Persistence of Vision: Authorship and Visual Style in the Work and Cinematographer

Authorship in film is often difficult to attribute due to the complex nature of the collaborative processes involved. Since its inception the auteur theory has provided a convenient, although simplistic, view of authorship, which credits the director of a film with sole authorship.

Conferred 2015

Creating Images of Belonging through Diasporic Touch

My research project examines issues of belonging in the Swedish diaspora in the north of England bringing a minority discourse into the public realm. I am developing a notion called diasporic touch exploring how a combination of seeing, touching and creative writing opens up an imaginary space where ‘there and then’ is ‘here and now’, and where the process of making art generates a sense of belonging.

Formal Thought Disorder as Iterative Ambiguation; the Cognitive Constraints on Figurative Thought, Language, and Communication: Neurocognitive Correlates?

Formal Thought Disorder (FTD), the symptoms of which alter language at the levels of organisation and expression, entails incoherent discourse; which often exacerbates the implicit sensitivity of complex clinical interactions. Linguistic creativity, i.e., the manipulation of language for artistic purposes, also involves alterations at these same levels. The difference, however, is volitional. Investigations into the extent to which these processes are related are scarce; therefore, this project recruits experimental psycholinguistic methods to explore the symptoms of FTD as involuntary expressions of linguistic creativity. That is, as a pathology located in the neurocognition of creativity.

Algorithmic iconography: Intersections between iconography and social media image research

63% of social media consists of images: about 2,000,000,000 pictures are shared daily. I use iconography to understand why people find some pictures more resonant than others. As a case study, I examine the 1,000 most widely-shared tweets arising from the refugee crisis arising from the death of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian refugee child found drowned on a Turkish beach in 2015.

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.

Pattern Making For New Fabric Joining Technologies

Over recent years, a number of new fabric joining technologies have increasingly been used in fashion and clothing manufacture, replacing or reducing the need for traditional sewing. Does this create a need for re-thinking and re-defining pattern making specifically for their use?

Opening up the Wig: An exploration of the wig using photographic and sculptural strategies to reveal the relationships between the wig, the self, society and the construction of female identities.

My practice is situated in the intersection between sculpture and studio-based photography and will employ a range of strategies to unpack the function and definition of the wig, and interrogate the social context that currently produces and values it. This will involve investigating both the intention of the wig - representing, idealising and projecting the ‘feminine’ - and its material origins - the physicality of it and the cultural context that produces it. The female wig in particular offers a space for public and private ideas of femininity to interact. Women’s wigs can act as a metonym for the female body as both an artificial construct (the ideal female body), and an absence (the intended wearer, or, in the case of natural hair, the persons whose hair it was).

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: The impact on desistance and the legitimacy of punishment

This study aims to unveil the impact of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 20002) on the defendant and their wider families. The distinct lack of awareness and knowledge in this area means there is very little literature or debate taking place in relation to its application and impact on those subjected to a confiscation order. This project aims to address these shortfalls and make an original contribution to the field by highlighting the impact of the POCA legislation on both the offender and their wider families at a time when confiscation legislation is being strengthened (The Serious Crime Act 2015) and the recovery of proceeds is being incentivised and marketized, heightening the research relevance and necessity.

Designing for Breed: Realigning British wool within the current UK knitwear industry

Over 60 different varieties of sheep are present in Britain today, reared by over 45000 farmers (BWMB 2009). Using a practice based enquiry, this research will examine the contribution of individual breed knowledge and new technologies in developing and encouraging sustainable British knitwear design and production.

Conferred 2018

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.