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Friday, 6 July 2012

EVENT - Talking Shop - for teachers of film production in HE

Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London 
11 July 2012 

Talking Shop is an annual opportunity for teachers of film production in Higher Education to share good practice. This year the one day conference will consist of two panel discussions on the following themes: 

  • Primus inter pares – Leadership versus teamwork for student filmmakers, with presentations from Peter Hort, University of Westminster; Nik Powell, National Film and Television School and Lucy Brown, University of Hertfordshire. 
  • Spaces for Creativity – Making filmmakers not films, with presentations from Freya Billington, University of Gloucestershire, John Burgan, University of Wales, Newport, and Simon Passmore, University of Westminster. 

The conference will take place immediately after the Nahemi AGM. 

Eat our Shorts 10 will take place on 10 July, where more than 22 films from Nahemi member courses will be screened. For more information


EVENT - HEA/SEDA Conference: Open Horizons: Sharing the future
Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham
20 July 2012

Following three years of funding from the Higher Education Academy and JISC, a wide range of programmes and projects have explored the creation, development, use and reuse of open educational resources. Globally, the open resources movement is changing polices and the development needs of staff and students alike. This timely conference will bring together a broad range of people interested in using and developing open educational resources to enhance accredited CPD courses and inform policy, practice and institutional strategies, including senior management with strategic learning and teaching roles, educational developers and lecturers.
EVENT - Preparing for 24+ Advanced Learning Loans
Westminster, London
18 September 2012

The Government plans to introduce FE loans in September 2013, giving colleges, training providers and employers just over a year to prepare for this overhaul of education funding. Organisations affected by the move will need to anticipate the policy’s impact on access to further education, ensure staff understand the new loans system and develop an effective communications strategy.
NEWS - New Unistats web-site
From September 2012 a new Unistats web-site will be launched, which will present data in a significantly different way. For example, all Key Information Set (KIS) data will be available from the site alongside NSS and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education data.

The Unistats web-site will be accessed directly or through the KIS ‘widgets’ which are embedded in the higher education course web pages of universities and colleges. A search on most search engines using the more obvious key phrases will also lead users to the site. There will be links to the site from each course page within the UCAS Course Finder site

CALL - for papers Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales

Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales
Atrium, Glamorgan University
21 September 2012

Closing Date for Submissions: 20 July 2012 

The organisers are currently seeking papers, in English or Welsh,  for the first Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales, co-organised by Swansea University, Aberystwyth University and Glamorgan University. This is a bilingual conference with two main aims:
  • to give postgraduate students an opportunity to present their research in a constructive and supportive environment, 
  • a means to create a national community of postgraduate students within the creative industries. 
They invite paper submissions from students who are studying towards a MA, MA through Research (MRes), MPhil or PhD degree. They are eager to receive applications from students who are studying any aspect of Film, Television, Radio, Journalism, New Media, Theatre and Performance in the context of Wales OR students who are researching any aspect of Film, Television, Radio, Journalism, New Media, Theatre and Performance in an international context but writing their research thesis through the medium of Welsh.

In addition to the paper presentations by postgraduate students, the aim of this free conference is to organise sessions which will give students the opportunity to consider how to publish their research and how to make their work relevant to a wider audience. There will also be an opportunity to meet leading academics in the field of the creative industries who will be responding to your presentations and advising you on your work, in order to support your development as young researchers.

The best paper presented during the conference will be considered for publishing in either Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal – Cyfnodolyn Cyfryngau Cymru or in the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol journal Gwerddon. Further information on this opportunity will be made available soon.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please send proposals of around 300 words, and a short biography, which states the current year of your studies, to the following address: e.price@swansea.ac.uk Please also note your technical requirements for the presentation of your paper.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

CALL & NEWS - Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Journal

The first issue of JOMEC (Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) Journal, an online peer reviewed journal has been published by Cardiff University.
JOMEC'S editorial board welcomes work that is located in any one of the related disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary work that approaches Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies as overlapping and interlocking fields. JOMEC is particularly interested in work that addresses the political and ethical dimensions, stakes, problematics and possibilities of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
As well as publishing regular themed and open issues, JOMEC Journal also aims, from time to time, to intervene quickly into selected political discourses and debates, by publishing ‘rapid responses’ to political issues: responses that are always rigorously scholarly but that may be politically partisan, punchy and polemical, and that are not slowed down by a cumbersome publishing apparatus or timeline.
JOMEC Journal is a peer reviewed online open access academic journal run by an editorial collective based in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. It is peer reviewed with an international Editorial Board and Advisory Panel.

CALL & NEWS - Frames open access cinema journal

Frames is a new, student-led cinema journal from the film department at the University of St Andrews and the first issue has just been published. 

The journal aims to be a space for cutting edge research and for an intelligent discussion among those that are interested in film, film history and film theory.
Each edition of Frames seeks to bring together original scholarship from a range of disciplines that not only benefits the field of film studies but also encourages an on-going discourse among academics from around the world. Contributors are offered the opportunity to publish their work in a twice annual journal and with each issue a carefully-selected topic will be under discussion, accompanied by book reviews. Frames holds a commitment to interrogating and challenging the boundaries of the discipline, and the editors will be accommodating work that critically reassesses and creatively enacts what it means to study moving images today.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

CALL for papers 'New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies'

Culture Lab, Newcastle University
16 November 2012

Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2012

A one day conference in collaboration between Newcastle University's Research Centre in Film & Digital Media and the University of Sunderland's Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, with keynote speaker Professor Bridget Fowler of the University of Glasgow.

Despite the profound influence of Pierre Bourdieu's work in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, it has been less extensively employed in research in the fields of film and media. Certainly for film, this is partially explained by a lack of direct comment by Bourdieu on the subject (the short essay "Culture is in danger" (2000) represents the most striking exception in this regard). Although Bourdieu has written more extensively on media, this has certainly not produced what one might call a Bourdieu school of media studies. The aim of the conference, therefore, is to explore new uses of Bourdieu in film and media research.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • symbolic violence: making the invisible visible
  • film space and social space
  • the engaged intellectual in film and media
  • film and artistic autonomy
  • film/media as serving/resisting cultural, social and political reproduction
  • film/media's potential to reinforce or to resist masculine domination
  • taste, distinction and canon formation
  • reflexivity in film and media
Proposals of 200 words along with a short biography should be sent by 30 September 2012 to:
Guy Austin guy.austin@ncl.ac.uk and John Storey: john.storey@sunderland.ac.uk

Monday, 2 July 2012

CALL - for papers and reviewers for JMPS Screenworks

Journal of Media Practice Symposium announce that Volume 3 of Screenworks: screen media practice research is now online and the call for Volume 4 has been announced.

Call for papers will open on 24 September 2012
and close on 21 January 2013

Edited by Dr Charlotte Crofts and Associate Editor Steve Presence at the University of the West of England, the third volume of this peer-reviewed online publication of academic screen media research demonstrates the broad range of research that is currently being undertaken through practice, which includes multi-screen 'expanded' cinema, site-specific installations, live AV performances, practice-as-research into childhood, experimental documentary, philosophical mediations on the platonic ideal and an exploration of the ontology of the digital camera lens.  Each work is accompanied by a supporting research statement, offering a 'route map' of the research process and the peer reviews are published alongside the work in a system of open peer review.  

Volume 4 of Screenworks will be an open call of rolling publications. This means that in the spirit of reactive online publishing they will review and publish work on a rolling basis as it comes in, rather than waiting for a full Volume before publication. The call will open on 24 September 2012 and close on 21 January 2013, with a view to publishing each work as soon as the reviewing process is complete. All work will be published by June 2013 at the latest, accruing a full Volume of work for the academic year.  For more information about the peer review process and how to submit your work please go to the Call for Submissions page

They are very keen to expand their pool of academic reviewers so if you would be interested in getting involved then please email screenworks@jmpscreenworks.com with "Screenworks Reviewer" in the subject line, stating your area of interest / expertise and your institutional affiliation: screen media practice research.