Senior Researcher and Research Developer
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham School of Media
Faculty of Performance, Media and English
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Nick Webber joined the university in 2008, after working in research development at the University of Birmingham. He has been in his current post since 2011. He is a member of the research centre’s directorial team, and is responsible for day-to-day management of the centre. In his role as research developer, he helps centre members to plan and deliver projects and secure funding for their work. He is a member of the editorial boards of Midland History and History West Midlands, and Assistant Editor of The Radio Journal. Nick holds a PhD in Medieval History from the University of Birmingham,
Nick researches the relationship between technology and culture, focusing in particular on online game communities, history and the music industries. His recent work has included examinations of power relationships in online games, interrogation of the ‘cultural moment’ of rock ‘n’ roll (with Tim Wall), and explorations of modern music consumption. He is involved in the NESTA-funded Culture Cloud project (http://culturecloudproject.org/).
‘Controlling a Sandbox’ in Matthew Wysocki (ed.), Essays on Control in Video Games (forthcoming).
‘Grief Play, Deviance and the Practice of Culture’ in Marian Carr and Ewan Kirkland (eds.) Videogame Identities: The Effect of Videogames on Culture, Narrative, Gameplay and Technology, Inter-Disciplinary Press (forthcoming).
‘Why walk when you can teleport? Themes of travel in online roleplaying games’ in Academic Quarter 4 (forthcoming).
‘Changing Cultural Coordinates: The Transistor Radio and Space / Time / Identity’ [with Tim Wall] in Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
‘England and the Norman Myth’ in Julia Barrow and Andrew Wareham (eds.) Myth, Rulership, Church and Charters, Ashgate (2008), 211-228.
The Evolution of Norman Identity, Boydell (2005)
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll: Cars, Convergence and Culture’ [with Tim Wall] at Popular Music and Automobile Culture, University of Chester (June 2012)
‘How could (and should) we study music consumption?’ [with Tim Wall] at Music, Methods and the Social, Open University/Curve Theatre, Leicester (May 2012)
‘Guilds Beyond the Game’ at The Online Mainline, Birmingham City University (September 2011)
‘Grief Play, Deviance and the Practice of Culture’ at Videogame Cultures 3, Mansfield College, Oxford (July 2011)
‘The Politics of Music Consumption Research’ at MeCCSA Conference, London School of Economics (January 2010)
‘Changing cultural co-ordinates: the transistor radio and space/time/identity’ [with Tim Wall] at Mobile Music for Everyday People: A Symposium on Mobile Music and Sound, University of Minnesota (May 2009)
‘Dudo of St-Quentin and Norman Bilingualism’ at International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (July 2000)
Email Nick: [email protected]