2019 Recipients

Corinne Kennedy

Corinne Kennedy

Mississippi State University, United States

Corinne Kennedy serves as Assistant Professor/Humanities Librarian at Mississippi State University (MSU). Previously, she was employed in the Architecture Library at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) from 2010 to 2017. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2007 with a bachelor’s in fine arts in Art History. Ms. Kennedy went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippiin May 2013, graduating with honors. Her research and teaching interests incorporate the use of images to teach advanced research skills. Recently, she completed the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom. Currently, Ms. Kennedy resides in Starkville, Mississippi, USA.

​Greg Leach

​Greg Leach

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Greg Leach is a lecturer, writer, and visual artist. As an arts-based photographer, he received numerous prestigious residencies and commissions, and his work was widely published and exhibited internationally. His focus then switched to creative writing: a published novel, "Hunting in the Dark," received critical acclaim, and his short fiction has been recognised in competitions and with awards, including the Manchester Fiction Prize. His practice-based PhD research is a consolidation of these two pursuits combined with his long-term interest in critical writing. He has extensive experience as an undergraduate lecturer, contributing to many photography and arts courses in North West England and beyond.

Kirsten Adkins

Kirsten Adkins

Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom

Kirsten Adkins works across film, performance, installation, and photography. Her work tackles overt and covert representations of violence seen in British factual news and television. She is lecturer with a teaching specialism in fine art, film, and photography. She was a producer and director at the BBC for ten years, and she combines this experience with her research practice to examine a relationship between factual television and drama. Kirsten is a fully funded PhD candidate working at the Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture (CFMDC) at Wolverhampton University. Her practice-led research explores the construction of masculinity in British military advertising. Kirsten has exhibited, presented, published and broadcast both nationally and internationally. She received British Council and Arts Council funding to explore partnerships with artists and educators in the UK, San Francisco, and San Jose. She has a BA in fine art (communication, film, and media) and an MA in fine art and education.

Holly Blockley

Holly Blockley

Press Start, United Kingdom

Holly Blockley recently completed her master's of arts and bachelor of arts in film studies from Oxford Brookes University. Her master's thesis, titled “Developing Video Game Logic: Cybernetic Theory and Time Loop Cinema,” sought to explore the application of cybernetics to film theory. She will be commencing her PhD in October 2019 where she will be expanding on this research area further by examining the cine-cybernetic approach as a communicative model. She is currently serving as editor for the games studies journal, Press Start, and is based in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Martin Bence

Martin Bence

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Martin Bence is a photographer and architectural illustrator based in Cheshire, England. He has a BA from Edinburgh College of Art, an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University, and is currently studying for a practice based PhD in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University. Martin’s research interest is in the landscape which exists in the transition between the urban and the rural. His work looks to examine how photography might complicate our perception of such spaces and suggest they offer opportunities to engage with wonder and enchantment in landscapes which characterize contemporary socioeconomic systems and the challenges they present.

Aayushi Gupta

Aayushi Gupta

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Aayushi Gupta is a student in fine arts with a particular interest in critical writing on photography. Her research is primarily interdisciplinary between photography, literature and philosophy. Her key concerns are understanding the evolution of various forms that media-based technologies have led to since their introduction to society and further speculating what the future of photography will be, now that the digital image and Web 2.0 are overpowering various photographic practices.

Ben Green

Ben Green

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Ben Green is a filmmaker, visual artist, and lecturer, specializing in moving image and experimental documentary. His practice is concerned with exploring the relationships between people, place, and the socio-political, the marginalization of communities, and issues of masculinity in provincial towns.

His academic research explores the above issues as well as the relationship between documentary, truth, and political discourse. He studied for his BA (Honors) in filmmaking and his MA in visual culture at the Manchester School of Art (MMU), with a dissertation for the latter titled "Alternating Facts: re-examining the power, importance and influence of documentary in the Post-Truth Era." He currently works as an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where he will be undertaking his practice-based PhD, commencing in 2020.

Maciej Stasiowski

Maciej Stasiowski

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Maciej Stasiowski, PhD, is a graduate in film and media studies at the Institutue of AudioVisual Arts at the Jagiellonian University’s Faculty of Management and Social Communication (Cracow, Poland). He is the author of the book, Atlas of all Things Inconstant: Strategies, structures and metafictional devices in the works of Peter Greenaway (Nomos, 2014), as well as of numerous academic articles on literary utopias, unbuildable architectural projects, and construction of filmic space. This research culminated in the dissertation, The Mediatization of Speculative Architectural Projects, dedicated to instances of experimental and visionary architecture, employing filmic discourse and cinematographic strategies to forward their critical perspective on space, with an emphasis put on the tradition of “paper architecture” and the increasing incorporation of cinematic representational techniques into new “unbuildable” architectures. He has led courses on animated film, new media art, and literature studies, and recently co-authored a film essay for the Late Polishness: Forms of national identity after 1989 exhibition in Warsaw. His primary research interests include: film and issues of filmic space, architectural representation, science fiction literature and cinema, new media, but also unbuildable architectural projects and unmade films.

Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

It’s fair to say Richard Evans has had quite a varied career to date. Richard co-launched Hammerhead TV North (now ProCam) and later embarked on a career within the Camera Department for the film & TV industry. His experience spanned over sixteen years working on many productions; from BAFTA nominated documentaries to critically acclaimed feature films. But the arrival of children and the offer of a decent pension brought about another change of direction; he now teaches a BA (Hons) film course. Presently, Richard is studying part-time on the MA film making course at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and has shot his own short film titled "Against the Grain - A Story of Wood & Life." His aspiration is to continue film making and to be part of the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at MMU.

In Their Words

My favorite part of the conference experience was meeting my fellow Graduate Scholars. We're at approximately the same stage in our academic careers and everyone is doing fascinating work."

Jason Derouin, 2014 Awardee

Presenting my paper to an interdiciplinary audience and recieving their feedback has provided me with valuable input into the ways of approaching my future research."

Pat Naldi, 2014 Awardee

I really loved being an active participant in the operational side of the conference. It made this conference stand out for me in comparison with other conferences at which I have attended and presented papers."

Ulrike Sturm, 2014 Awardee