media, communication and digital cultures

Media, Communication & Digital Cultures

This theme includes:

  • praxis of curation
  • digital and social media research
  • creative digital citizenship
  • digital inclusion
  • disruptive digital platforms 

We have key staff with expertise in digital media, curatorial practice, events and communications. We have previous research commissions from Renfrewshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council and the Big Lottery. This area of work will utilise the expertise of our staff in examining affordances of digital and social media in enabling (and constraining) participation in civic life. Professor McGillivray led the Digital Commonwealth project and along with Professor McPherson and Dr Frew, has experience of digital storytelling, digital citizenship and tackling digital poverty. Professor Kosmala has experience of showcasing and exhibiting. A PhD studentship in culture, media and the transformation of place impressions, working closely with Renfrewshire Council, will be conducted through this theme.

Blogs on this this theme:

Soundings, One Month in: Leading and Learning during Lock Down at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL)

March 16th 2020 was my own Covid-19 watershed. I started the day at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. I was speaking about GWL and our work with legendary feminist artist Linder; the audience had seemed marginally depleted, there was nervous laughter as the mic was passed...

Why Every Little Helps the Arts to Thrive

“The genie is out of the bottle now,” said the delegate from Paris looking glumly out of my lap-top screen, “We are giving away all of this work for free. How will we ever get people to pay for the arts again?” It was June 2020 and I was attending one of those...

Signs of ‘Normal’ Life? A Moment of Interest

As we tentatively emerge from our third lockdown in the course of the strangest of years it is possible to glimpse the ways in which our cultural lives might be returning to some kind of ‘normal.’ For example in recent days, we have seen the first steps towards the...

GlasGLOW: Parks, Commercial Events and the Pandemic

This week's reblog revisits Séverin Guillard's reflections on the 2020 edition of GlasGLOW For the third year in a row, the Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens was the site for a commercial event, GlasGLOW, organised by the Scottish PR and event management company Itison....

Welcome To The “Lockdown Lounge”

In late March 2020 I watched with disbelief as my diary of project meetings, stock deliveries and workshops was wiped as the corona virus pandemic hit, leaving me wondering what next for my small business? I’ve worked hard over the past five years to establish...

SoMe Companies: Can’t Beat Them, Won’t Join Them – Now What?

Amid rising unpopularity politicians and opinionaters increasingly seem determined to beat big media companies with a stick. But maybe there is a different way? A few words on the Internet Commission I think it’s fair to say that the subject of my research is pretty...

The Future Paisley Podcast

Instagram Live, Zoom quiz nights, podcasts, at home workouts. In the last few months these forms of connections have skyrocketed into the public consciousness with everyone and their granny (literality) logging on to connect with the world. It makes sense, now more...

Third Sector Chief Exec-ing during Covid-19

Seven weeks in… These are my reflections on working as a third sector / civil society Chief Executive during these bizarre, unsettled and challenging times. The last few weeks have been inspiring and stressful in equal measure. I wanted to try to capture and publish...

Fetching a Coat: Finding a Concept that Fits Arts, Culture, Health & Wellbeing

The search for concepts I feel comfortable with to describe arts, culture, health and wellbeing has been a long one. Theories and concepts have been described as a lens to see the world or a framework to scaffold the thesis. For me it has felt more like trying on many...

The Future of Events – A New CPD Programme for Event Practitioners

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes to the way we live our lives and interact with others. This was only too evident with national lockdowns putting an end to all but essential contact in early 2020. Being reliant on social contact and...