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Culture, Media, Place is an inclusive research group grounded in the physicality of place, acknowledging the importance of place in the understanding of cultures, media, and cultural industries. By situating our research in place, we can be inclusive of multiple voices, identities, cultures and subcultures within the same place and how they all relate to each other. The intersection of culture, media, and place is an area of rich contemporary scholarly concern, encouraging inter- and intra-disciplinary interactions and engaging a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines with an international outlook.

An indicative - and certainly not exhaustive - list of thematic interests might include:

  • geographies of cultural production and consumption,
  • marginalized and hidden heritages and cultures,
  • situated histories, memories and archives of art and culture,
  • tangible and intangible cultural heritage,
  • travel, tourism, movement and mobility across cultural territories,
  • locative, immersive and site-specific media,
  • comparative (regional/national/translocal) studies of arts objects, institutions and practices,
  • strategies and policies of culture-led placemaking, including cultural and creative cities and cultural districts,
  • statistical approaches to measurement of the impact of culture and cultural value,
  • methodologies of community co-production.

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Current members

Bailey Ashton Adie researches tourism and heritage in an international comparative context, in particular focusing on communities, international development, and World Heritage.

Alberto Amore writes on urban regeneration, urban tourism and the postmodern city.

Chris Anderton is concerned with the evolution of music festivals, live music cultures and fan collection practices.

Garfield Benjamin’s artistic practice engages digital media/VR/AR to explore theoretical interests in posthumanism and utopia.

Atsuhide Ito‘s current artistic research agenda looks at post-atomic disaster tourism to question human subjectivity in the Anthropocene era.

Martin James draws from hidden histories of music scenes to reimagine the music city.

Jane Parry is a sociologist of work, particularly interested in changing work spaces, spacial divisions of labour, and reconfiguring community solidarities.

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For further information on any aspect of the research group, please email Bailey Ashton Adie or Kim-Marie Spence.

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