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Culture, Imagination and Practice Research Group (CIP)

Culture, Imagination & Practice (CIP) connects the activities of several initiatives in the School of Social Sciences to a transdisciplinary research group, that brings together the study of disciplines, institutions and everyday lives.

Engaging with social science, social philosophy, cultural studies, science and technology studies, psychosocial research and feminist theory, CIP addresses the political and cultural resonance of new social formations and social movements.

The group investigates cultural, social and material practices as 'world-making' processes in the shaping of relations, and their consequences for ecology, geopolitics and social justice. We want to open up ways of understanding the shifting divisions between the social, the political, the natural  and the technological.

The CIP research group meets every month through its lunchtime seminar programme and invited seminar presentations and events. CIP activities include:

  • Invited speaker series
  • Public workshops
  • Reading seminars
  • Development of research proposals
  • Doctoral research students meetings
  • Work in progress seminars
  • Organisation of conferences and symposia
  • International co-operations and visiting research exchanges
  • Active webpage
  • Public engagement with social movements, practitioners, and other non-academic institutions and persons

The group brings together a number of different groups and clusters:

Research topics

  • Cultural, social and political theory
  • Social and ecological transformations
  • Affect and the circulation of identities
  • Everyday experience: emerging modes of relationality and subjectivity
  • Process theory: radical empiricism and constructivism
  • Human, animal and non-human associations and assemblages
  • Medical anthropology and critical studies of health
  • Care: ethics, knowledge, science and technology
  • Radical social movements: their practices and mobilisations
  • Human enhancement: embodiment and exploitation
  • Methodological innovation – 'ethnography without borders' – tracing stabilities and
  • transnational transformations through tracking the local

MSc and PhD possibilities

CIP runs the ESRC approved MSc Social Science Research Methods: Culture, Identity and Social Organization Specialism (Sociology Pathway)

We invite PhD applications in the topics listed above. The group maintains intensive support of research students through individual supervision and regular doctoral and postgraduate research meetings.

Selected publications

Current projects:

  • Growing older in the age of anti-ageing science & medicine
  • Caring in technologically mediated kinship, relationality and affect
  • Politics of matter – Ontology and justice after constructivism
  • Researching affect
  • Precarious working conditions in technoscience
  • Human & non-human animal relations
  • Social movements in the sciences

Academic staff

Professor William Housley

Professor William Housley

Chair in Sociology

Email:
housleyw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 5236
Dr Finn Bowring

Dr Finn Bowring

Senior Lecturer

Email:
bowringf@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5476
Professor Bella Dicks

Professor Bella Dicks

Professor in Sociology

Email:
dicksb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75231
Professor Adam Hedgecoe

Professor Adam Hedgecoe

Director of Research

Email:
hedgecoeam@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 70027
Dr Rachel Hurdley

Dr Rachel Hurdley

Research Fellow

Email:
hurdleyr1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75069
Dr Kate Moles

Dr Kate Moles

Lecturer

Email:
molesk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75155
Professor Andrew Pithouse

Professor Andrew Pithouse

Emeritus Professor

Email:
pithouse@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75194
Professor Helen Sampson

Professor Helen Sampson

Director, SIRC

Email:
sampsonh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29 208 74475
Dr Robin James Smith

Dr Robin James Smith

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Email:
smithrj3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 0330
Dr Steven Stanley

Dr Steven Stanley

Senior Lecturer

Email:
stanleys1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2068 7597
Professor Valerie Walkerdine

Professor Valerie Walkerdine

Professor

Email:
walkerdinev@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75567