Postgraduate research students (ResM, MPhil/PhD, EdD)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
Postgraduate research students - School of Art, Design and Architecture
PhD student, art and media
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Thesis: Integrating Transnationalism into transmedia
In this practice-led PhD, I am developing a compositional practice on transmedia works - across sound art, installations, moving image and other fields - that responds to transnationalism, as a resulting understanding of transhumance (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987). I will create a body of work that creatively brings together the sounds, images and narratives responding to the present cultural aspects resulting from the migrational movements that have reached the Americas and formed my mixed DNA ancestry, accompanied by reflexive and critical writing.
Postgraduate research students - School of of Society and Culture
PhD student, art history
Contact details: Jayne.Buchanan@postgrad.plymouth.ac.uk
Thesis: Imagining and Remembering the Soldier at the Imperial War Museum (1980 - 2000)
My PhD research considers the ability of art to memorialise conflict through representations of the soldier. Building on studies examining art during the first and second world wars, I focus on the art collection at the Imperial War Museum over the period 1980-2000 in which the Falklands war, the Gulf war in Afghanistan and the Bosnian war occurred. I combine visual, stylistic and iconographic analysis, archival research and interviews to explore the commissioned works produced by Linda Kitson, Peter Howson and John Keane and consider how their interpretation of the soldier re-frames mass-media narratives of war.
PhD student, art history
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
My current research explores notions of alterity and commonality within late 20th century Central and Eastern European Illustrated translations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Through the analysis of the work of illustrators originating from two former Soviet Republics (Russia and Georgia) and three former Soviet satellite states (Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland), I am in the process of revealing fresh incidences of cross-cultural contact and visual appropriation occurring within global Tolkien visual culture during the final years of Communist rule.
By adopting a ground-up contextualising approach which connects each illustrator’s individual narrative to country-specific and wider Soviet, and post-Soviet narratives, my project is designed to obviate the trait of western self-absorption common to many studies of this kind.
Instead, I am seeking to emphasise the distinct regional specificity of content and context present within the illustrations, whilst also acknowledging and elucidating the interface of eastern/western visual motifs.
PhD English and Creative Writing
Thesis: Scars the Shape of Wings: Flightlessness, Superstition and Violence in the Story of the Great Auk
This practise-based project will investigate and analyse the conceptualisation of flightless birds, using the Great Auk as a framing device. Using both contemporary and traditional understandings of these creatures, the project will attempt to reimagine the flightless bird and its associated narratives through original poetry. In the course of this work I will be offering new and hitherto unconsidered ways to conceptualise the human relationship with flightless birds.
The thesis will seek to elucidate the themes that emerge from the study of flightless birds and to engender a dynamic dialogue between critical and creative work. The themes that emerge will include flightless birds as commodities, prophets, adornments, mothers, monsters, literal objects of geopolitical
appropriation (particularly through the trade of feathers), literary metaphors for colonialism and most importantly for the Great Auk, creatures to be feared and to destroy. I will place in parallel the poetic transformation of a subject through the operation of metaphor, and the scientific transformation of a creature as we reflect upon the current plans to ‘bring back’ the Great Auk and the concept and practice of de-extinction.
Postgraduate research students - Institute of Education
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Thesis: Dyslexia and its effect on a child’s mental health
I propose to use a qualitative study where I attempt to understand, interpret and analyse information from high school and university students who have to live day to day being dyslexic and its effect if any on their mental health as well as issues surrounding their inclusion in school.
Contact details: Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thesis: How do children with Williams Syndrome (WS) socially interact with others in mainstream primary schools?
Using an adaptation of the Mosaic Approach, this study aims to engage with children’s own perspectives using photographs, videos and activities. Children with WS often display hypersociable behaviour but despite their eagerness to interact with peers, experience difficulties with interactions due to social skills.
- PhD Architecture (Full-time, Part-time route available)
- PhD Art & Media (Full-time, Part-time route available)
- PhD Built Environment (Full-time, Part-time route available)
- PhD Codex (Full-time)
- PhD Digital Art and Technology (Full-time, Part-time route available)
- PhD Transtechnology Research (Full-time, Part-time route available)