GWW is based in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen in Northeast Scotland. The GWW mission is to bring together researchers from across the University with an interest in visual culture broadly defined, including film, photography, art history, anthropology and museum studies. Its members share a common concern in investigating visual culture: what it is; how it functions across different times, places and contexts; how we encounter or understand it. GWW facilitates a range of activities which promote research into visual culture, including a regular reading group and seminar series; international conferences; and public engagement through Aberdeen University’s May Festival and work with regional partners. It also promotes engagement with the University’s important photographic collections, most notably that of George Washington Wilson himself, from whom the Centre takes its name. GWW Director Ed Welch discussed the work of the Centre and the Washington Wilson archive in a recent interview with our friends at Art in Scotland TV:
GWW acts as a hub for a thriving community of postgraduate students engaged in visual culture research. Students play an active role in the GWW’s reading group and the organisation of its research activities. GWW’s members are keen to hear from potential applicants interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree (MLitt or PhD) related to visual culture. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Amy Bryzgel.
Contributors and Affiliated Staff
Director, Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture. Dr. Bryzgel specialises in modern and contemporary art in Eastern Europe. She is currently working on a monograph on performance art in Eastern Europe, and documenting the research on her website.
Associate Director, Dr. Áine Larkin, Lecturer in French. Dr. Larkin is the author of Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ (Oxford: Legenda, 2011). Her research interests include text/image relations, Proust studies, literature and medicine, and the literary representation of music and dance.
Professor Edward Welch, Carnegie Professor of French. Professor Welch’s research focuses on the cultural history of post-war France, as it lives through the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation. His work also engages the nature of the photographic image and its role as part of a visual economy of meaning.
Dr. Silvia Casini, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture. Dr. Casini’s research focuses on scientific imaging techniques and their visual epistemologies as well as on the cross-fertilization between cinema and the visual/plastic arts. She has been involved in various initiatives of public engagement with science through the arts in museum contexts.
Mr. Neil Curtis, Head of Museums. Mr. Curtis’ research focuses on a critical study of museums and archaeology. This has included young children’s learning in museums, considerations of the social and cultural roles of museums today, including repatriation and the treatment of human remains, and studies of Scottish museum history
Dr. Fern Insh, Independent Scholar. Dr Insh’s research is mainly concerned with defining changes in Scottish visual culture during the 17th century. She also writes about contemporary Scottish art and visual culture on scottishartblog.
Dr. Alexandra Lewis, Lecturer in English. Dr. Lewis’ research interests include literature and medicine; trauma and memory; neo-Victorian literature; the Brontës; George Eliot; fin-de-siècle psychology; Australian literature; and nineteenth-century photography and visual culture.
Dr. Clémence O’Connor, Lecturer in French. Dr. O’Connor is interested in visual-verbal dynamics in contemporary French poetry, in particular the attraction of many bilingual or bicultural poets to the idiom of visuality as a regenerating resource for language. She has published on new ekphrastic forms and is currently working on colour.
Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez-Remedi, independent scholar and teaching assistant at the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Rodríguez-Remedi specialises in Latin American cultural studies. Her research currently focuses on the works of Chilean filmmaker and theorist Raúl Ruiz.
Affiliated Postgraduate Students
Mr. Chris Heppell, PhD 2016. Mr. Heppell’s work considers contemporary film and photography in relation to ecologically informed aesthetic theory. Chris also works as a photographer and has held three exhibitions of his work, most recently at the 2013 Haddo arts festival. His work has been published in Frieze magazine and by zer0 books.
Mr. Alan Macpherson, PhD Candidate. Based in the English department, Mr. Macpherson’s research is in space, place and intermediality in contemporary ecopoetics. He is currently working on the Scottish poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie, and the interrelations between text and image in her recent essays, poetry and collaborative work.
Ms. Jasmina Zaloznik, PhD Candidate. Ms. Zaloznik’s field of research interests include recent histories of performing art; contemporary dance; choreography; and Continental Philosophy. Her doctoral research considers historical notions of movement in relation to underground culture in Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria from the 1970s on.
Denisa Tomkova is a PhD Candidate in the Film and Visual Culture department, researching Participatory and Socially Engaged Art in Eastern Europe since 1989. Her research interests include topics like contemporary art, participation, community, biopolitics, national identity, and post-communism.
Ms. Doriane Biot is a Master’s student in Visual Culture. Her research interests include animated documentary, engaged cinema and experimental cinema. With a background in film animation, she tries to bring a practical and artistic dimension to her theoretical work.
Pernille Cordelia Ravn, PhD student at the Centre for Modern Thought. Her research is on translingualism and intermediality in the poetic practices of Caroline Bergvall and Cia Rinne. She examines the intermingling of languages, senses and media in their works and how it questions notions of nationality and belonging and complicates the idea of the senses as distinct perceptual modalities.
Barbara Barreiro Leon is a PhD Candidate in History of Art. Her lines of research correspond to the philosophy of art and contemporary aesthetics. Moreover, her doctoral thesis is focused on the aesthetic and theoretical relationship between Surrealism and American postmodernism. She is currently working on the creation of postmodern cities and their link with Visual Culture and the philosophy of perception.
Alison Metoud is a PhD student in Film and English. Her research project arises from a competition call to interpret the theme of ‘Wild Places’ primarily in the context of the North East of Scotland. This research will be based on a consideration of how natural and synthetic systems such as the Scottish North East offshore oil industry, technology, nature, the oceans, humans and nonhumans interconnect in the language of the screenplay.