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About SEPR

 

Background

SEPR has its origins in the foundation of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP) in 2004 as a pioneering, interdisciplinary practice-based postgraduate programme in Ireland, dedicated to scholarly and public understandings of the interlinked processes of migration and globalisation, diasporic and transcultural identity formations, media and civil society activism, post-conflict zones and social justice. Since the early 2000s, both staff research and completed doctoral theses have foregrounded the value of non-fiction media production scholarship in theorising and representing diverse communities, public spaces, places and modes of cultural and political expression in both Ireland and beyond, crosscut by the intersecting concerns of race, class, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality and religion.

CTMP's historical and ongoing mobilisation of the ‘transcultural’ foregrounds the lived, temporal, spatialized and intersubjective contingencies of identity formations – the necessity to acknowledge and respect cultural differences, while recognising the possibility for shared commonalities within and across diverse ethnic groups. A critically grounded ethnographic documentary practice, SEPR argues, is capable of mediating between different constituencies and communities; it has the ability to break down preconceived cultural barriers and prejudices, to amplify voices and perspectives previously overlooked and marginalized in mainstream media representation. It has the unique potential to re-present complex social worlds and human experiences to a wide range of audiences through a variety of digital formats.

To date, the varied immersive and mediated fieldwork practices of the Centre's doctoral students, critically capture and reflexively analyse interaction at the micro and macro level, foregrounding questions of agency, positionality, collaborative/dialogical forms of production and collectivised identities across diverse communities of interest and place.

 

FOMACS (2007-2011)

The Forum on Migration and Communication (FOMACS), which creates and curates as Counterpoints Arts in London (counterpointsarts.org.uk), was a €1.3m Atlantic Philanthropies funded CTMP-led cross-sectoral production-based creative hub producing film, photography, digital storytelling, radio and animation on the topic of immigration into Ireland, with the aim of not only reaching but engaging diverse audiences. FOMACS worked collaboratively with numerous partners including among others: migration NGOs, filmmakers, digital designers, photographers, journalists, cultural institutes, arts organizations, curators, planners, theatre practitioners, writers, academics, teachers and youth groups.

 

Objectives

SEPR constitutes a dynamic interface between media production, ethnographic methods and public engagement. Its core objectives are as follows:

  • To foreground the value and application of doctoral level socially engaged practice-based research across diverse sites and constituencies.
  • To disseminate the outcomes of Centre research projects, utilising media formats such as film, photography, exhibition, installation and written publications.
  • To develop a dynamic interface between lens-based research practice, ethnographic methods and public engagement.
  • To generate and share new knowledge with other scholars, visual artists, cultural organisations, national and international academic institutions, NGOs, local community-based organizations and governmental agencies.

 

STAFF AND SUPERVISION

Team supervision of SEPR doctoral students is conducted by core staff in the School of Media and in collaboration with staff in other Schools and Colleges within DIT. In exceptional circumstances, SEPR facilitates specialist supervision across universities both within and outside Ireland, most recently in the  UK, the US and Australia.

 

Core Staff

Alan_Grossman_BW-200x200  Dr Alan Grossman is Director of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice with extensive experience supervising written and practice-based doctorates. He represented CTMP on the Centre-led FOMACS public media project (2007-2011) producing film, photographic, digital storytelling, radio, animation and print stories on the topic of immigration in Ireland. He was the recipient of a two-year Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2001-3) - the first award of its kind for non-fiction practice-based research at the postdoctoral level in Ireland. He has a longstanding documentary production engagement with the cultural politics of identity, migration and diasporic formations across infra and transnational contexts; from the perspective of the minority Welsh-language resistance movement in Wales, to Kurdish refugee music in Scotland in the form of a short performative documentary film Si Dr Alan Grossman is Director of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice with lent Song (2000, UK, 15 mins), to his co-directed ethnographic film projects Here To Stay (2006, Ireland, 72 mins) and Promise and Unrest (2010, Philippines, 79 min), which address questions of migrant political agency, gender, long-distance motherhood, global care work and remittance payments. He has published in numerous refereed journals including Space and Culture, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, while participating in international conferences as a keynote across the fields of visual, media and cultural studies, documentary film and visual anthropology. He is co-editor with Aine O'Brien of Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice (2008, Wallflower/Columbia University Press) - a combined book/DVD-ROM engaged with questions of mobility and displacement through the analytical prism of creative practice. He has co-edited special journal issues on the cultural politics of representation in the Journal of Media Practice (2008), together with questions of contemporary ethnographic practice in the Irish Journal of Anthropology (2013).. He was external examiner (2009-12) of the MA in Radio and Television, Centre for Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His most recent publications include a co-authored chapter titled 'Socially Engaged Practice: A Reflection on Values, Theory and Writing’ in Bell, D. (ed.) Mind the Gap: Working Papers on Practice-Based Doctoral Research in the Creative Arts and Media(2016, Distiller's Press), and an Irish Arts Council commissioned essay ‘Choreographing Her(selfie): Nothing Happens’ (2017) for ‘Becoming Christine’ Exhibition, Curated by artist Amanda Dunsmore.

 

Email: alan.grossman@dit.ie

Anthony_Haughey_BW-200x200 Dr Anthony Haughey is an artist and photography lecturer, supervising practice-based doctorates. He was Senior Research Fellow (2005-8) at the Interface Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design in Belfast School of Art, where he completed a PhD by Prior Publication in 2009. His artworks and research have been widely exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: ‘UNresolved’, video installation, Athens Bienniale; ‘The Politics of Images’, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2017); and ‘Proclamation’ (2016), which toured widely internationally throughout 2016 where he premiered his new video ‘Manifesto’, subsequently acquired for the permanent collection of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Other recent exhibitions include; ‘Uncovering History’, Kunsthaus Graz; ‘Excavation’, Limerick City Gallery, ‘Making History’ and Colombo Art Biennale (2014) as well as a major British Council exhibition ‘Homelands’, touring South Asia. His artworks and scholarly writing have been published in more than eighty publications and his artworks are represented in many important national and international public and private collections. Recent and forthcoming chapter contributions and journal articles include, ‘Imaging the Unimaginable: Returning to the Scene of a Crime’, Život Umjetnosti art journal, Zagreb, ‘A Landscape of Crisis: Photographing Post Celtic Tiger Ghost Estates’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (2017) and ‘Imagining Irish Suburbia’ (Palgrave 2017).  He is an editorial advisor for the Routledge journal, Photographiesand is a board member of Fire Station Artist Studios. He was recipient of Create ‘Arts and Cultural Diversity Award’ (2014) and was lead curator for a major 1916 Commemorative exhibition, ‘Beyond the Pale: The Art of Revolution’, Highlanes Gallery. He recently exhibited his video installation, ‘UNresolved’ in Argentina, Berlin and Paris and curated ‘Forum: Transcultural Dialogues, Rua Red gallery Dublin (2018). He was recently awarded an ‘Infrastructure’ public art commission by Fingal County Council.

 

Email: haughey.anthony@gmail.com

Artworks: anthonyhaughey.com

Global Migration Collective: globalmigrationcollective.com

Critical Reviews and Media Coverage: anthonyhaughey.com/news/