The Rescue Doctorate


Steve and Tara talk through the problems and surprises involved in the taking over of a PhD supervision in its late stages

Mick Winter PhD examination result


Steve and Tara talk about Mick Winter, one of our outstanding Flinders PhD students, being examined for a posthumous PhD - the result, the processes and the protocols.

Accelerated Trumpland


In a follow up to last year's University of Trumpland much downloaded podcast Steve and Tara take on the accelerated culture of Trumpland

Deviant Leisure


Steve and Tara talk about Emerald's new book series Emerald Studies in Deviant Leisure which Steve is co-editing with Thomas Raymen and Oliver Smith from Plymouth University in the UK

Theory (Capital T)


Steve and Tara talk theory and its importance for PhD students

From Blog to Book


Steve and Tara vodcast on how my book Theoretical Times was written, from blog to book

Your First Articles


Steve and Tara talk about postgraduate students producing their first articles

Digitising Judas (and Dylan): I Don’t Believe You, You’re a Liar


Steve and Tara talk about the popular cultural significance of Steve opening the box of 36 CDs of Bob Dylan: 1966 Live Recordings, the complete recordings of the 1966 tour Dylan and his band undertook in USA, Australia and Europe including the Judas concert at Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1966 when a fan shouted out 'Judas' and Dylan replied 'I Don't Believe You, You're a Liar'

University of Trumpland


Steve and Tara talk about the outcome of the USA election and the global rise of the right

Beyond Leisure Studies


Steve and Tara talk about the current state of international Leisure Studies and related disciplines and the possibility of a Digital Leisure Studies

Nano Learning


Steve and Tara talk about the term Nano Learning and its application to education and various forms of social media

Is There a Future For Professions?


Steve and Tara participate in a seminar with Postgraduate students studying the Susskinds' book The Future of The Professions

Selecting PhD Examiners


Steve and Tara talk about the selection of examiners for PhD and its importance especially in the Australian system which does not have an oral exam at present

Confirmation of Candidature


In this vodcast version Steve and Tara talk about the global process of confirmation of candidature for PhD students and how it can be improved for staff and students

Confirmation of Candidature


Steve and Tara talk (podcast version) about the confirmation of candidature process for PhD students

Creative Industries and PhD Students


Steve and Tara talk about innovation parks like Tonsley Precinct at Flinders University in Adelaide and The Sharp Project in Manchester in their discussion of creative Industries, the knowledge economy, post-industrialisation and the implications for PhD students' work and careers

How To Avoid a Toxic Workplace


Steve and Tara talk about the contemporary global higher education workplace and strategies for avoiding toxic ones

Policing The Crisis in New Times


Steve, Tara, Sunny and Glory revisit the 1978 book from the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies Policing The Crisis for postgraduate study of Australia in 2016

Digital Dylan: Steve on Blonde on Blonde


Steve gently parodies the mini-genre of 'opening the box' of Bob Dylan's Cutting Edge Bootleg Series special edition before going on to write a book chapter based on it called Digital Dylan

Deviant Leisure Cultures


Steve and Tara talk about Deviant Leisure Cultures. Deviant Leisure is the brainchild of Oliver Smith at Plymouth University, and Steve and Tara talk about how this idea might invigorate critical criminology and digital leisure studies

Digital Leisure Studies


Steve talks about his idea of Digital Leisure Studies and how this will change the nature and scope of Leisure Studies

Football, Accelerated Culture and Politics


Steve talks in depth with Brett Hutchins of Monash University in his Media Sport podcast series - on football culture, accelerated culture and politics of football culture

Skyping the PhD


Steve and Tara talk about the use of Skype in PhD supervision

Sporting Claustropolis


Steve explains what is sporting claustropolis, how he developed it as a concept and how it relates to other concepts in his book Football and Accelerated Culture: This Modern sporting Life



Steve and Tara talk about academics using Twitter

What is sporting claustropolis? (Vodcast)


Steve explores the phrase 'sporting claustropolis' that is introduced in his new book, Football and Accelerated Culture (

What is a hooligan memoir? (Vodcast)


Steve Redhead introduces a long term project, investigating the hooligan memoir. This research is published in his new book, Football and Accelerated Culture (

Why Football and Accelerated Culture? (Vodcast)


Steve introduces his new book for Routledge: Football and Accelerated Culture - This modern sporting life ( In this video, he explains the meaning of the title

What is physical cultural studies? (Vodcast)


Steve Redhead introduces the new field of 'physical cultural studies' and explains why his new book, Football and Accelerated Culture ( is part of this new paradigm.

Does Ethnography Still Matter In A Digital Age


Particular methods are fashionable, and then move out of fashion. Tara and Steve talk about ethnography, the disco of research methods. But as ethnography moves beyond its fame and height in the 1970s, how can it reconfigure and refresh for the 2010s?

What is the Point of an Ethics Committee?


Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead get stroppy (again), pondering the nature of ethics committees - and research ethics more generally - in the neoliberal university.

Moving On Up: Physical Cultural Studies in Third Tier Cities


How can policy makers and local councils encourage movement in small cities? Leanne McRae, Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon explore these third tier cities and the benefits of thinking about physical cultural studies in a way that integrates the analogue and the digital, the tourist and the resident.

Theoretical Times: Claustropolitanism


Do you feel closed in? Do you want to leave the planet because of war, terrorism, violence and xenophobia? The concept that captures this tendency is claustropolitanism. Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon discuss claustropolitanism, and the popular cultural texts that capture it: Top of the Lake, Breaking Bad, The Tunnel, Orange is the New Black and The Fall.

Theoretical Times: Accelerated Culture


These theoretical times are also accelerated times. What is the role of momentum and speed in our understanding of identity and popular culture? Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead talk about accelerated culture and accelerationism, and the countervailing forces of slow culture and slow food.

Theoretical Times: Reproletarianization


What happens to a working class when there is no longer work? How do we think about the middle class in relation to a digitized, globalized, casual workplace? Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon talk about reproletarianization and its relationship with Guy Standing's Precariat.

Theoretical Times: Foreclosure


How did the Global Financial Crisis impact on our understandings of social relationships? Has foreclosure become a 'global condition'? Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead probe the concept of foreclosure and its relevance to theoretical times.

Theoretical Times: Bunker Anthropology


Why are methods so boring in the contemporary university? How can the theories of method be enlivened and enlivening in the humanities and social sciences? Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon translate and transform Paul Virilio's Bunker Archaeology to develop a new way of thinking about space, identity, ethnography and surveillance.

Theoretical Times: Claustropolitan Sociology


Does sociology have a future? How does the discipline - and the scholars within it - manage neo-liberalism, xenophobia, terrorism and gated communities? Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon explore this concept of 'claustropolitan sociology' as part of their 'Theoretical times' series.

Research Planning in Difficult Times


How can you create a research plan? How can early career, mid career and senior scholar managed research policies demanding high levels of productivity and accountability? Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead talk about how to develop a research career in difficult times.

Theoretical Times: Louis Althusser


We need - right now - a complex and intricate theorization of power and the state. Louis Althusser provides scholars and citizens with that theorization. Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon, in this sixth podcast in Theoretical Times, discuss Louis Althusser and why he is returning to intellectual fashion.

New Media, New Times, New Academics


What are the most effective media platforms for university academics? Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon explore which social media platforms are best for academics at each stage of their career.

Publications During the PhD


Being a PhD student is complicated. What is more important: finishing the doctorate in the minimum time, or publishing some articles on the way?

Steve and Tara explore the difficult balance between the PhD and publishing refereed scholarship during the candidature.

Theoretical Times: Paul Virilio


What do technology, speed, war, bunkers and architecture have in common? All are interests of Paul Virilio. Tara talks with Steve Redhead about Virilio, understanding his specific place in these theoretical times.

The Creative Doctorate


What is the role of the creative object in a PhD programme? Tara and Steve probe the troubling terrain of the creative doctorate. Investigating the DCA (the Doctor of Creative Arts) and the PhD composed of an artefact and exegesis, they explore the challenges of standards, standardization and quality.

Theoretical Times: Alain Badiou


The great survivor of French philosophy, Alain Badiou offers evocative and provocative theorizations of subjectivity, ethics and modernity. Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead review his career, stature and value in these 'Theoretical Times.'

Theoretical Times: Slavoj Zizek


Slavoj Zizek is much more than a Slovenian Marxist philosopher. Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon talk about why his theorizations of culture and politics have been so powerful and so popular.

How To Handle Doctoral Examination and Feedback


Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead enter the vexed terrain of doctoral examination. They assist doctoral students and supervisors to manage the emotion of the process to create a concrete outcome: a successful doctoral graduation.

How To Supervise PhDs, 3: The Selection Process


Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon enter the vexed issue of selection processes that enable entry into doctoral programmes. In this third session, Steve and Tara present warning signs for students and also problematize the biases of supervisors.

How To Supervise PhDs, 8: Form, Forms, Forms


Why do PhD students and supervisors have to fill in so many (damn) forms? How can we transform regulation into a positive outcome for the candidate and the candidature? Steve Redhead and Tara Brabazon explore the reason for forms and how they can enable progress, rather than deflect attention from the project.

Theoretical Times: Jean Baudrillard


Tara talks with Steve Redhead about Jean Baudrillard. The 'postmodern' label applied to Baudrillard has underplayed his complexity and role in the contemporary academy.

The Coolest Little Capital City In The World


Tara and Steve Redhead talk about Wellington, in Aotearoa / New Zealand. They explore city imaging and the specific creative industries agendas and policies in Wellington. Particular attention is placed on the transformative effect of the Global Financial Crisis on the very specific urbanity of Wellington.

Morecambe And Modernism


Tara talks with Steve Redhead about Morecambe, a town in the north west of England. Morecambe has many claims to fame, including Eric Morecambe and remarkable tides. But it is through the Midland Hotel, a stunning Art Deco regeneration, that new reasons to visit the town have emerged. Through reclaiming modernism, Morecambe has modernised.

Why Teach Virilio To First Years?


It is a cliche that we live in fast times, not careful times. One of the most relevant theorists of speed is Paul Virilio. Yet what can first year students gain from reading his work? Tara Brabazon talks with Steve Redhead about Paul Virilio and what his research and theories can offer to the understanding of accelerated culture.

Cascading Assessment in Legal Education


Tara introduces Professor Steve Redhead's innovative assessment protocol for legal studies. Steve discusses the potential of cascading assessment for upper-level undergraduate students to enable research training.

Why Teach Sport in Universities?


Tara talks with Professor Steve Redhead about the potential and challenges of teaching sport in universities. From leisure studies, to sports journalism and entertainment and sports law, sport offers an innovative strategy to teach complex ideas in new ways.

How to Get an A on a Research Project


Tara and Steve Redhead have a conversation about how to gain a high mark for a research project. They discuss the key characteristics of outstanding student work.

How to Fail a Research Project


Tara talks with Steve Redhead and discusses the characteristics of research projects that fail, or are marginally successful. How can students avoid the pitfalls and errors in their research?

Research: Theory and Method


Research training is a major area of the contemporary academy. A key - yet underasked question - is the difference between theory and method. Steve Redhead and Tara explore 'the turn to methods' and the impact of this 'turn' on the scale, scope and quality of research.

Critical Criminology


Tara talks to Steve Redhead, asking him about the definitions and applications of critical criminology.

Prisons and Reality Television


Tara asks Steve Redhead about prisons and popular culture. Why did he take university students on prison visits?

We Have Never Been Postmodern


Tara Brabazon talks with Steve Redhead about his new book, We Have Never Been Postmodern. The role of post/modernity in the contemporary social sciences and humanities is discussed.

Pop Time


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about the nature of popular cultural time. Is it cyclical or linear?

Irvine Welsh and the Problem of Pop


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about his interview with Irvine Welsh. Steve explores how popular culture resonates within Irvine Welsh's writing.

Memories of Tony Wilson


Tara Brabazon talks with Steve Redhead about his memories of Tony Wilson, particularly remembering his support of the Manchester Institute for Popular Culture.

Before the Bunker (Photostory)


Professor Steve Redhead explores the role and place of 'the bunker' in the thinking of Paul Virilio. He finds a resonance for such thinking in the contemporary landscape of Eastbourne, East Sussex.

The Night-time Economy


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about the night-time economy. What is it, and how does it align with economic development?

“What is MANC?”


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about his new project, MANC: modern, accelerated, nonpostmodern culture.

Art of the Accident


A microinterview between Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead, investigating theories of ‘the accident’.

Cities and Popular Music


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about why particular cities are associated with popular musical success.

Speed and Popular Culture


What is the relationship between speed and popular culture? Is popular cultural change increasing in speed?

Terrorism and the Accident


Why is there a confusion between an act of terrorism and an accident? Using the work of Paul Virilio, Steve Redhead explores answer to this question with Tara Brabazon.

The Future of Football


Tara Brabazon talks to Steve Redhead about the future of football, after Hillsborough and the Premier League.