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Response to DCMS Review of S4C

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has recently submitted a response to the Review of S4C by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales. To download the Centre’s response to DCMS Review of S4C, submitted on 13 October 2017, please click here.


Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty, on Discussions Magazine with more than a million readers. Peter is also contributing regularly to the fanzine Subbaculture about the look/sound of (very) early Manic Street Preachers.


Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind, the mental health charity in London, exploring views on mental health with staff and service users.


eCDR Doctorate Alumni Successes

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

  • Daniel Blaufuks publishes Fábrica, a book and film with a collection of images composed into an expanded scenery of memory, a walk through the abandoned spaces of one of the largest factories in Europe in an once flourishing industrial region, that never recovered from the loss of the textile market to the Chinese exports.

  • Amak Mahmoodian exhibits her work at Belfast Exposed as part of Catharsis – a new group exhibition which brings together three projects by contemporary photographers who use portraiture in innovative ways to explore and come to terms with complex family or personal histories.

  • Dragana Jurišic’s solo exhibition My Own Unknown opens at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in France on November 9 with a conversation between the artist Dragana Juriši? and the curator Natasha Christia and an after party.

  • Clementine Schneidermann exhibits her work at the National Museum of Cardiff as part of the Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection. This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography.


Dr Robert Smith appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on October 10, 2017 by

Dr Robert Smith, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, discussing his upcoming project Wonderbrass – a celebration event to mark 25 years of the band’s music in South Wales, which takes place in The Gate, Cardiff, this Saturday.


Dr Robert Smith appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on October 10, 2017 by

Dr Robert Smith, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, discussing his upcoming project Wonderbrass – a celebration event to mark 25 years of the band’s music in South Wales, which takes place in The Gate, Cardiff, this Saturday.


Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales)

Posted on October 6, 2017 by

Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales) on Thursday morning talking about the problems of and answers to fake news during the Las Vegas shooting.


Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle. The first event was with Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw on the tour bus Tyne Idols, where Professor Carr presented the book at the Gosforth Hotel. The official launch took place in the new Wallsend Library, in Sting’s hometown. Over the coming months, he is doing other talks in Newcastle, in addition to Bournemouth and Bristol University.

For further details about the book launch events, please see here.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee is invited to speak at THE MOTHERNISTS II international symposium

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee is invited to speak at THE MOTHERNISTS II: WHO CARES FOR THE 21st CENTURY? international symposium in Copenhagen, 12-15 October 2017. The symposium is co-organized by Lise Haller Baggesen and Deirdre M. Donoghue and is co-hosted by Astrid Noacks Ateliers and the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Dr Lena Simic will be sharing a performance of their ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance 2016!’ and will be giving a presentation about their 'Performance and the Maternal’ project.

Prof. Joseph Sobol will host the EatSU Storytelling Programmreunion at the Jonesborough festival

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Prof. Joseph Sobol will host the EatSU Storytelling Programmreunion at the Jonesborough national storytelling festival in the US on Saturday morning.

Click here to watch the live streaming of the festival.


Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle. The first event was with Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw on the tour bus Tyne Idols, where Professor Carr presented the book at the Gosforth Hotel. The official launch took place in the new Wallsend Library, in Sting’s hometown. Over the coming months, he is doing other talks in Newcastle, in addition to Bournemouth and Bristol University.

For further details about the book launch events, please see here.

Colin Pantall featured in the British Journal of Photography

Posted on September 29, 2017 by

Colin Pantall, Senior Lecturer in Photography, is featured in the British Journal of Photography in an article about his work documenting his daughter growing up.


Zanzibar Soccer Dreams has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards

Posted on September 26, 2017 by

USW International Documentary Film Professor Florence Ayisi and Dr Catalin Brylla (University of West London) have been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards for their 'Zanzibar Soccer Dreams’ film. The film has made the shortlist for the International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices category.

Jan Dalley, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “A team of judges watched the longlisted films in each of the categories to select the shortlist and ultimately the winner. Key criteria included looking at how the filmmakers came up with creative ways of telling stories – either factual or fictional – on camera that capture the importance of arts and humanities research to all of our lives.”

The winning films will be shared on the Arts and Humanities Research Council website and YouTube channel. On 9 November you’ll be able to follow the fortunes of the shortlisted films on Twitter using the hashtag #RIFA2017.

The Judging panel consists of the following film industry and academic experts:
Jan Dalley, Chair of the Judging Panel and Arts Editor of the Financial Times
Danny Leigh, writer, broadcaster and presenter
Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education
Professor Tom Inns, Director, Glasgow School of Art
Anthony Lilley, CEO, Magic Lantern Productions
Joanna Callaghan, University of Sussex
Professor Rajinder Dudrah, University of Birmingham
Professor Mark Jancovich, University of East Anglia
Professor Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton
Steve Evanson, TV Producer
Professor Andrew Chitty, AHRC Creative Economy Champion
Lord (Wilf) Stevenson of Balmacara, Former Director of the British Film Institute
Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television
Dr Katherine Cooper, University of East Anglia
Lindsay Mackie, co-founder of Film Club


Zanzibar Soccer Dreams from James Corning on Vimeo.

Prof. Mark Durden featured on Antenna 3 radio in Portugal

Posted on September 20, 2017 by

Prof. Mark Durden featured on Antenna 3 radio in Portugal on a broadcast about the The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life exhibition. The exhibition is curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and opened on 15 September in Azores. The British Consulate and the Minister of Culture for the Azores attended the opening event. For further details about the exhibition, please see here.


USW PhD student Denis Lennon published post on the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

Posted on September 19, 2017 by

Our drama PhD student Denis Lennon has recently published reflections on the open panel of the Performer Training Working Group at the 2017 TaPRA conference in Salford in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog.

The blog is associated with the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal aiming to generate debate, conversation, argument, provocation and light, not only around matters presented within the journal itself, but also outside it.

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.

Posted on September 12, 2017 by

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.


Dr Bertie Müller on AI panel at tfm 2017

Posted on September 11, 2017 by

Dr Bertie Müller will appear on a panel discussing opportunities and risks of AI at the conference Technology for Marketing tfm 2017.

Dr Bertie Müller will appear on a panel discussing opportunities and risks of AI at the conference Technology for Marketing tfm 2017. The conference takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London on 27/28 September. The panel is scheduled for 27 September, 2-2.45 pm.

Dr Bertie Müller organised the 2017 AISB-Loebner Prize

Posted on September 11, 2017 by

Bletchley Park Museum will once again become the venue of the AISB-Loebner Prize final on 16 September 2017.Bletchley Park Museum will once again become the venue of the AISB-Loebner Prize final on 16 September 2017.

Bletchley Park Museum will once again become the venue of the AISB-Loebner Prize final on 16 September 2017. This first installation of the longest-running Turing-Test competition after the death of its founder and sponsor Hugh Loebner in December 2016 will see a change to the protocol for the first time in its history. The event is open to the public visiting Bletchley Park Museum. For more information on the Loebner Prize, visit http://www.aisb.org.uk/events/loebner-prize.

Dr Bertie Müller gives keynote at AI Summit 2017

Posted on September 11, 2017 by

Dr Bertie Müller gave a keynote entitled “The Future of Ethical AI – Beyond Big Data” in London on 10 May 2017.

Dr Bertie Müller gave a keynote entitled “The Future of Ethical AI – Beyond Big Data” in London on 10 May 2017. The event attracted 1500+ attendees from all industry sectors.

Prof. Mark Durden co-curates exhibition in the Azores on the importance of comedy

Posted on September 7, 2017 by

15th September | 18pm

Opening Exhibition The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life

ARTISTS: BANK, CARLA GARLASCHI, COMMON CULTURE, DAVID SHERRY, ERICA EYRES, GEMMA MARMALADE, GILLIAN WEARING, JOACHIM SCHMID, JOÃO PAULO FELICIANO, JOHN SMITH, KARA HEARN, MAURICE DOHERTY, OLAV WESTPHALEN, PAUL McCARTHY, PETER FINNEMORE, PILVI TAKALA, RICHARD HUGHES, RICHARD WENTWORTH, THOMAS GEIGER.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, helping us negotiate the complexities of everyday life. The exhibition is curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and it was partly funded by the Creative Industries Research Institute at the University of South Wales. This show develops from Double Act, which was shown over two UK venues, Bluecoat, Liverpool and the MAC, Belfast in 2016. Campbell and Durden live and work in the UK and together with Ian Brown form the artists’ group Common Culture.

This exhibition will present the multiple forms of the comedic as it is manifest through the experience of contemporary art. Drawing together artists from diverse cultural and political contexts, each sharing an interest in humour as a device to animate their art practice and connect with an audience, both local and international, The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores the way artists reflect on their experience of the everyday to illuminate questions of cultural distinctiveness in an increasingly globalised world.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life will include two new Common Culture videos, Trial by Media and Dying is for Amateurs. With lyrics drawn from the narcissistic and indulgent lives of contemporary celebrities, Common Culture have created their own pop music, which is then interpreted through the language of dance.

Common Culture, Video Still, Dying is for Amateurs, 2017.

Common Culture, Video Still, Trial by Media, 2017.