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The Image Event: What happens when you become the Story? is the title of the first in a series of public research events developed and delivered by Creative Futures Institute, University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and CCA in Glasgow throughout 2015. In the lead up to an exhibition scheduled at CCA in 2016, […]

David Overend, lecturer in performance, has contributed to a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on ‘Electoral Theatre’. His essay, co-written with Laura Bissell, titled  ‘Early Days: Reflections on the Performance of a Referendum’, is about how theatre and performance responded to the 2014 independence debate in Scotland. They have also produced a short film of interviews […]

David Overend, lecturer in contemporary theatre and performance, has published a short essay in Cultural Geographies in Practice. It is a co-authored account of a journey in Finland by David and Laura Bissell (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), exploring a mobile train conference from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The article can be accessed here.

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 […]

Focus

We 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 lecturer in commercial music, recently presented a paper titled, ‘The Black Sun, The Moth and The Moon: songs in search of a ‘domain common to both language and being” at the Creating in the Environmental Humanities event at the Edinburgh College of Art. This performative talk explored practice-based research centred around two […]

David Manderson, Lecturer in Filmmaking and Screenwriting, has been invited to take part in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair from 7-11 May 2015. He will speak at a discussion panel on the subject of “Independent Minds and the Representation of Identities – translating national cultures in literature” on Sunday 10th May, alongside speakers from Catalonia and […]

‘Tommy’s Song’ by Lou Prendergast Monday 11 May — Saturday 16 May 2015 Lou Prendergast, a PhD student in contemporary playwriting, will direct the monologue, Tommy’s Song at Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow. A short synopsis: ‘Tommy has good intentions. A self-proclaimed ‘man’s man’ with the gift of the […]

Thinking differently about poverty, participation & policy Paisley campus, Room P118. Wednesday 6 May 2015, 1 – 3pm. Join Graham Jeffery and Chik Collins for two hours of presentations, discussion & debate, which will include: Participants in the UWS Oxfam partnership – sharing some of the activities and outputs from the project over the last […]

Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, ‘New Institutionalism Revisited’ Tuesday 14 April 2015, 18:00. CCA Cinema, Glasgow Yaiza Hernández Velázquez will discuss ways to instigate retrospective readings of “new institutionalism” and how these relate to our thinking around current curatorial practice. For a while, at least, the term “new institutionalism” functioned to refer to putatively “progressive” institutions which, as […]

In February, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Western University, Ontario, in partnership with Glasgow Life, hosted a one-day event titled ‘Sport Events and Social Change: The case of Glasgow 2014′. This seminar, supported by the Carnegie Public Engagement fund, sought to continue debates started pre-Games about what the social legacy of Glasgow […]

The Digital Commonwealth project team hosted an event at the Paisley Campus on Friday 13 March 2015 focusing on archiving community stories generated before, during and after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The one-day seminar, Archiving Community Storytelling: Challenges and Opportunities, saw those involved in community media; third sector organisations using digital and social media […]

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 […]

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IDEEA Lab – Beyond Image, Beyond Language: Developing New Critical Approaches to Interactive Art Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Dundee. Wednesday 27 May 2015 Aimed at doctoral students working in a range of interdisciplinary areas, this methodology-focused workshop and lunchtime lecture explores the relationship between practice, theory and critical analysis, examining the deployment of new technologies by […]

David Manderson, Lecturer in Filmmaking and Screenwriting, has been invited to take part in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair from 7-11 May 2015. He will speak at a discussion panel on the subject of “Independent Minds and the Representation of Identities – translating national cultures in literature” on Sunday 10th May, alongside speakers from Catalonia and […]

Thinking differently about poverty, participation & policy Paisley campus, Room P118. Wednesday 6 May 2015, 1 – 3pm. Join Graham Jeffery and Chik Collins for two hours of presentations, discussion & debate, which will include: Participants in the UWS Oxfam partnership – sharing some of the activities and outputs from the project over the last […]

Expressions of interest and applications are welcome from those interested in pursuing doctoral studies within the School of Media, Culture and Society. The School has an impressive research culture. In REF 2014, across the two major Units of Assessment to which our work was submitted, 86% and 88% of the work overall was rated as internationally […]

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 […]

Events

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

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IDEEA Lab – Beyond Image, Beyond Language: Developing New Critical Approaches to Interactive Art Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Dundee. Wednesday 27 May 2015 Aimed at doctoral students working in a range of interdisciplinary areas, this methodology-focused workshop and lunchtime lecture explores the relationship between practice, theory and critical analysis, examining the deployment of new technologies by […]

The Image Event: What happens when you become the Story? is the title of the first in a series of public research events developed and delivered by Creative Futures Institute, University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and CCA in Glasgow throughout 2015. In the lead up to an exhibition scheduled at CCA in 2016, […]

‘Tommy’s Song’ by Lou Prendergast Monday 11 May — Saturday 16 May 2015 Lou Prendergast, a PhD student in contemporary playwriting, will direct the monologue, Tommy’s Song at Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow. A short synopsis: ‘Tommy has good intentions. A self-proclaimed ‘man’s man’ with the gift of the […]

Thinking differently about poverty, participation & policy Paisley campus, Room P118. Wednesday 6 May 2015, 1 – 3pm. Join Graham Jeffery and Chik Collins for two hours of presentations, discussion & debate, which will include: Participants in the UWS Oxfam partnership – sharing some of the activities and outputs from the project over the last […]

Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, ‘New Institutionalism Revisited’ Tuesday 14 April 2015, 18:00. CCA Cinema, Glasgow Yaiza Hernández Velázquez will discuss ways to instigate retrospective readings of “new institutionalism” and how these relate to our thinking around current curatorial practice. For a while, at least, the term “new institutionalism” functioned to refer to putatively “progressive” institutions which, as […]

In February, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Western University, Ontario, in partnership with Glasgow Life, hosted a one-day event titled ‘Sport Events and Social Change: The case of Glasgow 2014′. This seminar, supported by the Carnegie Public Engagement fund, sought to continue debates started pre-Games about what the social legacy of Glasgow […]

The Digital Commonwealth project team hosted an event at the Paisley Campus on Friday 13 March 2015 focusing on archiving community stories generated before, during and after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The one-day seminar, Archiving Community Storytelling: Challenges and Opportunities, saw those involved in community media; third sector organisations using digital and social media […]

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 […]

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Creative Futures Institute
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