Prof Graeme Kirkpatrick

Professor of Social and Cultural Theory

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I did my PhD at Birkbeck in London on analytical philosophy of mind and principles of explanation in the human sciences. Before that I studied political philosophy at York and Peace Studies at Bradford. I came to Manchester as lecturer in sociology in 2004. In 2015 I was professor of Media Arts, Aesthetics and Narration at the University of Skövde in Sweden and in Spring of that year I was visiting Professorial Fellow of the Digital Cultures Research Programme of the Australian Research Council University at Flinders University in Adelaide.

My research develops theory at the intersections of media technologies, human sensoria and narrative practices. I am interested in how varieties of subjectively meaningful experience relate to shifting modalities of social power. My publications have explored these issues in relation to the idea of a politics of technology design, the role of form and meaning in digital aesthetics, and the place of the senses in critical theory. I'm actively involved in several international research networks that share and develop these interests.


  • Critical theory, aesthetic theory, philosophy of technology, digital culture, technical politics

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