Media Communications and Cultural Policy

Media Communications and Cultural Policy

 

Media Communications and Cultural Policy KE Case Studies

Media Communications and Cultural Policy KE Case Studies

Public Service Broadcasting Provision and Children’s Media

Based in the Children’s Department of BBC Scotland, this project (an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award) investigated the production culture of that department through ethnographic research.
In particular, the project focused on the idea of ‘public service broadcasting’ (PBS) and how that was articulated in the department’s ways of working.
The project confirmed the BBC’s willingness to engage with the academic community and to support an open research agenda. The resulting thesis documents the public service culture and ethos that existed in the department. This research can be used to inform the debates around plurality and quality in PSB provision and in children’s media generally.

Project Partners:
BBC

Academic:
Dr Lynn Whitaker


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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The History of Doomster Hill

In partnership with Connolly Clark Productions, an academic from the College of Arts is currently making an experimental documentary about medieval Scotland. The film explores the history of Doomster Hill, the sacred space of the Kings of Strathclyde, which was located in Govan.
Doomster Hill served as a site for public assemblies and the passing of laws in the 9th to 11th centuries: yet, despite its historical significance, there is little awareness of its history.
The film draws on the research of Professor of Archaeology in the College of Arts, Stephen Driscoll, who has been actively researching Govan since the 1990s, in order to explore the history of medieval Govan and its importance to Scottish history.

Project Partners:
Connolly Clark Productions

Academic:
Dr David Archibald


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Collaborating with Glasgow Film

The College of Arts has collaborated with Glasgow Film on a number of occasions.
Glasgow Film publishes interpretative materials, usually short essays, on films screened to a public audience, which are often written by postgraduate students or graduates from the College. This gives the students paid experience of writing for a wide audience, as well as exposure: their work is published online and made available in cinemas.
In addition, an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award has studied the cinema audiences of the successful Glasgow Film Festival. This partnership confirmed the value of the collaborative relationship between the College and the organisation.

Project Partners:
Glasgow Film

Academic:
Dr David Archibald


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland

Prof Philip Schlesinger has been working with the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, since 2004.  Ofcom oversees the whole range of communications services – broadcasting, telephony, broadband, wireless spectrum. It regulates radio and TV content and it provides regular inputs to the UK Government in a rapidly changing policy field on which it also does important research.

Prof Schlesinger's first role was as a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland, set up to represent Scottish views concerning UK-wide communications regulation. He then chaired that committee for nearly six years and also sat on Ofcom’s Nations Committee, a clearing-house advising Ofcom’s Board about the range of different views and experiences – as well as the similarities - in the different parts of the UK. There’s always a great deal to read and take in, much research to absorb, many briefings received from officials, lots of contact with stakeholders and the committee’s advice to offer in the form of submissions, comments, and exchanges.

At the end of 2014, Prof Schlesinger became the Scottish member on Ofcom’s Content Board, moving from advice to regulation itself, which is a whole new story. 

Project Partners:
Ofcom

Academic:
Prof Philip Schlesinger


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival

Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film festival in Scotland. Held annually in October, it is a grassroots initiative that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

The festival provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, UK and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. It screens a large and diverse selection of human rights films that are rarely shown in the UK to offer a broader understanding of issues often ignored by the mainstream media.

Two academics, David Archibald and María Antonia Vélez-Serna, are festival Board Members and contribute to shaping the festival’s management strategy, programme and public events. The current Programme Co-ordinator, Lindsey Reid, is a former Master’s student at the University.

Partner:
Document

Website:
http://documentfilmfestival.org

Academics:
Dr David Archibald, María Antonia Vélez-Serna

 
Contact:
arts-ke@glasgow.ac.uk


Developing e-learning tools with UEFA

Raymond Boyle, an academic in the College of Arts, has helped UEFA (Union of European Football Association) develop a successful professional development programme with the University of Lausanne. Boyle has contributed to the Public Relations and Media Operations module of the Diploma in Football Management, which is taught and assessed through e-learning. The Diploma is aimed at managers working across the 54 member nation football associations across Europe.

Boyle worked with a senior UEFA Media Officer to develop and deliver the content according to the requirements of the Diploma. In 2013, UEFA launched a new programme, the Certificate in Football Management, for which Boyle will contribute a further module on Communication, Media and PR.

Project Partner:
UEFA

Academic:
Prof Raymond Boyle


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Workshops bring together film industry members and academics

Two workshops, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, brought together industry members and academics to discuss the future of Scottish film. As a Scottish film studio is under consideration by Creative Scotland, Dr Lisa Kelly and Dr Katherine Champion wanted to find out how Scotland’s film and broadcasting talent could be discovered and supported.

The workshops were an opportunity for networking as well as being interesting and informative. The result of these discussions is an online resource with the recordings of presentations given at the workshops and reports written by Lisa and Katherine. These workshops have helped to set a research agenda for future academic work as well as showing external organisations the benefits of working with academics. 

Project Partner: 
Royal Society of Edinburgh

Academic: 
Dr Lisa KellyDr Katherine Champion


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Advising on and appearing in an exhibition documentary

Dr Deborah Lewer (History of Art) was closely involved in the making of a documentary, De l’Allemagne 1800-1939: Allemagne, l’Art et la Nation, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name (English title: German Thought and Painting from Friedrich to Beckmann) at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2013.

Based on her research into the German avant-garde in the early 20th century, Dr Lewer appeared as a ‘talking head’ in four segments of this high quality production. This was the result of several hours of interviews and discussions with the director. She also provided visual material and other information to supplement the documentary, fulfilling the role of an academic consultant.

The 52-minute programme was broadcast on television by the European cultural channel ARTE and has been released on DVD in French, German and English. A trailer can be viewed here: http://boutique.arte.tv/f8380-allemagne_art_nation.

Project Partner: 
ARTE

Academic: 
Dr Deborah Lewer


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Turning a novel into a Hollywood film

The Boy who could see Demons, Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s second novel, is currently in pre-production with a Hollywood producer. The novel has been published in many countries and Dr Jess-Cooke had several enquiries before choosing the current producer, who has previously received 2 Oscar nominations.

The process of discussing and developing the book into a film has given Dr Jess-Cooke a valuable insight into the film industry, which she is already passing on to her students in the College. It has led her to think about the responsibilities of being a writer that aren’t often mentioned on Creative Writing courses, and to encourage students to think about different genres in their writing.

Dr Jess-Cooke has also had to consider how her book can be adapted for film and what makes up the core of the story – an approach that is useful for her postgraduates when thinking about structure, narrational strategy and setting.

Project Partner: 
Confidential at present time.

Academic: 
Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Making research accessible through radio

Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich has recorded a radio series for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal based on research he carried out for the project Sgeul na Gàidhlig aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu (The Gaelic story at the University of Glasgow). This explores the largely untold story of the continuous presence of a minority of Gaelic speakers at the University of Glasgow over the last five and a half centuries.

The radio programmes were a means of disseminating this research to the Gaelic speaking public. Around 58,000 people in Scotland can speak Gaelic while an additional 30,000 have some facility with the language according to the 2011 census. Positive feedback from the series suggests that many people have heard the programme who would not necessarily have engaged with the original research.

As a result of this experience Dr MacCoinnich hopes to be involved in further radio programmes including a series based on his forthcoming monograph.

The research that the programme was based on can be seen on a bilingual English/Gaelic website. All four episodes (recorded in Gaelic) are still available on BBC iPlayer.

Project Partner: 
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal

Academic: 
Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Bridging the Clyde in performance and film

Bridging Part 2 (2014), commissioned by Glasgow Film Theatre as part of the cultural programme for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, was a site-specific screening of a video that documented a performance made by Minty Donald and her regular collaborator, Nick Millar, with the River Clyde, Glasgow. Bridging Part 1 (2010) was realised in partnership with Offshore Workboats Ltd. and commissioned by the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts.‌

The site-specific performance consisted of an attempt to lace together the banks of the River Clyde using over one mile of heavy mooring rope, tensioned round bollards on opposite quaysides to create a zigzag lattice spanning the river. It was intended as an exploration of the status of the post-industrial Clyde and is part of Minty’s on-going practice-based research on human-water interactions, specifically in the context of urban waterways. The site-specific film screening, Bridging Part 2, re-framed the live performance, locating it on a pontoon between the pillars of a dismantled railway bridge on the Clyde and adjacent to an artwork by Ian Hamilton Finlay, where the phrase ‘all greatness stands firm in the storm’ is carved on the two pillars.

The screening was witnessed by around 200 visitors. Comments included expressions of nostalgia and regret at the lack of industry and traffic on the River Clyde today, an acceptance of the inevitability of change and reflections on the film screening’s juxtaposition of recorded images of the river with the material presence of the water itself.

Project Partner: 
Glasgow Film Theatre, Culture 2014, Offshore Workboats Ltd., International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Clydeport. 

Academic: 
Dr Minty Donald


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Changing approaches to refugees & asylum seekers through film

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network has found using film as a recording, researching and sharing device to be of considerable value.

In 2012-13 a project was undertaken to ‘Sing Goodbye to the Red Road Flats’, which included a film about the experiences of Red Road. The film was screened at the Centre for Contemporary Arts together with partners BEMIS as part of the Multicultural Homecoming Year.

In 2013 GRAMnet made 5 short films as part of the training packs for the AHRC SFC project examining Ethical Approaches to Health Care Translation and Interpreting, which accompanied critical pedagogical materials. These have been widely used and the films – made with partners in Showman Media – have found resonance and usefulness world wide.      

The project has also made several poem-films with our Poet in Residence Tawona Sithole and their first Music Video as part of Culture 2014 – the Ha Orchestra.

Project Partner: 
CCA, BEMIS, Refugee Week Scotland, Tawona Sithole, Culture 2014, AHRC, Showman Media

Academic: 
Professor Alison Phipps


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Promoting academic thinking in and about audiovisual culture

 

Dr Inge Sorensen researches the multiplatform strategies of broadcasters like BBC and Channel 4 and the ways in which they create connected viewing experiences around their programmes as well as across devices and platforms, for example around live events like Wimbledon, The Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

 

Before she became an academic, she worked for a decade as a producer of film, documentary and online content for Channel 4, BBC Scotland, STV and Five. Dr Sorensen is still involved in different productions and these practical media skills feed into her academic work.

 

Dr Sorensen is one of the founders and editors of Audiovisual Thinking, the world’s first international, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of academic videos. The journal’s aim is to develop and promote academic thinking in and about audiovisual culture through the medium of video.

Project Partner: 
Audiovisual Thinking

Academic: 
Dr Inge Sorensen


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Flowers & Floorboards film

Flowers & Floorboards is a research-led film about acts of Kindness in the Community with a focus on three areas in Glasgow -Hillhead, Maryhill and Bearsden. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which commissioned the film were interested in working with a filmmaker that could bring locality to a subject that lacks a visual vocabulary.

The launch of the film coincided with the publication of a report by ScotCen Social Research in Edinburgh focussing on a better understanding of how informal and formal support happens in local communities and to help organisations improve the support they offer. One of the objectives for the film project was to create a piece of work that could relate to the report creatively.

The filmmaker spent nine month on-and off in the three different parts of Glasgow and made contacts in the local community and engaged into conversations with a wide range of residents from the Community Champion in a supermarket to a church choir in Bearsden.  

The film was premiered in May at a launch event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. It will be distributed to film festivals and screened at local community events related to the issues of kindness, liveable lives and support in the community.  

Project Partner: 
Joseph Rowntree Foundation and ScotCen Social Research in Edinburgh

Academic: 
Dr Holger Mohaupt

Video: 
https://vimeo.com/128060101 (password: kindness)


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Blog Forever

BlogForever is building innovative preservation, management, and access strategies for blogs. The outcome of the project will be deployed as an exciting new information system for harvesting, preserving and managing blog content, facilitating the discovery of new insights through restructuring and reuse. The project involves 11 other partners from six countries across Europe, including diverse industrial partners such as Altec, Tero,  Mokono/Populis,  Cyberwatcher, Phaistos  and SRDC, as well as major research partners such as CERN , TU Berlin, University of Warwick, University of London Computing Centre , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Funding for the project has come from the EU co-funded Framework Program 7. HATII is a key partner on the project.

Website:

http://blogforever.eu/


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Online Scottish Corpora

Academics in the College of Arts have created two freely accessible online databases for written and spoken texts in Scottish English and Scots: the Scottish Corpus of Text and Speech (SCOTS) and the Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW). They include a wide range of material from poems to research articles to the audio recordings of everyday conversations. Over 40% of information for these databases was crowd sourced from the general public and they now get an average of 36,000 page views per month.

The two corpora are being used in a variety of ways. They are useful for teaching students from primary to university level and since 2006 examination boards have taken texts from them for Higher and A Level exams. They are also being used to update the Oxford English Dictionary.

Project Partner:
Oxford English Dictionary


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Engaging the public through social media

The Scots Words and Place-names Project (SWAP), run by academics in the College of Arts, used social media to engage the public and collect data on the Scots language. Facebook and Twitter accounts were a platform for discussion and maintained the momentum of the project while encouraging others to input entries through the SWAP website. The public contributions were used to create a Glossary of Scots Place-name Elements (swap.nesc.gla.ac.uk), the first of its kind.

To engage school pupils, a competition was designed and advertised using Glow, the schools intranet. Teachers found supporting classroom materials useful and incorporated them into various learning activities. This interaction with schools has lead to an on-going dialogue with the educational body Learning and Teaching Scotland (part of Education Scotland) and academics are developing further e-resources with them.

Project Partner:
Education Scotland


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Campaigning for music and musicians

An academic in the College of Arts has helped to reform censorship of music and musicians in the UK and campaigns internationally for the right to freedom of artistic expression. Martin Cloonan founded Freemuse (www.freemuse.org) in 1998 and it continues to publicise censorship and human rights violations involving musicians worldwide. Freemuse has received funding from organisations around the world and has had Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012.

After the restrictive UK Licensing Act was introduced in 2003, Cloonan played an important role in supporting the Live Music Forum’s successful campaign for reform. Cloonan has also worked with Creative Scotland, the Scottish Music Industry Association and the Musician’s Union on the question of cultural policy and music.

Project Partner:
Freemuse, Creative Scotland, Scottish Music Industry Association

Academic:
Prof Martin Cloonan


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Advising government on an independent Scotland

An academic from the College of Arts has become one of the UK’s leading experts on Scottish independence and defence. Phillips O’Brien was asked to work with the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) in 2012 to develop defence-related research questions for their inquiry into ‘Referendum on Separation for Scotland’. O’Brien was also asked to provide evidence to the inquiry on the implications of Scottish independence for Scottish naval bases.

Further to this, O’Brien has submitted a briefing paper to the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee on the international implications of Scottish independence, clearly influencing the examination of the issues under debate.

Project Partner: 
UK Parliament, House of Commons

Academic: 
Dr Phillips O'Brien


To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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Censorship in the 21st century - How Spanish culture still suffers the effects of Franco’s dictatorship

Dr Jordi Cornella  (Lecturer in Hispanic Studies) researches the effects of censorship on translation during Franco’s regime (1939-1975) in order to shed light on the dictatorship’s cultural policies and post-war publishing and translation practices. Jordi’s research has cast considerable light on the Spanish publishing industry by demonstrating that the impact of censorship extends well beyond Franco’s regime, because publishers are still reissuing works that were expurgated by the censors more than 60 years ago.

 Jordi’s goal is to explore why the advent of democracy did not stop the production, circulation and consumption of censored books, to raise awareness of the long-lasting effects of Francoist repressive policies, and to promote a debate around this issue so that readers, translators and publishing sector are aware of the problem and can devise strategies to address this unresolved issue.

 To-date, Jordi’s AHRC-funded research has attracted the attention of the Spanish and UK media alike (The Times, Daily Mail, Radio 4, El Periodico, Ara, Quimera) and he has been invited to deliver several public lectures on this topic in Spain.


Academic:
Dr Jordi Cornella


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Collaborating with Forestry Commission Scotland towards an Outdoor Learning Guide

Dr Nyree Finlay (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology) works in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland as an archaeological specialist on the mesolithic period. She recently contributed to an outdoor educational learning guide for teachers for Curriculum for Excellence level 2: Wolf Brother’s Wildwoods: Imagining Mesolithic Life in Scotland’s Forests and Woodlands.

The guide features extracts from author Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother: the first of the ‘Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’ children’s books series. It is freely available online and has had enthusiastic uptake by schools. This project developed from an earlier collaboration with Forestry Commission Scotland where Nyree contributed information about stone tools on a mesolithic site. Such projects are an important part of Nyree’s professional practice, allowing her to bring mesolithic research to the general public by participating in various archaeological and heritage knowledge exchange activities.

 

Project Partner: 
Forestry Commission Scotland

Academic: 
Dr Nyree Finlay


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