Research Seminar Series – Life Matters: Thought, Nature and Technology

Visiting Speaker – Prof. Joost Van Loon – Historical Materialism and Actor Network-Theory
31 October 18:00 Online
For a link, contact Patrick O’Connor

Research Seminar Series – Life Matters: Thought, Nature and Technology

You are invited to Staffordshire Philosophy’s research seminar series. This time Prof. Joost van Loon from Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt will be joining us online for an MS Teams event to discuss his paper “Historical Materialism and Actor Network Theory.” The paper is available at the bottom of this message.

Paper: ““Historical Materialism and Actor Network Theory.”

Abstract: “Those who invoke the term new materialism mainly do so because they want to distinguish it from materialism-as-we-know-it, or better, from materialism-as-we-thought-we-knew-it. This materialism usually goes by the name of Marxism. However, I prefer to use historical materialism as this is the term that Marx and Engels themselves used to describe their approach. By contrast, ANT is itself working with an already established tradition whose roots go back via Deleuze (1994) and Whitehead (1978) to Tarde (2009), Nietzsche (1992), Leibniz and Spinoza (2004), I am implying a wider philosophical trajectory than those usually invoked by sociologists when dealing with ANT…”

Bio: Prof. Joost van Loon is the Chair of General Sociology and Sociological Theory from Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. His research is concerned with theoretical engagements with social and cultural processes with a specific focus on media and technology. Professor van Loon is editor-in-chief of a great journal called Space and Culture and his publications include the monographs Risk and Technological Culture (2002) and Media Technology: Critical Perspectives (2008). He has also published several articles.

Please note Joost has supplied a copy of his paper so please read in advance. Bring your questions, queries and comments with you, and we can explore the themes of the Joost’s paper together. The session will comprise a short interview with Joost and I. Then we will take questions from the floor. Asking consent here to record event.

Please contact Patrick O’Connor if you would like an invite to the meeting or if you are having trouble accessing the paper. 

Obsolescence and Renewal – C3 Member Prof Neil Brownsword artist talk at The Brampton Museum // BCB’23

In connection with the BCB 2023:

  • 28 Oct 2023 2:00pm–3:15pm
  • Price £5,
  • Venue details: The Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP
  • Booking details at BCB website

In connection with his exhibition Obsolescence and Renewal, Professor Neil Brownsword will present a lecture about his artistic practice. 

In connection with his exhibition Obsolescence and Renewal, Professor Neil Brownsword will present a lecture about his artistic practice. For nearly three decades Brownsword has explored marginalised histories associated with ceramic manufacture in North Staffordshire, focusing primarily on the impact of globalisation in recent decades upon people, place and traditional skills.

His reactivation of endangered industrial crafts has achieved impact internationally via curated projects and cross-cultural exchange. Brownsword’s work raises questions surrounding the value and contemporary relevance of intergenerational skills and obscure regional histories, and how these can be re-imagined into new narratives and modes of expression that reinforce place identity.

About the speaker

Neil Brownsword is an artist, researcher, educator and Professor of Ceramics at Staffordshire University. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1995, his work has gained national and international acclaim. It is represented in public collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Korea Ceramic Foundation and Yingee Ceramic Museum Taiwan.

He has received various accolades for his creativity and contribution to contemporary ceramic practice, including the inaugural British Ceramic Biennial Award (2009), the Grand Prize at the 2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea, and the Whitegold International Ceramic Award (2019).

Rebellious Research is Back!

Led by one of our C3 Centre members, Agata Lulkowska, a new third season in the Rebellious Research Seminar Series (previously known as art/practice based-research seminar series) is now published and available to download and share.

It runs on a last Wednesday of each month starting in October, via MS Teams, at 3:30-5pm UK time.

More details and the programme can be found in the links below or the downloadable PDF.

Want to catch up via our Videos at our Research Conference’23

Below are the videos we recorded at this year’s Staffordshire University Research Conference on 24th and 25th of May. There will be a curated blog post about our presentations on our Showcase Site at , but in short below are the different presentations from our C3 researchers that presented at the conference.


All videos were recorded by Jack Tune.

Panel Discussion – University 3.0 Meets Gibbons 3.0
A recording of the C3 Centre Panel at the Staffordshire University Research, Innovation and Enterprise Conference 2023. Panel members are Carola Boehm, Jackie Reynolds, Michael Knowles, Jodie Gibson, Giulia Lapucci, and Nicola Gratton.

Get to know the C3 Research Centre for Creative Industries and Creative Communities
An exciting look into the C3 Centre, detailing who we are and some of the innovative projects that we have been involved with. C3 Panel members – Carola Boehm, Mark Estibiero, Patrick O’Connor, Neil Brownsword, and Agata Lulkowska.

Dan Lewis – Designing Emotions: Strategies for Furniture Designers
Designing Emotions: Strategies for Furniture Designers. Presentation by Dan Lewis, Course Director for Design at Staffordshire University.

Rebecca Nunes – Eco Alliances: Imaging the other-than-human to create advocacy for the environment.
Eco Alliances: Imaging the other-than-human to create advocacy for the environment. Presentation by Rebecca Nunes, Associate Professor in Lens-Based Media at Staffordshire University.

Introducing the C3 Showcase Website

The C3 Centre has recently launched its own Showcase website.This website will function as a gallery space, or if you will, a curated and creative multi-element journal. It will be a multi-medial experience showcasing our practice, our research and the work that we are engaged in.

Our research groups will use it to showcase some of their work, bringing together published, underpinning academic writings with practice outputs, such as music, film, visual art or media.

Our showcase is at the beginning of its development, so please be patient with us as we are putting together some exciting arts, writings, media, film and music, drawing from our creative practice-based research.

The link to the showcase website is

We would like to invite our research groups to identify researchers who will create their own curated pages showcasing their research. Below is a short how to guide and some examples.

Any questions and if you need a bit of help with putting together a curation, contact either Agata or Carola.

Below an image of a “Curation”.


Here is a list of our current example curations. that can be used as a template.

Getting into Culture 3.0: cultural engagement, place-making and co-creation

Welcome to C3 Curations

Do you want to co-curate with us?

The C3 Centre at our Research Conference’23

C3 Centre members will be presenting on various sessions at the upcoming Research, Innovation and Enterprise Conference on 24th and 24th of May 2023, this week.

It is still time to sign up for free at

Key events include a session on getting to know the C3 Centre, with a panel including:

  • Carola Boehm, Panel Chair, Co-Director
  • Music and Sound (Marc Estibeiro) (www)
  • Philosophy, Film and The Environmental Humanities (www)(Patrick O’Connor)
  • Ceramic Cultures, Practices and Debates (Neil Brownsword) (www)
  • Practice as Research (Agata Lulkowska)
  • Art and Design Research Group (Ian Brown)

And in a keynote slot, we also have members exploring the tensions between research, teaching, internationalization and regional impact.


  • Carola Boehm, C3 Co-Director & Professor of Creative Communities and Creative Industries
  • Jackie Reynolds, C3 Co-Director & Research Impact Manager

And Panel Members:

  • Michael Knowles, PhD Researcher & Film Producer
  • Giulia Lapucci, PhD Researcher & Cultural Researcher, University of Macerata
  • Jodie Gibson, Visiting Fellow & Arts & Culture Professional
  • Nick Gratton, Lead for Civic Engagement and Evaluation & Associate Professor of Community and Civic Engagement
  • Anna Francis, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice

We also have individual presentations from members, including

  • Dan Lewis: Designing Emotions: Strategies for Furniture Designers
  • Jackie Reynolds: Building Research Impact
  • Rebecca Nunes: Eco-alliances: imaging the other-than-human to create advocacy for the environment
  • Giulia Lapucci: Collaboration at the Centre: building a Constellation to share and disseminate knowledge
  • David White: The design, development and pilot study of a marine ecological simulation for education or environmental changes on marine life

Registration is free at


(It’s not) All about REF.

(It’s not) All about REF.

How preparing for REF can help with research.

The C3 Research Centre (Prof Ian Brown and Prof Neil Brownsword) will be delivering two sessions for our C3 members, to assist in understanding and preparing for REF for those who have practice-based aspects of their research. Linking to other related research contexts, such as AHRC criteria, we will focus on the two key elements that accompany the submission of research outputs for the REF submission and discuss the wider benefits for researchers in utilising them.

We particularly welcome those new to research, or the REF processes, as well as those who are more familiar or have been previously submitted to the REF. Indeed, those who have this experience will be invaluable in contributing to discussions on how the process was for them and lessons learnt.

  • Session 1: 300-word research statement
  • Date: 8th Feb 2023
  • Time: 14:00-15:30
  • Activity: Presentation and Workshop
  • Room: T005 Beacon

This session will focus on the requirements of the 300-word REF research statement, what role this plays in the submission and how the production of research statements can support the development of research.

If you would like some support in writing research statements, please bring along any written material that you may have on current research projects (at whatever stage they are at) as we will be using a workshop format to support each other in their development.

  • Session 2: Research Portfolio
  • Date: 15th March
  • Time: 14:00-15:30
  • Activity: Presentation and Workshop
  • Room: T005 Beacon

This session will focus on the requirements of the REF Research Portfolio, what role this plays in the submission and how the production of research portfolio material can support the development of research.

If you would like some support in producing the material for the Research Portfolio, please bring along any written and visual material that you may have on current research projects (at whatever stage they are at) as we will be using a workshop format to support each other in their development.

Practice-Based Research: Writing 300-word statements and Developing your (also REF) Portfolio

Prof Ian Brown, Co-Director of C3, will lead two sessions focussing on practice-based or practice-as-research.


  • 8th Feb 2023 – 2-3:30pm: Overview of Practice-based research (and related published research) along with a session on writing 300 word statements.
  • 1st March 2023 – 2-3:3p: developing a portfolio.

More details will be announced on our C3 MS Teams channel, or contact Prof Ian Brown.

C3 and DTA PGR Research Seminar

Event Details

  • Date: 11:00 – 13:00 19 January 2023
  • Where:Catalyst Creativity Zone CA303
  • Who: Open to all PGRs, DTA and C3 members

C3 and DTA PGR Research Seminar

Research seminar open for all PGRs on the morning of Thursday, January 19th 2023, in the Catalyst Building. Contact Dave Payling for details.

  • Marina Miltiadou – Teaching Music Visually
  • Tim Anderson – Using Bricolage to Imagine/Image the Eschaton as a Solo Digital Artist
  • Joel Morrey – Co-authorship and perceived audience ownership in participatory sound art: how does the perceived level of co-authorship influence an audience’s critical opinion of a work?
  • Mike Knowles – The Producer in Independent British Film Making
  • Calum Wilton – Environmental Audiovisual Composition

They will all present a talk on their research.

Please note, this is an in-person event. Tea and coffee will be available!

New Factory Events! In-person and Online!

Factory is delivering a number of events coming up. Do feel free to share this info on with others you think might be interested.

FACTORY is an ERDF funded project, delivered in collaboration with the Chamber, BCB, and Staffordshire University. It supports innovation-led-practices for the SME Creative Industries in Stoke-on-Trent. Our partner organisation BCB has also a webpage dedicated to FACTORY available here

Factory Seminar – A Beginners Guide to Funding and Grant Applications  (In-person)  

  • Delivered by: Clare Wood 
  • Date: 26th October, 2022 
  • Time: 6-7.30pm 
  • Location: Room L410, Flaxman Building, Staffordshire University, College Road, ST4 2DE 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Factory Lunch Hour – Keeping it Simple: Admin and Organisation 

  • Delivered by: Natalie Armitage and Rhiannon Ewing-James 
  • Date: 1st November, 2022 
  • Time: 1-2pm 
  • Location: Online 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Artist Development Surgeries 

  • The BCB Artist Development Surgeries are an opportunity to talk about a project or idea that has a connection to Stoke-on-Trent, its people, place or industries. This opportunity is for people feel they would benefit from speaking about it with a member of the BCB Artistic Programme/Exhibitions team.  
  • Date: 7th November, 2022 
  • Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. 
  • Location: Online 
  • More info and to Book Now 


Factory Seminar – To Pitch or Not to Pitch: Responding to Procurement Tenders and how this could be an opportunity (Online) 


Factory Seminar – The guide to knowing your audience 


Factory Lunch Hour – Knowing your worth: Pricing your work and time 


Factory Lunch Hour – Streamline Your Client Management