Professor Celia Lury (Centre Director)
My main research contribution is to the development of the interdisciplinary study of culture. I have made a series of studies of cultural change, focusing on the implications of such change for understandings of the person, processes of individualisation and the relations between individuals and groups. I am currently exploring these topics as a member of a collaborative interdisciplinary project called 'People Like You': Contemporary Figures of Personalisation, funded by The Wellcome Trust.
I am also interested in the ways in which 'live' methods contribute to the enactment of social worlds. A current focus involves looking at the role of methods such as ranking, optimisation, and bio-sensing in the making of a topological culture. Recent publications on this topic include: Problem Spaces: Why and How Methodology Matters, Polity 2021; the co-edited volume, Routledge International Handbook of Interdisciplinary Methods, 'What is the empirical?', Inventive Methods, (co-edited with Nina Wakeford, Routledge, 2012), Measure and Value (co-edited with Lisa Adkins, Blackwell, 2012), and a Special Issue of Theory, Culture and Society on Topologies of Culture (co-edited with Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova).
Interdisciplinary methodologies; feminist and cultural theory; sociology of culture; branding and consumer culture; numbers and names.
I was the founding Director of CIM, which was established in January 2012. I had previously been Professor and Head of Department (from 2007-2010) in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to that I was in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, where I was Co-Director of the Institute for Women Studies (with Beverley Skeggs, from 1994-7). I hold a DPhil and MA in Sociology from the University of Manchester and a BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of York.
Current Research Projects
'People Like You': Contemporary Figures of Personalisation, a Wellcome Medical Humanities Collaborative award
The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods
(2 Feb 2018)
Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (Culture, Economy, and the Social)
(1 Aug 2013)
Theory, Culture and Society: Topologies of Culture
Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things
(4 Apr 2007)
Brands: The Logos of the Global Economy
(12 Aug 2004)
Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism
Prosthetic Culture: Photography, Memory and Identity
Research Students Supervised
- Esteban Damiani - 'Digital Economies and the public: Analysing social media, online metrics and value production in the 2014 Uruguayan political campaign'
- Craig Gent - 'The Dashboard and the Stack: the post-Fordist reconfiguration of work through dashboard interfaces'
- Silvia Mollicchi - 'Complex art practices and the phenomenon of cultural iridescence'
Scott Wark - 'Meme Theory'
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick
Email: C dot Lury at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24761 51757