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Celia Lury (Professor)

Celia Lury (Professor)

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 also interested in the ways in which 'live' methods contribute to the enactment of social worlds. My 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 include 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).

Research Profile

Interdisciplinary methodologies; feminist and cultural theory; sociology of culture; branding and consumer culture; numbers and names.

Academic Profile

I took up the position of Director at CIM 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

Selected Publications

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
Room B0.10
University of Warwick

Email: C dot Lury at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24761 51757