Shand, Ryan, ‘The Scottish Amateur Film Festival’, Cinema City.

Shand, Ryan and Lury, Karen, Show and Tell: Children and Amateur Media (Edinburgh University Press) (forthcoming).

Shand, Ryan and Craven, Ian (eds) Small-Gauge Storytelling: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) ISBN 978 0 7486 5634 9.

Roberts, Les and Shand, Ryan, ‘In Search of Pleasures Past’, JMP Screenworks 4, 4 (2013), ISBN 978 186043 5157.

Shand, Ryan. ‘A Review of Scotland: Global Cinema’, Scottish Literary Review 3, 2 (2011), p. 268-270, ISSN 1756-5634.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Children and Amateur Media in Scotland: The Process from Research to the Classroom’, Media Education Journal, Issue 49 (Summer 2011), p.37-39, ISSN 0268-1951.

Shand, Ryan. ‘A Review of Private Eyes and the Public Gaze: The Manipulation and Valorisation of Amateur Images’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 31, 2 (2011), p. 305-307, Routledge, ISSN 0143-9685.


Shand, Ryan, ‘Persuasion through Performance: The Futurity of Children in Amateur Documentary’, Session title: Generation and Media Participation, 22 January 2014, Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: Policy, Innovation and Practice, BFI Southbank London, 22-23 January 2014.

Shand, Ryan, ‘Excitement Lies Elsewhere: Teenage Digital Moviemakers and Commercial Culture’, Session title: Modes and Practices of Participatory Engagement, 20 June 2013, Media Politics: Political Media, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 20-22 June 2013.

Shand, Ryan, ‘Learning on Location: Children’s Moviemaking and Local History’, Session title: Children and Amateur Media in Scotland, 20 July 2013, Childhood and the Media, XXV IAMHIST Conference, University of Leicester, Leicester, 17-20 July 2013.

Karen and Ryan presented a plenary session in relation to the project at the 25th IAMHIST conference,  Childhood and the Media, at the University of Leicester, 17th-20th July 2013. Details and full title to follow.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Children and Amateur Media in Scotland: Collecting and Contextualising New Archival Material’, Session title: Collecting and Cataloguing the family archive, 2 May 2013, Storing and Preserving Home Movies: A Workshop on How to Keep our Audiovisual Memories Safe, Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte, Bonn, Germany, 2-3 May 2013. A short blog on the workshop, written by Tom Slootweg (University of Groningen).

Ryan is now on the Advisory Board of the A.H.R.C. funded project Community Filmmaking & Cultural Diversity: Practice, Innovation and Policy, which is a collaboration between Brunel University, King’s College London and Birmingham University. He attended a meeting with the project researchers and the other board members at King’s College London in April 2013

Shand, Ryan. ‘Two Approaches to Amateur Filmmaking: Comparing Lone Workers and Cine Clubs’, Session title: Production and Dissemination, 22 March 2013, Amateur Film Archaeology: An International Conference on the Theory, Practice and Use of Amateur Films, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna, Austria, 22-23 March 2013.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Children as Amateur Filmmakers: Reconciling Generations through Documentary Practice’, Session title: Youth Media Histories: “Fast Forward through the Rear View Mirror”, 9 March 2013, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, The Drake Hotel, Chicago, U.S.A., 6-10 March 2013.

Karen presented a paper for the Liverpool Film Seminar on Monday 15th April 2013, called ‘Microhistory and the amateur film: from artefact to anecdote.’ The paper drew on the film The Chief’s Half Day (W. S.Dobson, 1961).

Karen presented a paper ‘The Amateur Film and the trip to the zoo’ at the conference Amateur Film Archeology : an international conference on the theory, practice and use of amateur films in Vienna, Austria, 21st – 24th  March 2013.

Karen attended the conference British Monarchy on Screen in London, 23rd-24th November 2012. Her paper was called, ‘The Queen has two bodies: amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy’.  The paper drew on the amateur films recording the ‘Guid Nychburris’ festival in Dumfries (from 1932 to the present day) as well as amateur films recording the Queen’s Coronation visit to Glasgow in 1953 and the visit of the Queen Mother to Glenalmond College in 1947. The paper discussed the curious way in which children frequently  dress up and therefore ‘pretend’ to be Queens or Princesses in films of gala days, while they also commonly feature in films recording actual royal visits. The child as symbol and presence in these films therefore seems to operate as a particularly useful ‘effigy’ for these kinds of civic rituals.

Shand, Ryan. ‘‘Camera Magic’: Children, Tricks and the Amateur Film-maker’, Session title: Magic in Real Life: Education, Politics, Therapy and Management, Narrative Magic: Transformations Through Story-Telling, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 5 November 2012.

Karen attended the Cosmopolitan Animals conference in London, 26th-27th October 2012. Her paper was called ‘The Chimps Tea Party: a constellation of incongruities’. Her presentation drew on research in relation to the following films, The Scottish National Zoological Park (1931/2), Zoo Year (1965) as well as  Jeen Family Film (No.3) (1932c.).  This paper formed the basis for developing research on the ‘family film’ and its curious and frequent inclusion of a ‘trip to the zoo’.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Making Amateur Action Films in Scotland: The Participation of Children in Group Five’s Productions’, Session title: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film, 30 June 2012, Other Cinemas, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 29 June- 1 July 2012.

Lury, Karen and Shand, Ryan, 'Camera Magic: children, tricks and the amateur film-maker', paper to be presented at Staging Illusions: digital and cultural fantasy, University of Sussex, UK, 8-9 December 2011.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Obstacle or Opportunity for Amateur Film Art? Divided Opinion on Sound in the 1960s’, Session title: How to be Heard: Sound, Language and Oral Witness in Amateur Films, 25th June 2011, Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, London, 23-26 June 2011.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Children and Amateur Media in Scotland’, Private Eyes: History, Theory and Practice of European Amateur Films, 9th June 2011, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna, Austria, 9-11 June 2011.

Lury, Karen   'The Fragile Magic of the Home: amateur domestic comedies and the intimate geography of childhood', Children at Home Conference, Geffrye Museum, London, Friday March 18, 2011.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Role Reversals within Amateur Cinema: Casting Children as Adult Characters in the ‘Film Play’’, Session title: Alternative Film Histories: Hollywood and the Amateur Revisited, 12th March 2011, Media Citizenship, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, U.S.A., 10-13 March 2011.

Lury, Karen and Shand, Ryan. ‘Children and Amateur Media in Scotland’, University of Stirling, 4th November 2010.

Shand, Ryan. ‘At the Edge of the Amateur Sector: The Films of Enrico Cocozza’, Film Lounge launch, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, 4th October 2010.

Lury, Karen 'The Policeman Framed: Wee Willie Merrilees, children and animals', Session title: Amateur Form, Context and Aesthetics: Films from Scotland, 17th September 2010, Saving Private Reels: On the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, University College Cork, Ireland, 17-19 September 2010.

Shand, Ryan. ‘Humour in the Home: The Family Films of Frank Marshall’, Session title: Amateur Form, Context and Aesthetics: Films from Scotland, 17th September 2010, Saving Private Reels: On the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, University College Cork, Ireland, 17-19 September 2010.