John Hughes

An Investigation into the Capture and Public Display of the Acton Town Otter Project This research explores a strange and little-known part of London Transport history: the capture and public display of wildlife killed at the time of electrification of the underground railway during its expansion into suburbia at the start of the 20th Century….

Nicola Field

‘Everything Became Queer and Unsafe’:Fiction, Life-Writing and Family in Britain 1960-79 Project My transdisciplinary, literary-critical and creative-practice PhD research project focuses on the institution of the family and attitudes to queer sexuality in Britain during the transformative cultural, social and political conditions of the 1960s and 70s. This was a crucial period of continuity in…

Anna Argirò

Rethinking Birth and Maternity as Philosophical Categories: Hannah Arendt’s Notion Of Natality In Dialogue With Contemporary Feminist Thought Abstract The aim of my project is to contest the “thanatological” turn in twentieth-century European philosophy by rethinking “birth” and “maternity” as philosophical categories. I propose to do this by developing Hannah Arendt’s notion of natality with…

Lauren Warner

A Little Duck’s Nest…of Bad Words: The Sound Art and Visual Culture of Russian Futurist Books, 1905-1934 Abstract This thesis examines the innovative multi-sensory books produced through the collaborations of Russian futurist artists and writers in Moscow, St Petersburg and Tbilisi, with a particular focus on the collection held by the British Library. The collection,…

Julien Clin

Visions of Home: The Poetics of Heimat in the Cosmopolitan City Presentation In a poem called “We Will Not All Fight like Dogs at Our Death,” Caleb Femi, a poet from North Peckham in London, writes I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.On a good day – not necessarily a sunny…

Rosalind Holgate Smith

Touching Others: Developing a Language of Touch from the practice of Contact Improvisation Presentation Queer Materialism Touch-Stable Bodies – Queer Materialism’s Presentation – [Audio file – opens in Box] [Audio Transcript:] The body as stable, is the concept and starting point to which Erin Manning’s book the ‘Politics of Touch’ responds. She describes “When stilled,…

Pippa Lang

In which ways can we understand the significance of heavy metal for female middle-class British youth in the 1970s and 1980s, as Britain rebuilt itself after World War II? Abstract As a female metal fan, journalist and musician since the 1970s, I apply reflexive autoethnography in order to contextualise metal’s significance in terms of musicology,…

Matthew Richardson

The Deserted Laboratory: The Para-illustration of JG Ballard Abstract Situated in the field of expanded illustration, this practice-based research project explores and utilizes the original autographic manuscripts of the writer JG Ballard (1930-2009) to develop new and experimental strategies for visualizing and adapting Ballard’s writing in the 21st Century – something built from Ballard’s originary…

Peter Kirkpatrick

Revisiting the Past to Convey Messages About Today: Engagement with Social and Political Issues in British and American Cinema of the 2010s Abstract The 2010s saw a number of prominent social and political issues, the common themes of which are equality and awareness, including debates about racial equality in the wake of Obama’s Presidential Election…

Andy Tat-keung Tam

Walking Along the Rivers…… towards the Dichotomy in-between Nature-Culture Abstract As Borgdorff (2010) stated, the essence of artistic research is as a form of knowledge production, especially this research project revealing in a hierarchy of dichotomy (Smithson, 1967), by which a theoretical ground has still been presented throughout philosophy, aesthetics, and art. This conception of…

Spike Mclarrity

Embodying the rabbit: Art, Myth and Folklores Abstract My project-based research will focus on entering the metaphorical rabbit burrow, to delve into the art, myth and folklores surrounding the rabbit. Where does fact and fiction blur? Why has the rabbit become so deeply imbedded in folklore that even in today’s society we still practice in…

Nick Clifton

Terror, Collusion, and the British Secret State in Ireland, 1972-1994 Presentation Terror, Collusion, and the British Secret State in Ireland, 1972-1994: A Work in Progress. Figure 1. Mural in Belfast.Image via Creative Commons. Introduction The conflict in Northern Ireland, often known as ‘The Troubles’, raged from the Battle of the Bogside in 1969 until the…

Tia Shafee

Autistic Representation, Gender, and Headcanon.A Review Of Autistic Representation On British And American Television And How Autistic People Engage With Representation Abstract How do autistic women and non-binary people experience the lack of autistic characters of their own gender, and which characters do they identify as being like them? As a result, what does this…

Helena Cuss

Mapping Émigré Art Galleries in Mid-20th-Century London Abstract My research investigates the migration stories and careers of art dealers who fled Nazi persecution in Germany, Austria, France, Poland and Hungary, arriving in Britain in the 1930s and 40s. I consider their impact on the development and dissemination of British art in a period during which…

Lisa Geurts

Mental Health in Horror Presentation [click image to enlarge] Text Transcript: Media representations affect their consumers and research suggests that media’s messages can influence the way audiences create opinions. If negative messages are sent out by the media concerning mental health, this can harm the audience’s opinions on people who suffer from mental health issues….

Bruna Foletto Lucas

Woman and Horror: Reframing the Debate Abstract Women’s relationship with horror has always been paradoxical – on one hand horror seems to be the genre where women find room to explore their strength, on the other it is also the genre that seems to punish women simply for being women. However, as problematic as this…

Elisa Webb

Reading and writing the South by an outsider: just who the hell do you think you are? Crossing boundaries and transgressing borders, with Three kids and a dead dog. Abstract It has long been a tenet of the Southern Literary cannon that only writers from the Southern United States can write the South. From Faulkner…

Daisy Bow du Toit

Craft online: Amateurs, Influencers and Craftivists of Generation Craft During the Covid 19 lockdown, many people turned to crafts to keep themselves occupied, to give as gifts to separated loved ones or to make essential face masks. Access to craft has been mediated by a screen whether it was to learn, buy materials, share or…