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Andrea Braeuning, PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland, has published a co-authored paper titled ‘Smart City: meaning and requirements of business models and organizational structure from the perspective of service providers’. Written in collaboration with Professor Alexander W. Roos, the article is available from the Application and Concepts of Computer Science Economy […]

Peter Snowdon’s short film, We Are Going to Record, made in 2013 with the Peruvian anthropologist Juan Javier Rivera Andìa, will have its North American theatrical début in New York on 21 and 22 February 2015, as part of Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art’s annual festival of non-fiction film and media. Peter, who is […]

Dr Gerry Hassan, Research Fellow in the School of Media, Culture and Society, has recently published a book on Scottish politics (2014). Independence of the Scottish Mind explores modern Scotland and examines how Scottish politics, culture and identities have interacted within the national and international contexts in the last 30 years. Hassan considers which voices […]

Paul Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Production in the School of Media, Culture and Society, has written an article for The Conversation on the new Adam Curtis BBC documentary Bitter Lake. Paul’s article can be found here Bitter Lake is now available on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time here

John Robertson, Professor in Media Politics, has seen his public profile rise substantially during the recent Scottish referendum on independence. He was the lead researcher on a project that transcribed and coded the news coverage of the campaign from September 2012 to September 2013. His interim findings, ‘Fairness in the First Year?’, a report made […]

This innovative book represents a timely intervention in both critical discourses on video and new media art, as well as examination of gender in post-Socialist contexts. Edited by Katarzyna Kosmala, Professor in Culture, Media and Visual Practice, the book’s contributors explore how encounters between art and technology have been implicated in the representation and analysis […]

Dr Holly Tessler, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music, has recently published a pioneering new textbook exploring the new field of interactive audio. As one of the co-editors of The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio, she has been jointly responsible for bringing this ambitious project to fruition. This work represents a survey of this emerging and […]

Peter Snowdon’s debut feature, The Uprising (Belgium/UK, 2013, Third Films/Rien à voir), has gained critical acclaim, screening at over fifteen international film festivals and premiering as part of Documentary Fortnight at MoMA, NYC. The documentary is a multi-camera, first-person account of the Arab revolutions. Composed entirely of over 100 videos made by citizens and long-term […]

Focus

Our research interests are informed by our core research values, which aim to develop significant, original and rigorous knowledge that has value and impact on society beyond academia.

Knowledge creation relies on insights from a range of disciplinary perspectives, but how can we build bridges between subject areas?
How can academic research bring insights that can help foster responsible decision making for the future of humanity?

  • Creative Practice 80%

  • Journalism 50%

  • Event, Festivals & Cultural Policy 60%

  • Visual Art 55%

  • Island Studies 35%

  • Science & Technology Studies 40%

  • Performance 40%

 

All of the research at the cf. focuses on questions that concern the future of humanity in the broadest sense. Whether it is through the creation of new aesthetic forms, discussion about the future of journalism, or attention to our media-event based economy, our approach addresses the gaps in our knowledge that arise from conventional divisions in research. Our work brings creative alternatives to research innovation that help us think more imaginatively about our future. The intersection of these approaches to common areas of interest provides the cf. with a unique contribution to broad topics about social, political and cultural change. The categories above offer an insight into some of the research clusters within our programme, while the tags below focus on specific content.

 

Clusters

Many of our active researchers work across disciplines. For instance, visual artist Samantha Clark creates extraordinary artistic works that have been shown all over the world, while also writing on environmental philosophy. Alternatively, Professor Gayle McPherson has been heavily involved with Creative Scotland as a Board member and in the theatre sector, while also researching mega-events. This range of contributions to the creative research and practice sector allows us to build relationships for our students in their own careers, while deeply embedding our scholarly contributions in the applied context. Key clusters include Journalism, Creative Practice/Research, Events, Festivals and Policy, Island Studies, and Performance.

 

 

 

 

Research topics include

 

Media

 

The media form an important part of the public sphere and our research in this area seeks to understand and contribute to these discussions. Our researchers investigate how the media report certain issues, how media organizations are changing
along with the development of new technologies and how we can study computer games from a social perspective to make sense of identity. We also undertake our own journalism to locate the cf. firmly within the public domain.

Culture

 

Major societal challenges all have a cultural dimension.  We can understand more about social, cultural and political values by investigating discourses and developing innovative practices, from mega-events to small-scale creative interventions.
 
Our research explores the future of urban/rural configurations, the politics and ethics of placemaking and representation, and the event economy.

Art

 

The value of artistic practices and methodologies within research has grown considerably in the last five years, as social scientists draw more frequently on ideas developed by artists and as collaborations between HE and the art sector have flourished.
Our work focuses on how art reveals insight about the present state of humanity and future directions.

Science

Rapid progress in the NBIC sciences has brought with it ethical, social, legal and policy questions that call for a greater integration between research in the STEM and non-STEM subjects. The last ten years has seen a rapid growth in collaborations between natural scientists, social scientists and arts & humanities scholars.

Our work brings these debates to a wider public playing a crucial part in making science relevant for society and theorising its value in the broader biopolitical sphere.

Technology

 

The development of new communication technologies has been accompanied by social studies of the user communities and our work contributes to this research by asking questions about the direction of technological change and how it will affect society.

The rise in telehealth, ecommerce and the transformation of leisure consumption are among the various ways that our researchers explore how new technologies have changed how people operate within their daily lives.

Ethics

 

The rise of emerging sciences creates new ethical questions for society to debate and our research fills this gap by bringing together a unique collection of researchers in philosophy, social sciences
and the new natural sciences to develop empirically informed ethics that can assist policy making in promoting values that matter to people.

Spoken

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Jo Mango singer-songwriter and Friends Sunday 22 March 2015, 20:00. B-Bar, Barbican, Plymouth Dr Jo Scott, lecturer in Commercial Music, performed at the Words and Music Festival in Plymouth in March 2015. This event celebrates a diversity of song styles and introduces new songs by Plymouth University student singer-songwriters and guest professionals. The festival was sponsored by the Suzanne […]

Graham Jeffery, Reader in Music and Performance, will be speaking at a session titled ‘Strategic collaborations and partnerships with the cultural, research and enterprise organisations’ at Lateral Thinking, the value of collaboration between the arts, health and environment, on the 9th of April 2015. This two-day event, which starts on Wednesday 8th April 6.00-8.30 with a reception and tour of the […]

Monday 23 March 2015, 18:00. Word Power Books, Edinburgh Maria Hlavajova and Rael Artel in conversation with Katarzyna Kosmala, relating to her edited collection: Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, 2014) This innovative book represents a timely intervention in both critical discourses on video and new media art, as well as […]

Curating Europes’ Futures: Maria Hlavajova & Rael Artel Tuesday 24 March 2015, 18:00. CCA Glasgow, Clubroom Maria Hlavajova, ‘Thinking Out Loud: Practices of Art in the Era of the Disenchanted’ In her talk, Maria Hlavajova thinks through the intersection of two collective research projects she has initiated and guided: FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). If the […]

As part of the Curating Europes’ Futures seminar series (www.curatingeuropesfutures.net), we are pleased to welcome Ásmundur Ásmundsson to the CCA Clubroom, Glasgow, at 6pm on Thursday 26th February 2015.    Ásmundur Ásmundsson – who works curatorially with fellow artist Hannes Lárusson and anthropologist Tinna Grétarsdóttir – explores their multi-sited exhibition KODDU (Nýló-Living Art Museum/ Alliance House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011). Translating as ‘Come […]

Dr David Overend, Lecturer in Performance at the University of the West of Scotland, co-presented a paper titled ‘Rhythmic Routes: Strategies for performing the Daily Commute’  with Dr Laura Bissell, as part of the Exchange Research Talks series at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in December 2014. Their abstract read as follows: How can the […]

Dr Holly Tessler recently spoke at the Pop Life event at the University of Northampton. The title of her talk was ‘Back In Black: Re-thinking Core Competencies of the Recorded Music Industry’

Dr Jo Collinson-Scott AKA Jo Mango will give an artist’s talk and performance at the McManus Gallery on 16 March, 2014. Here’s an overview of the event   Fugitive Significance” Helen Kellock and Jo Mango From February until 16 March 2014 “Fugitive Significance” is an interdisciplinary exploration by visual artist, Helen Kellock, and musician, Jo […]

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Jo Mango singer-songwriter and Friends Sunday 22 March 2015, 20:00. B-Bar, Barbican, Plymouth Dr Jo Scott, lecturer in Commercial Music, performed at the Words and Music Festival in Plymouth in March 2015. This event celebrates a diversity of song styles and introduces new songs by Plymouth University student singer-songwriters and guest professionals. The festival was sponsored by the Suzanne […]

Astronomy Vinyl Set in the Dark Saturday March 28 2015. Carnegie Library, Ayr. 8.30-9.30pm Chris Dooks (PhD candidate, artist and vinyl record devotee) presents, for Earth Hour UK, an hour long earth sciences and astronomy vinyl set in near-dark. Children’s records, lectures, artists’ vinyl and wildlife recordings will be played in Ayr’s Carnegie Library as an […]

Peter Snowdon’s short film, We Are Going to Record, made in 2013 with the Peruvian anthropologist Juan Javier Rivera Andìa, will have its North American theatrical début in New York on 21 and 22 February 2015, as part of Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art’s annual festival of non-fiction film and media. Peter, who is […]

The International Summer School, held at Wyspa Art Institute and ASP Art Academy Gdansk back in 2013, initiated an ongoing pedagogic and research-based collaboration between staff and students in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS and the University of Gdansk. Now an annual event, the main goal of the summer school is […]

Paul Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Production in the School of Media, Culture and Society, has written an article for The Conversation on the new Adam Curtis BBC documentary Bitter Lake. Paul’s article can be found here Bitter Lake is now available on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time here

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are now fading from memory for the worldwide audience captivated by the sporting and cultural festival served up in the summer of 2014. However, the question of legacy remains at the forefront of attention for academics, policy makers and people living and working in the city of Glasgow. This Carnegie […]

‘The Green Door’ at The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Wednesday 28th January 2015 to Saturday 31st January 2015. A New Musical by UWS lecturers Stephen Langston and Jane Robertson, presented by the final year students studying on the BA hons Musical Theatre Degree at the University of the West of Scotland, you are guaranteed a one off journey […]

Computational tools and media, like computers, programs, wearable artifacts, sensors, haptic interfaces and more, have dramatically transformed the landscape of arts, design, and several other cultural forms. xCoAx is an exploration of this environment in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all. xCoAx […]

Events

Since 2008, we have produced over 70 events. Here’s what just happened…

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Astronomy Vinyl Set in the Dark Saturday March 28 2015. Carnegie Library, Ayr. 8.30-9.30pm Chris Dooks (PhD candidate, artist and vinyl record devotee) presents, for Earth Hour UK, an hour long earth sciences and astronomy vinyl set in near-dark. Children’s records, lectures, artists’ vinyl and wildlife recordings will be played in Ayr’s Carnegie Library as an […]

Monday 23 March 2015, 18:00. Word Power Books, Edinburgh Maria Hlavajova and Rael Artel in conversation with Katarzyna Kosmala, relating to her edited collection: Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, 2014) This innovative book represents a timely intervention in both critical discourses on video and new media art, as well as […]

Curating Europes’ Futures: Maria Hlavajova & Rael Artel Tuesday 24 March 2015, 18:00. CCA Glasgow, Clubroom Maria Hlavajova, ‘Thinking Out Loud: Practices of Art in the Era of the Disenchanted’ In her talk, Maria Hlavajova thinks through the intersection of two collective research projects she has initiated and guided: FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). If the […]

As part of the Curating Europes’ Futures seminar series (www.curatingeuropesfutures.net), we are pleased to welcome Ásmundur Ásmundsson to the CCA Clubroom, Glasgow, at 6pm on Thursday 26th February 2015.    Ásmundur Ásmundsson – who works curatorially with fellow artist Hannes Lárusson and anthropologist Tinna Grétarsdóttir – explores their multi-sited exhibition KODDU (Nýló-Living Art Museum/ Alliance House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011). Translating as ‘Come […]

On the 20th November 2014, the Creative Futures Insitute held a research student led event, featuring screenings and presentations on public engagement in cultural planning by the summer school participants. Following the screenings, UWS students and invited guests discussed their experiences on Gdansk shipyard regeneration through working with local students and activists, in seeking possible […]

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are now fading from memory for the worldwide audience captivated by the sporting and cultural festival served up in the summer of 2014. However, the question of legacy remains at the forefront of attention for academics, policy makers and people living and working in the city of Glasgow. This Carnegie […]

‘The Green Door’ at The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Wednesday 28th January 2015 to Saturday 31st January 2015. A New Musical by UWS lecturers Stephen Langston and Jane Robertson, presented by the final year students studying on the BA hons Musical Theatre Degree at the University of the West of Scotland, you are guaranteed a one off journey […]

Computational tools and media, like computers, programs, wearable artifacts, sensors, haptic interfaces and more, have dramatically transformed the landscape of arts, design, and several other cultural forms. xCoAx is an exploration of this environment in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all. xCoAx […]

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Creative Futures Institute
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University of the West of Scotland
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