Experiences of Loss in the Afghan Diaspora Community in London: Representing the Lost and Missing Narratives in Search for Peace
Baqi is a PhD student working on a practice-based project about transhumanism, which aims to research future narratives under big data and artificial collectives.
Baqi is a director and artist, working with computational media, photography, film and installations.
Her work explores cybernetic cinema and computer film, as well as often takes on a political approach as a critique of human-machine generated systems especially the ‘circular-causal’ loop relationship between them. Her work has been exhibited and awarded worldwide.
Rabea is a PhD student researching In the Urban Factory, The Spatialisation of Human Capital
Rabea's thesis departs from the claim that urban space has been as fundamentally transformed by de-industrialisation and neoliberalisation, as has the nature of work. Combining fieldwork with philosophical and geographical analysis, she research the reconfiguration of both labour relations and urban space in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Under modernist urbanism the city was planned around the centrality of industrial production and work located in factories, while the home was assumed to be the domestic sphere of non-work. Rabea's research puts forward the notion of the urban factory to argue that post-Fordist capitalism is characterised by the decreasing importance of factory-based production and by the multiplication of forms and sites of labour.
The case studies – labour processes in corporate co-working spaces and hosting on Airbnb – shed light not only on the new composition of both labour and the city but also the lived experience of social reproduction under conditions of precarity.
She obtained a BA in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin (as well as Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Sciences Po Paris) and holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College. Her PhD-research is currently funded by the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In 2018/19 she taught a seminar on feminism and biopolitics at Freie Universität Berlin (research unit for political theory and philosophy).
Hiya Deb is a PhD candidate working on a practice-based project on representing the Dalit refugees from the partition of Bengal in Bengali cinema through documentary filmmaking.
Hiya Deb holds a Bachelors in Multimedia and Animation (India) and MA in Filmmaking from Kingston University.
Her primary research interest is Bengali Cinema based on Partition. Her PhD research project is about Caste, gender and representation in India, especially West Bengal. Beside her PhD research, she is a freelance Videographer and Editor.
Anna Delinois is a PhD candidate researching YouTube Inc and its producing partners.
This mixed method research by Anna Delinois, will investigate how YouTube Inc influences international news and native YouTubers in their representation vis à vis the Global south on YouTube.
As a communication institution, YouTube Inc carries unique policies and guidelines for its content creators. This PhD research project will take on the task of investigating how the rules and requirements imposed by the organization on its content creators influence their video framing and comportment on its platform.
Andy is a PhD student researching the technological imaginary and entanglement.
Andy is a lecturer in Creative and Social Technologies at the Computing and Maths Department of Goldsmiths.
As well as working in commercial media and computing for many years before entering academia, he has maintained an arts practice focussed on digital interventions and community based environmental art.
The Voice Fantasmatic: The Role Of Speech in the Cinematic Representation of Psychosis
Paige Isaacson is a PhD candidate researching the affective dimensions of right-wing populist communication.
Adopting a broadly more-than-human approach, Paige’s research uses auto-netnography to disentangle assemblages of Trumpism cultivated on pro-Trump Facebook groups, and to better understand how structures of feeling intensify around particular people, things and institutions.
The project aims to understand the collective affects underpinning supporter’s visions of reality and how they are used to foment and expand support for Trumpism, conceived as a conjunctural authoritarian populism, expressed through celebrity persona and the blurred boundaries between media, entertainment, business and politics.
- Lisa Blackman
- Beckie Coleman
Tessel Janse is a PhD candidate working on postcolonialism, animal studies and contemporary art.
Tessel's research looks at the value of artistic expression for articulating ongoing forms of animal colonialism and envisioning decolonial interspecies ecologies.
Chapters centre on Norwegian forced reindeer culling and Sámi sovereignty, Indonesian (were)tigers as a lens for addressing the liminal spaces in postcolonial histories, wild boar and the trespassing of private property as well as binaries between wild and domesticated, and underwater noise pollution and speculative attempts at listening to cetaceans.
- Shela Sheikh
- Matthew Fuller
Jaeyoon Jeong is a PhD candidate researching the Korean Wave (Hallyu) in the UK.
Jaeyoon earned his MA in Digital Media at University College London. His research primarily explores the Korean Wave 3.0 in the UK.
He questions 'Koreanness' in Hallyu by investigating ways in which Korean authenticity in media products resonates with the UK born Hallyu audience.
Technology public policy as public service objective: The changing role of the BBC
Shao-Wen Lee is a PhD candidate researching the relationship between the transgender body and identity through documentary representation.
Shao-Wen Lee has a BA in Fine Arts and MFA in Documentary Films Production from Taiwan and University College London. He engages in making video art, VR and documentaries.
The topics of his films are usually about bodies, gender, and social issues. His VR project, documentaries and screenplay were selected for the international film festivals.
Ilaria Lombardo is a PhD Canditate working on Palestinian refugee camps, art, and decolonisation.
Ilaria's research focuses on the Dheisheh refugee camp (Bethlehem, West Bank) and it explores the relationships between art, space, temporariness, and citizenship. Her project looks at the Dheishian counter-narratives emerging from visual art, music, and dance in relation to space, right to return, and decolonisation.
By understanding Palestinian refugee camps as active counter-spaces, Ilaria's reaserch reads the politics of refugee artistic production as a radical culture that eludes and deconstructs the oppressing structures of (neo)colonial and global power.
- Shela Sheikh
- Gareth Stanton
Mojola is researching the emergence of digital activism in Nigeria.
PhD candidate in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and is researching feminist digital activism (Twitter) and gender-based violence in Nigeria. This mixed method research will explore activist movements both online and offline alongside transformative justice methods and legal routes. She holds an LLM and LLB in Human Rights law from SOAS university of London. Mojola is permitted to practice as a solicitor in both England and Wales (2020).
LIGHT AT NIGHT: What is the matter of/with darkness?
This thesis explores borders between mediated and unmediated nightscapes, and performs analysis of ecologies of perception and cognition, calling into question a simple distinction between darkness as “unmediated” and light as “mediated” space. The aim is to gain new ways of reading the city night image and to tackle influences between built and “natural” environments within visual investigations.
Explore Night Drawing: A research project on the perception of darkness in the urban night by Chantal Meng
Suzy Miller is a PhD candidate researching Screenwriting without boundaries: Re-imagining cinematic screenplays as immersive audio within the changing landscape of cross-modal dramatic writing.
Suzy Miller is a screenwriter and film maker.
Her first short film "One More Guest?" (Restino, 2021) was selected and placed in several international festivals. She has been selected to participate the Stowe Narrative Lab June 2023, and has a comedy pilot being. optioned by a UK Production Company.Her screenplay pilot "Breaking the Peace" is currently on the Coverfly 'Red List'.
Suzy is keen for fellow film and audio drama practitioners/students to come and get involved in the filming of her horror feature created as part of this PhD and the subsequent binaural audio drama verion.
Emilia Moisio is a PhD candidate researching the potential of nonhuman practices of scientific imaging as models for 'unseeing' the world.
With a background as a photographic artist, Emilia considers how imaging practices that are not centred around human perception could help us humans conceptualise and interfere in the world — that is also not centred around the human — in more responsible ways, particularly in the context of scientific research.
Her thesis develops imaging for machines as a figurative tool for reimagining what images could be, do and mean also on a nonvisual level when produced not just for humans but also for nonhumans.
- Joanna Zylinska
Callum Sol Morrissey
Callum Morrissey is a PhD candidate researching identity and postcoloniality in the North and South Korean diasporas.
Callum is a PhD Researcher and Associate Lecturer in the media department. Previously at Goldsmiths (BA) and the LSE (MSc), Callum's research project investigates the contested and mediated boundaries of identity and homeland within the North, South and Joseonjok Korean diaspora(s) in the UK.
The unique case study of suburban London presents a globally exclusive coexistence of ethnic Koreans from North & South Korea and China (Joseonjok). The tumultuous history of the Korean diaspora(s) problematises the boundaries of citizenship, nation and subsequently identity and home.
Liam Mullally is a PhD candidate researching the cultural history and aesthetic function of ubiquitous digital processes.
Drawing on techniques of close reading from software studies and literary studies, as well as the interdisciplinary mode of cultural studies, Liam is researching three digital technologies which have been pivotal in generating the material conditions of our present: compression, encryption and indexing.
Thanks to jargon and technical complexity these things are often wrongly perceived as immaterial, detached from any material base. Liam’s work seeks to reassert the overlooked bonds between digital culture and materiality.
Yazan Nasrallah is a PhD candidate working on a practice-based project, which practically and theoretically explores the field of immersive interactive experiences.
Yazan completed his degrees in Architecture, and Digital Visual Effects. He worked as an architect, creative director, UI designer, and lecturer.
As he is doing his PhD, he is interested in creating meaningful and memorable experiences for people through events, films, or immersive productions. His project “Reality Remade” brings together three different theatrical methods in a hybrid space, where the audience can interact with each other in physical and virtual space.
Allowing the audience to use their own imaginations and memories to reconfigure and fill the gaps in a cultural fragmented illustration. The audience will be able to inhabit digital characters or visual special effects which would help transfer intangible inner meanings to a visible representation in the digital world.
Marcos Ortiz is a PhD candidate researching Chile's traditional print media.
In 2019, Chile experienced a social uprising that challenged the prevalent neoliberal system.
Marcos' research explores the underlying reasons why the Chilean traditional print media, entangled with other hegemonic actors – political parties, corporations and think tanks – aimed to secure the political economic status quo even after it was put into question during the Chilean Spring.
In this endeavour he investigates institutions of power that prevail from the Pinochet years to revisit and reinvigorate Western theorisations of media power and ideology from a Global South perspective.
Black Star Rising: Exploring the Influence of Digital Activism on Contemporary Feminist Solidarity Movements in Urban, Accra, Ghana
Crossing the Live: The Concept of Border in Realistic Documentary Film-making
Sopolnawitch Ponglamjiak (Poon)
Sopolnawitch Ponglamjiak is a PhD student working on a practice-based project investigating the satire art of the Thai pro-democracy movement through documentary filmmaking.
Besides the PhD research project, Sopolnawitch works as a commercial videographer and editor and a member of the Communication Arts programme at Khon Kaen University International College.
Laurel Rogers is a PhD student researching the affective labor and cultural production of sex work on digital platforms.
Laurel’s research explores how the digital platformization of commercial sex is transforming the practices, values, and meanings of sex work.
Adopting digital ethnographic methods and a cultural studies framework, her project uses OnlyFans as a case study in order to interrogate the ways in which the dynamics of subjectivity impact upon laboring practices, with particular attention to how the discursive organization of sexuality and work are bound up with notions of agency and empowerment.
Her research aims to bring out the potentially valorizing dimensions of platform-based sex work while simultaneously accounting for the coercive and commodifying mechanisms of digital platforms, which further entrench power dynamics along the lines of sexuality, gender, race, class, and ability.
Art after Control: Digitality and/as Resistance in Artists' Moving Image
Jess Saxby is PhD candidate working on plants, seeds and the politics of colonial memory in France.
Jess' research looks at what plants and seeds tell us about the past. It claims that they are central to histories of both capitalism and colonialism, and are thus an important lens through which such histories can be traced to the present.
At a time when both state policy and the predominant discourses of the environmental sciences contribute to an increasing collective aphasia with respect to the colonial histories underpinning ongoing racial capitalism and ecological crisis, her work engages with the centrality of plants to planetary exploration and imperial expansion, expropriation of resources and primitive accumulation or histories of classification.
- Shela Sheikh
- Matthew Fuller
“Pro-European activism in (times of) crisis” - Investigating the mediated subjectivities, practices & politics of contemporary pro-European activism
The South Asian Digital Diaspora: Female and Queer British South Asian Instagrammers
Sofie Syarief is a PhD student researching the counter-hegemonic alternative news media in Indonesia.
Having been working as a professional television journalist in Indonesia for the past 15 years, Sofie is exploring how alternative news media may pose challenge to the hegemonic news construction as a direct result of the entanglement between the oligarchic media industry and the governing power in Indonesia.
She argues that within a particular political context and media system, alternative news media can function as counter-hegemony within the larger media landscape. In serving as counter-hegemonic entities, alternative news media may play an important role in enhancing the democratic values of news production in Indonesia.
Katie Tsappas is a PhD student researching how sex categories are defined in the sporting world.
Katie's research explores the ways in which black bodies are understood through an intersectional lens. Her research uses post-structuralist thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes to understand the meanings given to black bodies and, in particular, black female athletes.
Katie's time as a civil servant in the Cabinet Office allows her to use her policy experience to analyse policy documents from sporting governing bodies to further understand the limitations of the scientific-based narrative that is often used to understand bodies.
Mekatilili - Activist media in support of traditional and indigenous knowledge
Lennaart Van Oldenborgh
The Raw and the Cut: Editing as a Form of Selective Forgetting
Annika Weiss is a PhD student looking at precarious film work and union movement in the UK and Germany.
As a freelance camera assistant and climate activist, Annika is studying the political economic impacts of neo- and ordoliberalism on working conditions in precarious film labour in the UK and Germany.
She investigates worker's organisation on the micro-level to explore macro-level improvements. Her research interests include the political economy of the media, media policy, affective politics and social movements.
The Mythology of the Bomb: Science Fiction Film & Theories of Meaning & Communication in the Early Cold War Period
Political Economies of PBS in the Digital Era: The Future of American Public Television