Social Media and the City

On Tuesday, March 26, I will give a talk in the Urban Studies program at Leiden University’s The Hague campus. The title of the talk is “Social Media and the City: A Computational and Ethnographic Investigation,” and it will provide glimpses of the research I conducted with Justus Uitermark over the last few years on the interface between urban space and social media. Here’s the description of the talk: In the everyday lives of contemporary urban dwellers, the distinction between online and offline is no longer meaningful.

Crossing and Dwelling

It has been a while since I last posted a professional update here. The reason hasn’t been a lack of news, but rather that so much was in flux, it was difficult to decide on the right time for a stocktaking. Then, when things began settling down earlier this year, I dove right into my new work, leading me to prioritize other things.

Cyberculture and the Integration of Science and Religion

I decided to ground my reflection on the frontiers of digital work on religion in a discussion of two publications that have emerged over the past year that both seek to bring science writing to new publics.1 I chose these two publications not because I think these publications are “the most exciting and productive” examples of such work – they may or may not be – but because they appear to make interesting case studies of work being done to bring together digital media and religion.

Presentation at History of Sociology Symposium

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, I will be giving a talk at the symposium of the History of Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. The symposium under the theme “Reenvisioning the History of Sociology” will take place at the New School in parallel with the ASA Annual Meeting. The title of my presentation is “The Axial Age and the Problems of the Twentieth Century: Du Bois, Jaspers, and Universal History.”

Inventing the Axial Age: The Outtakes

At long last, my article with John Torpey, “Inventing the Axial Age: The Origins and Uses of a Historical Concept,” has been published in Theory and Society. It has been in the making for a number of years, and as inevitably happens in the course of such a project, a lot of material didn’t make it into the final version. Things that at first seemed interesting enough for their own section became paragraphs, only to be relegated to footnotes, and ultimately even these were deleted in an effort to comply with word limits. Luckily, there are no word limits online, so here are a few brief outtakes from the paper that may still have some value to somebody out there. Maybe the days spent digging through musty books at the New York Public Library weren’t for naught.

Provincializing the European Religious Landscape

Earlier this fall, Perspectives on Europe, the journal of the Council for European Studies, published a brief report I wrote about fieldwork that I conducted a few years ago with funding from the Council’s pre-dissertation fellowship. Since the report appears behind a paywall, here’s the full text.