Arguing on Facebook about COVID: a case study of key beliefs, rationales and strategies

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, social media platforms have become well-known for both disseminating misinformation and conspiracy theories as well as acting as valuable information sources concerning the novel coronavirus and governments’ efforts to manage and contain COVID. Facebook in particular – the world’s most popular social media site –…

Face masks in the wild: a photographic collection

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
Last April, my co-authored book The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis was published (written with Clare Southerton, Marianne Clark and Ash Watson when we were all part of the Vitalities Lab that I lead at UNSW Sydney). We feature several images of face masks in the…

Expression of interest: applications for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

The next round of the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme closes in November 2021, with funding beginning in 2023. Applications require a long lead time of development and mentor support. If you are an early career researcher with an outstanding track record relative to opportunity who is currently around 3-4 years (butContinue reading “Expression of interest: applications for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)”

Our new book is now out – The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis

We are excited to announce that our co-authored Vitalities Lab team book has just been released. Details are available on Amazon and our publisher De Gruyter’s website. For a companion volume, check out the book co-edited by Deborah Lupton with Karen Willis, The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives, also just released. We argue in the bookContinue reading “Our new book is now out – The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis”

New Vitalities Lab webinar series on innovative methods

The Vitalities Lab has launched a new webinar series involving short-form presentations (slides plus voice-over). These webinars are designed to be clear explanations about using innovative methods and analysing the materials generated. They can be used in undergraduate and postgraduate methods teaching or by any interested researcher. The ‘Breaking Methods’ series can be found onContinue reading “New Vitalities Lab webinar series on innovative methods”

COVID society – some resources I have put together for social researchers

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
? ? Over the past fortnight, I’ve put together a few open-access resources concerning what an initial agenda for COVID-related social research could be and research methods for conducting fieldwork in the COVID world. Links are below: Conducting¬† Fieldwork in a Pandemic (Google Doc crowd-sourced resource) Social Research for…

Digital Food Cultures book now published

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
? My latest book, Digital Food Cultures, co-edited with Zeena Feldman, has now been published with Routledge, as part of their Critical Food Studies Series. The abstracts and authors of each chapter are listed below. A book preview on Google Books is available here. 1. Understanding Digital Food Cultures:…

Call for abstracts – special section on ‘Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic’

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
For those people who feel they might like to contribute their expertise and insights, please see this call for papers for a special section of Health Sociology Review I am editing on sociology and the coronavirus. This is a fast-tracked process designed to get important insights out as quickly…

Digitised quarantine: a new form of health dataveillance

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
Most social analyses of the use of personal health data for dataveillance (watching and monitoring people using information gathered about them) have largely focused on people who engage in voluntary self-tracking to promote or manage their health and fitness. With the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), a new form…

Vitalities Lab Newsletter Number 7

6 February 2020 The Vitalities Lab is led by SHARP Professor Deborah Lupton, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Team members are Dr Ashleigh Watson, Dr Clare Southerton and Dr Marianne Clark. Further details here. New academic publications Clark, M. I., & Thorpe, H. (2019). Towards diffractive ways ofContinue reading “Vitalities Lab Newsletter Number 7”