Annual PhD Symposium and poster display of current PhD research

Guest speakers Dr. Alan Grossman and Dr. Anthony Haughey (Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT) Wed. 11th February 2015 9.00am - 5.00pm Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre

This symposium provides a forum for current postgraduate research in the College at PhD level, offering an opportunity for doctoral students to showcase their research activity and engage in debate with their peers on questions of research themes, methods, ethics and contribution to the field.  An invitation to attend is also extended to students envisaging pursuing PhD at NCAD.  There will be a number of panel sessions at which invited research students will present snapshots of their work at various points in its gestation, development, field, studio and library research, and writing up/presentation/exhibition.  The work presented will cover the full range of scholarly and creative research currently undertaken by NCAD postgraduate students.


8.30am – 8.50am   Mounting research posters in foyer area, NCAD Gallery (all students are invited to produce and display an A2 poster detailing their current research – poster template circulated to all PhD students

9.00am – 10.00am   Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium:  Professor Des Bell, Head of Academic Affairs and Research

Guest speakers:     Dr. Alan Grossman and Dr. Anthony Haughey (Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT)    'New constellations of research in the visual  arts:  theory, practice and social engagement'

10.00-10.30am  Tea/Coffee

10.30am -11.30am   Session 1.     Developing a research idea and selecting an appropriate methodology for a PhD project

Chair: Prof. Jessica Hemmings, Head of School of Visual Culture
Student 1.1 Moran Been Noon, PhD Visual Culture ‘ Between Conflict and Conviviality: political engaged art in Ireland’
Student 1.2 Maureen Burke, PhD Education, ‘Policy Discourses and their impact on the Further, Adult and Community Education Sectors’
Student 1.3 Anita McKeown, Creative Placemaking: public artists interventions’

11.30am - 1.00pm   Session 2.    Pursuing and refining a research question in field, studio and library

Chair:   Ms. Sarah Durcan, Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Fine Art
Student 2.1 Ruby Wallis, ‘Coolorta: revisiting the landscape via lens based art practice’
Student 2.2 Dr.Margaret Fitzgibbon, ‘Loss and Return: Exploring collective memory in an Irish family archive 1950-1966’
Student 2.3 Declan Sheehan, ‘Engaging the Glass Album archive (archive of Land War Photography from Gweedore, Co. Donegal related to a Land War murder trial in 1889)

1.00 - 2.00pm   Lunch break   (poster display available for visit in foyer of Gallery)

2.00 - 3.00pm   Session 3.      Recording and reporting on research:  field and studio logs, analysis and the writing up process

Chair:  Dr. Declan Long, MA Coordinator, School of Visual Culture
Student 3.1 Alison Pilkington Exploring the uncanny via the practice of painting: studio reflections
Student 3.2 Rebecca O’Dwyer, ‘Crisis and the Contemporary: The Present Conditions of Art Criticism.’
Student 3.3 Alan Boardman, ‘Manuel DeLanda’s Aesthetics: Non-Organic Life and the Contemporary Monochrome’

3.00 - 3.30pm    Tea/Coffee

3.30 - 4.30pm   Session 4.       Panel Session:  The supervisory and examination process and beyond  (exhibition, publication and life after a PhD)

Chair: Prof. Des Bell , Head of Academic Affairs and Research
Dr. Lisa Godson, Acting Coordinator, MA Design History & Material Culture
Dr. Helen McAllister, PG Coordinator/Head of Applied Material Culture School of Design
Sarah Durcan, Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Fine Art

5.00pm  Reception