The Keyword Conversations

Culture, Space and Memory Research Group | Department of Communication and Media | University of Liverpool

THE KEYWORD CONVERSATIONS involves 4 or 5 speakers in a round-table-style setting, each presenting a 10 minute position paper that addresses, however obliquely or tenuously, ideas that will feed discussion pertaining to, after Raymond Williams, a given Keyword. Contributions can be something that engages with the Keyword head-on, or can be linked to work-in-progress that productively speaks to it in some way, or something deliberately provocative, or any other idea or research-led intervention. The brief for each event should ideally remain as un-prescriptive as possible, keeping things wide-ranging and eclectic and, in particular, allowing specific concepts and ideas to be interrogated from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective. 


1. METHOD – Tuesday 24 March 2020 – 5-7pm, GO1, School of the Arts, 19 Abercromby Square.

  • Dr Franco Zappettini (Discourse and Society Research Group): Identity in discourse: theoretical and methodological tools
  • Dr Antal Wozniak (Media, Politics and Society Research Group): Normativity and empiricism
  • Dr Katherine Whitehurst (Film and Screen Studies Research Group): Alice Goes into the Rabbit Hole and Out of the Looking Glass: A Talk About Getting Lost in My Methods.
  • Dr Les Roberts (Culture, Space and Memory Research Group): Poetry, Autoethnography and Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #48
  • Dr Fiona O’Rourke (Research Associate, Communication and Media): Race, whiteness and the alt-right: exploring contemporary art that resists racialised visualities and narratives.
  • CHAIR: Professor Kay O’Halloran (Head of Department, Communication and Media)



2. HERITAGE – Wednesday 16 October 2019 - 5-7pm, School of the Arts Library

  • Dr Alyssa Grossman (Communications & Media, UoL):'Inadvertent’ Heritage? Some Thoughts on UHDs (Unauthorized Heritage Discourses)
  • Dr Christina Malathouni (Architecture, UoL):From concrete monstrosities to mental health: heritage or heritagisation?
  • Dr Takamitsu Jimura (Heritage & Tourism, LJMU):What 'heritage' means in the context of World Heritage
  • Michelle Henning (Communication & Media, UoL):Online Photography: Culture, inheritence and technology
  • Ms Xin Cui (Communication & Media, UoL): Hyperreality and intangible cultural heritage: the case of Hengdian film studios.
  • CHAIR: Dr Les Roberts (Communication and Media UoL) 

 3. AFFECT - Wednesday 13 November 2019 - 5-7pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library

  • Rhys Jones (English/Communications & Media): The Politics of Affect: a Marxist-Feminist perspective on affect’s deployment in film studies
  • Jordana Blejmar (Communications & Media): Malvinas, an Argentine passion: An affective reading of the 1982 Falklands War
  • Terence Heng (Sociology): Bodies in Movement – Visualising Spiritual Flowscape
  • Paolo Ruffino (Communication & Media, UoL): Casual Videogames and Affect
  • CHAIR: Dr Les Roberts (Communications & Media, UoL) 



1. CULTURE – Friday 22 March 2019 – 5-7pm, School of the Arts Library

  • Dr Jordana Blejmar (Communications & Media): Cultural studies and cultural memory in Latin America
  • Dr Beatriz Garcia (Institute of Cultural Capital/Communications & Media): Culture and one-off city events: What is meant by ‘culture’ in Cities of Culture event narratives?
  • Dr Alyssa Grossman (Communications & Media): Experiments in visual anthropology
  • Dr Wallis Motta (Communications & Media): Money as culture and media
  • Dr Les Roberts (Communications & Media): Culture takes root in the ‘home village of the self’
  • CHAIR: Dr Paul Jones (Sociology)

2. SPACE – Wednesday 1 May 2019 – 5-7pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library.

  • Dr Julian Ferraro (English): As west and east in all flat maps . . .
  • Dr Marco Iuliano (Architecture): The space of the image
  • Dr Paul Jones (Sociology): I need some space
  • Dr Les Roberts (Communications & Media): In search of the north-west passage
  • Dr Morag Rose (Geography): More than pedestrian: why pavements matter
  • CHAIR: Professor Nicholas Ray, Honorary Visiting Professor in Architectural Theory, University of Liverpool (also University of Cambridge). 

3. MEMORYMonday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019, University of Liverpool, London Campus.

The third Keywords event formed part of a two-day symposium held in London: Digital Memories: Art, Archives and Activism.

Organisers: Culture, Space, and Memory Research Group (Communication & Media, University of Liverpool) and ERC-funded project “We are all Ayotzinapa: The role of Digital Media in the Shaping of Transnational Memories on Disappearance” (KU Leuven)

Invited speakers and contributors included: Dr. Joanne Garde-Hansen (Warwick), Dr. Red Chidgey (King’s College), Prof. Wolfgang Ernst (Humboldt University), Prof. Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary), Prof. Andrew Hoskins (Glasgow), Prof. Susannah Radstone (Monash), Prof. Wulf Kansteiner (Aaharus), Prof. Ana Longoni (Museo Reina Sofía/CONICET), Dr. Thea Pitman (Leeds), Dr. Martin Pogačar (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art), Dr. Zoe Alker (Liverpool). 

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