POSTGRADUATE PROFILES

How might an tailored experience of narrative be created through digital media?

My research is about how to use data about an audience to create a tailored narrative, in real time, using digital media that is personal to them.

Art Collectives in Israel

My research examines art collectives in relation to social and political changes in Israel, as well in relation to similar worldwide socially engaged art. It aims to contribute to the understanding of the socio-political potential of art. From a local perspective, my research aims to contribute to the development of a theoretical framework through which to read Israeli art from social and political perspectives, with emphasis on historical and current moments in which art, politics, and social change intersect.

Haunting Corporeality: A Cultural History of the Animated Skeleton

The visage of an animated skeleton is an omnipresent theme in the cultural sphere of horror and the Gothic, but scant little attention has been given to this powerful symbol. My research blends literary studies, art history, archaeology, and thanatology to examine how the skeleton operates as a signifier throughout Western literary, visual, and material culture, originating during Medieval Christendom as a moralistic reminder of the afterlife and subsequently becoming a multi-faceted symbol for memorializing grief, disease and community health, class struggles, and ultimately humanity's own relationship with the vastness of time.

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

All The Men I Never Married: Poetry and Everyday Sexism

Despite the fact that most women will experience some form of sexism during their lifetime, contemporary poets have been strangely silent on this subject. My research project will address this gap by creating a portfolio of poetry which explores how experiences of 'everyday sexism' (Bates) and micro-aggression can be represented in poetic practice. The ability of the female poet, to use different modes of address, talking both to and about men and masculinity, and with the potential to explore previously ignored or neglected areas of female experience creates the potential for 'critical consciousness' (bell hooks) in the audience and the potential for social change. The project will also consider three other issues: the role of the female gaze, representations of female desire and how these poems are situated in a wider contemporary context of women's poetry.

Taking the Reader into the Woods: An investigation into the relationship between the act of walking in woodland and the creative process, through the medium of novel writing

This PhD will explore the connections between walking, creative process and fiction with a focus on creative practice as research method. I will be undertaking a series of walks in a number of woodlands, and using the experience to inform my creative practice. I will write a novel inspired by the walks and also non-fiction reading about place. As well as the novel I will write a thesis about the process I have undergone, and how my work fits into the world of place-writing. I will interview some other published novelists who have a strong element of place writing in their work, to ask them about their creative process.

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.

Objects of Delight: The Nineteen Century Mass-Produced Miniature

My research explores the phenomenon of miniaturisation, as reflected by the global trade and consumption of mass-produced miniatures, and what it reveals about the nineteenth century people who delighted in, desired, acquired, displayed, collected and discarded them.

Conferred 2017

Exploring Photographic Archival Intervention Within the Edward Chambre-Hardman Portraiture Collection 1923-1966

Edward Chambré-Hardman was a Liverpool based commercial portrait photographer, practicing between 1923 to 1966. He left behind a vast collection of photographic work including portraiture, landscape and cityscape works which are now stored within the Central Liverpool Library.

Conferred 2019

The Human Body as a Building Architectural Colossi and their Metaphors

The research will be based on the relation of human body and architectural structures; especially how the human body has been the inspiration for the exterior shape of several architectural human colossi and how it was used as a building itself.

Closed Loop: 3D Printing For Menswear

This practice-based enquiry examines design and manufacturing possibilities using 3D printed PET filament for menswear. rPET filament is a recycled material usually made from plastic bottles, in this enquiry I will test the feasibility of recycled polyester clothing. ‘Closed Loop’ is a complex system involving a seamless interaction between manufacture, consuming and recycling.

The Role of Drawing in the Regeneration of Urban Spaces

My practice-led MPhil/PhD research project will have two areas of inquiry: drawing and regeneration that will be linked by the aims and methods I deploy.

Conferred 2016