All entries for October 2011

October 24, 2011

Technological experimentation is FUN

A little while back I wrote about my experiences planning a videoconference as part of what we believe to be the world's first international gathering of researchers in the new field of asexuality studies. With the event - organised by a shiny new research network - rapidly approaching, I can think about little else!

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

October 23, 2011

DJ setlist: Killer Queen @ Rosie Malone's, Coventry (22/10/11)

Doctor Horrible OST - Horrible Theme
Velvet Chain - Buffy
Christian Kane - L.A. Song
Armoured Bearcub - In Which Buffy Slays Edward
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
The Birthday Massacre - I Think We're Alone Now
VNV Nation - Chrome
Covenant - Call the Ships to Port
Icon of Coil - Former Self
Doctor Horrible OST - My Freeze Ray
Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
Sid Vicious - My Way
The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
The Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk to Fuck
Hole - Doll Parts
Jonatha Brooke - What You Don't Know
Garbage - Temptation Waits
Republica - Ready to Go 2010 (r)
Doctor Horrible OST - Bad Horse Chorus
Alanis Morrisette - All I Really Want
Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone is Not Enough
Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine
The Dresdren Dolls - Girl Anachronism
Darling Violetta - Angel Theme (Sanctuary Mix)
Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
Nine Inch Nails - Hand That Feeds
Curve - Chinese Burn
Doctor Horrible OST - Caring Hands
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Doctor Horrible OST - A Man's Gotta Do
T-Rex - Children of the Revolution
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
The Eagles - Journey of the Sorcerer
Sonny Rhodes - Ballad of Serenity
Greg Edmonson - River's Dance
Firefly OST - Hero of Canton
Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Blink-182 - All The Small Things
Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Doctor Horrible OST - My Eyes
Florence + the Machine - Shake It Out
The Futureheads - Hounds of Love
Muse - Uprising
Laika - Black Cat Bone
Placebo - Taste in Men
Doctor Horrible OST - Bad Horse Reprise
Judas Priest - Breaking the Law
Evanescence - Bring Me to Life
Nightwish - Amaranth
AC/DC - Hell's Bells
Nerf Herder - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Going Through the Motions
- I've Got a Theory
- Bunnies
- Under Your Spell
- I'll Never Tell
- Rest in Peace
- What You Feel
- Walk Through the Fire
- The Mustard
Electric Six - Dance Commander
Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
System of a Down - Toxicity
Skunk Anansie - Twisted (Everyday Hurts)
Doctor Horrible OST - Brand New Day
Radiohead - Just
Aimee Mann - Pavlov's Bell
Dingoes Ate My Baby - Pain
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like Me
Doctor Horrible OST - So They Say
Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple
Madness - House of Fun
Less Than Jake - God Help Save The Youth of America From Exploding
Andy Hallet - It's Not Easy Being Green
BTVS OST - Standing
The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses
Kula Shaker - Tattva
Doctor Horrible OST - Everyone's a Hero -> Slipping
Neil Young - Keep on Rockin' in the Free World
Boston - More Than a Feeling
BTVS OST - Something to Sing About
No Doubt - Just a Girl
Doctor Horrible OST - Everything You Ever -> Doctor Horrible Credits
BTVS OST - Where Do We Go From Here?
Randy Newman - You've Got a Friend in Me

Queen - Killer Queen -> Bohemian Rhapsody
BTVS OST - What You Feel (Reprise)
R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People

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October 12, 2011

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar series Programme 2011/12 (Autumn Term)

We've finalised the first two streams for this year's graduate seminar series! The sessions will take place from 5pm in the Gillian Rose Room (R3.25) in the Ramphal Building, University of Warwick central campus. All are welcome!

Session One: Processess of interpretation: gender and sexuality in celebrity culture – 2nd November 2011

Melanie Kennedy, University of East Anglia: The Jonas Brothers as Tween Pin-ups: The Negotiation of Desire in Young Feminine ‘Becoming’

Clare Reed, University of Reading: The Changing Face of Lesbian Programming

Izzy Gutteridge, University of Warwick: Picturing Fame

Session Two: Gender, migration and citizenship – 23rd November 2011

Evelyn Sulem, University of Warwick: Transnational Migration in Mexican Indigenous Communities: The Reconstruction of Gender and the Empowerment of Indigenous Women

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, London School of Economics and Political Science: Nexus between Gender, Migration and Forest Governance: Re-thinking Community Forestry Policies in Nepal

Menah Raven-Ellison, Queen Mary, University of London: Beyond Detention: Women, Home and Mental Wellbeing

October 11, 2011

Eureka! The cleaning ritual as a nexus of academic creativity

showerA month or two ago I had an extremely productive shower. As my thoughts idly wandered, I began to explore the concept of intersubjectivity - an idea I've had some attachment to since my undergraduate degree in Philosophy. I wondered if I could possibly apply the concept to an article I was working on, in order to better explain a particular social process I had observed.

Suddenly, everything made perfect sense! I spent the next couple of days blissfully fleshing out the idea in my head, wondering if it might even provide the foundation for an ontological backdrop to my PhD project.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

October 10, 2011

Why don't we use video conferencing more?

I had a good old experiment with the the video conferencing software in one of the Wolfson Research Exchange seminar rooms the other day. I'm quite frankly amazed it isn't used more often: the equipment is very powerful and surprisingly user-friendly, although you do need to set aside an hour or two in order to learn how to use it.

What's more exciting than sharing a talk or taking part in a seminar with a person (or even a room of people!) in another part of the world? I admit that's a bit of a geeky question, but then I am a shamelessly geeky researcher. Video conferencing allows you to exchange ideas and engage in discussion with people you might otherwise never be in direct contact with. This is particularly beneficial if your field – like mine – is somewhat obscure. Moreover, it's far less expensive (hire of the seminar rooms is free!) and considerably more comfortable than travelling to a far-flung conference.

>>>Read more at Phd Life.

October 08, 2011

Asexuality: a spotlight on international research – Monday 24th October

In this event the new Mind the Research Gap group will aim to shine a spotlight on the emerging area of asexuality studies. Encompassing a range of disciplines (sociologists, psychologists, therapists) and topics, Spotlight on Asexuality Studies will be an open, friendly and participatory event intended to represent the diverse range of research being conducted on asexuality and breaking down boundaries between asexuality researchers and the asexual community. As well as bringing together researchers in the UK, we’ll be using video conferencing software to allow researchers from around the world to present their work. The afternoon will conclude with an interactive workshop aiming to sketch out the issues which asexuality studies should address in the future.

The event will take place at the University of Warwick during Asexual Awareness Week. We realise that this isn’t an easy place to get to, particularly on a Monday afternoon, even for those who live in the UK. We also realise that there are lots of people who will be interested around the world. Therefore we’re doing our best to make the event as remotely accessible as we possibly can. At the very least this will involve recording the sessions as podcasts and posting them online. However we’re hoping to be able to (a) film the sessions and put them on YouTube (b) live stream the event and allow people to ask questions and participate remotely. We’re not sure if both of these are possible yet but as soon as we have confirmation we’ll post information on here. Watch this space.


Mark Carrigan – Asexuality and sexual culture

CJ Chasin – Insiders and Outsider In Asexuality Research

Mercedes Pöll - Asexual Intimacies

Olivier Cormier-Otaño – Doing without: a therapist’s findings

Mark Carrigan – What is Asexuality Studies? Sketching out a research agenda

(more speakers to be confirmed soon)


Registration is free and all are welcome. To register e-mail:

Monday 24th October
1pm to 6pm
Wolfson Research Exchange
University LIbrary

University of Warwick

Organised by Mind the Research Gap
(Ruth Pearce, Lyndsey Moon, Mark Carrigan)

asexuality poster

October 07, 2011

DJ setlist: Rock It relaunch @ Rosie Malone's, Coventry (6/9/11)

(with Dan Kerr)

AC/DC - Back in Black
Tenacious D - Tribute
Muse - Plug in Baby
Foo Fighters - Rope
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady (r)
Nirvana - In Bloom
Rammstein - Links 234
Xe-None - Dr Jones
Man or Astroman - 9 Volt
The Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles
The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love (r)
The Clash - London Calling (r)
Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch (r)
System of a Down - Violent Pornography (r)
Children of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet? (r)
Judas Priest - The Hell Patrol
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Love Rock N' Roll
Down - Temptation's Wings (r)
Type O Negative - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend (r)
Nine Inch Nails - Wish (r)
Clutch - Power Player (r)
Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
Toto - Falling in Between (r)
The Darkness - Get Your Hands Off My Woman (r)
Turisias - March of the Varangian Guard
Black Sabbath - War Pigs (r)
Megadeth - Peace Sells (r)
Metallica - Battery
Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses
Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
Rainbow - Man on the Silver Mountain (r)
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Epica - Pirates of the Caribbean
Opeth - Bleak
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss
Testament - Into the Pit (r)
Mindless Self Indulgence - Shut Me Up (r)
Marilyn Manson - Disposable Teens
Linkin Park - One Step Closer
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Puddle of Mudd - She Hates Me
Avenged Sevenfold - Welome to the Family (r)
Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away
Korpiklaani - Nordic Feast
Alestorm - Keelhauled
Rob Zombie - Dragula
Def Leppard - Rocket
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (r)

(r) = request

October 01, 2011

Rock It – Thursday 6th October

I will be DJing at Rock It next week - expect a heady mixture of heavy metal, punk, alternative and classic rock anthems!

Rock It will take place every Thursday at Rosie Malone's from next week onwards. I've largely handed over the promotion to an exciting new team - with the gorgeous poster below designed by Krissie Pearse - but will be turning up to DJ on occasions. Next week's set will be my last for a while though due to teaching duties.

>>>Join the Facebook event page here.

rock it poster

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