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Artemis Alexiou

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.

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Hannah Elizabeth Allan

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.

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Yatie Aziz

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).

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Fariborz Bajgiran

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.

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Aimee Barrow

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.

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Patrick Baxter

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’.

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Sue Blatherwick

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.

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Gary Bratchford

Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Territories

My PhD thesis is concerned with examining the politics of visibility, expressly related to nonviolent Palestinian and international activist practices carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Clinton Cahill

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.

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Lin Charlston

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.

 

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