REBELLIOUS RESEARCH #2 – So What? Film Practice Research and Impacts

SESSION 2: Wednesday 30th November 2022, 15:30-17:00 (GMT) link to join

So What? Film Practice Research and Impacts by Prof. Erik Knudsen (Faculty Director of Research, Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries, Professor of Media Practice, University of Central Lancashire).

Media practice research has over the past 25 years, or more, firmly established itself within the broader UK higher education research environment as important and legitimate research. In this wider context, research funding, and the evaluation of research, both in the UK and globally, is being focused on the impact the research being undertaken is having on both audiences, beneficiaries and industry partners. As an example of this, the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), which measures quality of research every five or six years across the UK higher education sector, has unequivocally indicated that evaluation of impacts will be an increasing feature of research assessments going forward. Various funding bodies, too, while not always using the word “impact”, are equally concerned that their investments deliver meaningful impacts. Professor Erik Knudsen will explore how we as filmmakers working in the academy can shape, engage with and address the need for our creative practice research to deliver impact.

REBELLIOUS RESEARCH #1 – Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gesture

‘Tentacular thinking’ in Creative Practice Research as a Radical Intellectual Gesture by

Agnieszka Piotrowska (Reader in Film, SODA, MMU & Professor, Film and Cultural Studies, The University of Gdańsk).

Online: SESSION 1: Wednesday 26th October 2022, 15:30-17:00 (GMT) – link to join

 In this talk, Agnieszka Piotrowska considers the notion of what ‘knowledge’ might be for a creative research practitioner and how ‘high theory’ might be of assistance in inspiring ideas and creative strategies. She will share her most recent experience of working across disciplines with the new experimental film Wash (2022). It is a hybrid documentary with element of animation and drama dealing with serious issues of development in Zimbabwe, a country in which she has done much work over the years. The piece of work has been funded by Strategic England Research 2021 and the University of Edinburgh.

 

Art/Practice-Based Research Seminar Series

Following the and popular first round of the Art/Practice-based research seminar series (and a Special Issue on Recontextualising Practice-based Research which followed), the seminar series, hosted by C3 Centre Agata Lulkowska, returns with a new title and some truly exquisite guests. As always, free and open to all (all sessions run online via MS Teams), this initiative aims at widening support and understanding around practice research in a friendly and inclusive manner, with some top experts sharing their experience and advice.

  • For more info and to be added to the mailing list please contact Agata Lulkowska (Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk)
  • The programme is available from here
  • The Youtube Channel of our past recorded seminars is here (below a taster from the first seminar)

Hawthorn Ridge : a forensic investigation into the archaeology and history of Hawthorn Crater

Recently released, in a warm and engaging audio interview, producer and Associate Professor Fiona Graham from C3 and historian Colin Winn walk to the craters and tour their perimeter. While doing so they share with us their stories behind this exciting project into the crater and talk about the special relationship that has developed with the local community. Colin is a military historian and tunnelling expert and Fiona an associate professor on the project.

The Hawthorn Redoubt was an formidable defensive position for the Germans which was blown up on the morning of 1 July 1916 by a mine that had been placed beneath the German stronghold on the ridge. The explosion, ten minutes before the whistles blew at 7:30am, destroyed the position but the timing of the detonation and the lifting of the artillery barrage meant that the position was reinforced by the Germans, leading to massive losses among the attacking British troops. 

The full article and interview can be viewed and listened to at:
https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/world-war-i-articles/hawthorn-ridge-a-forensic-investigation-into-the-archaeology-and-history-of-hawthorn-crater/

2021/22 Books from Staff at the C3 Centre at Staffordshire University

We have had a bumber year of books for the C3 researcher community. Here are some of the latest boooks with links to our institutional depository. Some of these books are available as a pre-copy-edited Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM), so do have a look.

  • BOEHM, Carola (2022) Arts and Academia: The Role of the Arts in Civic Universities. Great Debates in Higher Education . Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley. ISBN 978-1-83867-730-5 https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/7301/   and FULL PDF
     
  • MARSDEN, Robert (2022) Inside the Rehearsal Room. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350103658  https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/7425/
     
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2021) Horror Franchise Cinema. Routledge, London. ISBN ISBN 9780367183271 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/5283/  
     
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2021) Snuff. Devil’s Advocates . Auteur | Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6851/
     
  • RUDGE, Peter (2021) Beyond the Blue Economy; Creative Industries and Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States. Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780367820251 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6927/
     
  • MACCALLUM-STEWART, Esther and Brown, Douglas (2020) Rerolling Boardgames: Essays on Themes, Systems, Experiences and Ideologies (Studies in Gaming). Studies in Gaming . MacFarland Press. ISBN 978-1-4766-7079-9 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6726/
     
  • MCKENNA, Mark (2020) Nasty Business: The Marketing and Distribution of the Video Nasties. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474451086 http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6019/
     
  • WEBLEY, Stephen and Zackariasson, Peter, eds. (2019) The Playful Undead and Video Games: Critical Analyses of Zombies and Gameplay. Routledge, New York. https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/6803/

And if we missed any books, authored by C3 staff, let us know and we will feature them here.

C3 Centre and Staffordshire University shows substantial improvement in REF 2021

Staffs Uni has welcomed the results of REF 2021 which has recognised more of its research as “internationally excellent” and “world leading”

Our press release can be accessed from https://www.staffs.ac.uk/news/2022/05/staffordshire-university-shows-substantial-improvement-in-ref-2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Overall, 68% of Staffordshire University’s research was judged 3* “internationally excellent” and 4* “world leading”, up from 37% in 2014 when the last REF results were announced. In addition, 87% of the University’s research impact has been rated as “very considerable” or “outstanding”, again the two highest categories. This has resulted in a rise of 22 places in the Times Higher League Table to =86.

C3 Centre Communities

Key Units of assessments for the C3 Centre were Art and Design (UoA 32) and Communications and Cultural Studies (UoA34).

The University rated most highly for Art and Design where 91% of its research was recognised as 4* and 3* and 100% of research impact was judged to be “very considerable” or “outstanding”.

Art and Design:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”
  • 91% of research is rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

In this area, we made substantial improvements compared to REF 2014

  • 4* outputs increased from 0.0% to 47.1%
  • 3* outputs increased from 15.0% to 41.1%
  • 4* impact increased from 0.0% to 50.0%

The overall GPA for the unit increased from 1.88 to 3.32 (out of 4.0).

Communication and Cultural studies:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

In this area, we made substantial improvements compared to REF 2014

  • 4* outputs increased from 7.3% to 13.5%
  • 3* outputs increased from 20.0% to 32.4%
  • 4* impact increased from 0.0% to 50.0%
  • 3* impact increased from 20.0% to 50.0%

The overall GPA for the unit increased from 1.86 to 2.74 (out of 4.0).

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary

But we also work with many research communities across the university, and the C3 Centre membership spreads across different assessment units, each one of these having made improvements in research impacts and outputs:

Archaeology

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

Business and management:

  • 100% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”
  • 71% of research overall is “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

Social Work Social Policy:

  • 64% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

Engineering:

  • 75% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”       
  • 87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

Collaboration and Co-Creation

We have always worked in partnership with many communities locally, regionally and globally.

Thank You to all our stakeholders, partners & collaborators who have been part of our collective journey. Together we are shaping a more creative future.

Two of our impact case studies by Associate Professor Anna Francis and Associate Professor Nic Gratton demonstrate how research, collaboration and communities can work together.





Neil Brownsword, Prof of Ceramics, in Conversation at the London Craft Week 2022

As part of the London Craft Week 2022, the Korea Association of Art and Design returns for London Craft Week 2022 with a panel of experts in the area of ceramics, glass and crafts.

The virtual event will take place 9 May 2022, at 11:00 AM . Professor Brownsword will give a talk on:

Thinking through the Past for the Future: Neil Brownsword, Artist, Researcher, Professor, Department of Ceramics, Staffordshire University, UK

Registration is at:

https://www.londoncraftweek.com/events/conversations-in-contemporary-korean-craft/

Neil Brownsword, Prof of Ceramics, in Conversation at the London Craft Week 2022

As part of the London Craft Week 2022, the Korea Association of Art and Design returns for London Craft Week 2022 with a panel of experts in the area of ceramics, glass and crafts.

The virtual event will take place 9 May 2022, at 11:00 AM . Professor Brownsword will give a talk on:

Thinking through the Past for the Future: Neil Brownsword, Artist, Researcher, Professor, Department of Ceramics, Staffordshire University, UK 

Registration is at:

https://www.londoncraftweek.com/events/conversations-in-contemporary-korean-craft/

Abstract is provided below.

Conversations in Contemporary Korean Craft

Thinking through the Past for the Future.   

Neil Brownsword 

 Throughout history, ceramics have played an important role in the phenomenon of cultural transfer. For centuries China, Korea and Japan have influenced each other’s aesthetics, practices and technologies. Subsequent trade with the West, and the imitation and assimilation of East Asian goods and styles in the late 17th and 18th centuries greatly influenced the development of new ceramic traditions in Europe that were to gain historical prominence.  

 Since 2015 artist Neil Brownsword has explored this historic cycle of knowledge exchange, via performances staged in South Korea and the UK which have addressed the cultural hierarchies and value systems aligned to their ceramic traditions.In his work Factory (2017) staged at Icheon World Ceramic Centre, Brownsword re-choreographed the indigenous ceramic practices of two ex-factory personnel from Stoke-on-Trent and four Korean artisans to question established hierarchies of cultural production and reassign value to people and practices displaced by global economics.  

By reactivating obsolescence via non-commercialised production, Brownsword revealed a shared language of haptic intelligences developed through ethical modes of exchange between East and West.  

 Performing FACTORY in Korea enabled the actors of marginalised immaterial heritage to renegotiate their value in a context where similar embodiments of knowledge are culturally protected. Its tour to the British Ceramics Biennial 2017, furthered UK/Korea cultural exchange, strengthening Stoke-on-Trent’s regeneration ambition as a global centre for ceramics. This presentation examines the context and development of Brownsword’s collaborations and his exploration of heritage as a ‘living process’ that can be constantly reimagined for the future. 

 Neil Brownsword is an artist, researcher and educator who holds a professorial position in ceramics at Staffordshire University. Brownsword began his career in ceramics as an apprentice at the Wedgwood factory in the mid- 1980’s. His practice examines the legacy of globalisation in relation to Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic manufacturing sector, and the impact this has had upon people, place and traditional skills. Using film and performative installation Brownsword deconstructs complex craft knowledge within industrial production to pose questions surrounding the value of inter-generational skill. His work is represented in public/private collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Yingee Ceramic Museum Taiwan and Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum China. In 2009 he was awarded the ‘One Off Award’ at the inaugural British Ceramic Biennial, and the Grand Prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea in 2015, and Whitegold International Ceramic Prize in 2019. 

Catch-Up: Art/Practice-Based Research Seminar Series #6 – Research Impact: Making a Difference through Practice-Based Research.

Guest Speakers: Dr Jackie Reynolds and Colette Dobson who will talk about 

This session focuses on research that leads to benefits beyond academia. It examines the challenges and opportunities for developing impact case studies based on practice-based research for the REF (Research Excellence Framework). Colette Dobson will discuss the impact of her collaborative research that addressed a need for better communication between patients and health care professionals about the sexual consequences of treatments for cancer. She will share her insights gained from the process of collecting impact evidence and developing a REF2021 impact case study.

New Civic Imaginaries (#3)

New Civic Imaginaries proposes a shared civil space of ideas that “belong” to society rather than to the individual or the institution. The presentations, chaired by Becky Nunes, collected here represent the fields of research that faculty of the School of DTA at Staffordshire University are currently engaged with.

Dr. John Grayson: Re-valuing eighteenth-century Staffordshire Enamel through contemporary craft practice.

Dr. Md Asaduzzaman: Challenges for the NHS hospitals: the case of (i) readmission for heart failure patients and (ii) delayed transfer of care for elderly patients

Analogue crafts from the 18th C. and contemporary digital technologies are explored in two research papers that focus on the cultural and physical health & resilience of our communities into the future.

Wednesday 6 April 2022. 3.30-5.00 p.m Room T10. On campus and online.

Contact Becky Nunes for a MS Teams Link: rebecca.nunes@staffs.ac.uk