Dr. NIAMH DOWNING

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Head of English & Writing

Falmouth University

Research Bites

Research Bites was a monthly lunchtime research forum open to all staff and postgraduate research students at Falmouth. I set up the forum up at Falmouth in 2011 with support and funding from Prof. Phil Stenton; it ran for 3 academic cycles. It provided a unique space for researchers to share and discuss their work in an informal and friendly atmosphere. 

Schedule of Talks 2013-14

6 November 2013

  • Niamh Downing - ‘Lens Grinders in Outer Space’: Literary Geographies of the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Chrisy Dennis – ‘Unsex’d Females: Locating the Radical in Late Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing

4 December 2013

  • John Hall – The Two-Volume Essay Collection
  • Rupert Loydell – Ballads of the Alone [sequences/ekphrasis, photography]

5 February 2014

  • Daniel Metcalfe – Digital Barnacles
  • Tom Podkolinski – Biomimetics

5 March 2014

  • Gillian Wylde – Dirt Time: Because ‘low theory never needs to dispense with high theory, it merely takes up a different relation to it’. - ‘The Queer Art of Failure’ Jack Halberstam
  • Rebecca Lloyd – Thomas Killigrew and the Writing of History

7 May 2014

  • Eva Cooney – ‘Jokulsa a Fjollum’: Visual Narratives & the Glacial River
  • Annabel Banks – Red River Poems: Archive to Landscape

4 June 2014

  • Christina Lake – title tbc
  • Barbara Santi – title tbc

2 July 2014

  • Rebecca Edgerley –Travelogies: Marking the Landscape
  • Mat Osmond – Mat Osmond has recently begun a practice-led PhD at University of West of England, titled Stories for Seeing in the Dark. This project will use an ongoing series of image-text narrative poems ( which Mat self-publishes as Strandline Books) as a focus for weighing the value of poetic reverie and dream within arts practice towards fostering what the eco-philosopher David Abram has termed ‘a cultural recuperation’ in the face of ecological crisis. Mat will use this session to ask what is meant exactly by this phrase 'practice-led', and want kinds of methodology might that invite?