Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman is Reader and Co-Director of the Methods Lab in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research and teaching explores bodies, images and visual culture, affect, temporality, especially presents and futures, feminist theory, and inventive methodologies. She is currently working on a book, Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing, and a project, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, on Mediating Presents: Producing ‘the Now’ in Contemporary Digital Culture. Recent publications include a special section of Theory, Culture and Society on ‘Visualising Surfaces, Surfacing Vision’ (2017, with Liz Oakley-Brown) and a special issue of Sociological Review on ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’ (2017, with Richard Tutton).


Outlining some indicative routes via which glitter might be followed, Coleman considers its material properties and the affects it elicits.

Coleman, Page & Palmer brought together feminist academics and artists to examine the relevance and productiveness of the new materialist methods in doing and/or making research. Here, they reflect on the contents of this Focus Issue of MAI.


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Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
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