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Video lectures worth taking the time to watch… Part 2

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It’s been a long time since I posted the first set of video lectures, but I’ve been accruing a few more since then so thought it pertinent to post a second set. These are an eclectic bunch, but encapsulate the rhizomic essence of modern day phenomena and resonate with my own thoughts, opinions and research interests. Enjoy.

Bruno LatourReflections of an Actor-Network Theorist (48:23). Of course, I’m biased, but Bruno Latour is one of the world’s most progressive thinkers on society and space. Actor-Network Theory has permeated much of social science but is widely misunderstood. This will hopefully set the record straight.

Julian BarbourKilling Time (23:09). More of a documentary than a lecture but still some fascinating ideas about how we experience time.

Charles Landry – Creative Cities Summit 2.0 keynote part 1 | 2 | 3 (total about 20 mins). Charles Landry is one of those people that always crops up when talking about how cities should be, probably because he has some very progressive, Jacobsian ideas about cities.

Thom MayneArchitecture as Connection (22:37) TED talks can often be a bit deferential, but this one on architecture stood out, mainly because he is advocating non-linearity as a city mechanism.

finally…

Slavoj Zizek – Apocalyptic Times (1:24:27) This one is audio (and downloadable) so technically not a video lecture, but it is difficult enough to keep track of with his accent without the distractions of his visual tumultuousness. It requires you to ‘lean in’ a lot this one, but it is worth it as Zizek is one of the few authors who’s anti-establishment rhetoric has enough intellectual capital to validate it within the establishment. For that alone, he deserves some attention….

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Author: Oli

Human Geographer at Royal Holloway, University of London

2 thoughts on “Video lectures worth taking the time to watch… Part 2

  1. I like your video links – I also sometimes trawl for worthwhile material to watch and listen to. I like to share the london school of economics rich repository of excellent lectures by, at least in my world, very prominent thinkers. Latour is making a presence every once in a while as well.

    link – http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

  2. Thanks Dan!

    The LSE lectures are always fantastic, and I have been to many. Thanks for the link!

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