Category Archives: Cultural Studies (class)

B.A. completed! M.A. to follow!

Having completed the last two requirements of undergraduate work despite not being enrolled (done via CLEPs!) I am now awaiting the final result of a degree audit to make sure everything is on point.

This has been an amazing journey full of pain, sacrifice, exultation, and wonder.

I finished with a flourish — this was not easy but instead rather traumatic. I’m still recovering.

Looking forward to starting my graduate chapter! (Assuming I get a TA post to cover tuition… )




Symbolic Systems adjuvant: “Wittgenstein’s forgotten lesson” from Prospect

“Scientism takes many forms. In the humanities, it takes the form of pretending that philosophy, literature, history, music and art can be studied as if they were sciences, with ‘researchers’ compelled to spell out their ‘methodologies’—a pretence which has led to huge quantities of bad academic writing, characterised by bogus theorising, spurious specialisation and the development of pseudo-technical vocabularies. Wittgenstein would have looked upon these developments and wept.”

[ Full article in Prospect ]

Collections Volunteering: The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

“The Smith has for a number of years encouraged volunteering as part of our collections cataloguing and research efforts particularly for those interested in a career in the cultural sector. Volunteers are provided with a basic training in all aspects of curatorial work and set tasks, projects and lecturing opportunities, if time permits.” (Continued in Collections Volunteering.)

Designing beauty

British Museum blog

Caroline Ingham, Senior Designer: Exhibitions, British Museum

Doryphoros Detail of a Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art is the first major temporary exhibition of sculpture at the British Museum since Hadrian: Empire & Conflict in 2008. It is also the first sculpture show in the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery (Room 30). For the Museum’s Exhibitions team this is the culmination of over a year of intensive work with the exhibition’s designers, Caruso St John architects and Matt Bigg, Surface 3 graphics.

Doryphoros, Diskobolos, Ilissos2 Sculptures on display in the exhibition, from left to right: Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Marble statue of the Diskobolos or ‘discus-thrower’. Roman copy from 2nd…

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Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, BBC Radio 4 Broadcast

“Melvyn Bragg discusses ‘Lives of the Artists’ – the great biographer Giorgio Vasari’s study of Renaissance painters, sculptors and architects. In 1550 a little known Italian artist, Giorgio Vasari, published a revolutionary book entitled ‘Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times’.” (Quote from BBC Radio 4, linked above)

Pi is Beautiful – Numberphile

Published on Jan 3, 2014
With thanks to Martin Krzywinski and Cristian Ilies Vasile

Intro to Cultural Studies: Digital auto-profile of musical subjectivities listening record:

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