Barry has taught in the Department of Sociology, Kingston Polytechnic and in the Department of Sociology, University of York, York, UK.
Barry's main research interests lie in the field of social theory, focusing particularly on the history and institutions of reflexive thinking and the relationships between reflection, philosophy and social thought. This research led to the publications of a three-volume work on the history of self-reflection, Logological Investigations.
Other areas of interest include postmodern social thought, European sociology, the sociology of classical culture, critical theory, the postmodernization of society, and debates concerning the digitization of society and culture.
Recent projects include book-length studies of the history of visual language in Western culture, everyday life and theoretical traditions (with the working title, Terms of Vision), co-editing a forthcoming anthology of original writings with the title Handbook of Visual Studies, and the exploration of transdisciplinary problematics interrelating the human sciences, ethics, and politics.
His teaching in the department reflects these interests and has included courses on Phenomenology and Reflexivity, Hermeneutics, Critical Theory (Marx and Marxism), Modern European Social Thought (phenomenology, hermeneutics, semiotics, poststructuralism, etc.), and topics relating to Postmodernism and Postmodernity.
Dr. Sandywell has supervised PhD students in the following areas:
Bloomsbury Design Library collection
I have been involved in Bloomsbury Design Library project.
'The Bloomsbury Design Library gives comprehensive global coverage of the history, theory and practice of crafts and design, from prehistoric times to the present day.'
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As part of this project I co-edited a book called, The Handbook of Visual Culture which is now available in the Bloomsbury Design Library collection.