2nd Oct

Research Introductions and Welcome Party

4:30pm in G22, Jubilee Building.  Drinks and nibbles after research introductions in Silverstone Social Space.

Faculty and research PhDs will present 5 minute, fast paced, introductions to their research.

Katherine Farrimond (faculty) Katherine works in the area of gender, sexuality and contemporary popular film and television. Her current research focuses on representations of virginity in popular media, with a particular focus on the supernatural body as a mechanism for unpacking and exploring the complexities of virginity and its loss.

Dolores Tierney (faculty)

Carina Wrestling (research student) Carina research focuses on how engagement is viewed, created, and assessed in digital media, immersive theatre and HCI, with particular focus on how methodology, tools, materials, and practice in the three fields affect definitions and perspectives. Carina’s work also investigates how approaches in immersive theatre can inform and expand the understanding of engagement in digital media and HCI.

Richard Elliot (faculty)

Juan Ramos (research student) Juan’s research focuses on the popular Latin American genre of the telenovela and its successful adaptation by Hispanic media for consumption in the United States. Juan’s study comprises a close analysis of several telenovelas, which were produced (or co-produced) by US Spanish-language television networks. Juan is interested in the place US telenovelas occupy in globalized media industries.

Olga Kourelou (faculty)

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Thor Magnusson (faculty) Thor’s work focuses on the impact digital technologies have on musical creativity and practice, explored through software development, composition and performance. Thor’s research is underpinned by the philosophy of technology and cognitive science, exploring issues of embodiment and compositional constraints in digital musical systems.

Lyn Thomas (faculty) Lyn works on the writing of class and of class migration. Lyn’s current work focuses on the contemporary French writer Annie Ernaux; discussing Ernaux’s relationship with Virginia Woolf, whom she claims as a formative influence, despite the gulf that separates her from Woolf in class terms. Lyn is also working on a larger project entitled ‘Class Migrant Intellectuals in Britain and France’.

Micheál O’Connell (research student) Micheál is looking at the value in ‘stupidity’, the fact that this is understood and the existence of what might be termed Artificial Stupidity. Micheál is investigating this in relation to artistic practices, his own work and that of others, but also more generally with respect to scientific activity and also socially.

Lee Salter (faculty) 

Mahrokhsadat Hosseini (research student) Mahrokh will be proposing a Bakhtinian reading of the works from post-revolutionary Iranian women poets, Simin Behbahani and Granaz Moussavi. Mahrokh’s research seeks to interpret the selected poets’ voices through their feminist discourse and finally to observe how these writers expressed a relationship between self and the other. Mahrokh’s research will address the question of how Bakhtin’s literary concepts could contribute in exploring the way in which these women deliver subversive discourse of gender relations in their writing and show their resistance against individual and social confinements. Key to Mahrokh’s work is identifying the selected women poets’ resistance in their discourse, regarding women’s veiling, capturing voices and its rulings in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Eleftheria Lekakis (faculty) Eleftheria has been focussing on aspects of global communication which stem from the intersection of politics, economy and culture. Eleftheria has studied the politics of consumption and in particular the association of consumption with political action and the relationship between global change and cosmopolitan citizenship. Eleftheria’s latest book focuses on an analysis of ‘coffee activism’, a phenomenon which brings together a (fair trade) movement and market and everyday politics. Such phenomena belong to broader theorisations of political consumerism and the political communication and negotiation of the market sphere with the political sphere. Lately, Eleftheria has been researching the communicative intersections of promotional and political culture as exemplified by the re-invigoration of economic nationalism.

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