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 is research active in the area of Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice. He is a member of the In Certain Places group.
John Scanlan has worked as a research fellow with In Certain Places since 2017, and is based at UCLan’s Cumbria campus where he has been studying what makes West Cumbria such a unique place. John is an academic and researcher working in cultural history / cultural aesthetics, with specific interests in the socio-cultural dimensions of ‘waste’, cultural memory, and the relationship between creativity and place. He obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2001, for a study of the role of chance in art, culture and everyday life.
He was previously a lecturer and researcher at the universities of Glasgow, St Andrews, Bristol, and Manchester Metropolitan University. John’s books include On Garbage (2004), Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (2013), Easy Riders, Rolling Stones (2015), and West Cumbria: On the Edge (2019). He is also the founder and series editor of a book series titled ‘Reverb’, which publishes scholarly studies of the relationship between music and place which publishes studies of the relationship between music and place.
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)