Programme 2018

18th May 2018 at Geoffrey Manton Building


09:15 –09:30 Registration GM 306
09:30 – 09:35 WelcomeProfessor Jim Aulich

(Chair, PAHC Symposium)


GM 307
09:35 – 10:00 Keynote AddressProfessor Steve Miles

(Head, Research Centre in Applied Social Sciences)

GM 307
10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1 – Chair, Sumaira Naseem (Student Organising Committee)


Gina Nadal (Department of Design)

‘Weaving with Code: How can emotional attachment be designed into digital jacquard textiles using coding?’

Owen Rees (Department of History, Politics and Philosophy)

‘Incompatible Inking Ideologies: Tattoos in the Ancient Greek World’

Halima Benzdira (Department of Languages, Information and Communications)

‘Investigation of Politeness Patterns in Email Requests: Case Study of Algerian Ph.D. Female Students at UK Universities’

GM 307
11:30 – 11:45 Refreshment break GM 306
11:45 – 12:45 Panel 2 – Chair, Chun-Yu Liu (Clare) (Student Organising Committee)


Teresa Fitzpatrick (Department of English)

‘ecoGothic Hybrids: Plant Monster Fiction’

Daniel Bennett (Department of History, Politics & Philosophy)

‘US-Russia relations’

GM 307
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch and conversation around poster presentations. Posters will be presented by:


Sumayah Bayounis (Department of Languages, Information and Communications)

‘The Role of Social Media and community-based information seeking in the context of Cultural Adaptation for International Students in the UK: A Case study of Saudi students’

Michael Orr (Department of Design)

‘Redefining the Poster: An evaluation with materials, colour and space’

GM 306
13:45 – 14:45 Panel 3 – Chair, Gina Nadal (Student Organising Committee)


Andrew Forster (Department of English)

‘Beyond Dwelling: Environmental Activism in Contemporary Lyric Poetry’

Paul Proctor (Department of Media)

‘Actually Virtual; Light on Surface in a 3D Digital Photographic Space’

GM 307
14:45 – 15:00 Judging GM 306
15:00 – 15:30 Presentation of prizes and certificates –Professor Jim Aulich GM 306






About PAHC Symposium

Arts & Humanities Research Centres

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities was created in September 2016 when the School of Art, the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and Manchester Fashion Institute merged into a single entity. As such, it is the home to researchers and research scholars in a wide range of different disciplines. Research in the Faculty is grouped into five Research Centres.

The Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSARC) embraces public and outward facing research and recognises the importance of multidisciplinary, collaborative, applied and practice-based research methods, alongside traditional disciplinary approaches. We work in partnership with many cultural, social and industrial organisations in Manchester and beyond. The Centre provides the home for units which display research excellence in Apparel, Architecture, Art, Art and Pedagogy, Arts for Health, Asian Cultures, Crafts, Design, Future Ecology, Future Living, Future Technologies, Media and Visual Culture. Through the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre with its thriving community of postgraduate researchers MSARC offers supervisory capacity for research projects in the practices, professions, histories and theories of Art & Design and encourages interdisciplinary approaches from across the faculty.

The Research Centre in Applied Social Sciences (RCASS) brings together researchers from the Departments of Sociology, Languages, Information & Communications, History, Politics and Philosophy, and Human Geography. RCASS seeks to produce critically engaged, high quality research that challenges common-sense ways about how we think about the world and our place in it. The Centre aims to provide an inter-disciplinary home for critical research that contributes to policy-making debates and decision-making, while genuinely impacting upon the work and strategies of local organisations and communities.

The History Research Centre (HRC) brings together researchers from the Departments of History, Politics and Philosophy, and Languages, Information and Communications. The Centre works in partnership with many cultural institutions, from theatre companies, museums to libraries, archives and galleries and places great emphasis on communicating research beyond the University to local, regional and international audiences.

The Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL) was established in 2014 as part of the Faculty’s new Humanities Research Centre (HRC) bringing together staff and research students from the Departments of English, Languages, Information and Communications, all based on the Manchester All Saints Campus, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the MMU Cheshire campus. Research in CELL encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale.

All of the above Centres have large communities of research students. The newly established Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) aims to bring together both these research students and taught scholars engaged in graduate studies to develop a thriving and multi-disciplinary student research community. It offers an ambitious and informative Researcher Development Programmes delivering research training and skills development opportunities, alongside other activities to meet with other students.

What is the purpose of the Symposium?

The Annual Arts & Humanities Research Student Symposium is an opportunity for research students across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, to meet and discuss their research with their peers, and to receive comment and feedback from more experienced researchers.

The Symposium has been designed to be supportive, but critical. The abstract submission and review process is straightforward, and offers constructive feedback, and the atmosphere at the Symposium is collegial and supportive, whilst challenging all participants to improve and advance their research.

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Presenters’ Biographies

Gina Nadal  – Department of Design

Gina Nadal is a first year PhD practice-based student at the Design Department at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. After she finished her undergraduate in Arts and Design in Barcelona, she moved to the UK to study and MA in Fashion Graphics at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. During her postgraduate studies, she looked at the relationship between digital jacquard textile practice and the emotional value, which was the predecessor of her Ph.D. Currently she is looking at the factors that generate emotional attachment into the practice of digital jacquard textiles, using digital coding as an interactive and participatory tool.


Owen Rees – Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Owen Rees is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Ancient History. His research focuses on the military to civilian transitions undergone by ancient Athenian warriors. Owen is the founding Editor of HIVE: The Postgraduate Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He is also the author of Great Battles of the Classical Greek World (2016) and Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World (2018). Other research interests include ancient tattoos, dogs in the ancient world, and the logistical commitment involved in the repatriation for the ancient war dead.


Halima Benzdira – Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Halima Benzdira, first year Ph.D. student at the department of Languages, Linguistics and TESOL. Before coming to the UK, she earned bachelor and master degrees in English language, literatures and civilizations. She is interested in interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and politeness studies, thus her thesis investigates the patterns of politeness within email exchanges. She is enthusiastic about her work and eager to spread it over politics, economy, and every domain that necessitates social interaction, to avoid discrimination, false stereotypes, impoliteness, and wars. She simply desires to spread harmonious communication in a digital world where social cues absence might result in miscommunication.


Teresa Fitzpatrick  – Department of English

Between completing a BA (Hons) in Humanities & Literature through The Open University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Teresa completed an MA in English Studies: The Gothic at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014. Sparked by an interest in the emerging ecoGothic, her MA dissertation focused on poison gardens as a gendered trope in Gothic literature and Teresa’s doctoral research builds on this to consider the role of plant monsters, gardeners and greenhouse spaces in twentieth and twenty-first century Gothic Science Fiction. Through a blend of material ecocriticism, eco-feminism and Female Gothic theories, Teresa’s research investigates plant and greenhouse monsters (both vegetable and human) within the hybrid genres of Weird/Gothic/Science Fiction and aims to establish them as ecoGothic motifs that engage with continually changing gender debates.


Daniel Bennett – Department of History, Politics & Philosophy

Daniel Bennett is a first year PhD student studying Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focuses on US-Russia relations post-Cold War. His presentation will focus on why relations failed to improve, analysing a few of the key reasons for this.


Andrew Forster – Department of English

Andrew Forster has published three collections of poetry. Homecoming was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award and Fear of Thunder was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He worked in Literature Development for 19 years, latterly as Literature Officer at the Wordsworth Trust. He now works as an Associate Lecturer at MMU and is involved in a number of freelance projects, including the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets and, as co-editor, the online poetry magazine The Compass. He is in the final year of a PhD is focused on poetry and environmentalism.


Paul Proctor – Department of Media

Paul Proctor is a photographer, and academic at Manchester Metropolitan University. Paul’s photographic practice uses digital technologies to make photographic images of objects that he creates through modeling and simulation performed in a 3D computer environment. Recent exhibitions of his work include ‘Beyond the Camera’ Pingyao International Photography Festival 2016. Last year he presented a paper at The Image Conference, Venice 2017. Paul is currently studying for a PhD at MMU, his thesis asks ‘How is Photography Performed in a Virtual Digital Space?’ He has developed a specialist interest in human and non-human agency as expressed through his practice and the theories of New Materialisms, Virtuality and Technicity.


Sumayah Bayounis – Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Sumayah Bayounis is in her first year of her research in the Information and Communications department at Manchester Metropolitan University. She graduated in information management and worked as a lecturer at Umm Alqura University. She is interested in the field of information seeking behaviour and knowledge sharing. Particularly, she is looking into international students’ information, seeking to manage cultural adaptation in a new country using social networking sites.


Michael Orr – Department of Design

Michael Orr is currently following his MA in Graphic Design and Art Direction at MMU. He is researching a creative approach to design using digital audio, code and other applications. He has been included in the 2018 submission for The Big Chip awards for Digital Innovations. Michael is an experienced audio professional having studied electronic music productions with SAE in Amsterdam and more recently in obtaining a BSc. (Hons)(1st) in Media Technology & Production from UCLAN. Michael’s background spans many disciplines including image manipulation, animation, web and page layout, video and lighting applications.