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My research broadly falls under three key areas of transnational cinema, popular music and media theory.
In terms of the former, I have especially developed a strong profile in European cinemas, focusing on Polish and Eastern European cinemas. This is evident from my numerous book chapters and journal articles in this field, including my articles for Studies in French Cinema and Framework, as well as being asked to contribute a chapter on the Polish New Wave to the Blackwell Companion to Eastern European Cinemas (2012). My international reputation in the field was further developed through my co-editorship of the Studies in Eastern European Cinema that quickly became the leading journal in this field. It is also apparent in the edited publication Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context (Rochester, 2014) based on the conference I co-organised. This transnational focus also informed my monograph on the cinema of Raúl Ruiz, Impossible Cartographies (2013), which was the first comprehensive academic work in English on this important filmmaker. This has been extended more recently into research into television, music video and audiovisuality, epsecially via conferences and publications on Twin Peaks (2015) and Mad Men (2016), a forthcoming edited collection on music videos (Bloomsbury, 2017), and my forthcoming monograph Guerrilla Networks that charts shifts from radical cinema to television and video in the 1970s
In terms of popular music studies, I have written a series of publications on post-punk and industrial music, including a journal article for Angelaki on the Slovenian group Laibach. As an indication of the impact of this research, I was invited on this basis to participate and give a plenary address at the 30 years of Laibach and NSK symposium in Trbovlje, Slovenia, and subsequently provided liner notes for the band’s deluxe box set release of their early recordings by the Vinyl on Demand label. I also organised the Messing up the Paintwork international conference on The Fall (2008), which led to a successful edited volume and subsequently continued this line of research through the organisation of the Noise, Affect, Politics conference (201which was truly international with participants from Brazil, Singapore, Japan, the US, the Netherlands, France and Canada. This event led to two successful book publications with Bloomsbury, Reverberations (2012) and Resonances (2013) that have had a strong impact in the field of sound studies and are definitive publications on noise.
Finally I am developing an international profile as a media theorist, especially in the fields of media ecology and media archaeology, as well as in digital media. In terms of the former, this methodology informed several of my publications, most notably in the special “Unnatural Ecologies” issue of Fibreculture I co-edited with Jussi Parikka which has been widely cited and has had a significant impact on the field. In media archaeology, my most significant contribution is my recently published article for New Media and Society, which looks at media archaeology as a materialist method of media research. The article critically engages with media archaeology as a set of research methods, and investigates its potential value for engaging with Internet research, in particular bringing out the political stakes of media archaeology as a research method. Related to this I have written several articles based around Italian post-autonomist media theory, especially the work of Franco Berardi, whose writings I have also translated. In particular I have written about his use of cinema and video art as means of diagnosing contemporary forms of mediated subjectivity, as was evidenced in my article for the journal Subjectivity. These theoretical pespectives inform my forthcoming monograph, Guerrilla Networks. I have been invited to present my media research in Brazil, the US, Canada, and Germany, as well as in the UK, and have a research profile as an internationally recognised media theorist.
Awarded with High Distinction Thesis title: The Scattering of Time Crystals: Deleuze, Cinema and Mysticism
An international conference prompted by the return of the cult TV series Twin Peaks, co-organised with Dr Kirsty Fairclough and Dr Anthony N. Smith. This conference was highly successful and led to two forthcoming referee... more >>.
Co-organisation with Ben Halligan of a successful international conference on Noise leading to two publication outcomes
Conference co-organised with Professor Ewa Mazierska and supported by the University of Salford, UCLan, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Cornerhouse, Polish Film Institute, Polish Cultural Institute and the Polish Consulate in Manche... more >>.
A paper exploring the concept of arrhythmia as an alternative mode of sonic organisation, via its deployment in the music of Throobing Gristle, Cabaret Volataire and Laibach. As such the paper intervened critically with the arg... more >>.
A presentation exploring Siegfried Zielinski's concept of Media Anarchaeology via the engagement with anarchic forms of media art as in the examples of Industrial Musics and the Media art of Jozef Robakowski
Presentation on the phenomenon of New York No Wave cinema, arguing that it was a singular instance of crossings between film, music and contemporary art. As such it provides a unique soundscape of a ctiy in the process of cultu... more >>.
Part of an organised panel on precarity, media and aesthetics, this paper exmaine dhte transformations of contemporary subjectivities using cinematic and aesthetic cartographies, in critical diallogue with the recent work of Fr... more >>.
An invited public presentation of my research into media ecologies and cyberculture organised by the State University of Rio de Janeiro
Invited plenary at the 'Red Districts: 30 Years of Laibach and NSK' Symposium, Trbovlje, Slovenia
Presentation of my research into Lodz as a cinematic city as part of the network for European Media and Cinema Studies (NECS) annual conference
Paper presented as part of the Autonomism and cultural sutdies panel, focusing on free raidos and practices of media activism as resisting the 'videocracy 'of dominant forms of media and politics. Supported by the ICF.
This paper presented a new reading of Deleuze and Guattari's micropolitics in proximity to 1970s political violence, partiuclarly that associated with the West German groups Red Army Faction and the June 2nd Movement.
Organiser of Panel 'Ruiz as Cine-Thinker'
Research fellowship valued at £39,821, to conduct a three year project with a Brazilian research team based at Unisinos, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on Popular Music Scenes, Cities and Creative Industries
International Conference Fund awarded for attending the CSA conference, Berkeley, March 2010.
A public lecture on my current research into media anarchaeology, as the intorduction to a postgraduate research group extension course in this area. The talk related media amarchaeology to concepts of onotgenesis and media eco... more >>.
An invited talk on industrial/noise music and notion of world music and 'worlding', drawing on prior research into noise and industrial music practices
Delivery of paper based on research into media archaeology, recently published in Mew Media and Society, to Brazilian MA communications students
Delivery of inaugural lecture for the postgraduate programme at Unisinos, RS, Brazil, on the future of media theory in the 21st Century
An invited lecture based on my sabbatical research. This paper examine 1977 as a media ecology in temrs of both punk and the emergence of new forms of radical politics in Italy
This paper dealt with the Weather Underground Organisation, showing its roots in raldicalising protest in the 1960s and explorign its modus operandi as an urban guerrilla group. Throughout it posed the question of how raidcal p... more >>.
Invited presentation on the concepts of media archaeologies, anarcheologies and media ecologies, using examples of radical media practices from the 1970s.
Keynote address developing a post-autonomist reading of a range of uses of media platforms including Wikileaks and the Arab Sring in relation to histories of autonomist extra-party politics. The paper posed the question of whet... more >>.
Guest Editorship of a Special Issue of FibreCulture with Jussi Parikka
I was Co-Editor of Studies in Eastern European Cinema (SEEC) formerly published by Intellect and now by Routledge, and now serve on the editorial board
I have been co-organiser of the Screens and Mediations seminar series since 2009, inviting internaitonal scholars to Salford including Steven Shaviro (USA), Frnaco Berardi (Italy) and Robert Sinnerbrink (AUS).
I was invited by the director of the Salford Film Festival to conduct the Q and A for the UK premiere of the film Dom Zly. I also orgniased a materclass with the filmmaker, Wojciech Smarzowski with MA students at the University... more >>.
I was awarded the special visiting researcher fellowship from CAPES/Science without Borders worth 36,000£ with a further 30,000£ for the project "Creative industries, Cities and Popular Music Scenes"... more >>.
Active participation in the edu factory project including preparing a subsequently published and trnaslated report on the state of the University in Poland in 2006
Ongoing active participation in the Technologies of Lived Abstraction series of events coordinated by Brian Massumi and Erin Manning