Current PhD students

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Here are some profiles of our current PhD students.

Alejandro Abraham

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Making Media Dialogical

The aim of my research is to explore the possibility of democratizing the Mexican media by implementing dialogical practices through its legislation. Inspired by Habermas’ theory of rational communication, I will inquire into the viability of institutionalize the values of equality, accountability and freedom from coercion.

Some of the questions I will try to answer are:

  • Can mediated communication be dialogical?
  • Can Habermas’ idea of rational communication be translated into media policies?
  • Can the values of equality, accountability and freedom from coercion be safeguarded through legislation?
  • Can laws and institutions in Mexico enforce these values?

Alexandra Anikina

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Cyborg Cinema and the Technologies of Estrangement

Oylun Apak

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Meta-activists of the Gezi Movement: A Study on the Cyber-evolved Activist

Piotr Bockowski

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Fungal Media - or How the Internet Turns the Human Species into Mycelium

Mary Braid

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Changing Representations of Adoption in the News Media Since the 1960s

Ilya Brookwell

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

From Gamer to Citizen: Live Video Politics in a Digital Age

Silvia Carrasco

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Mind the gap: the lack of alignment between the way news are produced and how they are consumed by mobile audiences

Hong Chen

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Transnational Families and Digital Technologies: Parenting at a Distance Among Chinese Families

Thomas Chivers

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Media power, stakeholder pressure and the formation of media policy: A critical analysis of media policymaking in the United Kingdom

Kareena Coelho

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The campaign for broadband accessibility in the Canadian north

I am interested in examining the campaign to make broadband internet accessible to Inuit comunities in norther Canada, exploring poilitical, economic, cultural, geographic and infrastructural issues related to this campaign.  Theoretical interests include centre-periphery relations; postcolonial theory; and the impact of physical place on virtual experiencel.

Morganne Conti

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Affective Ambivilance & the Construction of Subjectivity in Women Artists' Narratives

Ben Craggs

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Creating Life and Taking Lives: Identifying the Bios in Bioart

My thesis will examine the emergence of new media practice that works at the borders of both art and science. The transitory field of bio art has many definitions and encompasses different practices ranging from the application of computer technology to the manipulation of genetic code and cell structures.

The common root, however, is their interaction with new biosciences, particularly biotechnology and the developments that take life or living matter and manipulate it through technical intervention. The intention of this research is to question the role both art and science practice play in constructing political and philosophical concepts that become identified as 'life'. Vehemently opposed to positioning art, science or the humanities hierarchically in terms of 'value' I am interested in understanding how knowledge is mediated, how it gains cultural, social and political value in order to facilitate a more nuanced understanding of the stories we tell about ourselves, about ‘the Other’ and about the 'world'.

Ben holds a Bachelors degree in Contemporary Media Practice from the University of Westminster where he specialised in Software Design as Art Practice and a Masters Degree in Digital Media from Goldsmiths College.

Shruti Desai

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Planting Trees with Digital Media: Rethinking the Form, Scope & Scale of Ecological Care

Natalie Dixon

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Mobile Story: A Travelling Cultural Romance

In my dissertation I investigate the affective connection between people and mobile phones, a connection I articulate as kinship, romance and other more ambiguous attachments. This connection implicates bodies – both animate and inanimate ones. As I argue, these bodies are not bounded, isolated ‘things’ but are rather part of ongoing processes of communication and information exchange. 

Drawing on my experiences as a career journalist I employ writing – as both my method of investigation and an embodied practice. Therefore, my writing is not only a way to list and describe experiences and feelings but also to perform them. 

I argue that part of my strategic role and critical reflexivity as a writer is to recognize the history of our human-mobile relationship. This affective narrative is, therefore, a fashioned response - a re-storying - of the already taken-for-granted stories told about the technology. In so doing, I  avoid reducing mobiles to objects for analytical study somehow exempt from the context, culture and history that produced them.    

Supervised by Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska

Please find more information on my website: nataliedixon.info

 

Omega Douglas

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

International News, NGOs, Race & the Politics of Representation

Xiang Fan

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Chinese Cinephilia and Film Online Communities

Chandra Frank

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Can the Archive Speak? Black and Brown Feminist/Queer Genealogies and the Politics of Pleasure

Annie Goh

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

A Genealogy of Sonic Knowledge

Sarah Hamdar

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Hizbullah, Promotion and Branding

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Judy Harris

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Wind in the Burlap Trees - Utopianism and the pro-filmic world in the work of Vachel Lindsay

The thesis examines the role of cinema in Vachel Lindsay’s utopian project, exploring its two main functions – the restoration of a 'hieroglyphic' folk-imagination in the American subject and the capacity of the pro filmic world to reveal the constructed and contingent nature of American society. I will consider the utopian implications of films which create stylised fictional worlds which foreground their ‘madeness’ and which Lindsay assumes can illuminate the madeness or contingency of social reality. I identify a marginalised filmic practice which I conceptualise as 'capricious cinema' which employs a range of representational styles or aesthetic techniques which do not easily cohere. These themes will be explored with reference to the work of D.W. Griffith, Maurice Tourneur, Karel Zeman and Wes Anderson amongst others. 

Publications

Peer-reviewed

Harris, J.    ‘Can the Subaltern Teach?’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Feb 2015)

David Heinemann

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Free Indirect Speech Act: Voice and Vision in the Cinematic Representation of Psychosis

Tito Imanda

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Collaborative Filmmaking with Villagers in Central Java

Sandra Kazlauskaite

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Embodiment of Sound in Contemporary Audiovisual Art Gallery Spaces

Michael Klontzas

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Technology public policy as public service objective: The changing role of the BBC

Niels Ladefoged

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Narratives of Whistleblowing: Empowering Whistleblowers Through Participatory Action Research

Ting-Ying Lin

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

City of Dissent, Island of Protest: Discourse of Resistance in Contemporary Hong Kong and Taiwan Cinemas

Sasha Litvintseva

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Geological Filmmaking

The focus of my doctoral research is to propose what I call ‘geological filmmaking’, an approach that seeks to reimagine the geological as both a concept and a representational strategy. The Anthropocene, a newly proposed geological epoch in which the human is said to have made irreversible changes to the geophysics of the earth, is the horizon against which the urgency of my research unfolds. From the early survey and encyclopedic drawings influencing the development of the extraction industry and seeing the land as a resource to the ‘blue marble’ photograph from space, representations of the Earth have had a direct impact on our relationship to it.

It is therefore crucial at this time of planetary crisis to reimagine critically and responsibly the images of geophysical change. More than that, I argue that there is a need to create a new visuality in order to reflect how both our perceptual apparatus and what there is to perceive in the world are changing at increasing speeds. I will argue that perceiving geological change and perceiving geologically need to be approached as a dual task, and that film, as both a representational and sensorial medium, can tackle the creation of better images and a new way of seeing. Conscious of varying scales and time frames, geological filmmaking will create a new visual and sensory terrain on which to engage with geophysical questions, and create shifts in perceptual perspective that will decentre the human and provide a mental space in which imagining alternatives for the future is possible.

Sasha Litvintseva is supervised by Joanna Zylinska and Rachel Moore

Sasha Litvintseva is an artist, filmmaker and curator.

Sasha Litvintseva's website

Daniel Mann

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Shooting Homes: Domestication, Immunisation and the Moving Image

Vince Medeiros

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Hypercommercialisation of Youth Media: Conflict, Agency & Models in a Post-Advertising World

Chantal Meng

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

How do Nocturnal Atmospheres in Modern Urbanity shape Social Experiences through Visual Perception?

Emilia Moisio

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Imagining reality: scientific imagery in the construction of perceptions of reality

Roberto Mozzachiodi

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Space, Everyday & the Body in Cinema: Towards a Lefebvrian Film Theory

Nada Mubarak

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Rebalancing Media Power: Themes of freedom of expression in Saudi online media

Minou Norouzi

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Object Documentary

Object Documentary looks at objectification and fetishization of actuality within art practice. The project queries whether documentary film as the art object - and its sale - can be seen as a useful intervention / institutional critique towards the assumed political agency that is documentary practice. Furthermore, it is a critical investigation into the ethical dimensions of such practice.

Andrea Nunez Casal

PhD Student
Andrea.Nunez-Casal (@gold.ac.uk)

Excursus on the Immune System: Differential Bodies and Entangled Environments in the New Biology of the Microbiome

My name is Andrea Núñez Casal and I am a PhD candidate and a science studies researcher. I work at the intersections of feminist and decolonial science and technology studies (STS), body studies and anthropology of science. My work is concerned with the social-biological interplay in postgenomic science - particularly in relation to the human microbiome - as well as with biosocial solutions to health inequalities associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Inspired by and as a response to Sara Ahmed’s proposition of bringing “theory back to life” (2017:10), I am currently developing what I call ‘feminist para-ethnographies,’ an intersectional method that entangles my embodied experiences of AMR and childbirth with ethnography and ‘fugitive’ qualitative data in technoscientific claims (Nading, 2016).

I am a biologist by training. I gained a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2008. I thereafter decided to pursue my long-standing interest in the critical and cultural studies of biology. I completed with distinction an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011. My PhD (Goldsmiths), supported by ‘la Caixa’ Foundation, examines how human microbiome science reinstates an immuno-logic of inclusion and exclusion through the biologisation of social categories of difference. I have been an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the project ‘Following the life of the Francis Crick Institute’, led by Niki Vermeulen (The University of Edinburgh).
 
References and CV available upon request.

Michelle Ohnona

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Narrative, Identity and Memory: Exploring Representations of Nation

Jon Gunnar Olafsson

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Small States and Political Communications: The Case of Iceland

Zaher Omareen

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The New Filmer Cinema'. Death & Artistice Characteristics of Documentary Cinema

Christine Osei

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Black Star Rising: Exploring the Influence of Digital Activism on Contemporary Feminist Solidarity Movements in Urban, Accra, Ghana

Edwina Peart

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Musicking, the Voice & Listening Explored Through the Work of Reggae Artist Gregory Isaacs

Nikolaus Perneczky

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Negative Ecologies of Third Cinema

Adrian C. Hillman

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Boardroom to Newsroom: How Corporate Decisions are Limiting the Flow of Political Communication

Shira Pinczuk

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Crossing the Live: The Concept of Border in Realistic Documentary Film-making

Anita Purcell-Sjolund

PhD Students
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

In the Wake of Captain Cook: (Re-)Imaging the Native in Ethnotainment Programmes of Pacific Tribes

Ariana Robey-Lawrence

PhD Student
medis-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Shaking Habits: Exploring feminist strategies of production, positioning, coalition, agency, and creative praxes among „Otherized“ contemporary electronic musicians, producers, and DJs

Ozden Sahin

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Political Violence & the 21st Century Media Art: Cases From the Mediterranean (2000-2015)

Antje Scharenberg

PhD Student
medis-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

“Pro-European activism in (times of) crisis” - Investigating the mediated subjectivities, practices & politics of contemporary pro-European activism

Dervla Shannahan

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Ziyarat Practices in Contemporary Iraq & Inclusivity in Muslim Ritual Practices

Current research interests include ziyarat practices in contemporary Iraq and inclusivity in Muslim ritual practices. Psychotherapist and confounder of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative.
 

Select journal publications

  • ‘I love you more: an embodied account of performing ziyarat in Iraq’, Performing Islam, forthcoming 2014.
  • Gender, inclusivity and UK mosque experiences ,’ Contemporary Islam 8 (1) 2014, 1-16.
  • 'Heather has two mommies and they're both caucasian and moneyed: Unsaids in international queer children's literature,'Darkmatter Journal, September 2010.
  • 'Some Queer Questions from a Muslim faith perspective,' Journal of Sexualities, 2010, 13 (6) 671-684.
  • 'Rap on 'l' Avenue'; reflections on Islam, Masculinities, and the public sphere in the Tunisian Rap scene,' (Co-authored with Qurra-Tul-Anne Hussain), Journal of Contemporary Islam, 2010, 5 (1) 37-58
  • ‘Sexual ethics, marriage, and sexual autonomy,' Journal of Contemporary Islam, 2009, 3 (1) 59-78.

Select book chapters

  • ‘Rap on l’avenue,’ (with Hussain, Q), in The Hip Hop and Religion Reader, eds. Pinn, A., and Miller, M., Routledge: New York., forthcoming 2014. 
  • ‘Gender, sexuality and inclusivity in UK mosques’ in Marranci, G., Islam in practice, Routledge Studying Religions in Practice series, Routledge: London, 2014, 124-134. 
  • ‘Textual Queering and filmatic interventions: Contesting Islam as heteronormative inheritance,' The Ashgate Research Companion to Sexuality and Religion, (Edited by Andrew Yip), 2012. 
 

Chen-Ta Sung

PhD Student
csung001 (@gold.ac.uk)

Friendship Practices and Social Media: A Taiwanese Perspective

in the module of culture and cultural studies (2016/2017) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Before joining Goldsmiths, he has obtained academic degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), King’s College London (UK), and National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan), with the disciplines of media and communications, digital culture and sociology, and social psychology methodology. In the mean time, Chen-Ta works as a part-time survey researcher at Euromoney Instituitional Investor.

Chen-Ta’s academic interests locate in the fields of computer-mediated communications, social relationships in the digital age, social psychology of mass media and new media, and social and cultural implications of social media use.

Chen-Ta’s PhD thesis is under supervision by Dr. Mirca Madianou. The project is entitled as ‘Friendships and Social Media: A Taiwanese Perspective’. He argues that the notion of friendships in Taiwan is interwoven with Confucianism and social consequences of guanxi principles. The aim of his PhD project is to explore how these friendship values unfold in an integrated digital environment shaped by affordances of diverse digital media.

Rather than viewing online friendship practices as a global fashion with universal meanings, this study argues that the emerging practices of friendships are a process shaped by the interaction between features of complexity and uncertainty in the digital environment and embodiments of local values of friendships.

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Madaleine Grace Tillyard

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Gender, healing and health networks in the Caribbean: The Postcolonial Feminist Politics of Women's Health Online and Offline

Pentti Turunen

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

Mekatilili - Activist media in support of traditional and indigenous knowledge

Lennaart Van Oldenborgh

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Raw and the Cut - Rushes as Symptoms in Stories of Conflict

Sanja Vico

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Digital Media, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism & Identities among Serbian Londoners

James Williamson

PhD Student
media-comms (@gold.ac.uk)

The Mythology of the Bomb: Science Fiction Film & Theories of Meaning & Communication in the Early Cold War Period