Originally posted on What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies?:
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Originally posted on The Charnel-House:
Various VKhUTEMAS projects . For more posts like this, see also these previous entries: Space architecture: Training the Soviet avant-garde (1921-1930) Train stations, bread factories, and the “New City” Nikolai Ladovskii’s studio at VKhUTEMAS (1920-1930)…
Continuing to think through the challenges facing scholarly publishing, some insights and a dose of healthy skepticism here regarding open access:
Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:
Dan Strempel of Simba Information has kindly made available to me Simba’s recent report on the market for social sciences and humanities (SSH) publications, Global Social Science & Humanities Publishing 2013-2014. There are not many encouraging signs in this study for publishers, but it’s worthwhile to review the numbers and the structure of the market, some of which may be surprising to many readers.
Simba estimates the global market for SSH materials in all languages at $5.2 billion, a figure that is a fraction (perhaps one-quarter) of the STM market worldwide. This is despite the fact that, right-wing politicians aside, almost everybody believes that everyone should have a grounding in the humanities (What is a democracy? What is the history of our nation?), but that education in the sciences beyond a certain level of literacy (Why is the earth hotter at some times of year, cooler at others?) is the business of specialists. The publishing trend away from the SSH fields is likely to continue, in large part because the funding–institutional, governmental, and philanthropic–is either being reduced or increasingly directed to STM areas.
Originally posted on Path to the Possible:
Open to just 25 doctoral students (usually post-fieldwork), postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed faculty/lecturers (normally within three years of first continuous appointment), the Institute comprises an intensive, week-long program of activities. It is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies, as well as mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic labour process, from applying for grants to designing courses, from editing books and special issues of journals to writing book proposals, and from publishing in journals to working at the academic/non-academic interface. It consists of panels, lectures, reading groups, with participants involved in shaping the final programme.
Featured speakers are:
David Imbroscio, Professor, Department of Political Science & Public and Urban Affairs, University of Louisville
Originally posted on citymovement:
“When the imagination surpasses the limits permitted by the institution of culture, one speaks of poesie, utopia. When critical thought attains and surpasses its limit (which are much more severe than those of those of the imagination), one speaks of deviance, folly, a critical error, an overly theoretical system, a free-floating vision, etc. When the event attains and surpasses the limits permitted by the law, one speaks of revolution. Or of histories for daydreaming.”
- Rene Lourau
If you have read posts from this blog you will know that I love visionary architecture, not for the utopic qualities or the futuristic aesthetic but I am drawn to the thought of making the impossible possible. Visionary architecture, for the most part has only existed on paper and more recently in CAD, the proposals were either too large in scale (megastructure), or deemed impractical (either technologically or gravity defying) or socially utopic and could not be built. During the heyday of visionary architecture (60′s & 70′s), there was a belief among many architects that ‘visionary architecture’ was a frivolous and useless practice and could not contribute to solving ‘real’ urban issues. Archigram, in particular, were ridiculed by many of their colleague, even though they were achieving cult status amongst artists, students and the cultural counter revolutionaries. On a practical side, Archigram’s visions were fantastical, utopic and in many respects impossible mobile propositions. However, looking back forty years later, we see a lot of imaginative, creative and innovative ideas that have been and are being incorporated in contemporary architecture. As technology continues to change in how we can build and develop structures, architects are pushing the limits in the built form every year. I strongly believe that without the fantastical proposals of the past, current realities could not have been developed. True innovation can only come from unadulterated creative vision that is not restricted by certain perimeters, cost factors, and bureaucratic bylaws.
Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
In memory of Stuart Hall: a special programme paying tribute to the leading cultural theorist and former director of the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies. A pioneer of ‘multiculturalism’, he documented the changing character of ‘post Imperial’ British society. Laurie Taylor is joined by Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, Baroness Lola Young and Jeremy Gilbert, editor of the journal, New Formations. They explore Stuart Hall’s life, influence and legacy.
Here’s part of the full article by David Morley and Bill Schwartz [link to original follows]:
“When the writer and academic Richard Hoggart founded the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University, in England’s West Midlands, in 1964, he invited Stuart Hall, who has died aged 82, to join him as its first research fellow. Four years later Hall became acting director and, in 1972, director. Cultural studies was then a minority pursuit: half a century on, it is everywhere, generating a wealth of significant work even if, in its institutionalised form, it can include intellectual positions that Hall could never endorse.
“The foundations of cultural studies lay in an insistence on taking popular, low-status cultural forms seriously and tracing the threads of culture, power and politics. Its interdisciplinary perspectives drew on literary theory, linguistics and cultural anthropology in order to analyse subjects as diverse as youth sub-cultures, popular media and gendered and ethnic identities.
“Hall was always among the first to identify key questions of the age, and routinely sceptical about easy answers…
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Originally posted on Nyx, a noctournal:
In the second of our Cultural Studies Occasional series, Nyx catches up with Steve Hanson. Steve is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths and the University of Salford. We forego the usual interview format with Steve providing a sort of monologue about what he terms an ‘idiosyncratic geography of cultural studies’. It weaves together place and personal biography with the figures and texts of cultural studies: Hoggart, Hall, Williams and Said via Halifax, Hereford and New Cross.
My journey through British Cultural Studies is also a real set of journeys in Britain. The subject is meshed with some of the places I have inhabited – there’s a geography of British Cultural Studies which is crucial to how I think through the subject. But also, I can’t think of British Cultural Studies as an isolated island either. It is wrapped up with the history of British art schools, for instance, and this is crucial to the way I think about it and this island I live on. It ties in with other ‘schools’ and traditions, and continental movements and philosophies, and ‘diasporic’ cultures.