Alphabetical, by last name
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
As an undergraduate student I attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. I studied sociology and cultural anthropology at the Department of Philosophy and international relations at the Department of Political Science. Under the influence of European humanistic traditions that shaped the intellectual atmosphere there, I became interested in research frameworks that emphasized centrality of culture for social science and hermeneutics as a crucial method. I wrote my master thesis in sociology under the supervision of Professor Piotr Sztompka. I had continued the study of social meanings as an M.A. student at the University of Exeter before I came to the CCS.
I conduct my research within the tradition of interpretive social science. Among many thinkers and researchers who inspired me and continue to be important are Clifford Geertz, Marshall Sahlins, Florian Znaniecki, Michel Foucault and Jeffrey Alexander. Literature remains a profound source of inspiration as well. The list of authors significant for my thinking is, of course, too long to be put here; it includes such figures as Rainer Rilke and Witold Gombrowicz.
My dissertation develops a series of cultural sociological arguments within the subfield of social iconology and visual studies. It is devoted to the meanings of visual transformation of public sphere and place making in post-socialist capital cities of Berlin and Warsaw. Other topics of scholarly interest include intellectual work as cultural performance, social epistemology of cultural trauma, post-socialist transition as postcolonial trauma, and the meanings of travel literature.
Key concepts of my work are – inter alia – icon, iconicity, cityscape, the liminal, the numinous, chronotope, sociotope, totemism, narrative, post-socialist, Ostalgie, modernity, ost-modernity, myth/mythology, netropolis, interpassivity, public sphere, cultural trauma, intelligentsia/intellectuals, performativity, symbolism.
Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
European Commission, Erasmus Student Exchange Program
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
University of Chicago
Cycles of Your Cognitive Learning, Expectations, and Schema project, at the Institute for Informatics, Logics, & Security Studies, State University of New York at Albany
Brian McKernan received his Ph.D in Sociology from University at Albany, SUNY. Brian’s research adopts a cultural sociology framework to examine the roles of media and popular culture in civil society. In particular, Brian is interested in how different groups use entertainment media such as video games and television programs to promote social solidarity and explore sociopolitical issues. Brian is currently a post-doctoral associate with the CYCLES project at the Institute for Informatics, Logics, & Security Studies, University at Albany, SUNY. As part of the CYCLES project, Brian helps to develop and test different aspects of video games, such as interactivity and rewards, to determine if an educational game can more effectively teach about cognitive biases in decision-making than a professionally-developed training video.
Department of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria
Matthias Revers (PhD, SUNY-Albany) is a postdoctoral research associate and teaches sociology at the University of Graz, Austria. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, initiated and is pushing forward the formation of a Media Sociology section in the ASA. His work is published/forthcoming in Journal of Communication, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Media Culture & Society, The American Sociologist. His teaching and research interests are in media sociology, cultural sociology, sociology of professions, sociology of science, social theory and qualitative methodology.
Esteve Ollé Sanz
Esteve Ollé is interested in exploring the relation between culture, power and instrumental reason through the analysis of certain television productions. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Catalonia, with a focus on the cultural and technological transformations of contemporary public bureaucracies, and a M.Phil. in Political Science from the LSE, based on a three-year research project on the political and emotional elements of global event episodes. In 2008 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, where he learned about the changing structure of television industry and the contemporary trends of television fiction.