2009

Dr Jamie Medhurst has been awarded a Research Networking grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) worth almost £34,000.

The international network entitled 'British quality, American chaos? Transnational discourses and interactions in the history of British and North American broadcasting, c.1922-1962' will draw together scholars, researchers and archivists from the UK, North America and beyond. The Co-Investigator is Dr Hugh Chignell of Bournemouth University's Media School.

Film by TFTS Lecturer, John Burgan, to be shown at the BFI Southbank

In October the British Film Institute in London showed 'Memory Of Berlin'  (1998) written and directed by TFTS Lecturer John Burgan.   The film will also be screened in Berlin during November to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.  If you're unable to get to London or Berlin, there will be a chance to catch it at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre at 8.15pm on 24 November.  TFTS  postgraduates Ywain Tomos & Irene Asimenou's short film portrait of Aberystwyth, 'New Life at the End of the Line', completed as part of their MA in Film Studies, will precede the evening's screening.  For further details , please see http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whatson/cinema/info/8055/

John joined the TFTS department in Autumn 2008 and has just completed "Power and Place", a short film on sustainable energy. Already previewed this summer in Washington DC as part of the prestigious Wales Smithsonian Cymru event, the project is part of an ongoing collaboration between TFTS and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.

For further details on 'Memory of Berlin' please see the BFI website

Department Remembers Catrin

On 13 July 2009, the Department welcomed the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Catrin Prys Jones to an event to mark the establishment of a prize in memory of Catrin who died in 2006. The prize was awarded for the first time this year to a student in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies registered for a Welsh-medium programme, who achieved the highest average score for the degree. The 2009 recipient was Ffion Hâf Jones from Anglesey (as was Catrin herself) who was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. The Department will nominate a recipient of the Catrin Prys Jones prize on an annual basis.

Prize winners will be published on the web page of the Catrin Prys Jones Prize.

MA Practising Performance Performance Platform 2009

Performances by: Sian Adam, Cara Brostrom, Sinead Cormack, Glesni Mair Edwards, Sarah Guice, Simone Kenyon, Caroline Melia, Shannon Roszell, Naomi Turner

18 + 19 September

http://mapractisingperformance.blogspot.com/

Admission Free.Audience numbers are limited. Please book in advance: http://tftvbookings.aber.ac.uk/

Aberytwyth Scriptwriting MA graduate shortlisted for prestigious award

Matt Ruckwood, who graduated this year, has been shortlisted as one of only 10 people up for an award in the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Screeenwriting Competition. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script for a family audience.

Matt's script, "The Permanent Way" is a Victorian crime drama series for television, set in London against the railway boom of the time. Winners will receive the award at the Emmys in New York in November.

Congratulations to Matt for his achievement, and good luck for the competition ahead.

Honorary Fellowship presented to Huw Eurig Davies, chief executive of Boomerang+

On Friday the 17th July, the chief executive of television production company Boomerang+, Huw Eurig Davies was presented for an Honorary Fellowship by Dr John Harries. Mr Davies co-founded the company in 1994. He has subsequently grown Boomerang into a highly successful organisation employing over 120 people and with an annual turnover of some twenty million pounds.

The company is noted for the opportunities which it provides for creative talent to stay in Wales, work bilingually and compete internationally. Many of them graduates from this University.

The full presentation given by Dr John Harries can be read here.

Arts and Humanities Research Council Landscape and Environment Programme Conference 2009: LIVING LANDSCAPES in Aberystwyth

An international conference on performance, landscape and environment

Aberystwyth, 18-21 June 2009

LIVING LANDSCAPES included more than 180 papers, performances, workshops, performative interventions and installations by artists and researchers from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, UK, and USA.

Contributors included Mike Brookes / Rosa Casado, Stephen Daniels (Nottingham), Dee Heddon (Glasgow), Eddie Ladd, Hayden Lorimer (Glasgow), David Matless (Nottingham), Graeme Miller, George Monbiot, Alan Read (King’s), Jane Rendell (UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture), Chris Watson (Wildlife Sound Recordist), Simon Whitehead, David Williams (Falmouth/ Dartington), Stephen Hodge and Simon Persighetti (Wrights & Sites), John Wylie (Exeter), among many others.

Go to the Living Landscapes website for a full programme and documentation of the event.

TFTS Doctoral Studentship Competition - Now Open!

We are pleased to be in a position to offer a TFTS doctoral studentship award for outstanding applicants whose research closely matches one of our areas of research strength. The TFTS studentships are available to UK/EU applicants only and are designed to cover three years fulltime fees and maintenance, benchmarked to ensure equivalence with the AHRC (currently £13,290).

Closing Date: 10 July 2009

Further particulars and how to apply.

TFTS student makes a film for the BBC.

Jack (Luke) Blackburn, a 3rd year student on our Film and Television Studies degree scheme, has written, directed and starred in a short film for the BBC.  The film, produced in collaboration with Sara Penrhyn Jones,  may be viewed online at the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/ps/stories/93214.shtml

AHRC Collaboarative Doctoral Award Success

We are plaease to announce that applications are invited for an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral studentship beginning this October between Aberystwyth University (Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies) and the British Board of Film Classification.  The purpose of the studentship is to research the ways in which fans of ‘extreme horror’ have taken up and used new technologies as part of their chosen engagements. 

Further details and information on how to apply for this position

Dr Heike Roms awarded £165k grant by AHRC for Welsh performance art research

Dr Heike Roms was recently awarded a large research grant (worth £165,779) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The grant will support a two-year research project, entitled “'It was forty years ago today…': Locating the Early History of Performance Art in Wales 1965-1979”. The project will examine how performance art histories are constructed, paying particular attention to the development of the art form in the context of Wales. Start date is 1 April 2009.

For more information see the AHRC website.

JOB ADVERT: AHRC Funded Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (Aberystwyth) £30,594 - £35,469 per annum for 21 months - more information see http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/TF.09.02%20Ext.pdf

Arts and Humanities Research Council Landscape and Environment Programme Conference 2009: LIVING LANDSCAPES - Registration now open

An international conference on performance, landscape and environment

Aberystwyth, 18-21 June 2009

LIVING LANDSCAPES will include more than 140 papers, performances, workshops, performative interventions and installations by artists and researchers from Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, UK, and USA.

Currently confirmed contributors include Mike Brookes / Rosa Casado, Stephen Daniels (Nottingham), Dee Heddon (Glasgow), Eddie Ladd, Hayden Lorimer (Glasgow), David Matless (Nottingham), Graeme Miller, George Monbiot, Alan Read (King’s), Jane Rendell (UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture), Spell #7, Chris Watson, Simon Whitehead, David Williams (Falmouth/ Dartington), Wrights & Sites, John Wylie (Exeter), among many others.

Go to the Living Landscapes website for more details.

IAMHIST Conference 2009: Social Fears and Moral Panics - Registration now open

Aberystwyth, 8-11 July 2009

The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) is pleased to announce its XXIII biennial conference, incorporating the 3rd Gregynog Media History Conference, on the theme Social Fears and Moral Panics, to be held at Aberystwyth University Wed 8-Sat 11 July 2009.

The conference is being organised by IAMHIST, in association with the Centre for Media History and Departments of History and Welsh History, and Theatre, Film and Television, Aberystwyth University, the Department of Media and Communications, Swansea University, and the journals Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and Media History, with the support of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Go to the IAMHIST conference website for more details.