Dr Alex Seago

Chair, Department of Humanities,Social Sciences & Communications, Professor of Cultural Studies

Dr Alex Seago

Professor Seago was awarded his B.A from the University of Birmingham, his M.A from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from The Royal College of Art.

With an interdisciplinary academic background in American Studies, Cultural History & Cultural Studies, Dr. Seago has taught for a wide variety of American and British universities and colleges, including the University of Kansas, The Royal College of Art, Sotheby's Institute, and the London campuses of the University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin and Syracuse University. Dr. Seago has an international scholarly profile having participated in numerous international conferences and having lectured in a variety of countries– most recently in the USA, Turkey, Portugal, Jamaica, Hungary and Austria. He is also the UK representative of the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Alumni Association.

Dr. Seago's research interests focus upon the area of cultural globalization - with particular reference to music, art & design. He has published in a range of journals and article of his on global popular music in the 21st century was awarded the Stone-Suderman Prize by the Mid-Western American Studies Association. His major monograph Burning the Box of Beautiful Things; The Development of a Postmodern Sensibility (Oxford University Press) has been critically acclaimed as a major cultural history of contemporary British graphic design and as an authority on this topic Dr. Seago has featured in several radio and television programmes.

Courses taught

MSC 252 Worlds of Music

SCL 395 Modern Popular Music

SCL 321 Cultural Theory

INR 310 Globalization; Power, Networks and Identity

SSC 410 Senior Seminar

Selected Publications

  • Entries on ‘Culture’ and ‘Popular Music’ for Cambridge Dictionary of Modern History (2012) and Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Globalization (2012)
  • Regular reviews for American Studies : The Journal of the Mid-American American Studies Association. See for example (March 2010); http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=7290556&jid=AMS&volumeId=44&issueId=01&aid=7290548
  • "Burning the Box of Beautiful Things; The Development of a Post-Modern Sensibility " Oxford University Press 1995.
  • “The Kraftwerk-Effekt : Transatlantic Circulation, Global Networks and Contemporary Pop Music” Atlantic Studies (1:1) April 2004.
  • “Keith Milow” in Penelope Curtis ed. Sculpture in 20th-Century Britain (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds) 2004.
  • "Where Hamburgers Sizzle on an Open Grill Night and Day (?) : Popular Music and Americanization in the Year 2000 " American Studies (42 1/2) Summer/Fall 2000.
  • "New Methodologies in Art & Design Research; the Object as Discourse " With Dunne, A.) Royal College of Art Working Papers 1999.
  • "Ark Magazine; The Royal College of Art & Postmodernism" in Christopher Frayling and Claire Catterall eds., Design of the Times; 150 Years of Art and Design at the Royal College of Art . 1996.
  • "Research Methods for MPhil & Ph.D. Students in Art & Design: Contrasts & Conflicts." with Dunne, A Royal College of Art Working Paper 1995.
  • "Seize the Sans Serif " Eye Magazine: The International Review of Graphic Design 1995.
  • "Music to Our Cash Tills” in “Culture as Business : Special Issue" Times Higher Education Supplement 1997.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • ARK and the ‘Long Front of Culture’ – paper for Bunk ! : Celebrating 50 Years of the Independent Group. ICA, London. April 2012.
  • Panel Chair & Coordinator. Austrian Association of American Studies, Salzburg, Austria. " The position of Anglo-America in Contemporary Popular Culture". November 2011.
  • Panellist, SXSW Interactive, Austin, Texas. "Neither Moguls Nor Pirates, Grey Music Distribution". March 2011.
  • Invited Lecturer, Salzburg Seminar International Study Programme 30. ‘Global Citizenship : America and the World’. March 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker, Salzburg Seminar American Studies Alumni Association. September 2009. – ‘Deterritorialization, Creolization and Diasporic Networks – Notes on Contemporary Urban Music.’
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, July 2008 – “Hip Consumerism and the Globalization of Cool” Panel Chair and Presenter, International American Studies Association Conference, Lisbon, September 2007 – “Consumption and Counterculture” Panel Chair and Presenter, ACS Crossroads , Istanbul, Turkey, July 2006 – “Kraut-Arabesque : Cultural Globalization and Popular Music” Session Chair and Presenter, International American Studies Conference, Ottawa, Canada, August 2005
  • Salzburg Seminar American Studies Alumni Association (SSASAA) “America in Our Time” September 2004. http://www.salzburgseminar.org
  • “Electronic Music Networks and Globalization” – Paper for ”Youth, Ethnic Identity and the Future of Multiculturalism in Europe” Conference of Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey, July 2004.
  • Co-Organizer of International Conference Americanization, Globalization and Contemporary Popular Culture , co-hosted by Richmond, the American International University in London and Bahcesehir University, Istanbul at the Goethe Institute, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2004. Also presented paper on “The Kraftwerk-Effekt : Cultural Globalization and Americanization”
  • “Electronic Music Networks, Americanization and Cultural Globalization” – Paper at British Association of American Studies Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2004.
  • “Cultural Globalization, Pop Music and Americanization” & “Northern Soul ; British Exceptionalism” – Papers at International American Studies (IASA) Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands, May 2003
  • “Where Hamburgers Sizzle on an Open Grill Night and Day (?)” – Paper at British Association of American Studies Conference, Aberwystwyth, April 2003.
  • Fellow of Salzburg Seminar American Studies Centre Session 30 – “American Popular Culture, here , There and Everywhere”, October 2002. Papers on Americanization, Globalization and Popular Culture.
  • “Where Hamburgers Sizzle on an Open Grill Night and Day” – Paper at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM, Nordern) Conference, Turku, Finland, June 2002. Bahcesehir University, Istanbul

Recent Guest Lectures

Dr. Seago has lectured on a variety of topics related to cultural globalization, contemporary popular culture, art and design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at:

  • International Study programme for CUNY students at Salzburg Seminar.
  • University of Porto, Portugal
  • Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Porto, Portugal
  • Marmara University, Istanbul
  • Bahcesehir University, Istanbul
  • The University of Warsaw Institute for American Studies, Warsaw
  • The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Warsaw
  • Marmara University, Istanbul
  • Bahcesehir University, Istanbul
  • The Royal College of Art, London
  • Sothebys’ Institute, London
  • The American Institute for Foreign Study, London
  • Syracuse University, NY & Syracuse University, London program
  • The University of Derby
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Kingston University, UK
  • University of East London
  • University of Maryland, London Centre
  • University of Wisconsin, London Centre

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