Research areas

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR - Cultural and Visual studies, Curating
  • NX Arts in general
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General) - Cultural change
  • HM Sociology - Heritage, Organisation studies, Gender

Area of research expertise - Outline

Katarzyna Kosmala, MA (Hons) Pg Dip MSc PhD 

Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts, R&E Development Lead for Culture and Creativity at the School of Media, Culture and Society, the University of the West of Scotland, a curator, and art writer. In 2011-2010 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at GEXcel, Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linköping University & Örebro University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She researches cultural labour and discourses of creativity, identity and community in the context of a globalising network society, heritage and participation, art production and enterprise, arts-run projects, as well as gender and politics of representation. Currently leads the project under RSE-funded interdisciplinary research network: Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe.

Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (Intellect and The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013), Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge).

Recent exhibitions include: Azimuth: Sound/Image (TMU and Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), Exporting Zagreb (National Museum of Gdansk, 2016), Exporting Gdansk (HDLU, Zagreb, 2015).

Writes regularly about video and new media art in international art journals and catalogues. Co-curated the series: Curating Europes’ Futures (

Member of European Cultural Parliament.

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Research output

  1. Becoming Imperceptible M/Other: Negotiating Porous Multiple Selves

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Why precarious spaces?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Painting Free from Gentrification: Participatory Arts-Based Interventions in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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  1. Talking Bodies III Biennial conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Artists’ Solidarity panel Buzzcut Festival at the Pearce Institute Glasgow

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

  3. The SIEF 2017 13th Congress: Ways of Dwelling: Crisis - Craft - Creativity

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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