Meet the Editors

MFeatherstoneMike Featherstone: Editor-in-Chief

Mike Featherstone is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been Editor of Theory, Culture & Society since its establishment in 1982 at Teesside University, and was founding co-editor of Body & Society in 1995, becoming editor-in chief in 2008. He is also the founding editor of the Theory, Culture & Society Book Series.

He is the author of Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (1991, second edition 2007) and Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity (1995). Co-author of Surviving Middle Age (1982). Editor of Postmodernism (1988), Global Culture (1990), Georg Simmel (1991) Cultural Theory and Cultural Change (1992), Love and Eroticism (1999), Body Modification (2000). Co-editor of The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory (1991), Global Modernities (1995), Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment (1995), Images of Ageing (1995), Simmel on Culture (1997), Spaces of Culture (1999) and Recognition and Difference (2002), Automobilities (2005), Problematizing Global Knowledge (2006). He is also the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on social and cultural theory, consumer and global culture, ageing and the body. His books and articles have been translated into sixteen languages. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism has been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish. Undoing Culture has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Portuguese. Other books and articles have been translated into Bulgarian, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian and Ukrainian. He has spent time as a visiting professor in Barcelona, Geneva, Kyoto, Recife, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

Sunil Manghani: Joint Managing Editor

Sunil Manghani is Professor of Theory, Practice & Critique and Deputy Head of School, Director of Research and Enterprise at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He studied Anthropology and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the early 1990s, and later completed a Masters and PhD in Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham.

He teaches and writes on various aspects of critical theory, visual arts and image studies. In overseeing the PhD programme at the School he is engaged with a wide range doctoral research and helps to support the broader research community. He has a particular interest in the practice-based PhD and is currently engaged in a project, Situations of Writing, which examines ‘writing’ as a diverse set of practices and the writer as both author and producer.

Rainer Winter: Joint Managing Editor

Rainer Winter is Professor of Media and Cultural Theory and Head of the Institute for Media and Communications at Alpen-Adria-Universitaet in Klagenfurt on Lake Woerther (Austria). His background is in sociology, psychology and philosophy. He is the (co-)author and (co-)editor of more than 30 books, including: Handbuch Filmsoziologie (2019), Enigma Agency (2019), Das vergessene Subjekt (2019), (Mis)Understanding Political Participation. Digital Practices, New Forms of Participation and the Renewal of Democracy (2018),  Handbuch Mediensoziologie (2018), Die Herausforderung des Films. Soziologische Antworten (2018), Die Kunst des Eigensinns. Cultural  Studies als Kritik der Macht (2017, second edition), Der produktive Zuschauer (2010, second edition) and Global America? The Cultural Consequences of Globalization (2003). His current research is in the area of digitalization, subjectivity and control.

David BeerDavid Beer is Professor of Sociology at the University of York. He is the author of The Quirks of Digital Culture (2019), Georg Simmel’s Concluding Thoughts: Worlds, Lives, Fragments (2019), The Data Gaze (2018), Metric Power (2016), Punk Sociology (2014), Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation (2013) and New Media: The Key Concepts (2008, with Nicholas Gane). He is also the editor of The Social Power of Algorithms (2017). 

Ryan BishopRyan Bishop  teaches at the Winchester College of Art, University of Southampton, UK. He has published on critical theory, literature, aesthetics, military technology, urbanisim and international sex tourism. His most recent books include the edited collection Baudrillard Now (2009 Polity) and Modernist Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology: Technicities of Perception (co-authored with John Phillips, Edinburgh UP). He is editor of the Theory Now series for Polity, and with Mike Featherstone, Couze Venn and John Phillips, co-edits the New Encyclopaedia Project.

lisa blackmanLisa Blackman became Editor of Body & Society in 2008, and has been pioneering and developing the area of body-studies at the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, since 1994. Her current research is in the area of subjectivity, affect and bodies.

Her work in the area of embodiment and voice-hearing has been recognised and commended for its innovative approach to mental health research and it has been acclaimed by the Hearing Voices Network, Intervoice, and has been taken up in professional psychiatric contexts, as well as making a substantive contribution to the fields of critical psychology and body-studies. Her current research in the area of subjectivity, affect and bodies has been published in Theory, Culture and Society as well as other esteemed journals, and has been consolidated in a book published in the TCS Book Series in 2011, Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Relationality and the Problem of Personality. She has published three other books: Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience (2001, Free Association Books); Mass Hysteria: Critical Psychology and Media Studies (2001, Palgrave co-authored with Valerie Walkerdine) and The Body: The Key Concepts (2008, Berg).

Josef Bleicher’s books include: The Hermeneutic Imagination (1982) and Contemporary Hermeneutics (1990). He is an independent scholar, and teaches Goethean science. His current research is on ‘Nature as text: Goethean science as a hermeneutic of nature’.

roger.burrowsRoger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University. His background is in sociology, social policy and urban studies. He is a methodological pluralist but has made extensive use of quantitative methods in his work. He was the coordinator of the ESRC e-Society Research programme between 2005-2008.

Norman K. Denzin is Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Indians on Display; Custer on Canvas; The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Searching for Yellowstone; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur’s Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of four editions of the Handbook of Qualitative Research, co-editor (with Michael D. Giardina) of eight plenary volumes from the annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, and editor of three book series.

eldenStuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick. He is one of the editors of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. He is the author of five books, including most recently The Birth of Territory (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); and editor of a further seven, including Sloterdijk Now (Polity, 2012) and Reading Kant’s Geography (SUNY Press, 2011, with Eduardo Mendieta). He is currently working on a book on Foucault, a project on territory in Shakespeare’s plays, and the concepts of earth and world.

Nicholas GaneNicholas Gane is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. His publications include: Max Weber and Postmodern Theory (Palgrave, 2002); The Future of Social Theory (Continuum, 2004); New Media: The Key Concepts (with David Beer, Berg, 2008). He edited the Theory, Culture and Society Annual Review from 2006-09, and has just completed a book entitled Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism (2012) for Palgrave.

Rosalind GillRosalind Gill is Professor of Cultural & Social Analysis at City, University of London. She is known for her research interests in gender and media, cultural work, new technologies and mediated intimacy. Her work also has a strong methodological focus, particularly in discursive, narrative and visual methods. For the last decade her research has made a significant contribution to debates about the “sexualization of culture”.

kempleThomas M. Kemple is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently working on several projects which explore the literary genres of social scientific arguments. His earlier book on the melodramatic form of Marx’s critique of political economy developed a method he is now employing to examine the allegorical structure of Weber’s conception of interpretive sociology. A related study of Simmel’s sociological metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics examines the silenced or suppressed dimensions classic, foundational, or canonical texts in the history of the social sciences.  Recovering lost concepts, alternative genealogies, and forgotten figures in the field helps us to rethink the legacy of post-Marxian critical theories of capitalism (from Marcuse to Bourdieu), post-Weberian histories of occidental rationality (from Parsons to Foucault), and post-Durkheimian cultural analyses of civilizing processes(from Elias to Baudrillard). A major concern of these studies is with how sociological theorizing can be approached not just as a scientific enterprise but also as a visual, oral, and literary craft.

Scott lashScott Lash’s recent books include Critique of Information (2002), Global Culture Industry (2007) and Intensive Culture (2010). His books have been translated into 15 languages. He has directed a series of large-scale research projects on technological media from 1996 to present. He is currently running a project on the Chinese city, in regard to which he has learned Mandarin. This research will be published under the title Local State Capitalism: Urban China.  He is also a Project Leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme.

adrian_mackenzieAdrian Mackenzie is Professor of Sociology at Australian National University. His interests include technological and scientific cultures, social and cultural theory, media and cultural studies, especially in relation to new media, network cultures, critical design and post-genomic sciences.


Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

Mbembe’s research interests lie in the social sciences and African history and politics. He challenges the way in which otherness and difference have been conceived in terms of race, to justify the relations of domination and exploitation which culminated with the slave trade, colonization and apartheid. He investigates the “postcolony” that comes after decolonization and attempts to renew and reinterpret our understanding of power and subjectivity in contemporary Africa and to subvert some key assumptions of postcolonial theory. He is especially interested in the emergence of “Afro-cosmopolitan culture,” together with the artistic practices that are associated with it.

His many books include Sortir de la grande nuit (2010), Critique de la raison nègre (2013) and Politiques de l’inimitié (2016). The English edition of Critique of Black Reason was translated by Laurent Dubois and published by Duke University Press in 2017. His work dismantles the ways of thinking and functioning of decolonized Africa in the wake of the demotion of Europe as the centre of gravity of the world.

john_phillips_photoJohn Phillips is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. He writes on philosophy, literature, critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, urbanism and military technology. He is co-author with Ryan Bishop of Modernist Avant-garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology: Technicities of Perception (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), and he is currently researching a project on autoimmunity in biotechnology and political philosophy.

RobShieldsRob Shields, Co-Editor, Space and Culture.  Research Director, Intermedia Research Studio.  City-Region Studies Centre Academic Director.  Henry Marshall Tory Chair and Professor, Departments of Sociology / Art and Design, University of Alberta. His work spans architecture, planning and urban and regional geography.  His interdisciplinary research is in the areas of cultural studies, regional development and locative media in the Intermedia Research Studio and in the City-Region Studies Centre.  Current research includes the late work of Jean-Francois Lyotard and of Jean Baudrillard, suburban retail, facilitating studies of nanotech research clusters and publishing projects such as a ‘Strategic Thinking for Regions’, a Departmental anthology of faculty and students on  ‘Ecologies of Affect’, and a monograph on ‘Topologies of Space’.  His early career was in passive solar architectural design.  He founded ‘Space and Culture’ an international peer-refereed journal, and ‘CURB’ planning magazine, has lectured in half a dozen countries on the identities of ‘Places on the Margin’, on consumption and ‘Lifestyle Shopping’ (ed. 1993), urban and architectural issues such as ‘What is a City? Rethinking the Urban After Katrina’ (ed. 2008), and Building Tomorrow: Innovation in Construction (ed. 2005), as well as theorists such as ‘Lefebvre’ (1999), and the relevance of ‘The Virtual’ (2003) and of ‘Cultures of Internet’ (ed. 1996) to everyday urban life.

Tiziana TerranovaTiziana Terranova teaches, researches and writes about the cultural politics of new media and digital networks. She has studied, taught and researched such subjects at various UK Universities (including Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Essex) before accepting a position as Associate Professor in the Sociology of Communications at the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’ where she is also vice-director of the PhD Programme in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies. She is the author of Network Culture: politics for the information age (Pluto Press, 2004) and numerous other essays and reviews for newspapers, magazines and journals (Il Manifesto, Mute, Social Text, Theory, Culture & Society). She is a member of the Italian free university network ‘uninomade’; of the editorial board of the Italian journal Studi Culturali (Il Mulino).