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Iwan Bala POP-UP exhibition

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

Centre member Iwan Bala is exhibiting his work in the following one day POP-UP exhibition. There will be a real-time web transmission tomorrow.


Dr. Peter Jachimiak published chapter in Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture book

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

Dr. Peter Jachimiak has written a chapter for a book entitled “Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture” (“Quadrophilia” was an original album by The Who, and film of 1979). The book was edited by Pamela Thurschwell, and is out on Monday. Full details are here.


Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has been awarded an AHRC grant for a collaborative project entitled, 'Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating and Shaping Cultural Policy for the Film and TV Industries within Selected Small Nations’. Dr. Ruth McElroy will be co-investigator on the project with Dr. Caitriona Noonan (Cardiff University) on this Early Career Researcher award.


Job Vacancy - Forty Voices, Forty Years

Posted on December 4, 2017 by

Come and Work at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling as part of our exciting new project celebrating forty years of the Women’s Movement in Wales.

We are delighted to announce that we will be commencing work on our new Forty Voices for Forty Years project, a HLF funded project run by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, the project will be led for USW by GEECS Research Fellow Dr Emily Underwood-Lee.

We are currently recruiting a Project Associate to join the project team. The job purpose is to undertake supervised work on the 40 Voices, 40 Years project to create a collection of oral histories, digital stories, archive and exhibition materials relating to the history of the Women’s Movement in Wales, and, with support, to provide analysis of findings from the collection; to work with and provide project-related support for the project team and volunteers who will assist to collect archive materials and stories, and steward exhibitions; and to deliver against the projects objectives and targets.

This position is based at the Atrium Campus of the University of South Wales.

The terms and conditions of the post (including grade and salary) will be those of the University of South Wales.
The post-holder will be working closely with Welsh Women’s Aid and their service users. This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

For more information visit https://jobs.southwales.ac.uk/vacancies/4806/project_associate_40_voices_40_years.

Wales Assembly of Women

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

On Saturday 2nd December our Research Fellow, Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, will be presenting at the Wales Assembly of Women AGM.

Emily will share some of the findings from her Performance and the Maternal research project. For more information visit the Wales Assembly of Women Facebook page.

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017

Posted on November 21, 2017 by

Dr Márta Minier and Prof Giuliano Premier co-produce climate change related workshop style reading to participate in an international playreading scheme as part of the Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 on 21 November at 3pm in Chapter Arts Centre. Students from our Performance and the Global Society module are contributing:

  • Sardines (by Maya Zbib)
  • Swing Among the Stars (by Philip Braithwaite)
  • Homo Sapiens (by Chantal Bilodeau)
  • Bottom Up (by Ian Rowlands)
  • The Narcissism of Small Differences (by Jessica Litwak)
  • “I don’t wanna learn to drive” (by Saviana Stanescu)
  • Nocturne (by Jordan Tannahill)
  • The Last Tree (by Shadid Nadeem)
  • 399 (by Abhisek Majumdar)
  • Dot to Dot to Dot (by Lynn Rosen)
  • Bare Spaces (by Angella J. Emurwon)
  • This (by Caridad Svich)
  • Home/Range (by Jeremy Pickard and Lanxing Fu)
  • Penguins (by Elspeth Tilley)
  • You Should Know Better (Vinicius Jatobá)
  • Seven Pools of Lebanon (Nathan Yungerberg)

Community Music Wales

Posted on November 17, 2017 by

Dr Rob Smith is working with Community Music Wales (24th November – 2nd December) on a project called Biophony, working with emerging composers to create music from wild encounters and field recordings in the Brecon Beacons.


Wales Media Awards 2018

Posted on November 17, 2017 by

Dr Rob Campbell, ASM for Broadcasting & Journalism, has been invited to take part on the judging panel for the Wales Media Awards 2018.


Prof Paul Carr is mentioned in today's South Wales Echo (p.7)

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

USW Professor Paul Carr is mentioned in today’s South Wales Echo (p.7) about his project on the “lost” history of popular music in Merthyr through a performance by local schoolchildren. The performance is taking place as part of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus and Merthyr Library Services on 25 November in Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil.

For tickets and further details about the performance, please see here.


Prof Paul Carr is mentioned in today's South Wales Echo (p.7)

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

USW Professor Paul Carr is mentioned in today’s South Wales Echo (p.7) about his project on the “lost” history of popular music in Merthyr through a performance by local schoolchildren. The performance is taking place as part of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus and Merthyr Library Services on 25 November in Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil.

For tickets and further details about the performance, please see here.


Lisa Barnard is featured in the British Journal of Photography

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

Lisa Barnard, member of the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales, is featured in the British Journal of Photography after being commissioned by Fuji to use their GFX 50S camera for a recent shoot.


Japan, shot on the GFX © Lisa Barnard


Post show interview with Clod ensemble

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

On Wednesday 22nd November Dr Emily Underwood-Lee will be conducting an onstage post-show interview with Suzy Willson and Paul Clark at the Wales Millenium Centre.

For more information and tickets visit https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2017-2018/westonstudio/UnderGlass/

Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge Call for Proposals

Posted on November 15, 2017 by

We are delighted to announce that the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling will present a two-day symposium on the theme of ‘Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge’

the symposium will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Atrium, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2FN and to issue a call for proposals.

DS12 Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge symposium: Call for Papers

Posted on November 14, 2017 by

We are delighted to announce that the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling will present a two-day symposium on the theme of ‘Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge’. Following on from our two most recent symposia, looking at themes of justice and place respectively, this year’s symposium explores an important cross section of these themes: storytelling as a means of creating awareness of refugee and migrant issues, as well as its ability to provide moments of refuge in the midst of chaotic events. In a world where migration and refugees are constant talking points in political and cultural spheres, story and storytelling take on crucial roles in crafting and shaping narratives around migration and refuge. But story can also act as refuge; as a sanctuary for the lost, for the wanderer, and those who seek spaces of literal or metaphorical peace.

This symposium invites explorations of these or related themes. Others may want to think of connected themes of storytelling and diaspora, storytelling as a means of escape, storytelling as shelter or sanctuary. We aim to inspire, encourage and showcase exciting projects across a wide spectrum of storytelling activity. The two-day event takes place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Atrium, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2FN.

Call for proposals: The symposium will feature keynote speakers, provocations, Q and A sessions paper presentations, and performances. We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers, practitioners, researchers, community workers, youth workers and students to present either an academic or process paper, propose a panel, or run a workshop session. Selected presentations will be scheduled on Friday 6th April 2018. Each paper or talk will be allocated 20 minutes; panel discussions and workshops will be allocated 1 hour. We are seeking critical and analytical considerations of grounded work in the field. We are particularly interested in hearing from cultural workers involved with immigrant communities, refugee centres and/or education centres with high immigrant populations.

If you would like to contribute please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Monday, 15th January, 2018 clearly marking whether you are proposing a panel discussion, paper, or workshop etc. Please send completed abstracts to denis.cryer-lennon@southwales.ac.uk.

We will notify successful contributors by Wednesday, 7th February, 2018. If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Denis Cryer-Lennon.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Lena Simic published special edition 'On the Maternal' in Performance Research

Posted on November 9, 2017 by

GEECS Research Fellow Dr Emily Underwood Lee (with Lena Simic) co-edited special issue ‘On the Maternal’ in Performance Researcha Journal of the Performing Arts. The special edition includes an article by Underwood-Lee and Simic titled ‘Manifesto for Maternal Performance’.


Prof Mark Durden (with David Campbell) published exhibition review in the Journal of Greek Media and Culture

Posted on November 9, 2017 by

Prof Mark Durden with David Campbell review of Documenta14 is now out in the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, Volume 3, Issue 2, October 2017.

Crisis Aesthetics: Documenta 14 (Athens, 8 April–16 July, and Kassel, 10 June–17 September)


Dr. Ali Wardak receives USW’s Best International Impact Award

Posted on November 6, 2017 by



The work of researchers across the University was celebrated at an event at the Conference Centre in Treforest on Wednesday, November 1. The prize for the Best International Impact was won by Centre of Criminology’s Dr. Ali Wardak. Ali received the award in recognition of the impact of his research which influenced the development of a fairer and more efficient justice system in Afghanistan.

You can watch a short presentation of Ali and his research here: Best International Impact: Dr Ali Wardak

Prof Mark Durden gave a talk at the Ciclo de Fotografia, Cinema e Multimédia in Porto

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Prof Mark Durden talked at the Ciclo de Fotografia, Cinema e Multimédia in Porto on Monday 30 November.


The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations wins the Best Impact in Wales Award

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Professors Ruth McElroy, Lisa Lewis and Paul Carr won the Best Impact in Wales award for the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations in the first Annual USW Impact and Innovation Awards 2017. In gaining the award Professor McElroy made clear that this was very much a team effort, and that everyone in the Centre shared the award.

The Creative Industries Research Institute and the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations had a great presence at the awards, with finalists including Professor Florence Ayisi and Dr Christina Papagiannouli for the Best International Impact category, Dr Rob Smith and Denis Lennon for the Best Team Collaboration and Dr Rob Smith for the Best Impact in Wales.

Bringing Merthyr’s musical memories to life

Posted on November 1, 2017 by

Photo Credit: Alan Crompton

The musical history of Merthyr will be played out by the young people of the town at an event at Theatre Soar on Saturday, November 25 (1-3.30pm).

Part of the international Being Human Festival, the University of South Wales (USW) event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the music scene in Merthyr in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

As part of the festival, USW’s Professor Paul Carr is working with a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in the town.

Prof Carr has been collecting the memories of the community, which witnessed the music first-hand. The school children will recreate these memories via dramatic interpretations.

Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London earlier this year.

Early next year, Prof Carr will run a month-long exhibition on the lost music history of the town at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25 and February 24.

Prof Carr said: “We are working with both the younger and older generation in the town, encouraging audiences to consider the relationship between memories and the way popular music-making has been reported historically.

“Some of these stories are completely lost at the moment, so I am pleased to be offered the chance to bring them to life once again.”

Tickets for the free event are available by telephoning Theatre Soar on 01685 722176, or booking online here.