Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek PhD
Floor 10, ARC Research Staff Office
I am especially interested in developing audio–visual and experimental methodologies of social research that are attentive to accounting for the social pain of exile and migration. I believe that combining social science and visual arts can be a wonderful way of foregrounding social change and engaging wider public in academic research.
Dominika is a visual sociologist and a post-doctoral researcher on an AHRC- funded project on the inclusion of refugees in public spaces in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield. She also works as an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths and a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London. Her research and audio - visual practice focus on the intersections of memory, spatiality, migration and refugeehood in the European and Middle Eastern urban environments. Her PhD research and the accompanying collection of documentary films ‘The Chronotopes of Palestine' (2016) explored the issues of memory, erasure and return among Palestinians in Poland and the UK in the context of the ongoing Palestinian dispossession. Seeking inventive ways of translating her research into the forms of public engagement she has worked on number of curatorial and programming projects such as ‘Beirut - Warsaw. Re - birth' exhibition (Warsaw, 2014), ‘Refugees. Present/Absent (Kraków, 2016) exhibition.