Introduction to Geographical Information Systems using Quantum GIS

When: 19th – 20th June

Where: University of Leeds, Leeds


This 1.5 day course provides an introduction to Quantum GIS, an open source Geographic Information System software package. You will be introduced to the various components of the software and learn how to work with both vector and raster data layers. You will learn how to run simple geospatial analyses, how to edit existing maps and how to create maps using your own data, which we encourage you to bring with you to the course. Lectures will be interspersed with hands-on practical exercises. A variety of datasets will be used that cover socio-economic as well as physical geography domains.


Please note: this is an entry level GIS course and is therefore not appropriate for experienced ArcGIS or MapInfo users wanting to learn QGIS. We can recommend alternatives for you.


Fees: £45 for UK postgraduate students; £90 for RCUK funded researchers, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations; £220 for all others. (Fees include course materials, lunch on the first day and refreshments throughout).


For further information and to register, please visit:

Or contact Rosie Temple at / Tel: 0113 343 3535

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PhD Course – Social Pragmatics within Contemporary Art and Media Studies

When: 8th – 10th of May

Where: New York

Application Deadline: ASAP


What everyday parlance refers to as society is not a given, self-sustaining ontological reality. Albeit itself productive, providing stability as well as reference, “the social world” is first and foremost the product of agencies, protocols and power relations. Hence “the social”, constantly being assembled, maintained and differentiated, is less an analytical category than a category in need of analysis.

As Bruno Latour reminds us, whenever social scientists “add the adjective ‘social’ to some phenomenon, they designate a stabilized state of affairs, a bundle of ties that, later, may be mobilized to account for some other phenomenon.” Latour’s critical remarks are not aimed at the concept of the social as such; they are rather an invitation to rethink the way we conceive of the social by shifting the perspective from an objectifying to a practice-orientated one. Obviously Bruno Latour is far from being unique in this pragmatist approach to social analysis. Thus Michel Foucault investigated the genealogy of the concepts of the social, the political and the state, and Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s pioneering work on abstract social machines is also an obvious point of reference for our discussion.

Following the lead from Latour, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari (and many others), this seminar will examine the usefulness and the bearings of such a social pragmatics within contemporary art and media studies. We invite participants to reflect on their work from the point of view of social practices – how these practices involve sets of objects, how these circulate, by the help of what media, channels, or milieus, and, least but not last, what subject positions (and subjectivities) they allow for. In other words, what kind of set-up, of arrays and assemblages, can be identified, and what functions and distributions do they facilitate.

We suggest three different entries to the discussion: Media, art and aesthetics. As media were always social, they provide, both from a historical and a contemporary view, an excellent example of a social technology, entailing protocols of code and conduct, formats of time and space, and genres of subjectivity. Artworks too are medial phenomena that can be analyzed in a number of different ways; in this context, however, we will focus specifically on how artistic mediality also encompasses a set of political and economic relations embedded in its historical forms. Aesthetics, finally, stand out in our perspective not only as pertaining to the ‘rules of art’ or to sense experience, but rather to the interface between the human sensorium and affective capacities with the social world at large.

Alexander Galloway and Andrew Ross, both from New York University are invited as speakers. Galloway’s research interests include media theory and contemporary philosophy. He is a programmer and artist and a founding member of the Radical Software Group (RSG). Ross focuses on labor, the urban environment, and the organization of work, from the Western world of business and high-technology to conditions of offshore labor in the Global South.


Deadline for submissions is April 16. Please include a short abstract (300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation.


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Do you want to represent TODOS at the SiN AGM?

The association of doctoral organizations in Norway (SiN) was officially founded in Oslo, in January 26th 2003. SiN is a joint committee of local organizations for doctoral candidates and post doctors at Norwegian colleges and universities. Currently there are 8 local member organizations.

The SIN Executive Board advocates on behalf of its members to gain resources for their benefit, allocates resources among them and arbitrates among them and any other involved parties. In general, the SIN oversees member unions’ activities and is the governing body of the doctoral organization in Norway.

SiN is a network promoting contacts between its member organizations and expressing joint opinions on political issues concerning education and research, and other issues relevant to the member organizations.

The SiN AGM is held in Oslo on the 7th of May. TODOS offers to send one representative to the SiN AGM. This representative will get travel costs reimbursed and should ideally think about becoming a member in the SiN board. If you want to go to the SiN AGM or have any questions related to being a member of the SiN board, please send a short e-mail about yourself to

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