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Victor Avila Torres

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Biography

My main interests lie within the subjective relation that individuals hold with technologies, and how this relationship mediates the experience of the self in the world. My background is in Communication studies both, by reseacrhing digital media and producing content for news outlets.

I got a degree on Communication's Sciences by Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) and a Masters in Communication by Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA).

Currently, while preparing for my viva I work as convenor at the Science & Technology Unit (SATSU) at York, as well as research intern for the project Voices in Partnership–Interactional practices of decision-making during childbirth. I am a book review editor for the journal Information, Communication and Society, as well as Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society and reviewer for New Media & Society.

Research

Overview

My PhD is about how our relationship and attachment to music is shaped by technologies and effects. It includes elements from cultural sociology, consumer culture, valuation studies and practice theory. My background is also in media and communication studies.

Publications

Selected publications

Book Chapters

  • Ávila Torres, V. (2016) Making Sense of Acquiring Music in Mexico City, In R. Nowak & A. Whelan (Eds.), Networked Music Cultures. Contemporary Approaches, Emerging Issues. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Journal Publications

  • Ávila Torres, V. (2017) Mediaciones: pensar la música como tecnología y la comunicación como música. Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación (32), 123-151.
  • Guerrero, M. A., Ávila Torres, V., & Palacios, M. (2016) ¿Afectó la cobertura mediática el resultado electoral de 2015 en el Distrito Federal? Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación, 28.
  • Enríquez Mier, T., & Avila Torres, V. (2016) Género, elecciones y cobertura mediática. Análisis de la elección intermedia de 2015 en el Distrito Federal Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación, 28.

Book Reviews

  • Ávila Torres, V. (2019). Book Review: Streaming music: Practices, media, cultures. New Media & Society, Online.
  • Ávila Torres, V. (2019). Selling digital music, formatting culture. Information, Communication & Society, Online First.
  • Ávila Torres, V. (2017). Book Review: The Practice of Eating. Cultural Sociology, 11(4), 537-539.
  • Avila-Torres, V. (2016). Governed through choice: autonomy, technology and the politics of reproduction. Gender Place and Culture, 23(10), 1515-1516.
  • Ávila Torres, V. (2016). When technocultures collide: innovation from below and the struggle for autonomy. Information, Communication & Society, 19(12), 1706-1707.
  • Ávila Torres, V. (2015). Paula Sibilia – La intimidad como espectáculo (Book Review). Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación.

Published BA Dissertation

Teaching

Undergraduate

I have been teaching both in Mexico and the UK. I have experience teaching video and audio production and script writing as well as voice performance. On the other hand I have taught Digital Media, Media History, New Media Theories and Communication Technology.

On the Sociollogy side I have taught Cultivating a Sociological Imagination, Popular Culture, Quantitative Methods for Hisotry, Research Methods for Social Sicences and Understanding Social Media

Contact details

Victor Avila Torres
PhD Student
Sociology
Wentworth College
York University
York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 32 2638