Conference Paper: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA). London. Aug 31-Sept 3 2014

Northern Ireland's Creative Meshworks: Tracing Ad Hoc Knowledge Exchange

Dr Pip Shea, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Miriam Haughton, University of Ulster
Professor Michael Alcorn, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Karen Fleming, University of Ulster



This paper draws on Ingold’s [1] idea of “meshworks” to reveal the entanglements that shape the exchange of knowledge between arts and humanities researchers and the creative sector in Northern Ireland. It offers a view of the “interwoven lines of growth and movement” that affect the passing of ideas between practitioners and academics arguing that collaborations are ad hoc and encourage new forms of creativity and problem-solving. We do not offer a visualisation of the places and ways in which Northern Ireland’s creative sector connects and collaborates. Rather, we identify the human and non-human assemblies that generate, facilitate, and give boundaries to knowledge exchange processes, and analyse these dynamics in the context of wireless cultures.


knowledge exchange; meshworks; wirelessness;  Northern Ireland; creative industries; creative arts; academic impact


This publication emerged from the CXNI research collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster. It was made possible due to support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


[1]     Ingold, T. Bringing Things to Life: Creative Entanglements in a World of Materials. Working Paper 15. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (2010)

[2]     Mackenzie, A. Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures. MIT Press (2010)