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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 […]

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 […]

David Manderson and Eleanor Yule have made a quite an impact with their new co-authored book The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism. Focusing on the tendency of Scottish authors and filmmakers to dwell on the dark side of life, their study has been hotly debated on television, at book festivals and conferences. Published […]

Jo Ronan’s performance together with BloodWater Theatre in Leave Your Shoes at the Door, is a practice research project born out of her doctoral research. Jo Ronan, programme leader for Performance at UWS seeks to politicise collaborative theatre-making through BloodWater Theatre, formed to test research questions stemming from her doctoral research, undertaken at the Royal […]

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.

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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 […]

Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: Policy Innovation and Practice Conference Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd of January 2014 Professor Nick Higgins will be speaking at this years Policy Innovation and Practice Conference. His talk titled, Assembling Scottish Identities: The Northern Lights documentary film project will be held on the second day. For more information and details on registration and […]

Last weekend, Prof Andy Miah gave a talk at the Congress of Brilliant Minds in Madrid. Also speaking were world leading photographer Steve McCurry, molecular scientist George M. Church, and Paralympic swimming legend Teresa Perales, among others. Here is a trailer for the event from speaker David Peterson, language creator for Game of Thrones. and […]

featured image: “Deep map’  Sarah Rhys 2013 Dr David Manderson spoke recently at the Bristol conference ‘Walking In The City Mapping Borders Symposium’ His talk was co-presented with Louise Barrett from the School of Education and was titled: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: walking and creative writing. The talk drew on a Creative Scotland-funded, cross-faculty research project to […]

This weekend, Professor Andy Miah speaks at two events within NESTA’s Future Fest programme, taking place in Shoreditch, London. Find out more here

This week, Professor Gayle McPherson gives a keynote for the European Cultural Parliament on the role of national days & festivals in cultural advocacy and re-conceptualising National Identity. Find out more here  

News

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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 […]

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 […]

30 October and 18 November 2014: Curating Europes’ Futures is a collaboratively-organised discussion series which explores contemporary curatorial and artistic practices that have critically addressed themselves to the processes of socio-economic restructuring, identity politics, gender dynamics and cultural policies within ‘post-bloc’ Europe. The series will look to curatorial practices as they have evolved within the […]

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives (Routledge) Following the 2014 Leisure Studies Association annual conference – hosted at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Professor David McGillivray, Professor Gayle McPherson and Dr Sandro Carnicelli are co-editing an edited collection on Digital Leisure Cultures. The collection considers what the digital age means for […]

UWS is a key Scottish partner in a new skills and business support programme recently launched by Creative Skillset targeted at digital content creators across the western seaboard of Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland.Creative Skillset is the Scottish lead partner for ‘Honeycomb – Creative Works’, […]

Events

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

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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 […]

25-27 November 2014: The Creative Futures Institute welcomes Prof Kumiko Kushiyama and her colleagues at Tokyo Metropolitan University’s IDEEA Lab to the University of the West of Scotland where they will lead a series of demonstration workshops in making interactive “Device Art”. The workshops will be held in Paisley and Ayr campuses and will be accompanied […]

The Creative Futures Institute and the School of Media, Culture and Society are pleased to present an opportunity to see the new darkly comic British independent film Pubmonkey as part of a national tour. This free event will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer and director and the band The Len Price […]

18 November 2014: Prof. Katarzyna Kosmala’s new edited book Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (CSP, 2014) will launch as part of the Curating Europes’ Futures discussion series at Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Sexing the Border is a timely intervention in both critical discourses on video and new media art, as […]

Cultures of Independence Event: Culture and Interindependence Location: Mackintosh Room at The Glasgow School of Art Date: Friday January 17th 2014 Time: 9.30 AM – 2 PM Admission: Free You are invited to attend our second event on the Friday 17th of January, Culture and Interindependence, at which our guest speakers are Fintan O’Toole, Jim Mitchell, […]

Prof. Katarzyna Kosmala launches her new book Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture at the CCA on the 31st January, 5pm. Prof Kosmala will also be speaking with artistic duo Kennedy Browne prior to screenings of their works, How Capital Moves(2010) and The Myth of the Many in the One (2012). For […]

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Creative Futures Institute
School of Creative & Cultural Industries
University of the West of Scotland
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