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Vita Peacock

Vita Peacock Email: vita.peacock@ucl.ac.uk

ESRC Future Research Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2016)

Research Interests

  • Europe
  • Organistations
  • Social Movements
  • Hierarchy / Heterarchy
  • Digital mediation and the public sphere
  • Political Anthropology and Political Thought

Research Project

I am currently working with members of the group that calls itself ‘Anonymous’ here in the UK. Rather being subsumed by its online ‘hacktivist’ arm (as explored by Gabriella Coleman) I am fascinated by how Anonymous UK has materialised in recent years as a vibrant form of street protest, becoming a signifier for a variety of fused revolutionary political-cum-cosmological projects. The ethnography will conclude with the climax of Britain’s next general election in 2015.

On 4th – 5th June 2015 I will be convening a conference at UCL entitled The War of Worlds: Self and Society in Social Movements. Please email me if you would like further information.

Publications

2014. (Book Review). Jeffrey S Juris and Alexander Khasnabish (eds), ‘Insurgent Encounters. Transnational Activism, Ethnography, and the Political’, Critique of Anthropology September 2014 34: 367-369, doi:10.1177/0308275X14544935.

2013 ‘Agency and the Anstoß: Max Planck Directors as Fichtean Subjects’, Special Issue on the Study of Organisations (ed. V. Peacock), Anthropology in Action, 20:2, pp. 6-16.

2013 (with Philip Kao) ‘Introduction: Transcending Structure-Agency in the Study of Organisations’, Special Issue on the Study of Organisations (ed. V. Peacock), Anthropology in Action, 20:2, pp. 1-5.

2012: 'The protest ethic and the spirit of capitalism', UCL Department of Anthropology Newsletter, Anthronews 6: Summer 2012


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