to commemorate and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the death of playwright and scriptwriter


 Contributions by some of of his closest colleagues and collaborators including: John Hefin, John Ogwen, Maureen Rhys, Meic Povey and Ann Beynon

 Saturday, 5th November, 11am-4pm, Parry-Williams Building, Aberystwyth University, £5  (£3)

 Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies Aberystwyth University

 This event will mark and discuss Gwenlyn Parry's work in the theatre and television in Wales.  It will include interviews and contributions by a number of key co-workers, and by some of those closest to him.  The event will also aim to reflect upon Gwenlyn's personality and personal influence as well as his own artistic output.  There will be examples of Gwenlyn's work on show during the day.  All sessions will be conducted in Welsh.


Aberystwyth PhD student wins prestigious Performing Science Award

Daniel Ladnar, PhD student in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, has won the prestigious Performing Science - Giessen Award for Scholarly Presentation and Lecture Performance 2011, which honours innovative forms of knowledge presentation in any academic discipline. The prize was awarded for the second time (following its successful launch in 2007) by the Center for Media and Interactivity of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen (Germany) with support from the Robert Bosch Foundation.  From over fifty applications received from all over Europe and the USA, a shortlist of ten was selected, which represented research in fields as diverse as medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering, theatre, visual arts and performance. The shortlisted lectures were presented at a public event at Giessen University on 17 September. The jury (which included leadings scholars from biology, literature, cultural theory and dance) awarded first prize to Daniel for his lecture performance, Would Joseph Beuys Have Used PowerPoint?”. Daniel, who is researching the role of the lecture performance in contemporary performance practice and theory under the supervision of Dr Heike Roms and Professor Adrian Kear and supported by a doctoral scholarship from Aberystwyth University, received prize money of €5,000.



Dr Heike Roms - David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre & Performance

Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies researcher Dr Heike Roms has won the inaugural David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance, awarded for outstanding research in any area of Theatre and Performance Studies. The Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) is the main research association for the field in the UK. The award will be presented at the TaPRA 2011 Conference at the University of Kingston on 7–9 September, 2011.

Have you seen a National Theatre Wales show?

Aberystwyth University PhD researcher Kirsty Sedgman is currently undertaking an independent audience research project into National Theatre Wales and is keen to hear your experiences.  Visit the project website for more information and an opportunity to contribute to the research.

Broadcasting in the 1950s Conference - Gregynog Hall, 20-22 July 2011

Bookings are now open for a conference that will investigate broadcasting in the 1950s.

Held at Gregynog Hall between 20-22 July 2011, speakers include Michele Hilmes (keynote speaker), Jason Jacobs, Kate Lacey, Tom O’Malley, Ralph Negrine, Sian Nicholas and Michael Tracey. In addition to a full set of papers and panels, there will be an opportunity to see some lost British television drama discovered at the US Library of Congress.

The Conference is being organised as part of the AHRC-funded research network, ‘British Quality, American Chaos? Trans-national discourses and interactions in the history of British and North American broadcasting c.1922-1962’.

Travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students.  Full details and an online booking form are available at http://broadcasthistory.org.uk/events/broadcasting-in-the-1950s/

Golwg 360 PhD Studentship

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University is pleased to announce two PhD Scholarships in the field of Digital Media. Both scholarships are offered through the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships scheme, as follows:

‘Production and Distribution of on-line, local and hyper-local, multi-media content in the Welsh language’ in partnership with Golwg 360 (on-line news platform) www.golwg360.com.


British Press in World War II PhD Studentships

The Department of History and Welsh History and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University, invites applications for two fully-funded PhD studentships commencing in September 2011, as part of a Leverhulme Trust Research Project on ‘A social and cultural history of the British press in World War II. Application details can be found at:


Rethinking Genre: industry, aesthetics, reception and value

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University announces the dates of an international conference on film and television genres.  Possible issues to be addressed might include; genre and new media, genre and performance, genre and marketing, genres and their production, genre and value, the emergence of genre festivals, genre hybridity, extreme genres, new approaches to studying genre, creative writing on genre, and the relevance of genre today.

The conference will take place between 17th - 20th July 2012 at Aberystwyth University.  A call for papers will go out in January 2012.  To register your interest please email Marieke Jenner or Emma Pett.


KESS Scholarship Opportunity - Evolving Communities, Evolving Landscapes

Aberystwyth University are seeking to recruit a PhD student to work on a three-year project entitled 'Evolving communities, evolving landscapes: alternative communities of West Wales and their relationship to capital and community'.

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by 1 April 2011. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the European Union’s Convergence programme administered by the Welsh Assembly Government. KESS PhD scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners. (Applicants need only apply, they do not need to search for partners.)

Read more about the KESS Scholarship or download the KESS Application.

The Threat of Silence 

Jill Greenhalgh and Sara Penrhyn Jones received £3000 from Wales Arts International in order to attend the  Magdalena Sin Fronteras (Magdalena without Borders) International Festival in Santa Clara, Cuba in January 2011.  Jill lead workshops, gave a lecture on the history of the Magdalena Project  and made a presentation on her new performance The Threat of Silence.  Sara filmed the 10 day festival and this video is a first montage from all the footage she shot.

Watch extracts of the perfomance here.

Robinson in Ruins screening and symposium (29-30 March 2011)

On 29th March 2011 the Department of Theatre, Film and Television and the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences will jointly present a special screening at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema of Robinson in Ruins (2010) directed by leading British filmaker Patrick Keiller. Robinson in Ruins is a poetic cinematic essay about a contemporary England on the verge of economic collapse. It is narrated by Vanessa Redgrave. This special screening of Robinson in Ruins (at 6.00pm) will be immediately followed by a question and answer session with the director Keiller and the geographer Doreen Massey (Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University), who has written an essay which engages with the film and its preoccupations as part of a collaboration with Keiller and the writer Patrick Wright on a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project entitled ‘The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image’. This work will be further engaged with at a special symposium being jointly organised by TFTS and IGES which will take place during the morning of Wednesday 30th March.

For more details of these events please contact Dr Paul Newland (pnn@aber.ac.uk) 

Two PhD Scholarships in Digital Media

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University is pleased to announce two PhD Scholarships in the field of Digital Media. Both scholarships are offered through the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships scheme, as follows: 

‘Development of Audiovisual Multiplatform Narratives’ in partnership with Cwmni Da Television Production Company (www.cwmnida.tv); and

‘Production and Distribution of on-line, local and hyper-local, multi-media content in the Welsh language’ in partnership with Golwg 360 (on-line news platform) www.golwg360.com.

Both are exciting opportunities to explore challenging issues in this field through funded doctoral research projects firmly located within the Welsh digital economy. It is a requirement that candidates be fluent in Welsh and English in order to carry out these research projects. The successful candidates should be able to begin the studentship on 1 April 2011.

Further details (in Welsh only) are available here.  Alternatively contact Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones (Senior Lecturer and Director of Mercator Institute) esj@aber.ac.uk. Closing date is 19 February 2011.


Call for Papers: Broadcasting in the 1950s

University of Wales Study Centre, Gregynog, Newtown, Mid Wales
20-22 July 2011

The AHRC-funded Research Network (‘British quality, American chaos? Trans-national discourses and interactions in the history of British and North American broadcasting, c.1922-1962) in collaboration with the Centre for Media History at Aberystwyth University invites abstracts for papers for an international conference on broadcasting in the 1950s.

By the 1950s radio was a well-established medium. During the 1950s television arrived to challenge the supremacy of radio and pose a threat to the press and to cinema. Across the world, and in particular in Europe and the USA, television was understood as a major new social, cultural and political phenomenon. It became implicated in a range of debates about social and cultural change, an as a set of institutions devised new ways of interacting with the societies in which it was engaged. The 1950s then were a crucial moment in the development of mass communications and one in which television played a major part. The relationship between different forms of broadcasting, and broadcasting and society in these seminal years is the focus of this conference which will seek to encourage analysis of the relationship between broadcasting and social change over time.

Whilst we welcome papers on any aspect of broadcasting in what we define as the ‘long 1950s’ (from c.1945 to c.1962), we are particularly interested in receiving abstracts which fall within the broad themes of the research network: transatlantic interactions, quality, national identities. Other papers may wish to cover topics such as broadcasting and social change, broadcasting and class, the relationship between radio and television in the 1950s.

Abstracts (1000 words) for papers of around 25 minutes should be sent to the Network Administartor, Rhys Fowler (broadcast@aber.ac.uk), no later than Friday 4 February 2011.  Enquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to Dr Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwyth University (jsm@aber.ac.uk) or Dr Hugh Chignell, Bournemouth University (hchignel@bournemouth.ac.uk).


More information is available here.