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.

​Natalia Țurcan

​Natalia Țurcan

University of Bucharest, Romania

Natalia Țurcan was born in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. She studied philology at The State University of Moldova and specialised in Romanian and Greek languages. Natalia Țurcan is also editor at the National Radio of Moldova, where she has been working for more than 10 years in the Department of Children and Teens, realising two programs on air and many shows and radio theatre pieces (writing, performing, and producing). Now she is studying for her master's degree in learning society, multimedia, and show at the University of Bucharest, Center of Excellence in Study of Image. Her passions are theatre, music, and foreign languages.

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