Professor Sarah Neely
- Professor (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
Sarah Neely is a writer and lecturer whose work currently focuses on the areas of film history and memory, and artists' moving image. She is co-investigator for the AHRC-funded project, Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive (with Richard Rushton, Lancaster University, and Annette Kuhn, Queen Mary) and, in 2018-19, led on a year-long project celebrating the centenary of the filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (margarettait100.com). Book publications include Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait - Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place (Peter Lang, 2016), Margaret Tait: Poems, Stories and Writings (as editor) (Carcanet, 2012), and Reel to Rattling Reel: Stories and Poems About Memories of Cinema-Going (edited with Nalini Paul) (Cranachan, 2018). She is currently working on a book-length study exploring the relationship between memory, archives and creativity.
Sarah has given talks and curated film programmes at a number of festivals and venues, such as Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Punto de Vista International Documentary Festival, Orkney Book Festival, Glasgow International, Small Islands Film Festival/Urras Film nan Eileanan Beaga, Istanbul Silent Film Festival, Scottish National Galleries, Stills Gallery, Scottish Poetry Library, Mills College Art Museum (Oakland, California), The Poetic Research Bureau (Los Angeles) and Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.
Outside of the University, Sarah has served as a member of the advisory boards for LUX Scotland and Creative Stirling and has also served on judging panels for a variety of prizes and awards including the BAFTA new talent awards and the Margaret Tait Award for artists working within film and moving image. In 2017, Sarah was awarded a residency at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö island in Sweden.
2019 AHRC Standard Grant,Cinema Memory and the Digital Archives, CI (with Richard Rushton, University of Lancaster and Annette Kuhn, Queen Mary) (AHRC contribution £613,000)
2018 Creative Scotland, Margaret Tait 100 project, year-long programme of events celebrating Tait’s centenary (£63k)
2017 British Academy Newton Mobility Grant (co-applicant with Dr Ozge Ozyilmaz) for project looking at Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound in Turkey. (£9995)
2016-9 AHRC Standard Grant, The Major Minor Cinema: the Highlands and Islands Film Guild (1946-71), CI (with Ian Goode, University of Glasgow as PI) (AHRC contribution £450, 076)
2014-7 AHRC Standard Grant, British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound, CI (with Laraine Porter, De Montfort as PI) (AHRC contribution £462,630)
2010 AHRC Early Career Fellowship for research on Margaret Tait, For the creation of a book-length study of the filmmaker and an edited collection of Tait’s poetry and writings. The project also involves the preservation of additional papers and ephemera relating to Tait’s life and work (£50,187)
2009 Carnegie Small Research Grant for research on Margaret Tait (£2000)
2006 Carnegie Small Research Grantfor research on Margaret Tait (£2000)
Sarah supervises PhDs in the areas of Scottish cinema and artists' moving image (history and practice). She currently supervises the following PhD students:
Shona Main (primary superivsor, with Ross Birrell, GSA) – SGSAH AHRC DTP funded, practice-based, exploring the practice of Scottish documentary pioneer, Jenny Gilbertson.
Sarah Forrest (secondary supervisor, with Susannah Thompson, GSA and Torsten Lauschmann, ECA) – SGSAH AHRC DTP funded. Title: What is Seen, What is Said to be Seen: Exploring doubt as a critical tool within artists' moving-image practice.
River Seager (secondary supervisor, with Brian Hoyle and Keith Williams, Dundee) – SGSAH AHRC DTP Funded. Title: To 'Live Through the Lens': The novels and screenplays of Alan Sharp as transmedial texts.
Marcus Jack (secondary supervisor, with Sarah Smith), Glasgow School of Art) – SGSAH AHRC DTP Funded. Title: Curating a History of Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland.
Danilo Barauna (secondary supervisor, with Sarah Smith and Frances McKee, GSA) – Title: Moving Image Art Projection in the Digital Age.
Former Research Students
Linda Hutcheson (primary supervisor, with Neil Blain), Title: Beyond the Frame: A Critical Production Case Study of the Advance Party Initiative
Nadin Mai (primary supervisor, with Philippa Lovatt), Title: The Aesthetics of Absence and Duration in the Post-Trauma Cinema of Lav Diaz
John Ritchie (primary supervisor, with John Izod) – AHRC project PhD, Title: How UK and USA Films Represented and Performed Scottishness from 1895 to 1935: With Particular Attention to the Transition to Sound (1927–1933)
Roseanne Watt (second supervisor, with Kathleen Jamie) – SGSAH AHRC DTP funded, film and poetry, creative writing and filmmaking project. Title: Aa My Mindin: Moving through loss in the poetic literary tradition of Shetland
Susannah Ramsay (primary supervisor, with Ross Birrell, GSA) – SGSAH AHRC DTP funded, film-poetry, practice-based. Title: Experiencing the Film-Poem. Touching the Landscape, Tasting the Film.A Phenomenological Analysis of the Film-Poem through Practice and Exhibition
Key Moments in the Development of Cinema and Television, Level One