Profiles

Design History And Gender Politics: Paratexts in the General Feminist Weekly Periodical Press (England c. 1888-1899)

The project follows a transdisciplinary methodology, and uses an interdisciplinary mix of theories to reveal whether the editorial design of three feminist periodicals was in any way influenced by late Victorian gender conventions. In general terms, the thesis argues that design objects need to be studied in accordance to the specific social, cultural, economic, political, technological, and aesthetic conditions at the time of production, whilst paying equal attention to producers as well as readers/users/consumers.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

Music as a collaborative discipline: issues to address, exchange of music and art elements and the role of the contributors.

The purpose of my research derives from the connection found between some contemporary music and the visual arts. Very often we can observe in painting a texture or structure that music can translate into different sounds applying techniques that can be understood as equivalent. The objective of my research is to work in extracting and moving by analogy concepts from one field to the other in a bidirectional way creating a code in which both disciplines merge into each other producing an audiovisual experience for the public. Both, sound and visual arts are understood as one full work where what we see is related to what we listen and vice versa.

Archaeology: Site, Object, Context; Interpreting A Collection.  A study of the ceramic work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)

The previously unrecorded work of Robert Louis Blatherwick occupies an empty space, representing a gap in the recording of twentieth century ceramic history. The body of work produced deserves attention.