Dr Liz Stainforth
- Position: Lecturer
- Areas of expertise: digital heritage cultures; media memory studies; politics and ethics of technology; cultural and media policy; digital archiving practices; philosophies of history; theories of utopia.
- Email: E.M.Stainforth@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1896
- Location: 3.02 School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | ORCID
I completed my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Leeds in 2008, before commencing study in the School in 2010. The topic of my doctoral research (2012-2016) was informed by my interest in digital heritage collections, and cultures of memory and technology. From 2007-2017, I worked at Leeds University Library and Galleries, alongside my studies, where I was involved in projects with the Digital Content and Repositories Team, Special Collections and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. I became a Lecturer in the School in 2017. From 2016-2018, I worked as a Research Associate on the collaborative place development projects My Future York and My Castle Gateway. In 2018 I held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh) and the Digital Studio/eScholarship Research Centre (University of Melbourne).
- Programme Director for MA Curating Science
My research interests include digital heritage and memory cultures, theories of utopia and critical studies of history and heritage (thesis title: Defining the Problem of Tomorrow's Memory: The Time of Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age). I have several secondary research interests, primarily in early printed books, literary studies and science fiction.
2018 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Studio/eScholarship Research Centre (University of Melbourne, Endeavour-funded Fellowship): project focusing on Trove, a digital heritage aggregator hosted by the National Library of Australia, and the negotiation of public space, collections preservation and cultural engagement in the digital environment.
2018 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh): project exploring the landscape of UK digital culture and heritage against a backdrop of political uncertainty about the future shape and extent of national heritage cultures.
2017-2018 – Research Associate, My Castle Gateway: collaborative consultation project about the development of the Castle Gateway area in York, linking creative and ongoing public engagement with the formal planning process (led by Helen Graham).
2016-2017 – Research Associate, My Future York: collaborative inquiry project exploring alternative futures in relation to practices of community heritage and local democracy in the city of York. Funded as part of the AHRC’s Connected Communities Festival (led by Helen Graham).
2014-present – Co-Principal Investigator, All and Each: Dialogues in the Digital Archive: ongoing collaborative research project about digital archiving practices with Rhiannon Bettivia (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).
2013-2014 – Principal Investigator, AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Project: workshop funding on the theme of ‘Co-producing Cultural Policy’ (Co-Investigators Alice Borchi and Leila Jancovich).
2012-2013 – Co-Investigator, Leeds Impact and Innovation Award: funding to run a research symposium in Leeds University Library's Special Collections (Principal Investigator Nick Cass).
Conferences and Seminar Series
2018-2019 – The Transcultural Fantastic: Sadler seminar series exploring the traditions of the Fantastic in art, fiction and film from a transcultural and interdisciplinary perspective (co-organised at Leeds with Ingo Cornils and Sarah Dodd).
2018 – Exploring Digital Public Spaces: one-day conference on changing conceptions of public space in the contemporary media and political environment (organised at the University of Edinburgh).
2017-2018 – The Spirit and the Letter: Sadler seminar series focusing on utopian print cultures, critical design practice and radical histories and imaginaries of community (co-organised at Leeds with Paul Wilson).
2014 – Landscapes of Tomorrow: J.G. Ballard in Space and Time: one-day conference on the writer J.G. Ballard (co-organised at Leeds with Richard Brown and Christopher Duffy).<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD Media and Heritage Studies
- MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies
- BA English Literature and Philosophy
- Association of Critical Heritage Studies
I am Programme Director for the MA Curating Science. I also manage modules and supervise dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage