Techno-Aesthetics and Post-Industrial Memory: Seminar

Techno-Aesthetics and Post-Industrial Memory: Seminar


Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Professor Graham Jeffery are organising a seminar at UWS Ayr Campus; Dr Waldemar Affelt (Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Business and Creative Industries) is presenting a lecture entitled “Future of Intangible Heritage in Historic Environment of the Gdansk Shipyard”.

In this presentation, Dr Affelt will discuss his recently developed TECHNITAS methodology for the assessment of industrial heritage, framed as a ‘heritology’ process concerning the protection and the treatment of heritage in a holistic manner (Šola, 1982). The paper offers a ‘blueprint’ for how to apply this techno-aesthetics method in the context of the former Gdansk Shipyard on-going redevelopments, drawing on a neuroscientific research on aesthetics, Tim Enderson’s (2005) conceptualization of industrial aesthetics and Maria Golaszewska’s (1996) notion of aesthetic situation.

Recently, the National Heritage Board of Poland entered negotiations with the developers of the land, concerning the possible ways to sustain the uniqueness of the historic site of the former Gdansk Shipyard’s tangible and intangible heritage. Although, in 2015 the significant area of the site (Imperial Shipyard) became protected by the Polish law as a historic monument, and there is a proposal underway to enlist the former Gdansk Shipyard onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, over a half of its infrastructure and several buildings had already disappeared.


Gdansk Shipyard

Dr Waldemar Affelt is a newly appointed Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland, a conservation expert and a member-specialist of the Committee for the History of Science and Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2017, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun and the Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. Since 2018, a Visiting Professor at the Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th March 1.30-2.30pm, GT41 in UWS Ayr campus, University Avenue, Ayr, KA8 0SX.


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21st Century Researcher Skills- Twitter Conferences

21st Century Researcher Skills- Twitter Conferences

Many of us use social media to communicate with other likeminded academics and practitioners, and attending conferences and giving presentations is a key part of what we do, but what happens when you combine the two? A Twitter Conference! As an early career researcher I am always keen to keep up to date with current events in my field, and explore avenues which help my research, practice and teaching. When the opportunity to “attend” and “present” at a virtual conference arose, I wanted to submit an abstract and explore how it worked.

My abstract for the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference (#PATC4) is related to a project which I had undertaken in my practitioner role, as part of a project with PAS and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).  I worked with Dr Antonia Thomas at the University of the Highlands and Islands on a project exploring heritage crime with young people, as part of a national pilot which PAS had been commissioned to deliver on behalf of HES, connected to the launch of a national crime initiative. Orkney was one of the pilot locations I set up; working with Stromness Academy I devised a day of practical fieldwork visiting archaeological sites on the Orkney Mainland (working with Antonia to find suitable sites), and a day of in class reflection for co-designing resources relating to heritage crime. The site visits allowed the pupils to have an insight into archaeological recording techniques, and walk through a town which was familiar to them to explore it with a “heritage eye” as a town planner or heritage professional might view a space. Graffiti has long existed on Orkney archaeological sites in many forms, but caring for the sites for the future means engaging younger audiences and new audiences with the heritage management issues around that. As the project was a pilot, we were able to experiment with different workshop styles and teaching techniques, allowing the pupils to record themselves (and their findings) using digital kit as part of the reflective activities.. on day two they created amazing resources such as posters, games and presentation for different audiences including their peers, heritage professionals, primary school pupils and even cruise ship passengers.

We had up to 15 Tweets to convey our message around this project, and share an insight into our findings but for academics who are used to being a little more wordy in our communication, how did we manage that?

Our method:
• Write down our key messages, then edit these down (again, if needed!)
• Take off a few Tweets for introduction, bio’s and conclusion, see how many are left
• Split the Tweets into two as we were co-authoring the paper, and write each part then share our drafts in word
• Ensure we had interesting visual content to accompany our paper (note, we had photographic consent forms from those who appear in the images- especially important when working with young people)
• Tag people in on conversations using their Twitter handle to help with engagement
• Programme Tweets in advance using Tweetdeck, to avoid quickly having to type paper content within the allocated presentation time window
• Remember to include the conference hashtag in each post

Twitter Conference Moment

Twitter Conference Moment- screenshot extract of paper


Things I learned:
• Staying in touch with the conference organisers, and following their helpful instructions is essential (#PATC4 has a wordpress blog with information on the background of Twitter conferences)
• Composing Tweets in advance helped make a cohesive discussion and ensure we had included key points
• Tweetdeck cannot make threaded Tweets, compiling Tweets into a Twitter moment afterwards is another way to archive discussions
• One person has to Tweet on behalf of everyone presenting a joint conference paper where you require sequential numbered Tweets, but you can make it clear who says what through your text annotation
• Programme in time to respond to comments on your paper, (just like at any conference it is likely people will have questions)
• Allow yourself time to view other presentations too (especially those which relate to your conference sub theme)
• Taking part in a Twitter conference is a lot of fun! #PATC4 even had a musical accompaniment to its papers, there was a DJ and playlist who joined in – #PATC4Jams

Simplifying a paper into Tweet form certainly helps focus your mind, it is a very different format from more longform writing. It has to be eye catching and to the point, but also represent your argument and project appropriately. I have previously participated in “newer” forms of academic engagement (lightning talks, research slams, Pecha Kucha, PubPhD, Three Minute Thesis) and I feel that Twitter conferences definitely have their place alongside these and more traditional forms of presentation like posters, journal articles and in person conference presentations. Being able to communicate your research and academic interests in more than one form definitely helps the skillset of academics at any stage of their career, and the use of these techniques is also opening up a debate about democratising conferences (Twitter has no travel costs and you can either participate live, or catch up at a later time by working remotely at a time which suits you). I would highly recommend submitting a paper to a Twitter conference if you have the opportunity!

Find out more about the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference (#PATC4) 
View Alison and Antonia’s paper as a Twitter moment at
Follow Alison @CrenellatedArts on Twitter
Follow Antonia @Assemblagiste on Twitter

Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe

Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe

CCSE’s Professor David McGillivray and Dr Severin Guillard are in Gdańsk, Poland, this week attending the conference “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” as part of their HERA-funded project FESTSPACE.  David and Severin are accompanied by their four partner institutions from London, Dublin, Gothenburg and Barcelona and will be talking about the role of festivals and events in generating inclusive public space in Europe.

The Festspace team will be writing a detailed blog about their experiences at the event, and we will post highlights on CCSE Twitter, however in the meantime to find out more about the conference, and follow the debates of the event (over 11 and 12 September):