School of Art, Design and Fashion
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Subject Areas: Cultural History, Cultural Aesthetics, Cultural Sociology
John Scanlan is a Research Fellow in the School of Art, Design and Fashion and specializes in the study of the cultural forms of life and their relation to time and place.
John Scanlan's research focuses on cultural forms of life and their relation to time and place. His work draws on a number of disciplinary traditions, reflecting his background in philosophy, history and sociology, and has been influential in the development of an emerging cross-disciplinary academic field of 'waste studies'.
His recent research has examined times, places and environments that:
John has published articles in academic journals such as Space and Culture, Time & Society, Techniques & Culture, and History of the Human Sciences. His work has been translated into a number of languages, including Arabic, Croatian, French, and Italian. In 2010, he helped to establish Reaktion Books' Reverb series, which publishes books by scholars from a range of humanities disciplines on the relationship between music and place. He is also the Series Editor.
He is the author of five books, including On Garbage (2004), an account of the many lives and meanings of waste, which formed part of a Top 10-ranked REF 2014 Impact submission in History at the University of St Andrews. Another of his books, Easy Riders, Rolling Stones (2015), is currently being adapted for a film – titled 'Road Music' – which is being directed by filmmaker Alex Harvey.
Scanlan, J. (2004) On Garbage (London: Reaktion). ISBN: 9781861892225
Scanlan, J. (2013) Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (London: Reaktion) ISBN: 9781780231785
Scanlan, J. (2015) Easy Riders, Rolling Stones: On the Road in America, from Delta Blues to 70s Rock (London: Reaktion) ISBN: 9781780235295
Scanlan, J. (2016) 'Surf Life, ou l’excès à l’ère du numérique,' in Techniques & Culture, Vol. 65-66, pp. 494-501.
PhD, Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2001.
MPhil, Social Science Research, University of Glasgow, 1998.
MA (Hons.), Philosophy, University of Glasgow, 1994.
In Certain Places: West Cumbria. A three-year project funded by the Samuel Lindow Foundation, a West Cumbria educational charity.
‘Places Change: Tactics for Cultural-led Place-making,’ a presentation and roundtable discussion event hosted by Policy Network, Westminster, London, December 2017 (with Charles Quick)