Discipline with buckets

I’ve been having conversations this week about how different research disciplines come together to share ideas on similar topics. At Microsoft Research New England on Monday this week, Nancy Baym and Jonathan Sterne brought together a fantastic group of leading...

No instrumentals please, we’re British

“When was the last time we had an instrumental UK number one?” I ask, apropos of nothing in particular. A little out of the blue to be sure, but the question had popped into my head and the topic is entirely in keeping with the kind of abstract...

Serious academics discussing serious matters

I’ve been in London the past few days, attending a conference to mark the end of the first round of HERA-funded research projects. HERA stands for Humanities in the European Research Area, and it’s a collaborative partnership between a large group of...

Let me tell you all about jazz

I’m in Manchester for an academic conference about jazz. It’s the final major event of Rhythm Changes, the three-year European jazz research project I’ve been working on, and it is, by all accounts, the largest academic jazz conference EVER (in...