My research is an interdisciplinary examination of the Belfast punk scene in the late 1970s. Mainly applying an oral history methodology, I intend to use this subculture to explore issues of belonging, sectarianism, spatial division and resistance in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The project will bring together elements of sociology, conflict geography and cultural memory theory, as well as more traditional historical analysis.
My research utilises scenography as a framework to consider theatre design at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse (amalgamated in 2000 as the Merseyside Theatres Trust) between 2003 and 2015, and its role in expressing the visual identity of those theatres and their city. This period covers a time of economic and socio-political change for Liverpool, catalysed by its successful European Capital of Culture bid in 2003 (coming to fruition in 2008).
My research project explores the role of design practice within the country's developed consumer culture, understood as a key instrument in creating and organizing the Yugoslav society as a whole. Seen both as a tool of political manipulation and control and as a means of civil disobedience and resistance, design practice will be analysed by looking at its relationship with the power structure, on one hand, and ordinary life of its citizens, on the other.