Jeremy Gilbert





Oct 1995 -    DPhil in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex 

Sep 1999         Graduate Centre in Culture and Communication (p/t, then f/t)


Thesis: ‘After Postmodernism: Cultures, Community and Radical Democracy’. Successfully defended (no corrections) June 2000.

Supervisors:  Dr James Donald and Professor William Outhwaite

Examiners:  Professor Ernesto Laclau and Professor Paul Smith



Oct 1994-     MA Critical Theory (Distinction) 

Sep 1995     University of Sussex Graduate Research Centre in the Humanities 



Sep 1991-     BA (Hons) Cultural Studies (1st) University of East London

June 1994 


Primary and Secondary Education at various local state schools,  mainly in the North-West of England (two school years spent at state schools in Metropolitan Atlanta).


Academic Employment


2013-present Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, University of East London


Key responsibilities: 

  • Co-director, Centre for Cultural Studies Research 

  • Module leader for level 3 undergraduate modules ‘Music, Sound and the Body’ and ‘Political, Cultural and Social Change: 1900-2015

  • PhD supervision (3 completions at UEL: James McNally, Alex Williams, Blake Morris; one completion at the University of Lausanne: Pierre Raboud)

  • Teaching: lectures, seminars and tutorials


During this time I made a key contribution to UEL’s  successful UoA 36 REF 2014 submission and developed a core and well-received module on  modern history for final-year history  students.The Centre for Cultural Studies Research organised and promoted  a wide range of events, including a high-profile  series of free public courses on contemporary politics and theory. 


The journal New Formations, which I edited throughout this period, published what many regard as the most important issue in the history of the journal, our 2013 double issue Neoliberal Culture (re-published as a book in 2016). In collaboration with Professor Tim Lawrence, I developed a more streamlined version of our earlier bid for funding to research the social, cultural and political context for the emergence of ‘jungle’ music (the antecedent to ‘grime’ and ‘dubstep’) in the early 1990s, this time submitted to the Leverhulme Trust. I also undertook a major translation project for the first time during this period, overseeing, editing, introducing and contributing to the translation of Maurizio Lazzarato’s Experimental Politics.


During this period my public profile as a political commentator and organiser also rose considerably, with a number of media appearances and my work and commentary regularly cited by prominent figures in the press. In July 2016, writing in the Guardian, George Monbiot described me as ‘one of the crucial thinkers charting a new direction for the British left’. In May 2017 I accepted an invitation to become a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.



2008-2013 Reader in Cultural Studies, University of East London


Key responsibilities: 

  • Founding committee member and co-director since 2010-12, Centre for Cultural Studies Research 

  • Programme Leader for MA Cultural Studies 

  • Module leader for level 3 undergraduate Cultural Studies core modules which were adopted as core modules by Politics, Sociology and Advertising programmes.

  • PhD supervision (5 completions: Rebecca Brammall, Laura Junka, Jorge Camarcho, Andrew Branch,  Jamie Hakim)

  • Teaching: lectures, seminars and tutorials

  • Course leadership and development

  • Acting Programme Leader for BA Cultural Studies, September-December 2011



While continuing to teach and supervise extensively at undergraduate, MA and doctoral levels - a major focus of my work during this time was the development of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research, having been the organizer of most of its key events and having become co-director during the 2010/11 academic year. The centre hosted events on music culture, politics, consumption, technology and literature involving  participants from across and outside the UK, from a range of academic and other backgrounds, and developed two funding bids for an AHRC research network on ‘Music, Politics and Agency’ and a large bid for a project researching the history and global impact of electronic music from East London. This was an intense learning experience, in particular the preparation and eventual failure of our large bid, which came very close to success.


 During this period I became the main editor of the major cultural theory journal, New Formations, and was invited to give  a plenary lecture alongside Jacques Rancière at the 2012 Crossroads in Cultural Studies  (the major international conference for Cultural Studies), Paris. I was elected as a member of the board of the international Association for Cultural Studies in 2012. 


 Also during this period the UEL cultural studies undergraduate programme, for which I continued to have main responsibility for third-year core teaching , was subject to yet another institutional audit and yet again received a very high level of praise. The majority of my undergraduate students during this time were actually on the Sociology and Politics programmes.



2004 - 2008    Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Cultural Studies, University of East London


During this time  I was one of the organizers of the highly successful ‘Cultural Studies Now’ conference in 2007, at which I was also a keynote speaker. This led to the formation of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research of which I was a founding committee member. I continued to innovate and lead at the level of undergraduate teaching with the introduction of a new third-year module Music, Sound and the Body, and I also redesigned and took main responsibility for delivering the core module on the MA Cultural Studies, Culture, Power and Politics, which focuses on key debates in cultural and social theory from Marx and Freud to Hardt & Negri, as well as continuing to lead my existing modules and to teach on a range of others. I was responsible for the revival and highly successful implementation of a programme of school research seminars involving a range of external and internal participants, and during the 2005-6 and 2006-7 academic years I led an advanced cultural theory seminar for PhD students. During this period both the cultural studies undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within which most of my teaching was carried out received commendations from external examiners and auditors.


2000 -    2004    Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of East London


During this period I redesigned and took main responsibility for delivering both of the core modules for third-year undergraduate Cultural Studies – Modern Times: Modernity and Postmodernity and Culture, Power and Resistance in the Twenty-First Century. The redesign shifted the focus of the programme from early 20th century social history to the study of cultural change and its theorisation in recent decades in order to provide students with both a coherent understanding of central issues in the analysis of contemporary power relationships (at the global, local and personal levels) and a comprehensive account of key and emergent debates in cultural, social and political theory. I also took on a range of administrative responsibilities during this time, including year 3 coordinator for Cultural Studies and School Library Representative, while contributing substantially to various other modules. 



1997 – 2000    Part-time Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Media Studies,                  University of East London.


Most notably during this period, I designed and ran Family Values, a second-year Cultural Studies course on gender politics in contemporary British media culture, and began to take on responsibility for the delivery of the core programme for third-year undergraduate Cultural Studies, as well as teaching extensively on various other modules. 



1995 – 1997    Part-time tutor in Media Studies and Cultural Studies,

        University of Sussex and University of East London.



In particular during this time at UEL I designed and ran a very successful third year course ‘Popular Music: Cultural Theory and Popular Politics’, which was routinely praised for its innovation by external examiners and which constituted the kernel around which the BA (Hons) Music Cultures degree programme was eventually formed, as well as designing and running core cultural theory courses for Media Studies undergraduates.


PhD Supervision and examination


I have supervised nine PhDs to completion: on theories of memory, the gender and class politics of ‘glam’ rock, the politics of everyday life in occupied Palestine, the role of power relationships in shaping large-scale technological systems, the affective dynamics of Zionism within the British Jewish community,  complexity theory and modern politics, Hip-Hop in London in the 1980s, walking art as a distinctive aesthetic practice and the politics of Punk in the late 1970s in Switzerland, Germany and France (the latter as an external supervisor at the University of Lausanne).  So far, almost all of my PhD students have gone directly from completion to academic posts and publication in respected outlets. I am currently supervising theses on participatory art practice and on the politics of housing in London, and have examined theses on Taiwanese cultural politics, the music of James Brown, British political and popular attitudes to asylum seekers, the intellectual legacy of Guy Debord, speculative realist approaches to nanotechnology, ecological approaches to the theorisation of theatricality, the cultural politics of Berlin nightlife, Deleuze and John Cage, the politics of music culture in Russia, the activities of the Plan C activist collective, the philosophy of Massimo Cacciari and on the implications of Virno’s thought for the understanding of sustainability.







Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto 2014).


Anticapitalism and Culture: Popular Politics and Radical Theory  (Berg 2008).


Discographies: Dance Music, Culture, and the Politics of Sound  (Routledge 1999) (co-authored with Ewan Pearson).



Forthcoming Books:


Jeremy Gilbert & Alex Williams Hegemony Now: Power in the Twenty-First Century (Verso 2019)

This is a substantial theoretical intervention which aims both to be the most significant contribution to the theory of hegemony since Laclau & Mouffe’s Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (1985) and to  offer a coherent account of the current socio-political conjuncture on both global and national scales.


Twenty-First Century Socialism  (Polity 2019) (contract issued) 


[The following single-authored works are not yet under contract, but proposals are being developed in response to direct invitations from series editors, and much of the material is already written]



The Last Days of Neoliberalism: Scotland, Brexit, Bernie, Corbyn, Trump (planned for 2020 publication)


Possible Worlds: Music and Revolution 1962-2015 




Maurizio Lazaratto Experimental Politics: Work, Welfare and Creativity in the Neoliberal Epoch (MIT Press, 2018) 


This is a collective translation with different contributing translators responsible for varying amounts, but I am the main translator and overall editor and am credited as such. The volume contains a substantial, scholarly and original introductory essay (over 10,000 words) of which I am the sole author.


Edited collections




This Conjuncture  (Lawrence & Wishart 2019) - special issue of New Formations honouring Stuart Hall’s historic injunction to crucial scholars to undertake ‘conjunctural analysis’. This ambitious collection will include a wide range of scholarship, with a dozen scholars of international reputation already committed, and a recent call for papers offering a chance of others to contribute. I will be the sole editor and the make two significant contributions: an original scholarly article on the politics of housing, real estate and debt since the early 1980s, and a substantial authoritative introduction.





Neoliberal Culture  (Lawrence & Wishart 2016) 

This is the issue of New Formations published in 2013, reprinted in book form with a 2016 ISBN. My contribution to this well-received volume, the introductory essay ‘What Kind of Thing is Neoliberalism?’,  has been widely cited since first being published as a journal article, but was not submitted for REF 2014, so this entire volume including that introduction could form part of my REF 2020 submission. 


Editor (with Andrew Goffey) of New Formations double issue Societies of Control (2015)


Editor of New Formations double issue Neoliberal Culture (2013)


Co-editor of New Formations special issue Deleuzian Politics? (2010) with Chrysanthi Nigianni. As well as commissioning and editing the volume, I wrote a lengthy introductory article, translated an essay by Véronique Bergen, and co-ordinated and edited a round-table discussion with leading Deleuzian (and anti-Deleuzian) scholars Eric Alliez, Claire Colebrook, Nicholas Thoburn and Peter Hallward. 


Timothy Bewes & Jeremy Gilbert (eds.) Cultural Capitalism: Politics after New Labour, Lawrence & Wishart, December 2000


Co-editor of New Formations special issue, Diana and Democracy (1999) with David Glover, Cora Kaplan, Jenny Bourne Taylor and Wendy Wheeler.  



Peer–Reviewed Journal Articles 



‘Disaffected Consent: that post-democratic feeling’ in Soundings Summer 2015 


‘What Kind of Thing is Neoliberalism?’, in New Formations November 2013


‘The Pedagogy of the Body: Affect and Collective Individuation in the Classroom and on the Dancefloor’ in Educational Philosophy and Theory, November 2012


‘After 68: Narratives of the New Capitalism’ in New Formations, Autumn 2008


‘Against the Commodification of Everything: Anti-Consumerist Cultural Studies in the Age of Ecological Crisis’ in Cultural Studies, September 2008


‘The Complexity of the Social’ Soundings, Spring 2007


'Public Secrets: ‘Being-With’ In an Era of Perpetual Disclosure’ in Cultural Studies, January 2007


 ‘Dyer and Deleuze: Post-Structuralist Cultural Criticism’ in New Formations 58, Summer 2006


‘The Forum and the Market: The Complexity of the Social and the Struggle for Democracy’ Ephemera: Critical dialogues on Organization May 2005, Volume 5, Number 3


Signifying Nothing: 'Culture', 'Discourse' and the Sociality of Affect in Culture Machine 6 (2004) (


‘The Second Wave: the specificity of New Labour neo-liberalism  in Soundings 26 (Lawrence &Wishart 2004) 


‘Small Faces: The Tyranny of Celebrity in post-Oedipal culture’ in Mediactive 2 (Lawrence & Wishart 2004)


‘A Certain Ethics of Openness: Radical Democratic Cultural Studies’ in Strategies November 2001 (USA)


‘Against the Empire: Thinking the Social and (dis)locating agency ‘before, across and beyond any national determination’ in Parallax Vol. 7 No3, 2001


 ‘Soundtrack for an Uncivil Society: Rave Culture, The Criminal Justice Act and the Politics of Modernity’ in New Formations Summer 1997



Interviews / Dialogues in New Formations 

(peer-reviewed, but not conventional articles and not submittable for REF)


‘What is Austerity?’  - Interview/discionssion with James Meadway (then economist at New Economics Foundation, now chief advisor to John McDonnell M.P.), New Formations summer 2016. 


‘Post-post-Fordism in the Era of Platorms’  - interview/ discussion with economist Robin Murray in New Formations, summer 2015 


(with Mark Fisher) ‘Capitalist Realism, Neoliberal Hegemony: A Dialogue’ in New Formations November 2013



Book Chapters


‘The Absolute Corbyn’ in Mark Perryman (ed) (2017)  The Corbyn Effect. Lawrence & Wishart. 


‘Modes of anti-neoliberalism: moralism, Marxism and 21st Century Socialism’ in Bryn Jones & Mike O’Donnell (eds) (2017)  Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Towards Equality and Democracy.


‘The Question of Leadership’ in Verso Books (ed.) (2016)   Corbyn and the Future of Labour: A Verso Report . Verso. 


‘Break / Flow / Escape / Capture: The Energy and Impotence of the Hardcore Continuum’ in Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi (2015) Black Music in Britain Since 1945, Ashgate.


‘What Does Democracy Feel Like? Form, Function, Affect, and the Materiality of the Sign’ in Lincoln Dahlberg & Sean Phelan (eds) (2011) Discourse Theory and Media Politics, Palgrave


‘Culture, Creativity and Continuity in the Sonic Sphere’, (translated into German) in Rosa Reitsamer & Wolfgang Fichna (eds) (2011)They Say I'm Different...: Popularmusik, Szenen und ihre AkteurInnen, Löcker. 


‘Beyond Gesture, Beyond Pragmatism’ (with Jo Littler) in What is Radical Politics Today, ed. Jonathan Pugh (2010), Routledge.


‘All the Right Questions, All the Wrong Answers’ in Paul Bowman & Richard Stamp (eds) (2007) The Truth of Zizek, Continuum


‘Cultural Studies and Anti-Capitalism’ in Birchall & Hall (eds) (2006) New Cultural Studies, Edinburgh University Press 


 ‘More than a Woman: Becoming-woman on the disco floor’ Rosa Reitsamer  & Rupert Weinzier (eds) (2005) Female Consequences. feminismus, antirassismus, popmusik 


‘Music Studies’ entry for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory: 2003, The English Association, 2005


‘Becoming-Music: The rhizomatic moment of improvisation’ in Buchanan, Ian & Marcel Swiboda (eds) Deleuze and Music, Edinburgh University Press, 2004


‘Friends and Enemies: Which Side is Cultural Studies On?’ in Paul Bowman (ed.) Interrogating Cultural Studies, Pluto 2003


‘Music Studies’ entry for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory: 2002, The English Association, 2004


‘Music Studies’ entry for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory: 2001, The English Association, 2003


 (With Timothy Bewes) ‘Politics after Defeat’ in Cultural Capitalism: Politics after New Labour, Lawrence & Wishart, 2000


‘In Defence of Discourse Analysis’ in Cultural Capitalism: Politics after New Labour, Lawrence & Wishart, 2000


‘Beyond the Hegemony of New Labour’ in Cultural Capitalism: Politics after New Labour, Lawrence & Wishart, 2000


 ‘White Light/ White Heat; Jouissance Beyond Gender in the Velvet Underground’ in, Andrew Blake (ed.) (1999)  Living Through Pop. Routledge.


'Pop, Politics and Populism' in Anne Coddington & Mark Perryman (eds.) (1998) The 

Moderniser's Dilemma. Lawrence & Wishart.



Book reviews


‘Having a Laugh’ Review of Paolo Virno Multitude: Between Innovation and Negation in Radical Philosophy March / April 2009


Contributed to review symposium on Mark Bevir’s New Labour: a Critique in History of the Human Sciences 2006


Review of Hardt and Negri’s Multitude in New Formations 2005


Review of Howarth,  Norvall and Savrakakis (eds) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis in New Formations Summer 2002 


‘Becoming Stuart’ Review of Paul Gilroy, Lawrence  Grossberg and Angela McRobbie (eds) Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall in New Formations Spring 2002


Review of  Deconstructing Disney by Eleanor Byrne and Martin McQuillan in Textual Practice 15 (2) 2001


‘A Question of Sport? Butler contra Laclau contra Zizek’ review of Butler, Laclau, Zizek Contingency, Hegemony Universality in New Formations  Autumn 2001


December 1999 Review article  ‘Living in Electric Dreams’, review article on recent publications on electric media, in Continuum, 13 (3).



Journalism, commentary and articles in non peer-reviewed publications


This is a selection of more substantial pieces: I have written shorter pieces for Open Democracy, Red Pepper etc and for various edited collections which are not listed here. 


Antisemitism, cosmopolitanism, and the politics of Labour’s ‘old’ and ‘new’ right wings open Democracy April 14th 2018


‘The Bennites’s Revenge: how Jeremy Corbyn and his allies survived political exile’ New Statesman  January 14th 2018 (print and online)


‘Why the time has come for “Acid Corbynism” New Statesman, October 24th 2017 (print and online)


‘Acid Corbynism: an Experimental Politics for Testing Times’ The Conversation October 12th 2017 


‘What is Acid Corbynism’ Red Pepper  September 2017 (print and online)


‘An Epochal Election: Welcome to the Era of Platform Politics’ open Democracy August 1st 2017


‘Labour can win: but first it must explain what Corbynism means’ The Guardian (print and online) July 24th 2017


‘Politics in the Platform Age’ Fabian Review (print and online) July 2017


 ‘Can Labour win back its heartlands? Not by turning blue.’ The Guardian (print and online) May 29th 2017.


‘The Crisis of Cosmopolitanism’published by Stuart Hall Foundation April 18th 2017


‘Forty Years of Failure: How to challenge the narrative of hard Brexit’. Open Democracy April 24th 2017.


The Relations of Force: Power and Politics in Britain Today. April 2017


‘The Progressive Alliance: Why Labour Needs it’ Substantial and influential pamphlet published by Compass March16th  2017.


Two substantial memoirs of Mark Fisher published online March 2017:


‘A Hijack or a Mutiny? Labour, Leadership and the Left’ September 13th 2016.


‘The Two Souls of Labour’ Jacobin, August 3rd 2016.


Labour’s Crisis and the End of the Two-Party System. Published by the University of Sheffield’s ‘Labour Pains’ project  July 28th 2016.


‘Is Momentum a Mob? No - this is what democracy looks like.’  July 18th 2016


‘Facing the Facts: A Progressive Strategy for 2020’. May 11th 2016. 


‘The Case for Radical Modernity’ Red Pepper (print and online) January 12th 2016


‘Corbynism and its Futures’ published by Zone Books Near Futures Online (substantial essay - 7,0000+ words) January 2016


‘Corbyn: What’s a Leader Really For? December 1st 2015.


‘A 10-Point Programme for Twenty-First Century Socialism’ . Novara Media August 25th 2015. 


‘What hope for Labour and the left? The election, the 80s and ‘aspiration’’  (5,000 word essay, shared over 2000 times before counting stopped)  July 28th 2015‘aspiration’


‘A Broken System Cannot Carry On Forever’ January 30th 2015


Reclaim Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines major political pamphlet co-authored with Mark Fisher, published  October 2014  by Compass:


‘Labour must redefine what it means to be modern’ October 14th 2014


‘How Does Change Happen and How Can we Make It?’ November 18th 2013

[This essay was commissioned as a keynote discussion document for the ‘Change: How?’ conference organised by Compass and attended by 500 people in London, November 2013]


‘The Value of Culture: A (reluctant) tribute to the BBC’ January 11th 2013 Open Democracy,


‘Capitalism, creativity and the crisis in the music industry’ September 14th 2012 Open Democracy


‘Moving on from the Market Society: culture (and cultural studies) in a post-democratic age’,  July 13th 2012 Open Democracy


‘After individualism: The unfinished business of New Times’ in Juncture: Journal of the Institute for Public Policy Research, November 2011. 


‘Sharing the Pain: The Emotional Politics of Austerity’, Open Democracy January 14th 2011

(The original version of this piece appeared the previous December on the New Statesman blog, and  a short version was re-printed in the edited collection, Fight Back, published by Open Democracy.


‘Elitism, Philistinism and Populism: The Sorry Tale of UK Higher Education Policy’ Open Democracy January 14th 2010

Republished at


‘The Great University Swindle’ Comment is Free January 12th 2010 / Guardian print edition January 13th 2010


‘A Radical Future’ in Ben Little (ed) Radical Futures: Politics for the Next Generation (e-book published by Lawrence & Wishart), January 2010


‘Postmodernity and the Crisis of Democracy’ Open Democracy May 28th 2009


‘After New Labour, After Neoliberalism: Is Progressive Government Possible?’ Red Pepper, December 2008


‘Not Following in Thatcher’s Footsteps’ Comment is Free, October 28th 2008


‘What Mayor Boris Signals for the Left’ Open Democracy May 22nd 2008


Review of Hardt and Negri’s Multitude in Red Pepper March 2005 


‘The New International: A Report from The European Social Forum’ December 2002


‘Harry Potter and the Third Way’ November 28th 2001


‘Lessons We Never Learned From Rave Culture’ The Independent April 02 2001


'The Politics of Pleasure' in Red Pepper magazine, June 1999


‘New Labour’s Blurred Vision’ Signs of the Times discussion paper May 1997


‘Critical Masses’ Signs of the Times discussion paper June 1997


Other writing 


‘Other Accumulations’ Text for Dutch Art Institute project ‘Restoration of a Wall’ by Viki Semou, April 2010


‘Music is Power’ in Art Press 2 (France): December 2009 (commissioned article published in both English and French).


Translations of own work


 Cultura y politicas de la musica dance (Spanish translation of Discographies), Paidos, December 2003 (with Ewan Pearson)


‘Music is Power’ in Art Press 2 (France): December 2009 (commissioned article published in both English and French). 


‘Pós-Modernidade e a crise da democracia’ (Portuguese translation of ‘Postmodernity and the Crisis of Democracy’)  Laboratorio De Estudos Do Tempo Presente , July 2009


‘Culture, Creativity and Continuity in the Sonic Sphere’, (translated into German) in Rosa Reitsamer & Wolfgang Fichna (eds) (2011)They Say I'm Different...: Popularmusik, Szenen und ihre AkteurInnen, Löcker. 



Editorial and Advisory Board Memberships


2009-         Editorial Board Member Cultural Studies


2010-         Advisory Board Cadernos do Tempo Presente (


2003 -     2006    Editorial Board Member Mediactive: Ideas / Knowledge / Culture 


2001 -2008    Editorial Advisory Board member, Journal of Social Movement Studies


2000-2005    Content Editor, Signs of the Times, 


1996 -         Editorial board member of New Formations: A journal of 

culture/theory/politics (Lawrence & Wishart)



Journal referee:     Theory, Culture & Society

            Cultural Studies 

            Journal of Political Ideologies

            Contemporary Political Theory 

Ephemera: Critical dialogues on Organization 

            Deleuze Studies

            Body & Society

            National Women’s Studies Association Journal (USA)



            European Journal of Cultural Studies


            Philosophy and Rhetoric



Editorship of New Formations


Since September 2008 I have been editor of New Formations, one of the world’s leading journals of cultural theory. In this role I have taken sole responsibility for the commissioning and editing of most of the issues that have been published and are currently in process, for the review and revision of all unsolicited contributions, for the day-to-day management of the journal (including liaising with the publisher) and for convening the editorial board. 


New Formations  has a policy of generally not participating in ranking exercises, except when we think that non-compliance will make it effectively impossible for early career researchers to be able to contribute without damaging their career prospects. It is worth noting, however, that we have reasonable evidence that a good number of articles published in the journal were awarded 4 stars for REF 2014 UoA 36 and UoA29.



Fellowships and Learned Societies 


Association for Cultural Studies: individual member, former board member


Political Studies Association: individual member


British Sociological Association: individual member


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association: institutional member


Royal Society of the Arts: invited Fellow (this means that I was formally invited to apply and did not have to seek references in order to join)



Events Organised


I have over 25 years experience organising events which bring together academic and non-academic audiences to generate a high level of public discussion on cultural, social and political issues. In recent years I’ve specialised in one-day or afternoon symposia on a range of topics, listed below, but I have also been involved in major conferences (Cultural Studies Now, University of East London, July 2007. Here is a selection:


‘Acid Corbynism’, Brilliant Corners, London, Feb 24th 2018 


‘The End of Neoliberalism?’ One-day conference held at City University, December 15th 2016 (organiser and speaker) (see


‘Corbyn and Charisma’ seminar with Lisa Baraitser, Zoe Williams, Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert, October 25th 2015  (held at Senate House, London, hosted by CCSR UEL)


‘The Politics of Leadership’ Seminar with Archie Brown, Alan Finlayson, Shirin M. Rai and Marc Stears, December 16th 2015 (held at Senate House, London, hosted by CCSR UEL)


‘Hearing our History Now: with Selector Paul Gilroy’, Brilliant Corners, London, December 6th 2014.


‘Vinyl Culture: A Seminar and a Party’ March 28th 2014,  (held at Brilliant Corners, London, hosted by CCSR UEL)


‘Music, Politics and Agency’ Series of seminars co-organised by UEL CCSR and the Wire  magazine, Stratford, London  2012-3


 Radical Foucault, September 8th-9th 2011, University of East London


Music, Politics and Agency May 20th 2011, UEL. In collaboration with colleagues a the Open University and Leeds University.


I accepted the invitation from the organisers of the Netaudio 2011  digital arts festival, May 15th 2011 (Roundhouse, Camden) to programme the conference element of the festival organising a number of panels bringing together academics and practitioners in the field of digital culture, music and politics. 


The Art of Protest, UEL, March 2nd 2011: featured a range of journalists and bloggers, including Dan Hancox (Guardian), Jesse Darling. 


The Politics of Pain, UEL, December 8th, 2010: speakers included Kate Pickett (York), Michael Rustin (UEL)


The Politics of Debt, UEL, October 13th 2010: speakers included Aditya Chakrabortty (Guardian), David Graeber (Goldsmiths)



The Politics of Consumption, UEL, May 18th, 2010: speakers included Kate Soper (London Metropolitan), Jon Cruddas M.P., Neal Lawson (Compass chair), Daniel Miller (UCL) 



Modernism after Postmodernism, UEL, November 11th, 2009: speakers included Owen Hatherley and Nina Power.


The Hardcore Continuum? (discussing the legacy of electronic music from East London: see, UEL, April 29th 2009: featured a range of journalists and bloggers such as Lisa Blanning (The Wire) and Mark Fisher (Frieze, New Statesman, etc.)


Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: The End of Neoliberalism, February 4th 2009, Rich Mix arts centre, London (in collaboration with the Open University): speakers included John Clarke (Open University) and Lawrence Grossberg (North Carolina)


 Machine: The Difference and Repetitions of James Brown, University of East London, October 15th 2008: speakers included Anne Danielsen (Oslo) and John Scannell (Macquarie)


Organiser (with colleagues) Cultural Studies Now, University of East London. July 2007 (largest UK Cultural Studies conference ever held, other than Crossroads in Cultural Studies)


Psychoanalysis, Politics and Culture, University of East London, November 10th 2004: speakers included Peter Osborne (Middlesex) and John Fletcher (Warwick).


Convenor ‘Cultural Politics’ panel at 1999 Political Studies Association conference.


Organiser ‘Cultural Politics / Political Cultures’ conference at University of Sussex, September 1998 



Other Professional Experience


Research grant reviewer for: ESRC (three times), Oesterreichische Nationalbank (twice); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Austrian Science Fund (twice),  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific  Research - Council for the Humanities.

Frequent proposal reviewer for Sage, Pluto, Palgrave, Taylor & Francis, Edinburgh University Press etc. 


External Examiner, MA Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, 2013-16


Institutional review panel for Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, external reviewer, June 2010


April 2017 PhD external examiner, Goldsmiths


July 2016 PhD examiner,  University of Leicester 


February 2016 PhD examiner,  University of Oxford


January 2016 PhD external examiner, Leeds University 


December 2015 PhD external examiner, Kingston University 


November 2012 PhD external examiner, Goldsmiths


April 2011 PhD external examiner, Goldsmiths


July 2010 PhD external examiner, Goldsmiths


April 2010 PhD external examiner,  Cardiff University


April 2009, PhD internal examiner, UEL


November 2006, PhD  examiner (by written report) for University of New South Wales


March 28th 2002 External examiner, PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis programme, Department of Government, University of Essex



External Funding 


2003 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant


1996-9 AHRB Studentship


1994-5 British Academy Studentship



Keynotes and plenaries


Invited speaker: Annual Lecture, Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group, Northumbria University,  June 6th 2018 


Invited Keynote speaker: ‘New Approaches to Counterculture’, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, April 12th-13th 2018


Invited Keynote speaker: ‘Alterity and the Research Imagination’ , Graduate Conference on Cultural Studies,  Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal, January 25th-26th 2018


Invited Keynote speaker: ‘Cultures of Capitalism’, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference 2017, December 6-8, Massey University, Wellington, NZ


Invited Keynote speakers: ‘Debt, Opportunity and the Modern Refugee’ conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Invited Keynote speaker: Media / Practices / Commoning conference, University of Konstanz, October 9th - 11th 2017, Konstanz, Germany. 


Invited Keynote Speaker: RMA study day ‘Is There a Musical Avant Garde Today’ July 21st 2017, City University 


Invited Keynote Speaker: ‘Borders and Boundaries: Territories, Technologies and Transgressions’ (MECCSA Graduate conference) June 26th-27th 2017, Goldsmiths 


Invited Keynote Speaker ‘Dissent in the Neoliberal Era’ symposium, Keele University, May 9th 2017 


Invited Keynote Speaker, MECCSA Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, January 2016


Invited Public lecture (followed by graduate masterclass) People’s History Museum / University of Manchester ‘Finance and the Market: Assessing Boundaries’, November 12th 2015 


Invited Plenary speaker: Affect: Worldings, Tensions, Futures conference, Millersville University, Lancaster PA, USA, October 14th-17th 2015


Invited Keynote speaker: PLANK conference on Techniques of Art and Protest, September 18th


Invited Keynote speaker: Capitalism, Culture and the Media conference Leeds University,  September 7th-8th 2015.


Invited keynote speaker: John Douglas Taylor Conference May 2013, McMaster University, Canada


Invited keynote speaker: The Eighties in Theory and Practice conference, May 2013, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Plenary speaker: Crossroads in Cultural Studies July 2nd-6th 2012, Paris (the biennial major international conference of Cultural Studies)


Keynote speaker at both main conference and  post-conference special workshop, Popular Culture and World Politics IV,  November 26th-27th 2011, University of Lapland.


Invited speaker and panel-moderator  European Perspectives on Cultural Studies conference, Norrköping, Sweden, June 14th-17th 2011: invited by the conference organisers to programme and moderate the panel representing cultural studies in the UK; also invited by panel-organisers from Tilburg University, Holland, to participate in panel as a special discussant (was invited to Tilburg May 11th- 12th 2010 to participate in a preparatory seminar for this). 


Invited guest lecturer, Clandestino festival (another music festival with a literary element, apparently), Gothenburg, Sweden, June 9th 2011, speaking on global conflicts between liberalism and democracy. 


Invited guest lecturer and panel co-ordinator, SOS 4.8 festival (music festival with a literary element), Murcia, Spain, May 6th 2011, speaking on the history and politics of dance music culture. 


Keynote speaker: Deleuze and Activism conference, November 12th-13th 2009, Cardiff University


Keynote speaker Cultural Studies Now, University of East London, July 20th 2007


Keynote speaker ‘Balancing Acts: Theory, discipline and the political pivot’ at Theoretical Gymnastics, graduate conference, Goldsmiths College, London, July 31st 2007



Invited papers and talks 


‘Acid Corbynism’, Shoreditch House, May 14th 2018 


‘Party Politics’ talk at Partisan social centre, Manchester, April 30th 2018


‘Music and Consciousness’  talk at Rewire music festival, the Hague, April 6th-8th 2018 


‘Platform Power’ Invited presentation to ‘Antiuniversity’ event, London,  June 13th 2017


‘Who Won the Culture Wars?’ March 8th 2017, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick


‘The End of the World as We Know It’, invited talk, Department of Visual Culture, Goldsmiths, December 8th 2016


Invited Speaker: Book Launch for Ash Amin & Philip Howell (eds) (2016) Releasing the Commons (Routledge), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.


‘Interests, Desires, Demands: theorising interests beyond any individualism or essentialism’ invited contribution to panel on Radical Theory and Politics, Political Studies Association Conference, March 23rd 2016


Invited speaker ‘Hegemony, Populism and Emancipation: Remembering Ernesto Laclau’, Birkbeck, December 5th 2015. 


Invited talk ‘Everything has Changed but Nothing has Changed: Cultural Stasis and Technological Revolution’ Open School East, London, July 2nd 2015


Invited Speaker ‘Bureaucracy Symposium’ Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, July 1st 2015 


Invited speaker ‘Radical Hope’ conference, May 16th 2015, London


Invited speaker: ‘After the Election’ seminar, April 27th 2015, London Review of Books Bookshop, London 


Invited speaker ‘Postpolitics and Neoliberalism’ conference, March 21st 2015, Birkbeck, London, 


Invited speaker ‘Change: How?’ conference February 8th 2015, London


Public Lecture ‘Democracy and Collective Action in the 21st Century’ , House of Commons, November 11th 2014


Invited lecturer Musikprotokoll 2012 festival, Graz, Austria, October 4th-7th 2012


Invited lecturer, Denkfabrik conference (part of Berlin Music Week) September 5th, 2012


Invited respondent to Immanuel Wallerstein’s lecture at the York Festival of Ideas, June 28th 2012


Invited speaker, Music, Methods and the Social research workshop), (organised by the Centre for Research in Economic and Socio-Cultural Change), Leicester, May 17th-18th 2012


Invited participant, ‘Protest / Culture’ Workshop, Social Science Research Center, Berlin, March 16th-17th 2012


Invited speaker ‘Deleuze and Guattari and Occupy’ event, ‘Occupy LSX / School of Ideas’,  London, February 25th 2012


Invited speaker ‘The Changing Nature of Higher Education’ seminar convened by Media and Politics Group, Political Studies Association, House of Commons, November 21st 2011


Invited speaker, The Human Cost of the Cuts seminar, Salford University, May 26th 2011


Invited speaker: Crisis in Participation / Participation in Crisis seminar, Open University, April 12th 2011


Invited paper: ‘"There is no ideology, and there never has been"? Theorising hegemony and 'post-hegemony' after 'the affective turn', Anglia Ruskin University, March 16th 2011


Invited paper: ‘Music, Power, Rhetoric’ Peterhouse, Cambridge, March 9th 2011


Invited speaker: Media and the Inner World AHRC research network concluding seminar, Tavistock Institute, London, February 26th 2011


Invited to speak in the ICA artists films series, introducing Rollo Jackson’s Tape Crackers,Feb 3rd 2010


Invited speaker: ‘Capitalism after the Crash: the rise and fall of neoliberalism’ ICA October 28th 2010, panel featuring Paul Mason and speakers from New Economics Foundation. 


Invited speaker, Goldsmiths Centre for Media and Democracy, May 20th 2010


Invited speaker, ‘Demos’ (Belgian think tank and social enterprise) event, speaking with Richard Wilkinson  in response to his book The Spirit Level, Ghent, May 17th 2010


Invited speaker, Oxford Radical Forum, March 6th 2010


Invited speaker, Goldsmiths Centre for Media and Democracy, October 29th 2009


Invited speaker: Raymond Williams Archive Project workshop, Swansea University, May 29th 2009


Invited speaker ‘The Formation and Persistence Processes of Music Scenes’, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, May 7th-8th 2009


Invited Paper ‘Capital Creates Nothing’ University Of Brighton, January 22nd 2009


Invited Paper ‘Invited Paper ‘Citizens of the World? Aporias of Postmodern Individualism’ London Metropolitan University, November 25th 2008


Invited Speaker at ‘After New Labour’ event, hosted by The Guardian, Kings Place, November 3rd 2008 (other speakers: Harriet Harman MP, John Cruddas MP, Chukka Ummuna)


Invited paper ‘Time, Technics and Togetherness’ University of Bradford / National Media Museum, May 14th 2008


Invited paper on ‘Infinite Relationality’, Roehampton University, March 6th 2006 


Invited speaker at ‘Homobeat: Club. Tendenze. Sesso. Droga.’ February 24th-26th 2006, Bologna.


Invited paper ‘New Labour and the Hegemony of Competitive Individualism’, Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, November 3rd 2005. 


Invited speaker at Democracy Beyond Democracy: Democratic Struggle in a Post-Democratic Age,  Depot, Museumquartier, Vienna, September 9th-10th 2005. 


Invited paper, ‘The Tyranny of Celebrity’, Staff/graduate seminar, University of Cardiff, March 2004


Invited paper, ‘Culture – Discourse – Affect’, Staff/graduate seminar, Graduate Research Centre in Culture and Communication, University of Sussex, November 2002


‘Subculture: a Strategy of Power’ invited paper given at ‘Post-Subcultural Cultural Studies?’, Depot, Museumquartier, Vienna, May 2001. 


Invited paper,  ‘The Politics of Dancing’ Staff/graduate seminar in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Coventry,  June 1999



Conference papers


‘The différance  of the pre-personal: individuation in the field of infinite sociality’, Gilbert Simondon: Transduction, Translation, Transformation conference, May 27th-28th 2010, American University in Paris


‘Ecology, Technicity, Machines: the infinite relationality of the post-human’ Paper at the 11th congress of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Helsinki, July 28th - August 2nd 2008


‘Everyone is a Philosopher: Gramsci-Guattari-Deleuze’ paper at First International Deleuze Studies Conference, University of Cardiff, August 11th-13th 2008


Panel organiser and contributor on ‘The work of Bernard Stiegler and gave paper ‘The socio-technicity of affect’ at Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations conference (Theory, Culture & Society 25th anniversary conference), University of Tokyo, 13-16 July 2007


‘Infinite Relationality’, paper at Counter-Movements: Institutions of Difference conference, held at the University of Portsmouth 24-25 July 2006


‘The Sociality of Affect’ paper at Theorising Affect conference, University of Durham, January 10th-11th,  2006.


‘Tracing Culture: Deconstructing discourse’ at ‘American Comparative Literature Association 2003: Crossing Over, California State University San Marcos, April 4th-6th 2003.


‘Culture / Discourse: After Logocentrism’ at Cultural Returns: Assessing the Place of Culture in Social Thought Open University Centre for Social & Cultural Research, Oxford, September 18th-20th 2002.


‘Cultural Studies Beyond the Linguistic Turn’ contribution to panel on ‘Affect’ at Crossroads in Cultural Studies, University Of Tampere, Finland, June 29th-July 2nd 2002


‘A Class Performance: Why the Class Struggle was a Really Good Idea’ 

at Translating Class / Altering Hospitality, AHRB Centre for Cultural Theory, Analysis and History’, University of Leeds, June 21st-23rd 2002.


‘Beyond the Activist Imaginary’ at Finding the Political, Goldsmiths College, January 2001


'The Politicality of Cultural Forms: From Williams to Laclau & Mouffe', at Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 1998


‘Discourse Analysis contra Sociology? at Cultural Politics / Political Cultures, University of Sussex, September 1998


'New Labour, New Britain? Why Girl Power Might Save Us Yet' at In Transition 79-97, University of Essex, March 1998


‘On the Politicality of Music’ at Post-Theory, University of Glasgow, July 1996



Media Appearances




  • August 22nd 2016 Newsnight, studio panel member discussing media bias against Jeremy Corbyn, BBC2.




• Interviewed for London is Burning dir. Haim Bresheeth, 2012. 




  • Interviewed for German Radio about the UK General Election Broadcast on WDR Cosmo: 7 June 2017 at 5.45 pm and 6 June 2017 at 6.15 pm CET 

  • May 27th 2016, discussing ‘Class, Race, Migration’ on Novara / Resonance FM:

  • October 16th 2016 The Moral Maze, BBC Radio 4

  • February 12th 2014 Thinking Allowed, live studio discussant on legacy of Stuart Hall, BBC Radio 4

  • July 12th 2009 Interviewed for The Museum of Techno, Resonance FM

  • March 6th 2007 Don’t Take Away My Music (interviewee and consultant), BBC Radio 4. 

  • November 15th 2001 Nightwaves BBC Radio 3. 

  • May 12th 2001 Im Sumpf FM4, Austria. 


Magazines, websites  and newspapers:


  • ‘Radical Democracy and Municipal Movements. A Conversation with Jeremy Gilbert’ Interview for Engagée magazine, Spring / Summer 2018

  • ‘Why Acid Corbynism is the new counterculture we need’ interviewed by Casper Hughes for The Independent February 28th 2018

  • Work and commentary cited by various writers in the Guardian 20014-17, including Aditya Chakrobortty, Zoe Williams, David Wearing, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Jeff Sparrow  and George Monbiot.

  • Interviewed extensively by Leonardo Clausi for Italian daily Il Manifesto about UK General Election,  full interview published June 8th 2017

  • Quoted in Financial Times May 12th 2017:

  • Interviewed for Open Labour June 15th 2016:

  • Interviewed for Dancedeluxe (Spain) 2004

  • Interviewed for Springerin (Austria) 2001






Interviewed for Politics, Theory, Other podcast, June 7th 2018:


‘Resident Expert’ for the regular podcast The Beginner’s Guide to the Labour Party 2016 -2017







Since around 2001 I’ve taken intermittent courses in French at the Institut Francais in London, to the point where my most recent courses were at ‘advanced’ level. That is my only language beside English. I can’t currently speak fluently, but I can translate written French to English to professional standard in the areas where I have expertise. I have acted as external supervisor for a full French-language PhD  (at the University of Lausanne), which required me to attend both a closed viva and a public viva.


Additional Experience and  Impact 

Music Culture


Since 2003, I have been a director of  Lucky Cloud Ltd, a highly successful business promoting a series of successful and highly-regarded regular dance parties in London, with a turnover of over £20,000 pa (although it is run on a strictly not-for-profit basis). This has resulted in me amassing considerable experience in commercial activity, cashflow and project management (including the  repayment of a £35,000.00 startup loan) audio engineering, promotion,  event-management and event organisation. The project began as a collaboration with David Mancuso, arguably the most influential figure in the history of dance music culture.

This project has given rise to a second regular event, ‘Beauty and the Beat’, with a comparable turnover, for which I am also the main financial officer and one of three regular DJs, which has promoted regular events since 2005. This project has given rise to the launch of a record label, ‘Beauty and the Beat’, which has issued two successful releases.

Both of these series of events have had a considerable cultural impact in East London, playing a key role in inspiring and motivating the emergence of  public audiophile venues such as the well-known Dalston venue, Brilliant Corners. My activity in this area was included in an impact study for REF 2014 which was conducted before  the most significant impacts, such as the opening and success of Brilliant Corners, had occurred, and which was nonetheless awarded 3 stars at the time. 



I was a member of the founding national committee of Momentum, the organisation set up to defend Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, 2015-6, and in 2016 I was elected to the management committee of Compass for a two-year turn. I have acted as an informal adviser to a number of key Labour Party figures including several prominent M.P.s. 


Public Education


  • Organiser and main tutor,  Culture, Power and Politics seminar series, initially hosted by New Economics Foundation, Ongoing since May 2015.

    This is a series of public lectures and seminars introducing and exploring ideas from social, cultural and political theory, while applying them to the understanding of current political circumstances and events, and has so far delivered a quantity of  material comparable to a standard undergraduate or MA-level  course in the field  to a diverse audience of activists, students, NGO employees and journalists. All sessions are recorded and podcast to a growing audience. See for more information. 



  • Advisor to a number of public education projects in recent years.

    I recently advised  New Economy Organisers Network on the development of their latest syllabus, having contributed to earlier training numerous times. NEON is an organisation founded by New Economics Foundation which brings together a diverse constituency of political activists and organisers, and offers well-regarded political training, mainly to the NGO sector, but also subscribed to by, for example Unite the Union for all of their sponsored 2015 General Election candidates.

    I am an ongoing adviser to the organising group for The World Transformed, the organisation which planned and executed a a remarkably successful series of educational events to coincide with Labour Party Conference 2016 and 2017 at which I organised and spoke in numerous sessions with participants such as  Pragna Patel, Professor Selina Todd, Jon Cruddas MP, John Harris, Richard Seymour, Clive Lewis MP, Lynne Segal, etc.

     I have also been a key advisor to the ongoing youth political education project Demand the Impossible and the political project which emerged from it, Take Back the City.

  • Signs of the Times

As a founder organiser of the Signs of the Times group ( - dedicated to providing a public space for political discussion on the left outside the confines of the academy or established parties – I was, from 1992, involved in co-ordinating 15 seminar series and 4 major conferences (on Foucault, cities, postmodernism and the politics of New Labour) as well as numerous publications, including three books. Hence, member of organising group for the Foucault Anniversary Conference 1994, Postmodern Times conference 1995 CityStates conference 1996, Critical Masses conference 1997, Critical Politics conference October 1999, Power, Politics and the People symposium February 2001, Days of Hope: Social Forums and the Politics of Protest summer school June 2003 plus numerous public seminar series featuring figures as diverse as Ernesto Laclau, Suzanne Moore, Andrew Gamble, Nina Fishman, Stuart Hall and Michael Gove. 


  • Co-organiser, Radical Theory Forum, European Social Forum, London, October 2004 (one-day conference attended by c. 300 people).


  • Co-organiser, Radical Theory Forum, European Social Forum, Paris, November 2003. 


  • Organiser ‘Democracy’ workshop at first London Social Forum, London, October 2003.



Early Experience 



• Student Representative English Subject Group (University of Sussex) 1994-5; University of East London Labour Club Secretary 1991-2, Chair 1992-3; Student Representative UEL Cultural Studies Course Committee 1991-4; Student Union Representative University of East London Academic Board 1991-2


• Wrote and directed winning entry Best Experimental Film, Granada Film and Television Awards, 1991





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Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK

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School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London, 4-6 University Way, E16 2RD, UK

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