Dr Liz Stainforth
- Position: Lecturer
- Areas of expertise: digital heritage cultures; media memory studies; politics and ethics of technology; philosophies of history; theories of utopia.
- Email: E.M.Stainforth@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1896
- Location: G.11 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 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 Special Collections, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Digital Content Team.
I became a Lecturer in the School in 2017. Since then, I have 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). I also worked as a Research Associate on the collaborative place development projects My Future York and My Castle Gateway.
- School Lead for PRiA (Pedagogic Research in the Arts)
My research interests include digital heritage and memory cultures, critical studies of history and heritage and theories of utopia. My first monograph, Geopolitics of Digital Heritage, is co-authored with Dr Natalia Grincheva and will be published in 2024. I have secondary research interests in literary studies and science fiction.
I am currently Co-investigator on the research project Affect, Algorithms and Archives: Reclaiming Emotions and Relationality in Digital Spaces, funded by Leeds Arts & Humanities Research Institute.
I am a co-organiser of Serious Play, a research network that explores the potential of role-playing games for developing new methods of research and teaching practice.
Previous Research Roles
- 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 in relation to 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).
- 2015–2018 – Associate Editor of parallax, a journal of cultural studies, critical theory and philosophy.
- 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).
- PhD Media and Heritage Studies
- MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies
- BA English Literature and Philosophy
- Association of Critical Heritage Studies
- Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)
I teach on the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, MA Arts Management and Heritage Studies and several undergraduate modules within the School. I supervise doctoral research in the fields of museology and critical heritage studies.
I currently co-supervise the following doctoral projects:
Izzy Bartley – ‘The representation of colonialism in Euro-American designed board games and how we can use them as tools of decolonisation’
Solvig Choi – ‘Entangled Apparatuses: People, Cameras, Mountains – A participatory ontology for science and technology collection’
Yang Feng – ‘From obfuscation to intervention: Questioning non-bodily immersive RPG (role-playing games) and participatory digital art in the 21st century’
Madeleine Page – ‘The Ladies Waldegrave: Generating two questions of ontology’
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage
- Centre for Cultural Policy