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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. 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. Member of European Cultural Parliament. Co-curated Curating Europes’ Futures series: 

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Visual culture, new media, contemporary arts and representation

 Researches and writes on aspects of construction and representation of gender and identity in contemporary (visual) culture and in video and new media arts, artists and meaning of work, creativity and enterprise in the context of cultural globalisation; art production; arts-run projects; art criticism; politics of representation, space and organisation.

  • Heritage and culture

Applied research and outputs in participatory approaches to regeneration; heritage, communities and marginalization; intangible culture and representation, heritage and gender.

  • Organisations; politics of functioning and organisational lives

 Researches and writes about critical and interpretative approaches in analysing construction of gender and identity at work, creativity and competence constructions (socialisation, ways of learning and working strategies); critical theory and forms of accountability. Also researches alternative forms of organizing (arts-led regeneration, participatory practice) under transitions in the socio-economic and cultural contexts of emerging democracies (including post-Communist legacy) and in more peripheral locations and contexts. 


Current research activities

Professor Kosmala currently researches and writes about 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. 

Since 2012, leads the interdisciplinary research network: Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe 

Leads research collaboration with Tokyo Metropolitan University Engaging the Human Sensorium through Art and New Technologies around knowledge exchange and incorporates investigative and developmental symposia, masterclasses and exhibitions in Scotland and Japan, designed to promote the interchange of creative ideas in areas where arts and emerging technologies interface in ways which can produce significant social and economic impact.

Co-Leads The Social Fabric – Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, a novel research initiative with awarded funding by the University of the West of Scotland's Vice Principal's scheme in January 2017 for 36 months and launched a new multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society, led by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and the School of Engineering and Computing, led by Professor Katherine Kirk on the interaction of people and materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. From this starting point, the project team obtained a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in May 2017 for A Car for Women, and other stories 



Target collaborative companies

Key cultural organizations such as European Solidarity Centre, Glasgow Museums, National Museum of Socotland, National Museum of Gdansk, HDLU

Local Authorities and Scottish Government

European Commission & Council of Europe

International and national art festivals

Cultural planning and art organizations 



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

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Research Output

Foreword: gendering craft heritage

Kosmala, K., 30 Oct 2019, Polish Lace Makers: Gender, Heritage, and Identity . Sznajder, A. (ed.). Lanham, Boulder, London, New York: Lexington Books, p. VII-IX 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

  • Problematizing silences in intangible heritage: unsettling historical records of women in protests

    Kosmala, K. & Beall, T. S., 2019, In : International Journal of Heritage Studies . 25, 4, p. 348-364 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 171 Downloads (Pure)

    The game of shipyard as heritage activism: creating public knowledge for political action

    Kosmala, K. & Sebastyanski, R., 30 Jul 2019, AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium Proceedings 2018: based on the AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium held at De Montfort University on June 29th 2018. Higgett, N. (ed.). Connected Communities Heritage Network, p. 22-27 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Gendering cultural heritage of the Gdańsk shipyard: diving into histories, imagining futures

    Kosmala, K., Oct 2018, Historia Stoczni Gdańskiej. Knoch, K., Kufel, J., Polak, W., Ruchlewski, P., Staręgi, M. & Trzeciak, A. (eds.). Gdansk : European Solidarity Centre , p. 703-718 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access

    He may not seem what he might be: identity discourse in Andrzej Karmasz's performative acts

    Kosmala, K. (ed.) & Rogos, A., 1 Oct 2018, Happens Elsewhere . Gdansk : Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, p. 165-171

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Prizes

    Research Fellowship

    Kosmala, Katarzyna (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    Panel session Weaving Cross-Generational Theory: Alternative Futures for Feminist Activism-Inspired Methodologies at IUAES Congress 2020 Coming of Age on Earth: Legacies and Next Generation Anthropology

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair) & Ana Vivoda (Member of programme committee)

    9 Mar 202114 Mar 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Making Place for Heritage Activation in Urban Heritage Management: The Social Production of Heritage at Post-Industrial Waterfronts

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker) & Tomasz Jelenski (Speaker)

    30 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Community Arts and Activism Models: What is the Potential Impact on Heritage Urban Futures?

    Elizabeth Gardiner (Speaker) & Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker)

    30 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Heritage Activation as Future-Making Tactics: From Vernacular Spaces and Industrial Ruins to People’s Urban Futures - Paper panel session

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker), Tomasz Jelenski (Speaker) & Mathias Agbo (Speaker)

    26 Aug 202030 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Roman Sebastyanski (Keynote speaker) & Katarzyna Kosmala (Invited speaker)

    14 Feb 202015 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    UWS and Dumfries Museum collaborate on the exhbition celebrating women in engineering

    Katarzyna Kosmala & Dr Nina Baker


    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    UWS to commemorate D Pullinger while Riverside Museum opens the new exhibition

    Yvette Le Couvey , Dr Nina Baker , Katarzyna Kosmala, Evdoxia Viza & Tony Grace


    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Dr Nina Baker , Evi Viza, Katarzyna Kosmala & Craig Mahoney


    5 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    PACE Theatre and UWS partner to promote STEM careers for all

    Jenni Manson , Katarzyna Kosmala & Evi Viza


    4 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities