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MaKS Research Seminar Series 2017-2018

Thursday 19th October 2017

Preserving Documentary Heritage in Belarus: Achievements and Current Challenges

Dr Artsiom Nazaranka
Senior Lecturer, Department of Source Study, Belarusian State University 
Chairman of the Faculty of History Council of Young Scientists, Belarusian State University

Professor Andrei Prokhorov
Associate Professor, Department of Ancient and Medieval History, Belarusian State University
Deputy Dean on Educational Innovations and International Cooperation, Belarusian State University

Dr Katsiaryna Smaliakova
Senior Lecturer, Department of Source Study, Belarusian State University 

Professor Stsiapan Zakharkevich
Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology, Museology and History of Arts, Belarusian State University

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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Complexity, Individual Differences, and the Menstrual Cycle: Understanding Reproductive Steroid Effects on Psychology

Prof. Jeff Kiesner

Associate professor at the University of Padova, Italy 

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Friday 15th December 2017

The Death of Newspapers is Greatly Exaggerated

Prof. Marc Edge

Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications

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Friday 23rd February 2018


Software and sculpture behave in very similar manners. They can be thought of as a process of shaping, modifying and remediating information. Through the research conducted at the Department of Digital Arts for the past years, the nature, the role and the socio-cultural understanding of sculpture are (re)examined in the light of constantly evolving digital technology. Through its relationship with software, sculpture has the capability of intervening upon a myriad of media, and processes that software has absorbed within it, extending sculpture across spaces, dimensional planes and time(s).

Accompanying this research is a body of sculptural work that makes use of sound as a sculptural medium. Sound is both spatial and temporal; it has no perceivable physical mass and for long has existed somewhat outside of the visual arts. Using software and sculpture as processes in order to intervene upon sound, relocates the understanding of the sculptural artefact from the notion of an ‘object’ into that of a sculptural ecology, composed of numerous artefact systems that are aware of their surroundings and are capable of reacting to them. 

Speaker  - Mr Matthew Galea, Visiting lecturer, Department of Digital Arts

Venue - MKS414

Time - 12:15pm

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Friday 2nd March 2018

Internet Governance Multistakeholderism: Between Normalisation and Generativity

Multistakeholderism is one important element supporting different global governance initiatives. Despite underpinning successful practices in areas like corporate social responsibility and environmental protection, multistakeholderism became deeply associated to Internet governance and is considered one of its foundational characteristics.

Notwithstanding the recent academic interest in multistakeholderism policy-making practices there is little research investigating how multistakeholderism operates in these governance structures and what are the effects of this operation in the produced regulations. Using a case study approach the present research investigates multistakeholderism operation in the Brazilian Internet governance system. It analyses multistakeholder and non-multistakeholder policy-making structures operating in Brazilian Internet governance in order to trace multistakeholderism operation and evaluate its effects in Internet policies and regulations.


Speaker - Mr Joao Araujo Monteiro Neto, Research Support Officer, Department of Information Policy and Governance 

Venue - MKS414

Time - 12:15pm

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Wednesday 25th April 2018

Research and Development at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Research & Development (R&D) joins teaching as an important pillar of activity for Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and is characterised by real-world applicability and close links to business, industry and society.

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences has a research budget totalling approximately 3 million euros per year. Approximately 30% of all third-party funding comes from companies, whilst the remaining two thirds comes from a variety of different public funding agencies.


Speakers -  Julia Schwarzacher, MA & Josef Schinwald, MSc

Venue - MKS414

Time - 15:00 

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Friday 4th May 2018

Flying Air Taxis: A solution to the traffic problem in Malta?

Considering the prevailing congestion problems with ground-based transportation and the anticipated growth of traffic in the coming decades, a major challenge is to find solutions that combine the best of ground-based and air-based transportation.

The optimal solution would consist in creating a personal air transport system (PATS) that can overcome the environmental and financial costs associated with all of our current methods of transport.

Speakers -  Heinrich Bülthoff

Venue - MKS414

Time - 12:15

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Last Updated: 26 April 2018

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