Cultural and Critical Theory
Incorporating a range of research into contemporary critical theory and aesthetics by John Beck, Lucy Bond, Matthew Charles, Georgina Colby, David Cunningham, Nigel Mapp and Sas Mays, this group benefits specifically from close interdisciplinary collaboration with Visual Culture staff also based within the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies.
Stemming from work derived from the AHRC-funded network on Spiritualism and Technology, the cluster has subsequently built on this through Sas Mays’s leadership of the ongoing Archiving Cultures programme, which focuses on the theorisation of archival practices across a range of cultural forms. This has also resulted in the production of Archiving cultures, which, for example, hosted the summer 2011 online conference Materialities of Text.
Work in archives and cultural memory has been extended by the post-doctoral appointment of Lucy Bond, who is completing a book on 9/11, memory and representation for Routledge, and is currently establishing a new cross-institutional Centre for Cultural Memory in collaboration with Goldsmiths and the international Mnemonics network.