Filmmaking in the Academy: Practice/Theory Interventions - BAFTSS Practice Research SIG Event

Bristol, UK (12.6.2020), 27. March 2020.

Friday 12 June

Venue: UWE’s City Campus at Arnolfini – enter Bush House via Prince St (TBC).

This one-day symposium is a celebration of filmmaking in the academy, where practice researchers screen their work and the research dimensions are critically explored with a mixed panel of established, early career and PGR researchers from both practice and traditional film studies backgrounds. We invite practitioners to submit films and moving image works readily available to view online (can be password protected), together with a 300-word research statement and links to supporting documentation, if applicable (echoing REF guidelines for practice research).

The organisers will then make selected work available to an invited panel of respondents: Dr Jacqueline Maingard (Co-convener of the Screen Research Cluster, University of Bristol), Professor Andrew Spicer (Professor of Cultural Production, UWE Bristol and UoA 34 Lead) and Professor Phil Powrie (Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Surrey), who are all interested in engaging critically with practice research from different disciplines.

At the event the work will be screened with a brief presentation, followed by peer review, which will be performed live at the event in an informal, friendly and constructive environment. Together with the filmmakers, and the audience, the panel will aim to probe the Significance, Rigour and Originality and contribution to new knowledge of the presented works from a variety of theoretical frameworks, including textual analysis, screen industries and genre studies - with a view to supporting the contributors in honing the way in which they articulate their practice as research for REF2021 and beyond.

Practice work, statements and the resulting conversations could be written up and submitted as a strand to BAFTSS online journal Open Screens.
The aims of the event are threefold:
1.    to provide a supportive space to communicate the value of practice research to a mixed audience of practice and non-practice researchers in preparation for REF21
2.    to act as a pilot for a potential strand at future BAFTSS Annual Conferences to avoid practice speaking only to practice
3.    to encourage colleagues to submit practice for consideration by the journal.

Key Dates:
Deadline for submissions: 27 March 2020
Notification: 1 May
Registration: 22 May 2020
Event: Friday 12 June 2020

Please email charlotte.crofts@uwe.ac.uk by 27 March 2020 with “BAFTSS Practice SIG Event” in the subject. Please see details on Submission Guidelines here: http://www.mir.org.uk/filmmaking-in-the-academy/