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Drawing the Wake: illustrative notational drawing as a valid alternative reading of James Joyce’ Finnegans Wake

The place of Finnegans Wake in the canon of Western literature might initially to make it appear to be an odd choice of text for illustrative interpretation. However, its peculiar position as a hugely influential, yet relatively unread work suggest it as an appropriate object through which to examine interactions between the literary and the visual imagination.

Conferred 2018

The Multimodal book as organism, artefact and assemblage: non-human agency in processes of growing and making.

This practice-based research diffracts the hierarchical dominance of humans over nature by considering non-human agency in the processes of growing and making. The ‘multimodal book’, conceived as an investigative practice which includes the maker and reader, and also an assemblage of works which come together in an exhibition, is developed to examine and articulate human-non-human relationships. Haptic and temporal aspects of the book are explored alongside growing plants to set up a dynamic interplay between concepts of organism and artefact and to interrogate non-human agency in the processes of growing and making.

'Gender Politics: The Paratext In the Late 19th Century Feminist Periodical (Britain, c. 1888-1899): A Transdisciplinary Holistic Approach’

This thesis offers an interpretation of the feminist periodicals Women's Penny Paper, Woman's Herald and Woman's Signal, using an original modified version of linguist Gérard Genette's theory of the paratext as a methodology. It examines to what extent the gendered conventions of late nineteenth century Britain influenced the editorial identities of these general feminist periodicals, and whether emerging hybrid paradigms of late nineteenth century New Womanhood in any way challenged conventional patriarchal ideals. The findings reveal that the periodicals studied projected a voice that was critical of the established gendered norms, which manifested through a plethora of carefully orchestrated editorial choices.

Conferred 2017

Image and text in the construction of Greek national imaginaries. Pyrsos magazine in the GDR, 1961–1968

The research seeks to identify the ways in which the magazine’s editorial and art direction practices portrayed a space in which the refugees constructed their identity, their relationship to their homeland (Greece), their lives under “Real existing Socialism’ (mainly in the German Democratic Republic) and produced national(ist) imaginings.

An Enquiry Into Artist Development (AD): Using Castlefield Gallery (CG) as a case study, can an understanding of AD inject a new perspective into the debate around the value of the arts?

My research aims to to capture, analyse, critically evaluate and contextualise artist development practices using methods that include participant observation and interviews.

Conferred 2017

What is the material agency of digital decay and how is it revealed through curatorial practice?

The concept of decay has been commonly associated with still life in art practice. Since the 1980s, the presence of digital technology in art has grown and notions of matter, the medium and immateriality had to be reconsidered in order to address art practices that deal with new materials. Building on Jussi Parikka’s idea of ‘geology of media’ (2015), the PhD aims at reconsidering the concept of decay and its intrinsic nature of material process, following new parameters of matter and time brought into discussion by digital technology. Considering materiality as materials immersed in an instable flow means to think of both software and hardware obsolescence as crucial elements in defining decay as a form of agency.

Are UK universities committed to information literacy?

Information literacy is defined by the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals as: “Knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

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.

Architecture of the photographic print: the spatial and dimensional relations between photography, print and architecture

A practice-led enquiry into the spatial and dimensional relations between photography, print and architecture.

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