PhD scholarship opportunity to study youth transitions, work and wellbeing at the University of Melbourne with the Life Patterns team (including TASA members Johanna Wyn and Dan Woodman).
Closing date is soon, September 16, 2016!
Information on scholarship benefits, eligibility and how to apply, here: http://education.unimelb.edu.au/study_with_us/scholarships_and_financial_support/scholarships_list/opportunities/education-work-and-wellbeing-in-young-adulthood-strategic-scholarship
Dr Hernan Cuervo can be contacted for further information: [email protected]
Friday essay: From Bowie to Bieber – the under-appreciated art of the music video
The spectacular release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade earlier this year, and the critical response to it, has fleetingly put the music video in the spotlight. For a ubiquitous and influential art form, music videos tend to be easily dismissed and under-analysed, which means it took something as extreme as Beyoncé’s approach – an entire album complete with extraordinary visuals and social commentary – to draw attention to them.
This Sunday, the MTV music video awards will be held at Madison Square Garden. Beyoncé has received 11 nominations and there is even a new award category called Breakthrough Long Form Video, suggesting her influence continues to ripple through the industry. Adele has received eight nominations. Two videos featuring the late David Bowie, Lazarus and Blackstar, have been nominated for three awards. Read more…
During a four-month period, between September 2015 and January 2016, nine TASA members were Awarded their PhDs:
Name: Matthew Bunn, PhD, October 2015
Title: In the echoes of mountains: embodying climbing practice
Institution: University of Newcastle
Supervisors: Dr Barry Morris and D. Steven Threadgold
Summary: This thesis is a social phenomenology of climbing. Along with 35 interviews, it is based on 18 months of multi-site ethnographic fieldwork with climbers engaged in high-risk rock climbing styles and ice, alpine and expeditionary climbing. The concept of habitus has been used as a core guiding concept for this research, particularly its improvisational and generative components. However, habitus is shown to have shortcomings in dealing with accounts of the individual in action because it has been theorised with an insensitivity to the scope of observation and analysis. To address this, the concept of the embodied echo is introduced as a means to explore the more radically embodied and experiential components of habitus in the act of climbing. Through the use of echoes as an allegory for the construction of dispositions, it is possible to give specific accounts to the processes of dispositional acquisition, mutation and activation. In effect, it functions as a theory of the habitus in motion.