LA Plays Itself in Science Fiction

Science-Fiction L.A.: Words and World-Building in the City of Angels will take place on October 28–29 at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. As the interplay between visions of the future and cities as we live in and build them is one of my very favorite subjects, I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate on a panel on LA's central role in visions of California and the future.

Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum

I'll be presenting at the ISA World Forum in Vienna on July 10 as part of the Visual Sociology Working Group. The panel is a series of presenters discussing the environment, the Anthropocene, and visual media—some of my favorite subjects. Very pleased to be included and looking forward to the other talks. The Forum runs … Continue reading Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum

This Year’s Model

Very pleased to see Elizabeth Wissinger's This Year's Model out in print from NYU Press. It's a fascinating look at the standardization of both the modeling industry, and the ironclad proportions of the model body that have been the subject of such intense debate. I contributed to the project by sourcing historical images and doing archival … Continue reading This Year’s Model

Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch

Since the summer of 2012, I've been involved in a project at UC Santa Cruz that is an attempt to get scholars from different disciplines who study sustainability to collaborate and forge a shared vocabulary for common solutions to our collective challenges. The project collects sites where different logics of sustainability—market forces and utopian impulses, … Continue reading Critical Sustainabilities Site Launch