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Qualifications

Ph.D. : ‘The Visual Rhetoric of the Conservative Party’s 1979 General Election Poster and Print Advertising: A Social Semiotic Analysis’, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2005.

BA (Hons.) History of Design with the History of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997, First Class.

About

Main teaching areas: I am module leader for a number of modules, including GC4S05: Research and Practice in the Creative Industries (a generic MA module), DG3S224: Critical Research and DG1S12: Design in Context and I teach on a number of other undergraduate modules. I am also a Ph.D. supervisor.

Research interests: The history of advertising, political advertising, propaganda, advertising the history of design and visual culture.

Current research activity: At present, I am researching nostalgia in political advertising and the Welsh National’s Opera’s cross-media ‘Tudors’ Trilogy’ campaign.

Experience

3 Oct 2001- 1June 2003 Part-time Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University.

April 2000- April 2002 Part-time Lecturer, The University of Salford.

Responsibilities

Subject Leader in Contextual Studies for Graphic Communication, Advertising and Illustration. I lead undergraduate contextual studies modules on practice-based BA (Hons.) programmes and an MA cross-faculty module. My academic duties also include curriculum development, second-marking, moderating, liaising with the external examiner and franchise colleges, attending meetings, sitting on committees and undertaking research. I am, at present, a member of the FCI’s FRPC committee and I have been a member of the faculty’s FRASAC and RAP committees previously. My strong commitment to research informs my teaching. Allied to that, I am a Ph.D. supervisor, and I welcome Ph.D. students in the areas of advertising, political advertising, visual culture and the history of design.

Publications

Grainger, R. (2012). ‘A Propaganda of Commodities: Militarism in British Advertising’, Margarita Kefalaki and Yorgo Pasadeos (Eds.), Challenges in International Communication, Atiner, 303-309.

Grainger, R. (2010). ‘The Obama 1984 YouTube Advert: Dystopia Imagined.’ Pasadeos, Y. (Ed.), Advances in Mass Media Research. Atiner, 191-203.

Grainger, R. (2009). ‘Artistic Creativity: British Posters and Print Advertising during the 1970s.’ Pasadeos, Y. (Ed.), Variety in Mass Communication Research. Atiner, 205-218.

Grainger, R. (2007). ‘Saatchi & Saatchi and the Transformation of British Political Advertising: A Social Semiotic Analysis of the Conservative Party’s 1979 General Election Poster and Print Advertising.’ Pasadeos, Y. (Ed.), International Dimensions of Mass Media Research, Atiner, 133-155.

Standen, I. & R. Grainger. (2006). ‘Education for Sustainable Development: Earth House.’ About Wales, Civic Trust, July 2007, 19-21.

Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research

My conference papers include:

Grainger, R. (2015). ‘Encouraging Transformation Through Nostalgia in British General Election Posters and other Printed Campaign Texts’. Mediating Democracy Conference, Political Studies Association, Media and Politics Annual Conference. (forthcoming).

Grainger, R., Minier, M. (2015) ‘Marketing the Tudors: Interactivity and Historical Interpretation in Marketing Strategies: the Welsh National Opera’s ‘Tudor Trilogy’ (2013).’ Representing the Tudors, University of South Wales. (Panel Presentation).

Grainger, R. (2012). ‘The LABOUR ISN’T WORKING. poster’. Picturing Politics. University of Nottingham, at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

Grainger, R. (2012). ‘Defined by a Pun: Humour in the Conservative Party’s 1979 Election Posters.’ 10th International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research (forthcoming).

Grainger, R. (2011). ‘A Propaganda of Commodities: Militarism in British Advertising.’ 9th International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research.
Grainger, R. (2010). ‘The Obama 1984 YouTube Advert: Dystopia Imagined.’ 8th International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Grainger, R. (2009), ‘Returning to the Object of Study.’ The Go Between (conference), Atrium, University of Glamorgan.

Grainger, R. (2008). ‘Artistic Creativity: British Posters and Print Advertising during the 1970s.’ 6th International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Grainger, R. (2007). ‘Saatchi & Saatchi and the Transformation of British Political Advertising: A Social Semiotic Analysis of the Conservative Party’s 1979 General Election Poster and Print Advertising.’ 5th International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Grainger, R. (2006). ‘The Visual Rhetoric of the Conservative Party’s 1979 General Election Poster and Print Advertising: A Social Semiotic Analysis.’ Rhetoric in Society 2006, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Standen, I. & R. Grainger. (2006). ‘Earth House: Nurturing a Creative Response to Sustainability Issues – a Live Project.’ Global Built Environment Network (GBEN), University of Central Lancashire.

Grainger, R. (2001). ‘The Visual Rhetoric of the Conservative Party’s 1979 General Election Poster LABOUR ISN’T WORKING. : A Social Semiotic Analysis.’ Political Studies Association (PSA), Loughborough University.

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