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Nariman Massoumi takes part in AHRC funded Filmmaking Research workshop

13 December 2016

       Image from FRN workshop

On Wednesday 7 December, Dr. Nariman Massoumi participated in the AHRC-funded Filmmaking Research Network's first workshop. 

The aim of the Filmmaking Research Network is to develop understanding and consolidate the field of filmmaking research by sharing best practice internationally and developing resources. It will examine how the UK and Australia use filmmaking research to generate new knowledge and will produce resources to improve capacity and research infrastructure.

The network will conduct research and knowledge exchange through workshops, visits, meetings, a public screening, conference panels and a survey.  Resources will include a register of films, case studies of best practice, a tool kit, resource lists and a training seminar in reviewing practice research. A special edition of the Journal of Media Practice in 2018 will be dedicated to the project. The Filmmaking Research Network will run for 18 months and will include over 40 members from more than 20 institutions including industry and third sector representatives. The network will stimulate new debates, foster a deeper understanding of filmmaking research and develop resources to sustain the future of the field.

The workshop included presentations on Developing Research Culture (Duncan Petrie, York), Australian Higher Degree Research (Sean Maher, Queensland University of Technology), Methodologies (Susan Kerrigan, Newcastle), Peer review (Catherine Grant, Sussex), Platforms for research assets (Virginia Haworth-Galt, British Universities Film and Video Council), Independent film distribution & niche audiences (John Wyver, Illuminations), Research frameworks: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) (James Verdon, Swinburne), Research frameworks: Research Excellence Framework (REF) (Lizzie Thynne, Sussex) followed by responses from other participtants. 

In the afternoon, there were break-out sessions and further discussions on current challenges and potential avenues for further development.

More information about the Filmmaking Research Network can be found here


Funded by an AHRC Research Network Grant
Principal Investigator: Joanna Callaghan, University of Sussex
Co-Investigator: Susan Kerrigan, University of Newcastle

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