Profiles

'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

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.

How might artistic practice function as trace within the archive?

My study is one concerned with the elements which make up the archival records of a performative, temporal practice. Using the theory of trace, as defined by Paul Ricoeur, I explore the shifting and fleeting nature of the artefacts produced through my work.

Conferred 2016

Landscapes of Identity: Visual Mapping System – Place Identity – Ethnically Diverse City

This research argues that deterministic decisions to fundamentally evolve the planning and design process to accommodate the diversity and temporality of urban occupation based solely on conventional inventory and analysis are severely lacking in representing social and emotional aspects of place and geography (Toms 2010).

Sustainable Mobile Architecture for Natural Disasters with Reference to the Experience of the Bam Earthquake

This research with identification of immediate architectural needs which is based on daily basis of Bam post-earthquake scenario and the gaps in emergency sheltering, develops those gaps through designing different ranges of sustainable self-construction emergency shelters.

An Investigation of Syrian Conflict Photography on Flickr

The Arab Spring of 2011 saw the employment of social media, and contributed to the way in which photojournalists, citizen witnesses, and activists mediate and represent struggles and conflict in the Middle East (Allan, 2013). Looking particularly at Syria, the visual construction of the conflict is ever more present, and images of the war have become more common, as we now live in a world that is constructed more readily through imagery. Images are circulated with an unprecedented speed on global New Media outlets such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter instantaneously (Anden-Papadopoulos and Pantti, 2013). Activists and citizen journalists have worked to gain public attention to fight against the Assad regime in Syria, largely through access to social media sites. In the process, activist groups such as Lens Young Dimashqi seek to record and document the conflict through photographic images of life during wartime.

Conferred 2017

Experiencing ‘Ghost Developments’ in Post-Crisis Ireland: A practice led interdisciplinary investigation into land, private property and public space

I am a filmmaker currently conducting practice-led research into the newly built environment in post-economic crisis Republic of Ireland, with particular reference to unfinished housing estates and vacant commercial property- which I refer to as 'ghost developments'.

Conferred 2017

Interlooped: an investigation into how the primary structures of knit can inform and enhance the materialisation of 3D printed textile structures

3D printing is an emergent technology which when combined with established textile processes offers the opportunity for a new method of textile production. By emulating the structures of knit through the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) it is possible to print 3D structures which embed knit’s inherent properties of stretch and flexibility whilst exploiting the mechanical properties of the material used to print with. This offers the possibility to create novel forms with innovative applications. The research will take the four primary structures of knit (plain knit, purl knit, rib and interlock) as the starting point to develop a body of 3D printed textile based structures. This ‘material proposal’ (Karana et al, 2015) will be explored in synthesis with knit’s inherent properties of stretch and flexibility, an aspect currently unexploited in 3D printed textiles.

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.

Code-Switching as an Evaluative Strategy: Identity Construction among Arabic-English Bilinguals in Manchester

This is an ethnographic study investigating the code-switching (CS) practices of a friendship group of five adult, female, non-UK born, Arabic-English bilinguals based in Manchester. By viewing CS as an evaluative stance and a tool for negotiating identity, the aim is to examine the ways in which the participants’ CS is utilised as a linguistic resource to perform their interactional identities. The main evaluative strategy explored is ‘attitude’ and the way it is expressed through the participants’ individual and relational CS moves.