BDFI Introduces..Professor Rebecca Colman


16 November 2022, 2.00 PM - 16 November 2022, 3.00 PM

Professor Rebecca Colman

BDFI Research Hub, 65 Avon Street, Bristol BS2 0PZ

What might a focus on futures offer to understanding social differences and inequalities? Could our capacities to imagine, plan for, invest in and make futures be unevenly distributed? If so, what does this tell us about how differences and inequalities are made – and might be challenged?

BDFI academic Professor Rebecca Coleman will discuss the notion of ‘future politics’ as a way of capturing the uneven ways in which futures can be attached to and created. She'll reflect on recent research projects that engage with young people, digital media professionals and Mass Observation writers to examine their feelings on time, futures and digital technologies.


1.30: Teas, coffees and networking for in-person attendees

2.00: Welcome

2.05: Presentation and discussion

3.00: End. Optional 30-minute building tour for in-person attendees.

This is a hybrid event, taking place at 2–3 pm on Wednesday 16 November at our newly opened Temple Quarter Research Hub . Refreshments, networking and tour opportunities will be available to in-person attendees.

About Professor Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman is Professor of Digital Futures in BDFI and School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.

Rebecca’s research crosses sociology, media and cultural studies and feminist theory, and she has particular interests in the everyday life of media; temporality (futures and presents); bodies, affect and new materialisms; and inventive methodologies. She is the author of three monographs and co-editor of four journal special issues, one journal special section and one book.

Recent publications include Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing (2020, Goldsmiths Press), ‘Mediating Presents’, special issue of Media Theory (2020, edited with Susanna Paasonen) and ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’, special issue of Sociological Review (2017, edited with Richard Tutton).

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