CCSR committee member Tim Lawrence read from and spoke about his new biography of Arthur Russell, Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92, on 3 June at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Organised by the Modern Institute, the event began with a screening of Wild Combination and was followed by music from invited DJs. Tim also presented a keynote paper (on Arthur Russell and queer musicianship) at the Sounds Queer conference, King’s College London, on 4 June.
The Politics of Consumption, a seminar organised by CCSR and held at UEL on May 18th, 2010 was an event intended to bring together experts and early-career researchers from both within and beyond the academy in order to discuss political and ethical issues around changing patterns of consumption in the 21st century economy.
The event featured a number of leading academics in the field – including anthropologist Daniel Miller from UCL, political philosopher Kate Soper from London Met and cultural historian Mica Nava from UEL – as well as the prominent Member of Parliament, Jon Cruddas, and Neal Lawson, the chair of Compass, a prominent organisation which has taken a leading role in social and political campaigns against, for example, ‘the commercialisation of childhood’.
The day was well-attended with over 100 attendees from across the UK as well as a number from overseas, and produced a very lively and engaged debate between proponents of a number of theoretical and political perspectives on the role of consumption and ‘consumerism’.
Download documents and audio-visual resources for previous CCSR events
- Machine: The Difference & Repetition of James Brown
- Wild Combination
- Technology, Creativity & Capitalism
- Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: The End of Neoliberalism?
- The Hardcore Continuum? A Discussion
- New Research in Cultural Studies
- Crisis Culture Project: Archiving the Everyday
- Studies in Evil Media flier and podcast
- Articulation, National Unity, and the Aesthetics of Living Against Occupation: reflections on the Palestinian condition
- Losing the War of Academic Independence: Tales from the Trenches on Both Sides of the Atlantic
- Techno-Death: Technology, Death & The Cultural Imagination
- Modernism After Postmodernism: Is there a future beyond capitalist realism?
- I’m Ugly but Trendy: Funk Carioca Screening/Discussion
- Hold onto Your Dreams: Arthur Russell & the Downtown Music Scene
- Romance, Marriage & Heterosexual Desires