the publisher.
Nirmal Puwar has formed the FOUR WRITERS Group and collaborated with artists, to publish the riso book ‘Racist Tones’, linked in with the 2 Tone: Lives & Legacies exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.
“Racist Tones is an extraordinary book that recollects and bears witness to hateful frequencies of white violence in Coventry during the seventies and eighties. It documents the experience of the people who bore the social and emotional costs that led to the exhilarating fugitive Two-Tone sounds of The Specials and the unruly defiant power of Rock Against Racism. A book that should be read urgently and celebrated at full volume. “
Funds from book sales will support anti-racist creative work in the gallery.
New publication by Pamela Odih (2021) ‘COVID-19 Secure Guidance: Organizational Decision Making and Politics in a Public Health Crisis‘. Journal of Ergonomics. 11:279.
Melissa Nolas and Christos Varvantakis were invited to present their work at the entanglements journal, their work with multimodal methodologies as well as recent developments in multimodal ethnography, on three occasions during May:
– and at an invited seminar at the university of Crete, Research center for the Humanities, the social & education sciences (‘Περιπλέκοντας την εθνογραφική έρευνα: Πρόσφατες εξελίξεις στην πολυτροπική εθνογραφία’ / ‘Entangling ethnographic research: Recent developments in multimodal ethnography’).
Emma Jackson was a guest on the Repeater radio podcast series, for the episode ‘Women and the City’. Broadcast date TBC.
Martin Savransky delivered a seminar as part of the Planetary Ecologies seminar series organised by the Critical Media Lab of the Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland, on 23 May 2-4pm.
Christos Varvantakis has given the keynote lecture at the 15th Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival in Vienna, titled ‘Turning out and turning up: ethnographic documentary film at the crossroads’. The lecture was recorded and is available at the festival’s webpage.
Emma Jackson organised and hosted the online event Writing Walking for CUCR. This was an unusual event featuring talks also from Nirmal Puwar, Caroline Knowles and Amani Hassani (Keele). Participants then were invited to take ideas from the talks for a walk in their local area before being led in a writing exercise by Nirmal. Some of the results will be published in a CUCR publication over the summer.
Michaela Benson gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Affairs Committee about citizens’ rights, Brexit and British citizens in the EU on Tuesday 25 May.
Emma Jackson was interviewed for an oral history of Rowans bowling alley in Time Out.
In April, Beckie Coleman participated in three panels at the BSA annual conference. One was a plenary talk for the Theory stream, one was a short talk as part of the Presidential panel on futures, and the other was part of a panel on ‘making time’. In May, Beckie was a speaker at the Temporal Economies of Streaming workshop, organised by the Media and Participation project based in Hamburg.
On Wednesday 26 May, Michaela Benson participated in the roundtable discussion ‘What’s Next for EU citizens in the UK?’ hosted by the University of Strathclyde.
Melissa Nolas and Christos Varvantakis have been successful in their application to establish a permanent Network for Multimodal Ethnography at the European Association for Social Anthropologists, the page for the network is now live, and anyone interested to hear more about the network is welcome to join the mailing list.
Fay Dennis as part of the BSA STS and New Materialisms study group convenors is co-organising the final seminar in a series on ‘STS and the new materialisms’ and will be hosting Professor Deboleena Roy. The seminar entitled: “Microphysiologies of Desire and an Ethics of Matter” will be on 1 June, 3-4pm (UK time). To register please go here.
Jennifer Fleetwood is speaking about ‘Managing research data: Insights from ethnographic fieldwork in prisons in Ecuador’ to the Crime, Control, and Culture research group at the University of Lund on 3 June.
Laura Henneke will be presenting her work as part of the “Conceptualizing the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and its Effects” International Conference Organized by the Belt and Road in Global Perspective project at the University of Toronto, taking place on 14-15 June. Laura’s paper is entitled: “Everyday aesthetics of the Belt and Road Initiative”.
Beckie Coleman is co-organising a joint book launch with Carolyn Pedwell and Jen Leigh (both part of the Visual and Sensory Research Cluster, University of Kent) on 23 June. Monica Moreno Figueroa (Cambridge) and Esther Priyadharshini (UEA) will be among the respondents. More details to follow.