A selection of past and future talks by John Postill. See also Publications.
23 January 2014. Title TBA. Oxford Digital Ethnography Group (OxDEG), University of Oxford.
3 Dec 2013. Researching practice. Presentation to the practice roundtable, Doing Cultural Studies symposium: Interrogating ‘Practice’ Swinburne University of Technology, Twitter: #dcs2k13.
25 Nov 2013. Ethnography for theorising media and change. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona.
11 Sep 2013. A short history of digital activism in post-Suharto Indonesia. Asia@RMIT Seminar Series, RMIT University, Melbourne, City Campus 80.5.1, 11 September 2013 from 12.15 to 1.30 pm.
26 July 2013. Spain’s post-Franco culture and the indignados movement: change or continuity? (La cultura de la transición española y el movimiento 15M: ¿cambio o continuidad?), Spanish and Latin American Studies Research Seminar Series, RMIT University, Melbourne.
24 May 2013. Mobile phones and actual changes (big and small) in the global South: a preliminary exploration. Keynote address to the Mobile Telephony in the Developing World Conference, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, May 24-25, 2013. [PDF]
14 March 2013. New protest fields and the technological mediation of (non)violence: a diachronic analysis of Spain’s #15M movement. Invited paper to the workshop ‘Beyond The Arab Spring: The Aesthetics And Poetics Of Popular Revolt And Protest’, Aga Kahn University, London.
12 July 2012. Media and social changing since 1979: Towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes. Paper to the EASA 2012 biennial conference, Nanterre, Paris. See e-seminar discussion of revised version (E-seminar 42, Media Anthropology Network).
7 March 2002. The changing mediascape of Spain’s 15-M movement: a processual analysis. Anthropology Department seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
29 February 2012. An anthropological analysis of the use of media for political mobilisation. Invited paper to the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford.
26 Jan 2012. Researching digital media and social change: a theory of practice approach. Invited lecture on practice theory and social media research to doctoral programme, IULM University, Milan.
30 November 2011. Invited paper on media and social change to RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
7-8 October 2011. Invited paper to the advanced seminar Reconceptualizing Sociality convened by Vered Amit, University of Concordia, Montreal. Funded by Canada’s SSHRC.
24-27 August 2010. Mobile rewards: a critical review of the Mobiles for Development (M4D) literature. Paper (with Francisco Osorio) to the Media Anthropology Network workshop: The Rewards of Media, EASA2010: Crisis and imagination, Maynooth (Ireland).
25-27 June 2010. Social media activism: three working assumptions. Paper to the symposium Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 25-27 June 2010
26 March 2009. Two modes of governance, one social field: digital media and residential affairs in a Kuala Lumpur suburb. Presentation to the workshop Modes of Governance in Digitally Networked Environments, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.
20 February 2009. Invited lecture ‘Tecnologías personales y liderazgo social en zonas residenciales: los casos de Kuala Lumpur, Toronto, Melbourne y Tel Aviv’, Department of Sociology II, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.
28 January 2009. Local leadership, personal media: a practice-theoretical approach. Invited lecture to the Department for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau.
10 May 2008. Keynote to Mending the Gaps: Re-Thinking Media Theory and Practice symposium, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
2 April 2008. From action groups to smart mobs: a review of old and new conceptualisations of ad-hoc political action. Paper to the 58th Political Studies Association Annual, Swansea University, Wales, 1-3 April 2008.
11 March 2008. New media audiences: recent anthropological research. Invited public lecture, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University.
4 October 2007. The elements of media: a field theoretical exploration. Invited presentation to the German Anthropological Association (DGV) conference, Martin Lüther University, Wittenberg-Halle.
25 June 2007. The study of media and literacy beyond the ideological paradigm. Invited presentation to the symposium ‘Ecriture and Literacy: the constitution of a field of research in Great Britain and France’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris.
8-12 May 2007. From action-sets to smart mobs: a review of old and new conceptualisations of sociality in action. Paper to the workshop ‘Old And New Reconceptualizations of Sociality’ Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) Annual Conference, Toronto University.
19 Nov 2006. New mediators and e-governance in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, 1999-2005. Paper to the EASA conference, Bristol, 18-21 September.
1 Nov 2006. Internet activism and local government in Malaysia. Invited seminar presentation, Anthropology Department, Durham University.
6 Sep 2006. Media change and the limits of field theory. Paper to the conference ‘Media Change and Social Theory’, 6-8 September 2006, St Hughs College, University of Oxford.
10 May 2006. Dramas, fields, and threads: exploring sociality in a Malaysian cyberdistrict. Paper to the workshop ‘Complementing Community: Expanding the Conceptual Repertoire of Sociation’ Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, May 9-15 2006.
12 April 2006. The proliferation of social technologies and its challenge to anthropological theories of urban sociation, Paper to the ASA Diamond Jubilee Conference Keele, 10-13 April 2006.
9 Dec 2005 A few comments on media and sociation. Paper to the EASA Media Anthropology Workshop ‘Using anthropological theory to understand media forms and practices’, Loughborough University, 9 December 2005.
Sep 2005. Internet y epidemiología cultural en Malasia: reflexiones desde la antropología cognitiva. Paper to the Spanish Anthropology Conference, Seville, September 2005.
14 Oct 2004 New Media and local governance in a multiethnic suburb of Kuala Lumpur. Paper to Culture and Media Analysis Research Group (CaMarg), University of Loughborough, UK, 14 October 2004.
3 Aug 2004. Running suburbia: new media and local governance in Subang Jaya. Paper to the 4th International Malaysian Studies Conferences, UKM, Bangi, Malaysia, 3-5 August 2004.
28 Feb 2004. E-governance in Subang Jaya: some anthropological findings, ATMA, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 28 February 2004.
12 Sep 2003. The development of sustainable propaganda. Paper to the conference Cabaran Pembangunan, Dilema Persekitaran (Development Challenges, Environmental Dilemmas) UKM, Bangi, Malaysia 12-13 September 2003.
10 July 2003. Local e-governance in Subang Jaya, Malaysia: a preliminary report. Netcultures research meeting, Anthropology Department, University of Manchester, 10 July 2003.
30 May 2003. Anthropology as a historical science. Public lecture at the Chinese State Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur, 30 May 2003.
9 Oct 2002. The social life and afterlife of Iban TV sets. Anthropology Department Research Seminar, University College London, 9 October 2002.
14 Sep 2002. Nation-states as culture areas: a comparison of popular media in Bali and Sarawak. Paper to the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Workshop “Globalizing Media and Local Society in Indonesia ”, Leiden, 13–14 September 2002.
5 June 2002. Images, bodies and media: an anthropological introduction. Keynote address to the Anthropological Meeting, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, 5 June 2002.
7 Dec 2001. The visual anthropology of non-visual anthropologists. Paper to the Research Group (Graduiertenkolleg) on “Image, Body, Media”, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, 7 December 2001.
22 Sep 2001. Using maps and diagrams to teach ethnology. Paper to the panel ‘Iconography in anthropological teaching, research and representation’, part of ‘Working Images’, a joint meeting of the Visual Anthropology Network and Teaching Anthropology Network of the EASA, Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Lisbon, 20th-23rd September 2001.
28 July 2000. Borneo again? Media and the nationalisation of East Malaysia. Paper to the workshop ‘Deterritorialising and Territorialising the Nation’ of the 6th EASA Conference, Krakow, 26-29 July 2000.
11 July 2000. Of popular images and anthropological method. Lecture to the Anthropology Department, University of Heidelberg, 11 July 2000.
24 Feb 2000. Social anthropology, media and development. Paper to the conference ‘Anthropology, Mass Media and Local Development’. UTAD, Miranda do Douro, Portugal, 24-26 February 2000.
13 Dec 1999. Ritual, media and sound among the Iban of Malaysian Borneo. Paper to the Symposium ‘Turn on and Tune in: Media and Sound in Anthropology’. University of Frankfurt (Main), 13 December 1999.
26 April 1999. The uneven distribution of visual representations across human regions: a comparative exploration. Lecture to the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, 26 April 1999.
6 March 1999. Ritual, performance and media: the Iban case. Invited presentation to the Media and Religion Workshop, School of Oriental and African Studies. London, 6 March 1999.
4 April 1998. The Iban Section of Radio Televisyen Malaysia. Paper (in Iban) to the workshop on the current situation and futures of Iban-language broadcasting. Kuching, 4 April 1998.
10 April 1998. Media and social change among the Iban of Sarawak: some preliminary reflections. Invited lecture to the Museum of Sarawak in collaboration with the Council for Customary Law. Kuching, 10 April 1998.
2 May 1995. A Sandinist counterattack in Borneo: a late reply to Derek Freeman (in Spanish). Special lecture at the National Museum of Anthropology. Madrid, 2 May 1995.