The School of Media, Art and Design’s Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures
invites you to:
JOINING THE DOTS – Networks, Connections and Gatherings
Wednesday October 14th
4.30-6.30pm

Powell Building Pf06

The Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures is just over a year old and yet already producing some meaningful and high quality research – we are interested in seeing how researchers in the field – yet external to the University or the School – might provoke new thinking, meaningful connections, collaborations and consider further how being part of a national network might enhance research within the School and Centre’.

At this forthcoming event Prof Owen Evans and Dr Paddy Hoey from Edge Hill University, along with Tristi Brownett (CCCU’s School of Public Health, Midwifery & Social Work), will be presenting their current research orbiting around communities/cultures and how a developing national network in this field might have salience to and connections with CCCU.

Following short and dynamic presentations there will be a ’round table’ discussion where points of connection can be highlighted and forged along with areas of debate and contention explored.

Our Speakers:

Owen Evans Tristi Brownett Paddy Hoey

Prof Owen Evans: Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community.

Owen Evans is Professor of Film in the Department of Media at Edge Hill University. His research interests embrace German film, literature, history and culture, European cinema, festivals, arts, health and wellbeing, autobiography, and the representation of history and cultural memory on screen. He has published widely on German literature and film, especially work from the former GDR and autobiography, and his most recent monograph is entitled Mapping the Contours of Oppression: Subjectivity, Truth and Fiction in Recent German Autobiographical Treatments of Totalitarianism (Rodopi, 2006). His recent research focus has been on the representation of history and memory in European cinema, in a series of articles and chapters. He is currently working on a monograph on German cinema since 2000, as well as a chapter on the work of Humphrey Jennings and deepening his interest in the social capital of film and arts festivals, having forged a relationship with the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest independent, experimental and avant-garde film festival in the United States, and the Whitstable Biennale in Kent.
He has won major research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He is a co-founding director of the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF), as well as a co-founding editor of the international journals Studies in European Cinema and the Journal of Popular European Culture, and sits on the advisory board of the new Modern Languages Open journal and The International Journal of the Image. He is also a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College.

Dr Paddy Hoey: Community Media for Activists: what do activists want and what do communities need?

Paddy Hoey lectures in media at Edge Hill University and his research interests are in the areas of activist media, mediated politics, the public sphere and the internet, social media, Northern Irish politics and Irish republican activism. His wider interests lie in the analysis of the effects of citizen and activist journalism on the public sphere, the development of new political identities online and political communication. He has published articles on Irish republican and loyalist activist media for New Hibernia Review, Cambridge Scholars Press, Kritika Kultura and University of Manchester Press.

Ms Tristi Brownett: Community Arts and Cultural Festivals – Connection, Identity and Space as Contributors to Health and Wellbeing.

Tristi is an occupational health nurse and public health specialist practitioner and now lectures in Public Health and Health Promotion at CCCU. Having worked in a variety of publicly and privately owned settings for the past 21 years, she explores how wellbeing can be achieved and measured. Tristi’s research examines the role of Urban Arts and Culture Festivals in promoting a sense of identity, community and connectedness for wellbeing.

For further information contact Dr Karen Shepherdson.