Taking the value of digitisation to Birmingham

Written by Sarah Gambell (PhD candidate in Information Studies). ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Working on my PhD, I’ve had a lot of practice developing my “elevator pitch” about what I actually study. Here we go… The abridged version of my research question is: “What is the tactical value of digitisation for the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict?” […]

History on Screen: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Public History

Written by Alison Basil and Ross Kennedy ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ We hosted a one-off event entitled History on Screen on Wednesday 19 September, 2018, following a successful application for College of Arts’ Graduate School funding. The intention was to explore how history is presented to audiences through the medium of film and television. However, in doing so, we […]

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Developing a Digital Dialect Atlas

We don’t only use language to get a message across – the way we speak sends a message to the listener about how old we are, where we come from, which social class we belong to, whether we’re relaxed or not etc etc etc. Folk have been interested in the differences in the way people […]

Addressing the Employability Agenda in Digital

The globalisation of economic activity heralded on an unprecedented scale by the IT revolution of the latter decades of the 20th Century has been rapidly followed by a globalisation of cultural, artistic, social and political activity. In particular digital technology is seen as the embodiment of a global, interconnected, participatory platform that has the capacity […]

50 Years of Digital in the College of Arts

There are some truly first class research projects within the College of Arts that have a sizable digital component and Arts researchers have been engaging with digital technologies for a long time – a quite surprisingly long time, in fact. The earliest digital research project in the College that we know of took place way […]

The Cultural Significance of Digital Developments and Gaming

It’s difficult to think of a popular, contemporary cultural form that hasn’t been affected, often in some fundamental way, by digital technology. The means by which cultural content is delivered has certainly been transformed by digital technology: whether you’re reading a novel on your Kindle, listening to music via Spotify or streaming a movie from […]

Digital Developments in the College of Arts

In the College of Arts, we’re pretty switched on. While our research often looks back to our cultural traditions and heritage, our research methods and collaborations are firmly in the twenty first century. We work with teams of experts across Europe on creating digital content, preserving blogs, and archiving data. We have worked with local […]

The Arts and the Digital: A Powerful Combination

When working in a digital environment we often focus on the technology; whether its digital images, databases, social media or audit tools, outcomes are dependent on the successful completion of these projects. However, one of the main advantages of bringing digital expertise to problems is not the technology itself, but the process. When we approach […]

Digital Innovations in the Private Sector

We kicked off our industry engagement via the Digital Theme in Dec 2013 with an event that looked at Digital Innovations in the public sector. In partnership with the Glasgow Science Festival, we recently (9th June 2014) delivered a follow-up event that explored Digital Innovations in the private sector. Ann Gow, Director of the College […]

Mapping Metaphor

by Dr Ellen Bramwell (Research Assistant on the Mapping Metaphor project) When most people think of metaphor, they cast their minds back to school and remember examples from poetry and drama, such as Shakespeare’s “Juliet is the sun”. This is unsurprising; metaphor is usually described as a literary phenomenon used to create arresting images in […]