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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: www.curatingeuropesfutures.net 

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 2008 2019

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
political action
cultural heritage
planning process

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

Cultural Heritage

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

Central Europe
New Media
Research Practice

Nie jestem tym, kim wydaje sie byc: dyskurs tozsamosciowy w praktykach performatywnych Andrzeja Karmasza

Kosmala, K. (ed.), Rogos, A., Guager, S. (Translator) & Sowinski, B. (Translator), 1 Oct 2018, Happens Elsewhere . Gdansk : Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, p. 152-159

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Oral histories and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women’s craft groups

Kosmala, K. & Sznajder, A., 19 Dec 2018, Resilience and ageing: creativity, culture and community. Goulding, A., Davenport, B. & Newman, A. (eds.). Bristol : Policy Press, p. 201-224 (Connected Communities Series ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

oral history
fine arts


Research Fellowship

Katarzyna Kosmala (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

gender studies

Activities 2013 2019

The IUAES 2019 congress session: Gendered Solidarities, Fragmented Responsibilities: Researchers’ Responses to Challenging Times

Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), Fiona Hackney (Speaker), Anna Sznajder (Reviewer)
27 Aug 201931 Aug 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee


IUAES 2019 Inter-Congress, World Solidarities

Katarzyna Kosmala (Invited speaker)
27 Aug 201931 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

CCA hosted symposium and screenings: Out of the Past, Into the Present: Reframing Heritage through Art Practice

Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), David Scott (Member of programme committee), Anthony Grace (Speaker), Paul McGeechan (Speaker), Graham Jeffery (Speaker), Ilona Koscieja (Invited speaker), Cahoime Henron (Invited speaker), Joshua McGeechan (Speaker), Gordon Doherty (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


A Car for Women and Other Stories Exhibition Launch event for Audacious Women festival hosted by City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), Anthony Grace (Presenter), Dr Nina Baker (Contributor), Ilona Koscieja (Participant), Katherine Kirk (Speaker)
22 Feb 201924 Feb 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Press / Media

A car for a woman and other stories

Katarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker , Neil Johnson-Symington & Evdoxia Viza


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Public launch of the exhibition Riverside Solidarity and associated programme of events at QEUH

Iain McGillivray, Katarzyna Kosmala, Jackie Sands & Elizabeth Gardiner


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

UWS curates and hosts the exhibition Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Elizabeth Gardiner, Krisztina Lakoi & Katarzyna Kosmala


5 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Being Human: Digital and Analogue

Katarzyna Kosmala, Anthony Grace, Paul McGeechan, Sam Firth, David Scott, Josip Zanki & Jerry Padfield


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Driving ambition ahead of her time

Katarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk, Evdoxia Viza, Anthony Grace & Dr Nina Baker


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research


political action
cultural heritage