To commemorate the importance of Ben Agger, Professor of Sociology at UTA, and Founding Editor of FAST CAPITALISM, we are accepting analytical, critical, historical or theoretical articles about the life and work of Ben Agger to publish in a special issue of FAST CAPITALISM in the coming months. Ben was an influential sociologist, dynamic teacher, and trail-blazing intellectual whose impact on the social sciences, neo-Marxism, cyberculture studies, sociology, and cultural studies is well-worth exploring in depth. His work on public sociology, fast capitalism, social ontology, cultural studies, and higher education continues to be very important, and we hope to provide a “go-to” definitive, first source for those who remain intrigued by his work now and in the future with this special issue.
In addition to these contributions, we also are interested in receiving briefer personal reflections about Ben as a colleague, friend, mentor, teacher or writer. Please submit your contributions to Tim Luke <firstname.lastname@example.org> and David Arditi <email@example.com> as well as any questions that you might have about participating in this project. We will accept contributions through December 15, 2016, but we welcome early submissions.
Digital Humanities is a contested field. With little agreement on exactly what Digital Humanities means it has been deemed both the savior of the humanities and, as recently claimed in the London Review of Books, a “neoliberal tool” (Allington, et al, 2016) bent on destroying traditional humanities departments. Yet, despite the disagreements and debates, we believe that students need a guide to introduce them to the methods digital humanitarians employ. This guide is designed to give students the capacity to study, interpret and present a range of cultural material and practices; develop practical and reflexive understandings of software and digital devices; and explore ways to collaborate and contribute to scholarly communities and public discourse. Continue reading “CFP Handbook of Methods in the Digital Humanities”
I am David Arditi, and as you may have heard, I was recently appointed to serve as Director of the Center for Theory. For many of you, my name is brand new, but I just completed my fourth year at UTA as an Assistant Professor. For the first 3 years, I was in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, but over the past year, I transitioned to Sociology.
My overall goal for the Center is to build intellectual community, support faculty research, and have the Center serve as a meeting place for collaborative work. Next year, the Center will extend the Colloquium series and bring a guest speaker to campus. I would like to set-up a meeting with interested faculty about possible future research projects housed in the Center (research projects, brown bag lunches to discuss work, etc.), ideas for workshops, and possibly setting up a theory mentoring program for junior faculty. Part of my plan is to create an executive board and designate affiliated faculty. Please let me know if you may be interested in serving.
In the Fall, I would like to coordinate a meeting with interested faculty about the future of the Center. This Summer, I am interested in meeting with anyone that would like to discuss their ideas for the Center – please contact me if you are interested in meeting.
In other news, Fast Capitalism 13.1 is close to publication under the editorial leadership of Timothy Luke at Virginia Tech. The journal remains housed at UTA—I serve as the Co-Editor (the plan is for me to become editor after I receive tenure), and Beth Anne Shelton is the Coordinating Editor.
I look forward to working with you all.
Ben Agger, founding Director of the Center for Theory, passed away suddenly during the Summer of 2015. The following is an article written by The Shorthorn, the University of Texas’ student newspaper.
Ben Agger, sociology and anthropology professor, die
Ben Agger will never know how life-changing he was to Chad Austin.
Agger, sociology and anthropology professor, headed sociology graduate student Austin’s thesis committee. His thesis includes his journey through his 170-pound weight loss and research on Body Dysmorphic Disorder—when a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in his or her appearance. Continue reading “In Memory of Ben Agger”