This study will examine the emergence of a fragile, schizoid male subjectivity in American Gothic literature whose presence in domestic, or quasi-domestic, settings results in that setting becoming sentient, mutating, moving, expanding and contracting to torment the character until death or expulsion is forced upon him. At the core of my research will be Stephen King's The Shining, Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves and Steve Rasnic Tem's Deadfall Hotel. I will be referencing the works of Derrida, R.D. Laing, Foucault, Badiou and Bachelard to identify the reasons for the development of this narrative trope from the 1970s and its proliferation post-2000 and explore the contemporary anxieties of the American male it represents.
Can ‘Augmented Reality Games’ be a positive influence? The project will take the form of a series of walking interviews with players of the ARG Ingress to attempt to ascertain whether the game encourages healthy physical and social activity and, if so, whether this has wider implications for the use of ARGs in public spaces.
In the world of hypercomplexity and hyper rapid changes the answer to the escalating economic and social problems can only be a complex, comprehensive solution. And such a solution is more likely to emerge from design focused interdisciplinary collaborative networks which I believe will have the advantage in innovation. The question is how to "manage" such complex networks.
My thesis investigates the role of the photobook in representing the British working-classes since 1975 and demonstrates the value of photobooks as a tool for the exploration of lived experience.
Meanwhile/Becoming: A Postphenomenological Position Exploring Vision and Visuality in Landscape Photography
Meanwhile/Becoming is a practice-led research project that investigates methods of creating photographs that do not conform to the Cartesian perspective prevalent in photographs taken with a standard format camera. The research explores the opportunity of examining a visual space other than that offered by the standard single lens reflex camera through manipulation of the pinhole camera. It uses processes that produce what the research describes as a reinterpretation of phenomenology, postphenomenology and posthumanism through photographic practice; where the photographs are expressive of the what and how humans see and the lived experience of the situated perspectives of a specific space.
Factors Affecting the Success of E-Learning Processes in Saudi Arabia
The recent revolution in information and communication technologies has changed the ways people carry out their day to day activities. Education is one of the fields that has been largely influenced by this revolution. The majority of academic institutions have integrated Electronic Learning either as part or as their full approach to learning delivery. Governments around the world have invested significant resources to integrate the new media in their education systems.
Despite these investments and commitment from these institutions, many of the new e-learning systems tend to fail. This has motivated researchers to investigate suitable approaches to overcome these failures. One of the well-known approaches is to identify what so known as Critical Success Factors (CSFs) which are those factors and areas of interests that can potentially have higher impact on the success, or failure, of an e-learning system. This approach has been widely applied areas around the globe and from different perspectives of e-learning systems stakeholders. However, when considering Saudi Arabia as one of the leading countries in Middle East in adopting e-learning base education, very limited research was found in the literature to identify e-learning systems CSFs. This is despite the extensive resources the government invested in encouraging the Saudi institutions to adopt e-learning. In particular, there is a lack of investigative academic research that considers the perspectives of the different e-learning stakeholders in a Saudi context.
Spaces of Cultural Resistance: The Contestation Between Tradition and Colonial Housing Typologies in Southern African Townships - Zimbabwe (1894-2005).
My research investigates housing typologies introduced by the dividing policies of colonial segregation. Through an analysis of cities conceived on the basis of ‘colour lines,’ it will explore how colonial architects and town planners as agents of empire exercised ideological practices, bringing them to bear upon the practical needs of future occupants. The study will proceed to analyse the impacts of colonial archetypes on the native inhabitants and examine spatialities created during moments contestations between forms and occupant customs. Furthermore, the research will reinvigorate the disengaged discourse, between occupants as social organisms and anti-social industrial housing, developed during emergence of colonial industrial and factory systems. Here, as in other global urban locations, that were/are designed on the basis of segregation to enhance an elite groups power and wealth ; the thesis intends to identify solutions to these marginalised spatialities. It aims to show how the differences between cultural methods of existence and imposed architecture grounded in colonial ideological legislation, needed/need reconciliation to conceive coherent mechanisms that accommodate for changes in postcolonial urbanism.
Wirral and the Great War 1910-1922
Combining the use of military, local and genealogical sources to explore the impact of the Great War on a representative sample of the British population, concentrating upon reactions to war in 1914/15, the relationship between the home and fighting fronts, resilience, men, women and the family and the labour movement.
Gothic Contagion: A Trans-Disciplinary Exploration of the Gothic Mode's Representations of Infectious Disease and its Implications for Public Health
This thesis sets out to investigate the ways in which Gothic depictions of contagion mediate public perceptions about health, wellbeing and community at key moments of crisis in the evolution of capitalism.
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