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I am willing to take students interested in cultural organisation, aesthetics, landscape studies and social theories of visuality.

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I joined Northumbria in September 2017. I have taught or researched at Kingston, Surrey, Roehampton, Buckinghamshire, Teesside, Durham and Newcastle. My PHD was under the supervision of Professors Kevin Stenson, Max Travers and Paul Watt. For some years I combined academic with community practice and specifically around arts, youth and heritage work for refugee community and arts organisations.

My research spans three areas. Firstly in co-produced research with cultural organisations including galleries, event spaces and curators. This work has included the Hatton Gallery and the Merz Barn Wall, MIMA, TESTT Space, NewBridge, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and many others.

Secondly, in an expansive theoretical and historical practice resting upon critical theory which takes in the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School to the landscapes of northern England. I am specifically informed by the notion of imagined and imaginary landscapes and what this might mean for political and historical practice. The concept of autonomy in art and politics is central to understanding the kinds of speculative and alternative futures humans are attempting to build. I also have a critical interest in visual and music/sound studies.

Thirdly in the art and philosophy of Greek antiquity and specifically its sculptural mythology. Much of my practice rests upon an understanding of autonomy and aesthetics largely rooted in readings of Marx, Weil, Adorno, Arendt, Heidegger, and perhaps most importantly, Cornelius Castoriadis.

I am the editor of the Routledge book series 'Visual Modernities' and am the author of 10 academic monographs. My most recent book for Routledge came out in 2023 - 'Social Ghosts and the Dead of World History: Ghost Theory'.

I worked closely with the artist and writer Dr Emily Hesse as co-performer and co-thinker on many projects and specifically the 'Ghost Sonata' project. I am the organiser of 'Chaos Club' at Northumbria and have been awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2024 for developing the 'Building Better Planets' project. I am part of the AnMor editorial group examining imagined landscapes, was the co-producer of the ERiS (Experimental Research in Spaces) seminar series at Baltic 39 and am an active participant in the Visual and Material Cultures and BxNU research groups. My research informs my role as Lead for the MA in Creative and Cultural Industries Management. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA. I am the Chair of Amberside Trust.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Research, PhD, Brunel University London

Award Date: 30 Mar 1997

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