Speakers

The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Dr Paul Lowe
    Dr Paul Lowe
    London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK
  • Amanda Bright
    Amanda Bright
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Professor Anne Boddington
    Professor Anne Boddington
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Dr Rodney F. Hill
    Dr Rodney F. Hill
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Professor Donald E. Hall
    Professor Donald E. Hall
    Lehigh University, USA
  • Dr Kimberly Cowden
    Dr Kimberly Cowden
    Colorado State University – Pueblo, USA
Dr Paul Lowe
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK

Biography

Paul Lowe is the Course Director of the Masters Programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. He was responsible for the development and launch of a new part-time version of the course delivered entirely online using web conferencing, blogs and the VLE, launched in 2008. Paul is an award-winning photographer whose work is represented by Panos Pictures, and who has been published in Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer and The Independent, among others. He has covered breaking news around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of Grozny.

He is a consultant to the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam, an independent, non-profit organisation that is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism worldwide. His book, Bosnians, documenting 10 years of the war and post-war situation in Bosnia, was published in April 2005 by Saqi Books. He regularly contributes to international and national conferences in photography, media and education, and has published chapters in edited books on these themes as well.

Paul Lowe is the Founding Judge of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.

Keynote Presentation | Testimonies of light: Photography, Witnessing and History
Amanda Bright
University of Brighton, UK

Biography

Since 2016, Amanda Bright has been the Head of the School of Art at the University of Brighton, UK. Prior to this she was Associate Dean of Academic Development and Enhancement at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

She has extensive experience in academic development and quality assurance, and over the last 15 years has chaired and contributed to a wide range of Academic Reviews and Validations in the UK and overseas. Having worked as a Subject Specialist and Institutional Auditor for QAA, she currently works with the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), with whom she is a Specialist Reviewer.

Her subject background is in metalsmithing and the applied arts, and her passion for making, for materiality and for "learning by doing" continues.

Educated at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art, London, from where she graduated in 1987, she, specialised in patination and in the material properties of metal, particularly ferrous metals. In 1988, as part of the bi-centennial celebrations in Australia, she was invited to Canberra School of Art to represent the UK in a Metalsmith’s masterclass, and ten years later, in the catalogue accompanying the major metalwork exhibition "Metalmorphosis", at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, (November 1998 to February 1999) was described as "one of the most original and influential metalwork artists of her generation".

Her work has been purchased for a number of national collections in the UK, including the Crafts Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, South East Arts Craft Collection, Ulster Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally at venues including: the V&A, London; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, Munich; Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway; Dutch Textile Museum (DTM), Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Featured Panel Presentation | The Challenges of Doing Research and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities Today
Professor Anne Boddington
University of Brighton, UK

Biography

Professor of Design Innovation and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Anne Boddington was educated as an architect and cultural geographer. She has particular interests in the spaces of learning and research and the symbiosis of arts and humanities education as agents of cultural, social and civic transformation. The founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design (1999-2006) and since 2006, as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, she was also the Director of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) (a unique partnership between the University, the V&A, the Royal College of Art and the RIBA) and co-director of the HEA’s Subject Centre in Art Design and Media.

A registered architect, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), she has been an independent governor, trustee, chair and an elected member of many regional and national councils in the cultural sector and in higher education including as a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Advisory Board (AHRC); Vice Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art& Design (CHEAD) and a trustee of the Design Council/CABE. Working with HEFCE she was a panel member of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) and Deputy Chair of D34 for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in 2014 as well as a member of the REF 2014 Equality & Diversity Panel. Her research has been supported and funded by the EU, EPSRC, AHRC, the HEA and HEFCE. She has an international profile as a speaker and advisor for research development, quality assurance, enhancement and teaching innovation in Architecture, Art and Design across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She undertakes regular peer review and research assessment for academic journals and conferences and has worked with and for research councils of Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada.

Featured Panel Presentation | The Challenges of Doing Research and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities Today
Dr Rodney F. Hill
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Rodney F. Hill, Assistant Professor of Film in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, holds a PhD from the University of Kansas and an MA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. He is co-author of The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick, co-editor of Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews, and a contributor to several other books, including The Essential Science-Fiction Television Reader and The Stanley Kubrick Archives. His essays have appeared in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, and elsewhere. In addition to his academic experience, Dr Hill worked for several years in film distribution and marketing, handling theatrical campaigns for such films as Edward Yang’s Yi Yi, François Ozon’s Under the Sand, and the Oscar-nominated documentary, On the Ropes.

Featured Presentation | Mythologizing One’s Own History Through Narrative: Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro
Professor Donald E. Hall
Lehigh University, USA

Biography

Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Featured Panel Presentation | The Challenges of Doing Research and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities Today
Dr Kimberly Cowden
Colorado State University – Pueblo, USA

Biography

Dr Kimberly Cowden is an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Center for New Media at Colorado State University – Pueblo, USA. Dr Cowden specialises in public relations, crisis communication, health communication and conducting research with underserved populations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Business Communication, Communication, Culture and Critique, and the Journal of Indigenous Research. She is the author of a chapter in the spring 2017 edited book Crisis Communication Cases.

Spotlight Presentation | Water Protectors or Protesters: Examining Media Coverage of the Dakota Pipeline Protests