I worked full-time in the media and later the academy while studying part-time for my MA (Communication, Culture and Society) (1992) and my PhD (Communication) (2000) from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Prior to arriving in the academy, I worked in adult education, radio and television. While studying for my PhD part-time, I taught media and cultural studies at four universities across Greater London, UK.
My research at present is divided into three areas: (1) ‘Media Activism’ focuses on the growing interest, experiments and issues affecting ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) media and media activism, and their connections to social movements; (2) ‘Militant Entertainment' is an ongoing project (one chapter by that name has already been published) that focuses on the role of grassroots radical cultural production and working-class experiences of the rise of right-wing authoritarian populism (aka 'Thatcherism') during the late 1970s and 1980s; and (3) 'Culture Wars': this is a focus on the authoritarian right-wing machinery that organizes and fosters ideological attacks on knowledge, science and universities, and the connections with powerful individuals and institutions which amplify and popularize such attacks, particularly in the ways that this is used to silence those who are critical of the dominant power structures in contemporary society.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of alternative media; strategic communications; social, political and economic campaigns; music and social movements; documentary (film, video, radio); politics of cultural production; "post-truth", "fake news" and propaganda; "culture wars" (i.e. attacks on science, knowledge, universities); cultural democracy; cultural materialism and Raymond Williams; radical journalism and rhetoric; news media; political communication; print media and culture; ephemera (e.g. graffiti, leaflets, pamphlets, posters, zines).
Pimlott, Herbert (2017) “Stuart Hall’s Legacy: Thatcherism, Cultural Studies and ‘the Battle for Socialist Ideas’ during the 1980s”, Socialist Studies 12 (1) (March) (online).
Pimlott, Herbert (2017) “‘Engaging Class Struggles’: Preparing Students for the ‘Real World’ by Teaching ‘Activist’ Cultural Production in the Classroom”, Canadian Journal of Communication, 42 (1) (Spring 2017): 33-48. Special issue on ‘Activism and Communication Scholarship in Canada’. (Print, online.)
Pimlott, Herbert (2015) "Vanguard Media: The Promise of Strategic Communication?" in Chris Atton (ed) The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media.
Pimlott, Herbert (2014) “‘Militant Entertainment’? ‘Crisis music’ and political ephemera in the emergent ‘structure of feeling’, 1976-83,” Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance, edited by The Subcultures Network, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 268-286.
Pimlott, Herbert (2014) "Stuart Hall: An Exemplary Socialist Public Intellectual?" Socialist Studies, 10(1).
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