Sociology @ Goldsmiths

Leading edge Sociology


December 2016



Smart Ethnography

1000 – 1800
16 December, 2016
PSH 302, Goldsmiths University of London

The aim of this workshop is to bring together and evaluate critically the use of smartphones in ethnographic research. We ask, what are the particular affordances of smartphones and in what ways might they extend particular sorts of ethnographic practice? To what extent do smartphones supplement and/or supplant pencil and paper, pc and laptop, digital voice recorder and camera, what is the significance of the latter for fieldnotes and writing and how might this shift in recording devices enable and shape new forms of ethnographic engagement? Do smartphones enable a further democratisation of ethnography or do they take us further away from and displace participant observation as an embodied practice of dwelling and reflexively engaged encounter? Do the possibilities of ‘real time’ methods that potentially reorder the temporal relation between data production, analysis and dissemination necessarily engender presentist perspectives that mirror the space time compression of creative capitalism or might it open up new forms of public historical engagement? How might the dualities of this simultaneously most intimate and most public form of communicative and data generating device provoke and unsettle some of the ethical complacencies about anonymity and consent in an age of hyper surveillance?

Another century, another witch-hunt: this time it’s poor Muslim women

Dr Abby Day, Reader of Race, Faith & Culture in the Department of Sociology, writes in The Conversation  that ‘Poor, uneducated, housebound women appear to be almost wholly responsible for the lack of integration of some Muslim communities in Britain. At least, that seems to be the finding of a new report on social cohesion, carried out by Dame Louise Casey’.

Four films by Jim Hubbard

Screening and Director Q&A

8 – 10pm,
Friday, 9 December 2016,
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London, SE11 4TH

Tickets available here: £4 full price, £3 students

Jim Hubbard has been making experimental films that explore lesbian and gay activism and community-building since the mid-1970s. In 1987, he co-founded MIX NYC, the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival with the writer and activist Sarah Schulman, and in 2012 he directed and co-produced the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012). Hubbard and Schulman also coordinate the ACT UP Oral History Project, a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.

For this rare UK screening, Hubbard will show four short films that were shot in the 1970s and 1980s, and that deal with themes of loss, memory, activism, and empowerment: Stop the Movie (Cruising) (1980), Two Marches (1991), Elegy in the Streets (1989), and Speak for Yourself (1990).

The filmmaker will be present for an audience Q&A after the screening.

This screening has been co-organised by the EUROPACH (Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health) and CRUSEV (Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Sexual Cultures) research initiatives. Both projects are funded by HERA under their Joint Research Programme ‘The Uses of the Past.’

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