Our past visiting fellows are all invited to become associate members of the centre on completion of their fellowship.  They are listed below.

Visiting Research Fellows 2018/19

Hande Eslen-Ziya

Dr Hande Eslen-Ziya worked with CDMC member Flis Henwood and was co-hosted by the Centre for Digital Media Cultures and the Responsible Futures.

Hande Eslen-Ziya is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger in Norway. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland and an MA in Social Psychology from Bogazici University, Istanbul Turkey. She also has a Gender Specialization from Central European University, Budapest Hungary. In 2015, she was awarded Associate Professorship in Sociology by the Turkish Higher Education Council.

She has an established interest in gender and social inequalities, transnational organizations and social activism, and has a substantial portfolio of research in this field. Her research has been published in Social Movement Studies, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Leadership, Men and Masculinities, and Social Politics, as well as in other internationally recognized journals. Dr. Eslen-Ziya has also co-authored a book that investigates how men construct their identities throughout their developmental trajectories –titled The Social Construction and Developmental Trajectories of Masculinities—published at Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi Yayınları (2017) and another one entitled Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey: Centralized Islam for Socio-Economic Controland published at Routledge, that looked at how illiberal regimes use discursive tools and governmentalities rather than actual public policies to foster human capital. Currently she is one of the editors for the book titled The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication to be published at Amsterdam University Press. Dr. Eslen-Ziya is an Associate Prof. of Sociology at the University of Stavanger and co-chair of Digital Society Research Group.

David Garcia 

Professor David Garcia worked with CDMC member Paul Sermon.

David Garcia is Professor of Digital Arts and Activism at Bournemouth University.

Elisa Garcia-Mingo

Dr Elisa Garcia-Mingo worked with CDMC member Patricia Prieto Blanco and is co-hosted by the Centre for Digital Media Cultures and the Centre for Transforming Sexualities and Gender at the University of Brighton.

She is Associate Professor in Media and Communications based at the Universidad Internacional Villanueva (Madrid, Spain) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Digital Media Cultures and theCentre for Transforming Sexualities and Gender, University of Brighton. She got her PhD in 2011 from Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao) with a dissertation called Peace Waves. Congolese women journalists’ activism against sexual violence and, since then, she has researched and published about women’s political activism (Congolese activists, indigenous women in Chile), narratives of sexual violence in the media (Journal of African Media Studies, 2017) and women journalists careers (Comparative Sociology, 2019). She has been a visiting fellow at the Universidad Catolica de Chile (2015) and McGill University (2018). Since 2018 she belongs to a research group about Sexual Assault in Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Natalia Grincheva

Dr Natalia Grincheva worked with CDMC member Donna Close.

Dr Natalia Grincheva is a Research Fellow in the Research Unit of Public Cultures at The University of Melbourne. She pursues her career in the field of digital humanities focusing on development of new computational methods to study GLAM institutions as important players in creative economy and actors of soft power. The holder of several prestigious international academic awards, including a Fulbright (2007-2009), Quebec Fund (2011-2013), Australian Endeavour (2012-2013) and Soros research grant (2013-2014), she has travelled the world to conduct research on digital diplomacy. Focusing on new museology and social-media technologies, she has successfully implemented several research projects on the ‘diplomatic’ uses of new media by the largest museums in North America, Europe and the Asia–Pacific region. Her most recent publication is a monograph, Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy (London: Routledge, July 2019).

Rebeca Pardo Sainz 

Dr Rebeca Pardo Sainz worked with CDMC member Patricia Prieto Blanco. She is co-hosted by CDMC and the Creative Futures at the University of Brighton.

She is is a photographer, researcher and senior lecturer of photography and cinema at the Faculty of Communication at Universitat Abat Oliba CEU (UAO CEU) in Barcelona (Spain). Dr. Pardo is also the head of the Research Unit and the head of the Office for Transference of Research Results of the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU (UAO CEU). Dr. Pardo was associate professor at Faculty of Arts at University of Barcelona (2008-2018).

She was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project “Sharing Pain and Grief Online” and is the (PI) of the project “Visibilizing pain: visual narratives of illness and storytelling transmedia” that will be founded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities 2019-2021. She has been visiting scholar at Medical Anthtopology Center under the mentorship of Prof. Arthur Kleinman at Harvard University (2017) and at CSIC under the mentorship of Dr. Carmen Ortiz (2014).

She is also the author of the blog En la Retaguardia about Image, Memory and Identity that was awarded in 2012 with the Prize Young bloggers of essay by Ariel Publisher (Planeta Editorial Group) and her artwork has been exposed in Spain and Italy being finalist in the First International Artist Book Prize in Homage to Joan Brossa (Joan Brossa Foundation, 2016).

She has been awarded this year (25/01/2019) with an excellence prize for postgraduate teaching (due to students reports) by CEU Education Group in Spain.

Her research and teaching interest include themes related to photography, illness, self-reference, medical humanities and visual narratives. Dr. Pardo usually participates at International Conferences and has published several chapters in Spanish and English about these themes.

Mateja Rot

Mateja Rot worked with CDMC member Helen Kennedy. She is co-hosted by CDMC and the Radical Futures at the University of Brighton.

Mateja Rot is urban innovator and multidisciplinary cultural operator, contributing towards open future commons, building powerful smart solutions for urban communities, improving the livelihood of urban spaces. She is interested in the collisions between contemporary art, sustainable architecture and science. She is very passionate about creative transformations of neighborhoods and community-driven urban innovation. Throughout the years she became strongly aware that studying and inventing new conditions and smart development scenarios requires a global mindset and preparedness to implement actions out of the box. Her mission is to inspire global citizens and communities and empower them to take action by provoking new developments through creative interventions in public spaces.

Mateja Rot was selected for MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Brisbane 2017. In 2017 she studied Advanced Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and established collaboration with Stanford Research Institute and GSB Behavioral Lab. She was participant of the Future Innovators Summit on Artificial Intelligence: The Other I, working on the topic of Future Home at Festival Ars Electronica in Austria in 2017. She is Rotary Peace Fellow and she studied at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018. In her research she focused on studying water rights of Mekong river basin in Northern Thailand, and post-disaster (tsunami) city reconstruction in Aceh Province, Indonesia. She is Professional Fellow of Tech innovation & entrepreneurship program 2018, run by the U.S. Department of State and WorldChicago. She worked at the Great Cities Institute of University of Illinois in Chicago under the mentorship of Director of GCI, Prof. Dr. Teresa Cordova. In 2019 she started collaboration in the international project Open Access: Experimenting with Performing Arts and Transmedia Creation, led by MA avec Granit in Belfort – Montbéliard, France together with Colectiv A in Cluj-Napoca from Romania, DuplaCena – Festival Temps d’Images in Lisbon, Portugal and National Theatre Wales in Cardiff, UK.

Greg Singh

Dr Greg Singh worked with CDMC member Sanaz Fallahkhair and co-hosted by the Centre for Digital Media Cultures and the Connected Futures at the University of Brighton.

Greg Singh is Associate Professor in Media and Communications, based at the University of Stirling. He has published on an extensive range of media and communications-related topics. Books include Film After Jung; Feeling Film: Affect and Authenticity in Popular Cinema; and The Death of Web 2.0: Ethics, Connectivity and Recognition in the Twenty-First Century (all Routledge).

He is PI on the EPSRC Digital Economy Investigator-led Research Project “Data Commons Scotland” (August 2019 start), and is interested in developing projects around improving mental health, permaculture, and circular economy.

Marina Wainer
Marina Wainer worked with CDMC member Helen Kennedy.
She is is a Paris-based multidisciplinary artist. After studying dance, video art and new media, she has concentrated her work on new approaches to digital creation.
For the last fifteen years, Marina Wainer has been creating interactive installations anchored in space, where the engagement of the body is essential, placing the public at the heart of the artwork. The idea is to create a dialogue between the body and an environment, in which the public alters the space by adding its own stories and emotions, with a sensitive approach of technology. The interaction proposed in her work, which requires public participation, has sometimes been transformed into collaboration, involving the public from the beginning of the work.
Five years ago, Marina Wainer started developing a photographic work produced in the digital space (with smartphones/social networks, especially Instagram), which focuses on new forms of representing the real. The starting point of this work was to question the transformation of the system of production and distribution of images (in particular urban or natural scapes) due to mobile photographic uses: creation of visual communities, conversational image, celebration of sharing. Part of this work has been integrated in recent installations and was also carried out in workshops with art students and the general public.
Marina Wainer devotes part of her work in design event, at the crossroads of the artistic and editorial direction (*di*/zaïn / Le Monde Festival / Forum Design de Paris) and leads a teaching activity (she is currently teaching at Sciences Po Paris — Master’s degree in Digital Innovation and Transformation and Ina SUP/Ecole Estienne — Master’s degree in Audiovisual Heritage/Master Design and Digital Creation).
Check here for a blog post summarising Marina’s fellowship’
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