I have worked at UNNC since 2007, having previously held research posts at Belfast’s Linen Hall Library, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
My background is in contemporary Northern Irish politics and much of my research reflects that. My main research interests, though, are on the impact of digital media on contemporary society, and the development of the cultural and creative industries in China.
• Emergence and Development of the Culture Industry
• The New Media World
• BA Dissertation Supervision
• International Communications and Cultural Difference
• MA Dissertation Supervision
• PhD Supervision
White, A. (2012) Temporal utopianism and global information networks, The Fibreculture Journal, 20. (http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/19/fcj-145-temporal-utopianism-and-global-information-networks/).
White, A. and Xu, S. (2012) A critique of China’s cultural policy and the development of its cultural and creative industries: the case of Shanghai, Cultural Trends, 21 (3), pp. 249-257. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09548963.2012.698558).
Hill, A. and White, A. (2012) Painting peace? Murals and the Northern Ireland peace process, Irish Political Studies, 27 (1), pp. 71-88. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07907184.2012.636184).
White, A. (2011) Digital Britain: New Labour’s digitisation of the UK’s cultural heritage, Cultural Trends, 20 (4), pp. 317-325. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09548963.2011.589712).
White, A. (2009) A grey literature review of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS’s) Creative Industries Economic Estimates & Creative Economy research programme, Cultural Trends, 18 (4), pp. 337-343. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09548960903268162).
White, A. (2008) The ‘universal library’ returns in digital form, Libellarium, 1 (1), pp. 111-130. (http://hrcak.srce.hr/37150).
Hill, A. and A. White (2008) The flying of Israeli flags in Northern Ireland, Identities: global studies in culture and power, 15 (1), pp. 31-50. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10702890701801775).
Murphy, K. and A. White (2007) Watching the Directive: sports rights and public culture in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 3 (3), pp. 253-269. (http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=5112/).
White, A. (2007) Is contemporary Ulster unionism in crisis? Changes in unionist identity during the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Irish Journal of Sociology, 16 (1), pp. 118-135.
White, A. (2007) Using CD-ROMs as a pedagogical tool, Multicultural Education and Technology Journal, 1 (1), pp. 36-46. (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1602584&show=abstract).
White, A. (2007) Understanding hypertext cognition: Developing mental models to aid users’ comprehension’, First Monday, 12 (1). (http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1425/1343).
White, A. (2005) The development of digital resources by library and information professionals and historians: two case studies from Northern Ireland, Program: electronic library and information systems, 39 (4), pp. 324-336. (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1528716&show=abstract)
Chapters in edited books: White, A. (2013) Digital libraries and fantasies of totality in Mays, S. (ed.), Literatures, Libraries, and Archives. London and New York: Routledge [forthcoming].
White, A. (2009) The return to orality: digital texts and their impact on literacy in Mitrano, M. and E. Jarosinski (eds.), The Hand of the Interpreter: essays on meaning after theory. Oxford, Bern, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York and Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 153-172.
Articles in proceedings of conferences: Hill, A. and A. White (2006) Scholarship in a digital age: questions of ‘definitude’ and ‘totality’, Proceeding of Libraries in a Digital Age (LIDA) 2006, Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia, 29 May – 4 June.
Jackson, G. and A. White (2006) Designing e-catalogues for archival institutions: overcoming the scepticism of scholars, IS&T’s Archiving Conference, Final Programme and Proceedings, Ottawa, May 2006, 3, pp. 191-194.
White, A. (2005) Designing effective retrieval systems for digital archives of historical documents, IS&T’s Archiving Conference, Final Programme and Proceedings, Washington DC, April 2005, 2, pp. 37-42.
Non-refereed articles and reviews: White, A. (2012) Key to unlock China’s creativity, China Daily, 13 March. (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-03/13/content_14818744.htm).
White, A. (2009) Review of Wayne, M.I. ‘China’s war on terrorism: counter-insurgency, politics and internal security’, Routledge, 2008, in Democracy and Security, 5 (1), pp. 69-71.
White, A. (2008) Review of Caldas-Coulthard, C.R. and Toolan, M. ‘The writer’s craft, the culture’s technology’, Rodopi, 2005, in Social Semiotics, 18 (3), pp. 407-408.
White, A. (2008) Review of Nightingale, V. and Dwyer, T. ‘New Media Worlds: Challenges for Convergence’, Oxford University Press, 2007, in Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 29 (2), pp. 240-242.
White, A. (2008) Review of Caldas-Coulthard, R.C. and Toolan. M. ‘The Writer’s Craft, The Culture’s Technology’, Rodopi, in Social Semiotics, 18 (3), pp. 407-408.
White, A. (2007) Review of Poster, M., ‘Information Please’, Duke University Press, 2006, in Contemporary Political Theory, 6 (4), pp. 500-502.
Murphy, K. and A. White (2006) Media policy briefing paper number 3: Sports broadcasting rights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Centre for Media Research. ISSN 1748-0175 (http://cmr.ulster.ac.uk/pdf/policy/sportingrights.pdf).
Messenger Davies, M, A. Hill, A. Kerr and A. White. (2005) Media policy briefing paper number 1: The future of the BBC. Centre for Media Research. ISSN 1748-0175 (http://cmr.ulster.ac.uk/pdf/policy/bbcfuture.pdf).
White, A. (2001) Review of Garland, R., ‘Gusty Spence’, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 2001, in the Ethnic Conflict Research Digest, INCORE (University of Ulster/United Nations University).
White, A. (2000) Review of McKay, S., ‘Northern Protestants: an unsettled people’, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 2000, in the Ethnic Conflict Research Digest, INCORE (University of Ulster/United Nations University).
White, A. (2000) The politics of the subvention and the consequences of devolution in Northern Ireland, Realms (The Journal of the Humanities Postgraduate Reading Group at Queen’s), 1 (2), pp. 4-16.
White, A. (1998) The change in loyalist ideology and strategy since the Anglo-Irish-Agreement, Realms (The Journal of the Humanities Postgraduate Reading Group at Queen’s), 1 (1), pp. 16-28.
Project Leader of and contributor to the Act of Union Virtual Library (www.actofunion.ac.uk/, www.actofunion.ie/), Queen’s University Belfast, 2003.
Abstracts of a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century parliamentary papers for the BOPCRIS project (www.bopcris.ac.uk/), University of Southampton, 2001.
Gillespie, G., Leonard, A., Murphy, Y. and White, A. (2001) Troubled Images [CD-Rom], Belfast: Linen Hall Library.
Temporal utopianism and global information networks. Speculating on Utopia: A Fibreculture Journal Launch and Workshop, University of Wollongong, 24 September 2012.
The development of the cultural and creative industries. Hefeng Creative Square, Ningbo,26 May 2012.
The development of the creative industries in China. University of Nottingham Digital Humanities Network symposium event. Digital approaches towards heritage. Between Culture and Creative Economy, 22 November 2011.
The development of the creative industries in China over the last ten years. Lecture for the Chinese Culture Society, UNNC, 26 October 2011.
What impact does the increasing proliferation of digital texts have on traditional forms of literacy. World Book and Copyright Day lecture, UNNC, 20 April 2011.
The flying of Palestinian and Israeli flags in Northern Ireland. UNNC Global Issues Series Institute for Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo, 4 May 2009. The role of myth in the development of the World Wide Web. Model United Nations Association, University of Nottingham Ningbo, 12 March 2008.
‘Act of Union’ Virtual Library, Cumann Leabharlann nahEireann (Library Association of Ireland), CILIP Ireland, joint annual conference, 22 April 2004.
Conference Papers: Cultural and creative industries in China. The first international seminar on internet culture and creative industries in Ningbo. Ningbo Institute of Technology and UNNC, 11 May 2012.
A critique of China’s cultural policy and the development of its cultural and creative industries: the case of Shanghai. Cultural Trends annual conference: in search of cultural policy, NESTA, London, 24 November 2011. (With Xu, S.).
Too much information? A conceptual exploration of Ren Rou Sou Suo – human flesh searching. China’s media in a global context, UNNC, 6 May 2011.
Digital Britain: New Labour’s digitization of the UK’s cultural heritage. A Golden Age? Reflections on New Labour's cultural policy and its post-recession legacy, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 12 November 2010.
Painting peace? Belfast murals and the Northern Ireland peace process. Association of Cultural Studies annual conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 20 June 2010 .
Navigating the digital divide: Web 2.0 and the politics of development. Politics: Web 2.0: an international conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, 17-18 April 2008. (with Chan, F.)
The technological imaginary: the nineteenth century’s gift to the twenty-first, Minds, Bodies and Machines, Birkbeck College, 6-7 July 2007.
What is the role of the memory institution in an information society?, Media in Transition 5, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 27-29 April 2007.
Scholarship in a digital age: questions of ‘definitude’ and ‘totality’, Libraries in a Digital Age (LIDA) 2006, Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia, 29 May – 4 June.
Designing e-catalogues for archival institutions: overcoming the scepticism of scholars, IS&T’s Archiving Conference, Ottawa, 25 May 2006.
Researching paper archives, Irish Postgraduate Film Conference, Portrush, 4 May 2006.
Can hypertext be used to introduce new forms of pedagogy for history scholars? Association of History and Computing (UK) annual conference, Cambridge University, 12 November 2005.
Designing effective retrieval systems for digital archives of historical documents, IS&T’s Archiving Conference, Washington DC, 27 April 2005.
The effectiveness of various retrieval strategies for digital archives in Ireland, Association of History and Computing (UK) and Royal Historical Society joint annual conference, ‘Recasting the Past: Digital Histories’, 27 November 2004, the National Archives, London.
The financial implications for Northern Ireland of UK-wide devolution, Humanities Postgraduate Conference, University College Dublin, May 1999.
Community politics in inner-city Derry since the Anglo-Irish-Agreement November 1998, Postgraduate seminar series, Politics Department, Queen’s University Belfast, November 1998.
Partnerships in East and West Belfast: Ameliorators of Socio-Economic Deprivation or Conflict Managers? Association for Voluntary Action and Research in Ireland (AVARI) Research Symposium on ‘the Voluntary Sector in Ireland’, Trinity College Dublin, May 1997.