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UWS is chairing a symposium at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow to shine a light on the powerful impact moving image and sound has on culture, heritage and our interpretations of the past.

The event (Wednesday 6 March) showcases how research and creative work have led to cultural regeneration and heritage reframings, with an afternoon of film screenings bringing the topics discussed during the panel sessions from media, film and music experts, to life.

UWS's School of Media, Culture and Society has established strong links with key arts partners and local authorities in Glasgow, including the CCA, with the symposium chaired by UWS's Professor Katarzyna Kosmala.

The event will focus on creative pedagogies in heritage activism and is aimed at MA Creative Media Practice, MA Music and Song Writing students. It is also open to interested members of the public, giving students and researchers taking part in the panel discussions the opportunity to showcase, debate and exchange ideas around their research and creative work with a broader audience.

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Symposium: 10:00 to 13:00

Screenings: 13:30 to 17:30

Symposium Details

10.00 Registration/Welcome

10.10 – 10.20 Introduction. Out of the Past, Into the Present: Reframing Heritage through Art Practice. Professor Katarzyna Kosmala

10.20- 11.20 Panel 1 Sounding out the Places. Out of the Past; Into the Present

  • Graham Jeffery - The Past, Present and Possible Futures of Dharavi - Sonic Materials/Remaking Futures through Hip-hop (with Ben Parry)
  • Joshua McGeechan – Celebrating Places through Field Recordings. Other
  • Dimensions of Time and Memory in Flux/ Rhuveig.
  • Paul McGeechan – reSonance - Redeploying Analogue Sounds in a Digital Era

11.20-11.35 Panel 1 discussion. Chair: David Scott

11.35 – 12.50 Panel 2 Heritage Activism through Moving Image: Reframing Gendered Past

  • Ilona Koscieja – Making of Red Dust. Heritage Activism and Working with Communities.
  • Gordon Doherty – Psycho-Geographic Intervention into Scottish Masculinity. Collecting Memories for a Home Movie.
  • Screening of A Weaver’s Thimble and a Woman’s Mind/Mearacán Táilliúra agus Intinn na mBann, by Caoimhe Hernon with Introduction from Tony Grace on Reframing Gendered Histories in Connemara, Ireland.
  • Tony Grace – Reaching out into Archives. Engineering History in A Car for a Women and Other Stories

12.50 Panel 2 discussion Chair: Katarzyna Kosmala

13.00 Symposium closes

13.05 –13.30 Sonic Performance of Paul McGeechan's reSonance with the exhibit of analogue synthesisers


Caoimhe Hernon, A Weaver’s Thimble and a Woman’s Mind/Mearacán Táilliúra agus Intinn na mBann, 2018

Gordon Doherty, A Home Movie, 2018

Ilona Koscieja, Red Dust, 2013

Tony Grace, A Car for a Women and Other Stories, 2019


Out of the Past, Into the Present: : Reframing Heritage through Art Practice

Off Campus

6 March

10:30 - 17:30


Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3JD