Research Interests: Migration studies, diaspora, mass-media, contemporary visual arts and literature, counter-cultures.
University of Liverpool, UK
Research interests: Translingual literature by authors of Afghanistani origin.
Bath Spa University, UK
Research interests: Transcultural musical practices Eco-creative pedagogies Performance studies Cross-cultural collaborations
Western University, Ontario, Canada
Research interests: Military science and studies, war, popular culture (science fiction, comics, film, animation, animé, comic strips, graphic texts of all kinds, illustration art), American studies.
Princeton University, USA
Research interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, music, opera, and ballet; play theory; early and middle childhood pedagogy; children’s literature; Francophone cinema
King’s College London, UK
Research interests: Spanish Literature with a special interest in contemporary women writers, life-writing and therapeutic writing
Bath Spa University, UK
Research interests: Heavy metal studies, cultural history, cultural theory, critical theory, existentialism, anticapitalism.
University of Cambridge, UK
Research interests: creativities research, inter-transdisciplinarity, posthumanism, diverse creativities in arts practice, music and creative industries practice, professional practices, play
Research interests: I am interested in translation as an experiential process that involves the reader/spectator as active participant, or ‘spect-actor’. Recent publications on this process include ‘Entre l’audible et l’inaudible’ in Language – Literature – the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface (2017) and an essay in POROI’s Special Issue on the Rhetoric of Translation (May 2017). I translate from French and Occitan and am also interested in surrealism, ekphrastic and found poetry. I am currently Honorary Secretary of the Cultural Literacy in Europe forum where I lead its Special Interest Group on Intersemiotic Translation. My most recent workshop, Wozu Image, co-led with artist Laura Gonzàlez, interacted with Minsk-based artist Sergey Shabohin’s photo exhibition Wozu Poesie, which I curated in Warsaw in May 2017 with the kind permission of Haus für Poesie, Berlin.
Birmingham City University, UK
Research interests: Situated between Birmingham City University School of Art and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Harriet’s current doctoral research moves between the auditory and the visual. Specifically, interrogating transposition between the two through exploring birdsong and musical interpretations of birdsong (Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux) in painting-based research practice. The research problematises ideas surrounding the language of music and that of painting which places her wider research interests with intersemiotic translation and intersemiotic transposition. Harriet is a member of the SIG ‘Intersemiotic Translation and Cultural Literacy’.
LUCY CATHCART FRÖDÉN
University of Glasgow, UK
Research interests: Practice-based research, collaborative songwriting, multilingualism, integration, prefigurative
politics, cultural and linguistic justice, autoethnography, creative practice
National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan
Research interests: I work on Romanticism and its legacies in the West and the East.
Roehamptom University, UK
Research interests: As a current PhD researcher at the University of Roehampton, my current research concerns the use of a psycho-cultural approach to consider the individual and socio-political significance of animated media. My thesis considers the notion of brokenness in relation to the neoliberal experience in BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014-2016). I am also a registered dramatherapist and am interested in the perception and framing of mental health within both the UK and Indian contexts.
Lancaster University (The Missenden Centre), UK
Research interests: Cultural Literacy; Cultural Policy; Comparative Literature
University of East Anglia, UK
Research interests: Sofia Cumming is a PhD Candidate working in the fields of Comparative Literature and Modern European Intellectual History at the University of East Anglia. Her thesis focuses on German-Jewish writer, philosopher and critic, Walter Benjamin, and his life-long engagement with French literary and aesthetic culture. Her further research interests range broadly across twentieth
century European literature and thought, modernism and the avant-garde, writers and multilingualism as well as the intersections between literature, philosophy and visual culture.
Research interests: My research interests center on a psychoanalytic based model of occupational therapy called the Vivaio Model (MOVI), developed in Milan, Italy. It is used by therapists working in many different practice areas, and is based on the three-way relationship between patient, therapist and doing. My particular interest, which forms a major part of the model, is the importance of play and playfulness as an integral part of the therapeutic relationship. The two aspects of play that lead to my research questions are the fact that it is always linked to choice on the part of the player and that choice then leads to the formation of symbols in all of their conscious and unconscious meanings.
Research interests: storytelling, museum education programs, craftsmanship, culture, cultural networks, permanent museum collections.
I am currently developing the Andalusia program for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. This program will engage people with a unique collection of artefacts that promote the concept of coexistence as a relevant field of study in the 21st century. The Andalusia program encourages undergraduate and graduate students to work with museum artefacts as nodes of inspiration, creating stories inspired by the collection in the form of animation, design shows, pop-up exhibitions, artwork, and other multimedia.
My research areas include the intersection between permanent museum collections and cultural networks; mining stories for storytelling and museum program development; museum education and higher learning; museum education targeting all ages; experiential cultural spaces to ignite the senses and inspire reflection; the relationship between nature and fashion, art, food, interior, architectural, and jewellery design; exhibition design and interpretive planning using cultural networks; animation and museum programs; storytelling and craftsmanship; Object-based Learning (OBL).
My aim is to advance intercultural and interfaith relations through the medium of art and culture.
CRISTINA DI MAIO
University of Macerata, Italy
Research interests: Play Theory, American Literature, Feminist Theory, Italian-American Literature
University of Passau &, University of Cologne, Germany
Research interests: My research interests are focused on transformative digital intermedia studies, using critical stepwise formalisation as a method for conceptual modelling of cultural heritage information. This is used as a tool for critical engagement with media differences, especially the relationships between texts and maps as media of communication. I am also engaged in theoretical studies of modelling in the humanities as well as beyond.
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Research interests: English literature and history of the Renaissance and the long eighteenth century, literary networks, the Baroque and Eccentric, and early British travellers in India – with a particular focus on Thomas Coryate
Research interests: My Doctoral research is a reflexive audit of my own l5-Minute Parenting Model, which is a therapeutic play-based parenting model. My aim is to create an accessible therapeutic model that bridges the gap between the psychotherapy clinic and the family home. This is a child-focused parent-led model. My research interests are in areas of Play, Child and Adolescent development, therapeutic parenting, attachments and trauma.
University of Łódź, Poland
Research interests: contemporary British fiction, contemporary fiction, psychoanalysis in literary studies, literary translation
JAN VAN DUPPEN
The Open University, UK
Research interests: Jan van Duppen is a Research Fellow in Design at the Open University, UK. His work stretches across cultural geography, design and urban studies. He is interested in notions of play and work in post-industrial societies, urban gardens, public space and participatory design, mobility and travel, and visual methods. Jan has held an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship titled ‘Working the Playground: Urban Gardens and Sustainable Futures?’. In 2019, he co-organised the interdisciplinary symposium ‘Play and its Potential Publics’, which was hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, London. His most recent publications are ‘Seeing Patterns on the Ground: Reflections on Field-based Photography’ (2020) in the Open Arts Journal and ‘Picturing Diversions: The Work/Play of Walking on London Pavements’ (2019) in Roadsides.
Research interest: I have always been intrigued by the mystery and magic inherent in play and playfulness that suddenly appear in a multiple dimension that oscillates between real and imaginary . I think it usually starts with simple sensory elements, a sound, a touch , a smell, which create multiple images among which we mysteriously choose one that leads us to create a play of the mind, which moves between reality and illusion, between the outside and the inside of each of us.
My profession as an occupational therapist and psychodramatist working with a psychoanalytic slant facilitates my particular interest. With my patients I await what image can generate in them a desire to stop on that and share it with me in another form, graphic or three-dimensional, or of body movements, often representative of unconscious images that the sensory stimulus draws and brings to the surface .
And a kind of game comes out of it, in a dimension that is sometimes painful, sometimes cheerful and laughing, which always highlights the deep relationship that that kind of listening and participation sets in motion and maintains.
KATHERINE GOODSON WALKER
University of Manchester, UK
Research interests: French seventeenth-century court ballet; early modern theatre, dance and opera; dance history; French literature, with special interest in seventeenth- and nineteenth-century literary and theatrical productions. Dance practice: ballet, modern, contemporary, Flamenco, Zumba. Teach ballet and Modern dance to children and adults.
Research interests: literary theory, world literature,
critical theory, translation, higher education,
Research Interests: Italian Literature, Law and Literature, Gender Studies, Periodical Studies, Transnational Studies
University of Łódź
Research interests: Professor at the Institute of German Studies at the University of Lodz. Main research areas: German-language literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, literature and politics, memory and remembrance, utopia and apocalypse.
Research interests: Anglophone Literatures, Postcolonial Literature, Ecocriticism, Gender Studies, Ecofeminism, American Studies, Artivism
University of Debrecen, Hungary
Research interests: musicology, intermediality of music and literature, theatricality of music, autobiography/autofiction
Research interests: Postcolonial trauma studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities
Research interests: migrations, migrant literature and culture, transnationalism, translation studies.
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Research interest: Tuuli Lähdesmäki (PhD in Art History, DSocSc in Sociology, Title of Docent in Art History) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Lähdesmäki’s research interests include: monuments, public art, public space, reception of art and cultural phenomena, discourse studies, cultural heritage, cultural memory, strategies of interpreting the past, cultural identity, identity politics, heritage politics, intercultural dialogue, the European Capital of Culture, the European Heritage Label, European identity, EU cultural policy, heritage diplomacy, and populism.
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Research interests: Eleonora Lima is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Italian Department at Trinity College Dublin. Her current research project investigates Italian writers’ reception and engagement with computer culture. The project aims to provide the first comprehensive history of computing in Italian literature: from the earliest era of mainframe computers in mid-1950s, to the advent of personal computers in 1980s, to the initial days of the Web in 1990s, to the present times of ubiquitous
computing and the Web 2.0.
Her research interests also include literature and science; literature and the posthuman; the impact of cybernetics on the Italian culture of the mid-20th century; film and media studies. Eleonora holds a BA in Italian Philology (University of Florence, 2005), a Master in Modern Philology
(University of Florence, 2008), a PhD in Italian (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015). She previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian at the University of Toronto (2017-2018).
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Research interests: Hari Marini is an independent writer, performance maker, researcher, lecturer, and founding member of PartSuspended group. Her writing, practice and research are focused on poetics of spaces, performative architectures and women’s writing. Her work has been published in the academic journals Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, Journal of Greek Media and Culture and Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Her bilingual book (Greek-English) entitled 28 Διαδρομές της/28 Paths of Her has been recently published (AΚΑΚΙΑ Publications, September 2019). Since 2006, Hari has been teaching performance at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and has been delivering workshops both in the UK and Greece. She has presented work in the UK, USA, Greece, Czech Republic, Serbia and Spain. She holds a PhD in Performance from QMUL and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama (London), funded by the Hellenic Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Also, Hari holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras.
FCH Católica Lisboa, Portugal
Research interests: Culture Studies; Visual Culture; Film Studies; Comparative Literature; Globalization Studies; Intercultural Communication.
Tampere University, Finland
Research interests: The study of playfulness across discipline and across culture. The role of playfulness in mental health and the construction of social institutions. The role of playfulness in religion, in extremism, and in authoritarian regimes. Experimental game design. Games for education and development.
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Research interests: The psychosocial role of reflexive art practice in honing sensitivity to the affective dimensions of human situations and experience.
MAI CHI NGUYEN
University College Dublin, Ireland
Research interests: Francophone literature, postcolonial/trauma/memory studies, autobiography and autofiction, migration. I am interested in diaspora studies, migrant writing, exile and displacement. My doctoral research focuses on the topic of return in Dany Laferrière’s and Anna Moï’s autobiographical fiction.
University of Essex, UK
Research interests: reflexivity, researching the unconscious, activities as healing places
University of Denver, USA
Research interests: Russia, national identity, gender theory
Princeton University, USA
Research interests: Judeo-Maghrebian literature of French expression; Mediterranean Studies; Judaic Studies; French and Francophone Studies; Diaspora Studies
University of Southampton, UK
Research interests: Main fields: Composition, Performance, Comedy, Humour, Musicology. I am a composer/comedien investigating comic timing in music as practice-based research. I research interdisciplinary music theatre in association with Waste Paper Opera (for whom I am co-artistic director) and SpyMonkey.
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Research interests: I am a cognitive linguist, pursuing a doctoral degree at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, Poland. My research interests lie primarily in Cognitive Linguistics, but also Semiotics and Critical Discourse Analysis. My doctoral research concerns modes of meaning building in art forms which I analyze from a linguistic point of view; I specifically focus on installations made by African-American Self-Taught artists of the American South.
Newcastle University, UK
Research interests: Reformation – Confessionalisation – History of Education – Religious Education – History of Childhood – Catechisms, Prayer, Hymns, Sermons.
University of Łódź, Poland
Research interests: Cultural Literacy, Digital Humanities, multilingualism, comparative cultural studies, participant observation, immersive journalism, autoethnography, quality, idea of the university, the humanism and the humanities, Reformation, creativity, translations of psalms, empathy, quality in culture, the sublime, modern individualism, democracy, citizen journalism, iphonology.
Cardiff University, UK
Research interests: Translation Studies; Translation and Migration; Multilingualism; Mobility; Travel Writing
Research interests: Contemporary literature in English and Lithuanian
King’s College London, UK
Research interests: German Literature (19th Century, Early Modern), Romanticism, Cultural History, Womens’ Writing, Fairy Tales and Folklore
Research interests: Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Globalization Studies and Political Theory.
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Research interests: I am a practising artist as well as researcher at Queen Margaret University. Central to my practice is a discussion about the place of art in a social context: this include participatory art, ethical engagement, arts and wellbeing/health, as well as socially engaged practice.
Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Research interests: Comparative literature & cultural studies (French, German, English), mainly 19c and 20c. Critical theory: gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, the body, skin, the sense of touch. Also translation.
Leeds Arts University, UK
Research interests: Research investigation has adopted numerous methods in an attempt to explore the world ‘through the eyes of a child’, resulting in important theoretical advances surrounding the development and experiences of children. With this in mind, the symbolic features of play, cultural and artistic engagement have been recognised as essential to a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore, it is little surprise that the necessity to engage in these endeavours has long been included as a fundamental protected right for children (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989). Nonetheless, while we were all once children and many of us have now had children, and maybe even grandchildren and great-grandchildren, how many of us have forgotten what it is like to gaze upon the world through the eyes of a child? Well, let me show you!
University of Łódź, Poland
Research interests: Justyna Stępień is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies in the Department of British Literature and Culture, where she received her doctorate in 2012. In the years 2012-2019, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the English Institute of University of Szczecin. She is an author of British Pop Art and Postmodernism (2015), an editor of Redefining Kitsch and Camp in Literature and Culture (2014) and co-editor of a special issue of Open Cultural Studies Journal Transmediating Culture(s)? (2017). She is currently working on her book devoted to posthumanist artistic practices. She belongs to an international research group/ collective The Posthuman Art and Research Group (aka. Dori.O) that consists of artists and researchers from all over Europe.
discourse, humor, comic, verbal and nonverbal components of communication, psycholinguistics, ecolinguistics
King’s College London, UK
Research interests: migration and notions of ‘home’ in Europe, translation, intersemiotic translation, death as a cultural phenomenon
Research interests: Art, computational art, digital humanities, digital culture, the body and technology, sound art installation, technology.
University of California, USA
Research interests: French and Francophone literature, art, and film from 1900-present; Queer and Feminist critiques; Play theory
University of Essex, UK
Research interests: Deborah Wright, D.Psychodyn.Psych. BPC, MBACP, FPC is a psychotherapist and a lecturer at the University of Essex, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. She previously worked as a Deputy Manager, and staff trainer in residential care for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems. She is a trained artist and her patient and client work, as well as her academic and art work, relate to humans’ relationship with their environment. Her research interests include: Human relations with the non-human world Psychosocial and psychoanalytic perspective on humans’ relationships with their environment; Patients’ relationship with the consulting room; Spatialisation, environmental usage and political connotations; Childrens’ and residential care clients’ relationship with their (bed)rooms and the theories of Freud, Klein, Bion, Winnicott and Object Relations. She has written on the subjects of: Rooms as Replacements for People: The Consulting Room as a Room Object and Spatialisation and the Fomenting of Political Violence.
Research interests: contemporary art practices in sound and listening; art writing and art criticism; public art and art as public action; global learning of classics; teaching and learning of moral character