UCLan’s Film and Media staff specialise in European cinema, European and British popular music, and the interface between tourism, heritage and the media, and Marxist critique.
Our staff have been awarded a number of British, American and European Research Fellowships by such bodies as the AHRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and, the Polish History Museum, the Polish Film Institute and the Austrian Cultural Institute. We are often called upon for peer review by funding organisations, major academic publishers and leading academic journals.
European cinema (Prof. Ewa Mazierska)
Film and Marxism (Prof. Ewa Mazierska)
Popular music, heritage and tourism (Prof. Ewa Mazierska, Dr Peter Atkinson, Georgina Gregory)
Tribute Bands (Georgina Gregory)
Popular Music and Gender (Georgina Gregory)
Manchester Music Scene (Georgina Gregory)
We are demonstrably committed to extending the reach and significance of our research beyond the bounds of academia, as witnessed in:
Ewa Mazierska’s publications include:
Mazierska’s work was translated into nearly twenty languages, including French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.
Dr Peter Atkinson’s publications include:
Georgina Gregory's publications include:
From November 2015 members of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Film, Media and Performance set up an internal ‘University of Central Lancashire Music Research Group’. The Group’s steering committee consists of:
The purpose of this network is facilitating communication and collaboration between all staff in UCLan interested in music. The Group met several times in the last academic year and in 16-17 May 2016 organised its first event: a 2-day conference ‘Future of Music’. It brought together experts from the world academia and the music industry for the inaugural, two-day Future Sound Music Conference
Activities at the Preston Campus included;
The assembly of experts included distinguished academics and researchers from both the UK and overseas including;
The panels were designed to feature expertise covering the main areas of the contemporary music industry, including entrepreneurial thinkers, representatives from key institutions, artists, managers, and people working at the cutting edge of the digital music environment. Areas discussed included current practice, challenges being faced by the music industry, the future creation, consumption, dissemination and monetisation of music.
Industry contributors included Nicola Spokes, Marketing Director for Ministry of Sound Recordings, Alison Lamb from So/ Silva Screen recordings, CEO of Ditto Music Matt Parsons, entertainment industry lawyer Rudi Kidd, Paul Quirk from the Entertainment Retailers Association (E.R.A.), Head of Music UK ILR Group David Dunne, royalty expert Daniel Jones from PRS for Music, Matt Wanstall from the Musicians Union, the Editor in Chief and Technical Editor for Sound on Sound Paul White and Hugh Robjohns, celebrated musicians and producers Aziz Ibrahim, Graham Massey, Zed Bias, et al.
Another initiative of the MRG is a research project on popular music in Blackpool. This project is led by Ewa Mazierska, Peter Atkinson, Niall Scott, and Les Gillon, with two research assistants: Kamila Rymajdo and Colin Appleby. Its purpose is to establish the advantages and disadvantages of producing and performing music in Blackpool, the dynamic of different scenes and the role of music in Blackpool’s economy and its image.
Our events are listed on the following site: https://uclanfilmandmedia.wordpress.com
Read our full Call For Papers document here
2nd Marx at the Movies Conference - Marx, Cinema and the Present Day
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE, 1 -2 JULY 2015
We invited papers that addressed the relevance of Marxism to aspects of contemporary film and other forms of moving image. We encouraged abstracts from film historians, film practitioners and all sorts of amateurs interested in the intersection between Marx’s thought (and other Marxists, such as Benjamin, Bloch, Lefebvre, Deleuze, Rancière, Badiou, Hardt and Negri, and Harvey) and film. We understand film broadly, including all forms of visual culture that project movement, including television, documentary, music video, games and animation.
Dr. William Brown, Roehampton University
Dr. Eva Näripea, Film Archives of the National Archives of Estonia/Estonian Academy of Arts
The first Marx at the Movies (2012) conference led to the producing of two books which were presented during the conference.
Marx and the Moving Image: Revisiting History, Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Marx and Film Activism: Screening Alternative Worlds (forthcoming from Berghahn, 2015)
Prof. Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire
Dr. Lars Kristensen, University of Skövde
The Film, Media and Culture research team participated with colleagues from Journalism, MIS and Photography in the School’s third international research symposium in July 2014.
Cultural Translation in Popular Music Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 12-13 April 2013 (Part of the LIFE! Festival in Preston)
Popular music is known for its hybrid and transcultural character. It feeds on earlier styles, cultural artefacts and different art forms and travels from country to country. At the same time, it also affects other art forms, such as cinema and advertising. The conference sought to discuss the role of cultural translation in the production, dissemination and reception of popular music, in both a historical and theoretical context. The conference agenda included the following:
The Marx at the Movies conference, March 2012, University of Central Lancashire, Preston and the Marx at the Movies Forum.
The Marx at the Movies forum is a platform to discuss the interface between Marxist thought and the moving image. The forum developed as a follow-up to the Movies conference, and was set up by Ewa Mazierska and Lars Kristensen. Both Ewa and Lars are interested in the relationship between Marxism and a variety of subjects, such as representation of work and the condition of neoliberal capitalism and postcommunism.
The School has a growing community of UK and international research students working towards both Masters by Research and PhDs. The Film and Media team welcomes applications from those wishing to undertake research degrees.