HARI has hosted a wide range of collaborative projects and events in central London locations and on Royal Holloway’s campus at Egham. This section offers an introduction to some of the HARI-funded projects and research topics of previous years.
HARI has hosted a wide range of collaborative projects and events in central London locations, on Royal Holloway’s campus at Egham and online. This section offers an introduction to some of the HARI-funded projects and research topics of previous years.
In the Absence of Visible Walls
Supporting Agnieszka Studzinska & Edward Brookes in the Departments of English and Geography
In an exploration of urban politics and city spaces, ‘In the Absence of Visible Walls’ discussed urban regeneration through the lens of ‘the wall’. The wall is visceral and fundamental element of architecture, a 3D representation of the line. It demarcates, it is a boundary, it is architecture making a mark, a point of transition, a division. The wall creates space, it creates community, it is a device of control and power. We therefore position the wall as an architectural device that can be used to explore how we engage in notions of memory, loss, homes, demolition and boundaries. The project aimed to bring together the historical narratives of erasure, destruction and gentrification of ‘Robin Hood Gardens’, a housing estate in East London and the space of ‘Manufaktura’ and the boundaries of Litzmannstadt Ghetto in the city of Lodz in Poland (a ghetto that was created by the Germans during the Second World War in the Old Town and Baluty districts of Lodz) through the notion of ‘the wall’. It fused a dialogue between cultural geography and creative writing, text, film and image in an attempt to highlight the stories of sites, areas/spaces that have undergone and/or are currently undergoing change.
The Waiting Room
Supporting Victoria Mapplebeck in the Department of Media Arts
The Waiting Room is a VR Journey which tells the story of a breast cancer diagnosis (from the perspective of patient and film-maker) from treatment to recovery.
In 2017, Victoria Mapplebeck was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of her research project, she gained access to her tumour samples. Looking though the microscope at her own cancer cells inspired her to create a film and VR project which would challenge the language of illness and the cultural myths that surround this disease.
Using 360 video, real time audio and CGI, the audience experienced the emotions of a cancer diagnosis from the outside in. 360 sequences capture waiting rooms, operating theatres and chemo bays. The Waiting Room explored illness and mortality from a patient’s POV, putting under the microscope what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us.
Victoria Mapplebeck is a Professor in Digital Arts. Her research explores how multi-platform documentary has evolved since the late 1990s, from online interactive narratives to the immersive experiences offered by non fiction VR. Over recent years, Victoria has begun to specialise in smartphone production and making short form online video with impact.
Day with Rosi Braidotti
Eminent Speaker event
Supporting Media Arts
18 June 2019, Senate House, London
Organiser: Prof Olga Goriunova
A Day with Rosi Braidotti brought together Royal Holloway researchers, both established and junior, who engage with Braidotti's work, followed by response by Braidotti herself.
Rosi Braidotti emerged in the early 1980s as one of the strongest voices in feminism, philosophy, cultural politics, epistemology and ethics. Her book Nomadic Subjects established the project of nomadism that reformulated the notions of identity and subjectivity and engaged with transformative politics. Feminist nomadism critiqued the unitary subject, Euro-centrism, and acted to reactivate the dynamics between empowerment and entrapment through engaging with different levels of power and desire. The philosophical project of nomadism, further developed in Metamorphoses and Transpositions to engage with cultural politics and ethics connected to further work in eco-feminism and science and technology studies throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Her cartography of the human condition in the times of advanced capitalism evolved into her contribution to the development of the posthumanities, where The Posthuman continued to unfold the transversal and relational vision of the subject, while affirming an empirical project of transformative ethics based on such ontological relationality. Posthuman ethical subjects suggest a transformation for the human sciences - humanities today. Offering a political - and an institutional - programme, the new humanities emphasise the potential of the posthuman. Braidotti’s work has reactivated disciplines, arguing for a new form of knowledge and ethics and has had lasting influence on generations of researchers in numerous fields of study.
Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth-Century
Supporting The Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway
26th-27th April 2019
This project drew together colleagues across disciplines within the Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS) to examine how we research radicalism and reform in the long nineteenth century (1776-1914). Activities focused particularly on how digital technologies can help researchers excavate and analyse radical and reformist texts, networks and activities, presenting their findings to academic and non-academic audiences. Central to these activities has been a project to digitize the correspondence of Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a founder of Bedford College. Reid is a central but neglected figure in Victorian reform networks in Britain and transnationally. The College holds between 500 and 1000 letters, mostly to Reid from correspondents in Britain, Europe and the US that illuminate the complex connections within Victorian reform culture.