Graham Birrell of the Faculty of Education will be exploring the interplay between film and schools, in the latest of our School of Media Art and Design research seminars.

Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Research Seminars 2018-2019

20 March 2019
4.15pm-5.30pm

Film School:
How Movies Sustain Neoliberal Education

Speaker: Graham Birrell, CCCU

Laud Building – Lg27
North Holmes Road Campus
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

 

Examining films from the past two decades, this presentation will argue that films about education have helped to foster a wider negative image of schools and teachers in the public consciousness that has been exploited by politicians of all parties in order to provide neoliberal ‘solutions’. The presentation will not argue such films created the image, but it will maintain that the school movie genre of the past four decades has sustained and enhanced damaging education reforms rather than question their problematic, even dangerous, impact. The presentation will also ask whether this is a wider phenomenon in cinema – is film a radical force for questioning, change and challenge, or instead, is it a means through which those things are minimised and suppressed?

 

 

 

 

Graham Birrell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. Specialising in history, Graham has worked in Initial Teacher Education since joining the University in 2003. He also teaches on non-ITE courses, including modules on education politics, history and on how education is portrayed in cinema. He is also in the final year of his doctorate which examines many of the issues discussed in the presentation.

 

Laud Building – Lg27
North Holmes Road Campus
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

 

Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details
— All welcome —