Centre of Research in the Arts (CoRA)

About us

CoRA is an interdisciplinary research centre that provides a context for the outstanding research practices in the arts. It includes work from art and design, communication, media and culture, digital media, film, music, photography and publishing. CoRA was launched in September 2020 and is based at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University.

The Centre brings together practice, archival, digital and cultural research. It provides a dynamic environment to foster and support the vibrant and successful research culture through the interdisciplinary framework of arts and humanities at Oxford Brookes University.

CoRA hosts an exciting annual programme of events, which includes conferences and research seminars, workshops, exhibitions and community projects. The Centre also acts as a base for the extensive research being done by CoRA scholars (more about that work is available below). CoRA acts as an umbrella for the activities of existing research groups on opera, audience studies, fine art, print culture, popular music, sonic art and film.

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Daniela Treveri Gennari

Professor Daniela Treveri Gennari

Professor of Cinema Studies

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Paul Whitty

Professor Paul Whitty

Head of School of Arts

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Upcoming events

6th January 2022, "Transition to Sound and the Rise of the Deaf Film Audiences" by Magdalena Zdrodowska

The transition to sound cut off from mainstream cinema culture both deaf viewers and deaf actors. Large parts of the narrative necessary to understand the film started to be conveyed through spoken dialogue, to which the deaf people had limited or no access. They did not, however, abandon cinema without a fight. In my presentation, I will first discuss strategies that the American deaf community used to gain access to ‘talkies’ shortly after the transition to sound; secondly, I will analyze the successful history of cinematic captioning for the deaf, the success of which was based on the concept of separate deaf spectatorship. My analysis is based on American sources including articles in the deaf and popular press, and collections of the Gallaudet University Archives (Washington). Magdalena Zdrodowska - Assistant Professor in the Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Currently conducts a book-length project The Deaf History of Cinema funded by the Polish National Science Center. She was awarded an International Scholar title by The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC). Author of Telephone, cinema and cyborgs. Mutual relations between technology and deafness (2021, published in Polish).

8th February: Rhea Storr

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