Dean Lockwood is a Senior Lecturer in Media Theory. He has taught critical studies on the School of Media’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes since 2000. He has been an integral part of the development, updating and fine-tuning of, in particular, the Media Production and Audio Production undergraduate programmes as well as postgraduate programmes including Media and Cultural Studies, and has introduced and co-ordinates a number of option modules aligned with his specific research interests. He welcomes enquiries from potential candidates for research supervision in areas related to his research and teaching. He was Director of Studies for an innovative PhD on the logics of visuality in twenty-first century media ecologies, awarded earlier in 2013, and is currently supervising an MRes on developments in hacktivism. Dean has published journal articles and chapters in edited collections and regularly delivers papers – solo and collaborative - to academic conferences. In collaboration with LSM colleague Rob Coley, he published the book Cloud Time with Zero Books in 2012. This book on the culture and politics of cloud computing is concerned with the development of protocological and algorithmic structures underpinning corporate and governmental exploitation of the much vaunted openness of the internet. Conceived as a polemical theory-fiction, it has been described as ‘incisive and exhilaratingly tetchy’ (Sukhdev Sandhu, Icon Magazine), ‘utterly compelling’ (Simon O’Sullivan, author of On the Production of Subjectivity) and ‘enjoyably creative in its theoretical spleen’ (Steven Poole, The Guardian). Currently, with Rob and working also with Adam O’Meara, he is contracted to Punctum Books (New York) to research and write a book on the ‘fabulatory function’ of photography in a media ecological era which, along lines suggested by the work of Deleuze, Guattari and others, commends the collective reappropriation and ‘resingularization’ of photography as mediation. This project is associated with our reconceived and revalidated MA Photography which launches in 2013. With regard to his teaching practice, Dean attempts to innovate with the form of sessions and assessment regimes in his modules in order to promote and develop the university’s research ethos and organizing principle of Student as Producer. He is particularly interested in exploring the potential of rhizomatic pedagogies and is committed to instituting a more sustained and experimental research-informed engagement with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Wherever possible, he hopes to exploit collaborative, interdisciplinary opportunities for teaching and research arising from our new college structure. He is a committee member of the college’s 21st Century Research Group and is also a founding member of the Society for Ontofabulatory Research (SOR). He is an external examiner for the Department of English, Film, Communication and Media at Anglia Ruskin University.
Dean currently co-ordinates and teaches undergraduate modules in Society, Aesthetics & Digital Media (level 2) and Horror & Fantasy (level 2) for the Media Production programme. He co-ordinates and teaches the level 2 Auditory Culture module for the Audio Production programme. He also teaches on a range of other modules across these and other programmes. He supervises undergraduate dissertation students and postgraduate research students and co-ordinates and teaches on postgraduate modules in Media Ecologies, Rethinking Society for the 21st Century and Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century. Dean is a member of LSM’s Research Steering Group.
Media Theory, Digital Culture, Sonic Culture, Visual Culture, Horror Studies
— York, 1997
MA Sociology of Contemporary Culture
— York, 1992
BA (Hons) Social Science: First Class
— Humberside, 1989
Lockwood, Dean (2015) Ghosts of the gristleized. In: Monstrous media/spectral subjects: imaging gothic from the nineteenth century to the present. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN: 9780719089770