Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture

  • United Kingdom

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This research centre combines concentrations of research themes existing in the School of Art Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. It aims to drive a radical reconceptualization of teaching and research practice as exemplified by the Barbara Hepworth Building where all disciplines in the School sit under one roof. This intensely collaborative environment is part of the development of new approaches to transdisciplinary working in creative and cultural research practices.

Cultural Ecologies embraces the integrated biological, geopolitical, social, aesthetic and technological convergences of the ‘symbiotic real’, and with it, new research strategies capable of evaluating creative and cultural production within an enlarged field of post-human combinations of things, data and values.

In this respect, the centre seeks to reimagine cultures of place, engage in mixed ecologies of exchange through the co-production and/or co-creation of cultural practices and to consider new materialisms in relation to existing research orthodoxies. We encourage collaborations that will develop new ecologies of thinking and production for our times.

Our projects embrace research-focused projects and initiatives that pursue a range of thematic avenues of investigation, underpinned by several research questions, including:

  1. How might mixed ecologies of cultural activity generate new assemblages of distributed power and meaning-making?
  2. How can transdisciplinary practices of art, design and architecture contribute to the expanding field of cultural ecologies?
  3. What role might ecological thinking play in the formations and receptions of art and culture?

If you are interested in collaborating with us please contact the Centre Director, Professor Donal Fitzpatrick – d.fitzpatrick@hud.ac.uk or Deputy Centre Director, Dr Rowan Bailey – r.bailey@hud.ac.uk

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art Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
artifact Social Sciences
Art Arts & Humanities
artist Social Sciences
art education Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
Values Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

(In)Animate Semiotics: Virtuality and Deleuzian Illusion(s) of Life

Roberts, S., 2019, In : Animation. 14, 1, p. 5-21 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gilles Deleuze

Blue Plaques of Intangible Experiences

Barber, C., Hill, J. & Bowser, L., Jan 2019

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

Community Center
Inner City

Brainbodies and the imaging of plasticity

Bailey, R., 2019, In : Journal of Visual Art Practice. 18, 3, p. 238-256 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Donna Haraway

Activities 2015 2019

IEEE Access (Journal)

Jade Whitson-Smith (Reviewer)
7 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

The Train Track and the Basket

Claire Barber (Speaker)
22 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Virtual Platforms and Material Manifestations: Extending Textile Waste Reclamation Possibilities for Micro Fashion Enterprises.

Claire Evans (Speaker), Karen Dennis (Speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

The use of second hand clothing - BBC Radio 3 interview

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2019

Jade Halbert


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

The nature of fashion & the problematic laundry pile

Jade Whitson-Smith


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other