Dr Nicola Mann
Associate Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures
Nicola joined the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences in September 2012. Informed by urban culture studies and community activism, her current research considers dominant visualisations of London’s Heygate council estate in light of recent regeneration efforts. Through analysis of television shows including Top Boy (Channel 4), Nicola addresses the ways in which the estate is mythologized in popular visual culture as a racially- and politically-charged site that deserves to be demolished. She is currently working on a proposal to publish this research in the same monograph as her PhD thesis, which focuses on popular representations of Chicago’s Cabrini Green public housing neighborhood. The book will draw parallels in the visual treatments of both sites in order to problematize the intersection between race- and class-based codes and cultural discourses.
Until recently Nicola worked as a freelance Coordinator for the Arts Council of England-funded organization, The Happy Museum Project (HMP). She continues to liaise with the HMP and recently co-organized a popular conference with Dr. Annita Ventouris, titled: ‘Increasing Happiness and Wellbeing through Arts Participation & Play.’ Over the last two years, Nicola has worked on a series of collaborations related to her interest in social arts practice with Charlotte Bonham-Carter (Course Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Central Saint Martins). These include panel sessions at the 2014 Association of Art Historians conference and the 2016 College Art Association conference in Washington DC. They will publish a volume based on the AAH session with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, titled ‘Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?’
The University of Rochester, New York, awarded Nicola her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies in 2011. She also has an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art.
Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?, co-editor with Charlotte Bonham-Carter, (Palgrave Macmillan Pivot, Summer 2016)
The Cultural Visualization of Hurricane Katrina, Invisible Culture, ed. Nicola Mann and Victoria Pass, Issue 15, (March 2011)
“From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty” in Engaging the Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture, ed. Elyce Rae Helford, (University of Mississippi Press, 2016).
“Performing Cultural Authenticity in CBS’s Good Times,” in The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, ed. Dr. Russell Cobb, (Palgrave Macmillan, U.K.: 2014).
“Don’t Believe the Hype: The Death and Resurrection of Chicago’s ‘Hood in the American Visual Imagination,” in Habitus of the ‘Hood, ed. Dr. Hans Skott-Myhre and Chris Richardson, (Bristol, U.K.: Intellect Press, 2012: 271-298).
“A Disconnected Community? (Re)visioning the Heygate Council Estate through Digital Activism,” Between Texts and Cities, Writing Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Marques Sampaio & Michael Heilgemeir, (May 2015)
“Criminalizing the ‘Hood,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (38.6, May/June 2011: 19-26).
“From Pathways to Portals: Getting to the Root of a Public Housing Community,” in Communicative Lands, Community Landscapes, Brock Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, (May 2011)
“From Pathways to Portals: Getting to the Root of a Public Housing Community,” in Community Building and Social Networks, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, (April 2011)
“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination,” Cross-Cultural Poetics: Streetnotes, ed. Blagovesta Momchedjikova, (Spring 2010)
“What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation,” in Issue 21: Pursuit, Invisible Culture, (November 2014)
“All the Fun of the Fair,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (40.6, May/June 2013: 2-4).
“Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011,” in Aesthetica Magazine Blogspot, (January 2011)
“MK2Morrow: One Small Step for Milton Keynes,” in Aesthetica Magazine Blogspot, (December 2010)
“Night School,” in Critics Choice: James Rajotte, Circuit Gallery, (June 2010).
“Popular Culture” in World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People’s Revolution of the 21st Century, ed. Dr. James Ciment, (M.E. Sharpe: Armonk, NY, USA, 2014)
“Chicago” & “Poverty, Charity and Welfare” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of American Culture and Intellectual History, ed. Dr. Joan Rubin and Dr. Scott Casper, (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2013: 1:188-190 & 2:192-194)
Co-organizer with Dr Annita Ventouris: “Increasing Happiness and Wellbeing through Arts Participation & Play” conference, Richmond, The American International University in London, March 18 2016.
Co-organizer with Charlotte Bonham-Carter: “The Institutionalization of Social Practice” panel, College Art Association 104th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. February 3 2016.
Co-organizer with Dr Susan Pell: “Re(V)isioning the Urban Imagination: The Art and Politics of Redevelopment” conference Richmond, the American International University in London. 2014
“A Disconected Community? (Re)visioning the Heygate Council Estate through Digital Activism,” Crime & Deviance in 20th Century Britain conference, University of Lincoln, U.K. 2014
Session Organizer with along with Charlotte-Bonham Carter: “But How Does it Work? Clarifying the Rhetoric Surrounding Social Value in the Arts,” Association of Art Historians Conference, RCA, London, U.K. 2014
“From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty” at the inaugural IVAC conference, Richmond University, London. 2014
Symposium participant and presenter, “Sustainability and the City: America and the Urban World,” Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA), Austria 2013
“Making Sense of Visual Culture” conference, Roundtable participant, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, USA. 2011
“The Death of the Projects in the American Visual Imagination,” European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium. 2010
“Portal: A Journey through the Subterranean World of Cabrini Green Forest,” Greenscapes: Landscapes of Myth and Imagination Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada. 2009
“Portal: A Journey through the Subterranean World of Cabrini Green Forest,” Mobility and Creativity Conference, University of Surrey, U.K. 2009
“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 2008
“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of the Projects in the American Visual Imagination,” Crime Cultures Conference, University of Portsmouth, U.K. 2008
“Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight,” Constructed Light, Constructed Meanings Graduate Conference, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA. 2008
“Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight,” Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies Conference, University of Rochester, N.Y., USA. 2008
“Notes from the Underground: A Journey through the Subterranean World of Daniel Roth’s Cabrini Green Forest,” Contestations, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 2007