Research and awards boost for Anglia Ruskin

Published: 15 October 2010 at 09:50

Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences Research Bid and Award Successes

Anglia Ruskin has scooped a media award and three British Academy Research grants which will increase its standing within the international research community.  

The awards have been collected by the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences.

The British Academy recognises and supports excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, enabling UK researchers to work with scholars and resources in other countries, sustain a British research presence in various parts of the world and help to attract overseas scholars to the UK.

The 2010 awards have been allocated to a diverse range of projects.  Professor Bronwen Walter received £6,550 for her project entitled ‘Citizenship and Genealogy: multi-generational Irish identities in New Zealand, Newfoundland and England’. She will also be facilitating some exploratory workshops with academics and meetings with policymakers in New Zealand and Newfoundland next year. 

Dr Anna Markovska received £6,500 for her project entitled ‘Migrant Workers and Crime: where Kings Lynn meets Moscow’, which is in collaboration with a colleague who is employed at the Russian branch of the International Organisation for Migration.

At the same time, Dr Mick Gowar received £7,446 for his 'European Storytelling Archive'. Mick's project has also benefited from £5,000 from Anglia Ruskin’s Cultures of the Digital Economy research institute ( and £2,000 from the University Undergraduate Researcher Scheme.

Dr Jussi Parikka, Director of Cultures of Digital Economy (CoDE) research institute, has won a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Spring 2011. The Humbolt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. The fellowship allows Dr Parikka to work with Humboldt University's Media Studies Department in Berlin and write his new book on media archaeology, contracted with Polity Press.

Explaining the significance of the award, he said:

"The Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to work in Berlin, which we can call the ‘media archaeology capital of the world’ with such a range of theorists and resources. It shows well how CoDE operates on various overlapping layers from regional partnering to internationally-leading media theory research."

"Media archaeology is one of the most talked about topics in media studies at the moment, and being to finish this book in collaboration with Humboldt University Media Studies is excellent for both the project and further development of high-level research networks."

Media archaeology is an emerging media studies approach interested in understanding digital culture and new media through old media. It looks for neglected histories, dead media and interesting ideas from media history. Media archaeology can also be used as a creative practice methodology for new ideas, uses, experimental and artistic approaches to design.

His work on Media archaeology has also led to Dr Parikka being nominated for a Transmediale award.  Dr Parikka's piece, jointly written with California based artist and writer Garnet Hertz, Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art Method has been nominated for the Vilém Flusser Theory Award, among three other candidates that were chosen from the submissions. The Vilém Flusser Theory Award (VFTA) promotes innovative media theory and practice-oriented research exploring current and pending positions in digital art, media culture and networked society and Dr Parikka’s nomination is significant international recognition of the media theoretical work done at CoDE, and at Anglia Ruskin University.

The CoDE team has had yet another bid success and is now actively involved in a new EU project KnowInG which promotes and support the knowledge/creative economy and enhances co-operation of public institutions, research organisations and businesses for the creation of new development policies in the partner regions. It involves partners from five countries in the EU and operates in eight regions of Europe with a heavy focus on collaboration with the Mediterranean regions. It creates a trans-national, multilevel community to support knowledge economy activities and more specifically supportive tools for innovative and knowledge based SMEs and incentives for the so-called creative class.

The project will run for three years and CoDE will be responsible for multi-disciplinary research into policies for the knowledge economy, existing tools for innovation within the creative industries and relevant actors.

Find out more about the important research being undertaken in the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences and CoDE.