Edward Muybridge in Kingston, 1894-1904: One Day Conference 4 November 2016.

British artist and photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge returned to his hometown of Kingston upon Thames for the last decade of his life until his death in 1904. This symposium presented by Kingston University in partnership with Kingston Museum & Art Gallery, will focus on Muybridge’s work and preoccupations in Kingston from 1894 to 1904
The event will present new research from experts in the field drawing directly upon his personal archive of documents, projection devices and slides, bequeathed to Kingston Museum by Muybridge himself. It will also examine the immense technological, cultural, artistic and urban transformation experienced in Kingston during this decade.

Full details of the programme and how to book can be found here



The Chinese Film Forum UK is proud to be hosting a one-day event of presentations and a film screening at 70 Oxford Street on women, identity and the creative industries, with a special focus on contemporary Chinese and East Asian art and cinema. Bringing together speakers with experience across academia and the creative industries, this will be a day to promote dialogue and raise questions concerning the recent rise in interest on women in the film and art industries.
The event comes only months after a UK visit by filmmakers and artists Cao Fei and Yang Lina who attended the Chinese Visual Festival in London to discuss their working practice in the “male-dominated Chinese cultural scene”. With collaboration between UK and China set to increase over the coming years – and Manchester having a significant role to play following Xi Jinping’s visit to the heart of the government’s “Northern Powerhouse” in 2015 – this event hopes to foster discussions on the contemporary experience of women in these rapidly changing international industries.
A full programme of the day’s schedule is available on the event website. There will be presentations and discussions from a number of experts in the field during the morning session, including:
Dr. Colette Balmain (Kingston University)

‘Women Warriors, Wolves and Witches: constructions of female (a)sexuality in contemporary Chinese cinema’
Shu-Yi Lin (Kings College London)

‘Negotiating Queer Genealogy in the Films of Zero Chou’
Linda Pittwood (University of Nottingham)

‘A message to the future: looking back to find Chinese feminism in contemporary art’
Ying Tan (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art)

‘Everyday transformations – a case study into artistic practice of Guan Xiao’
Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu (Newcastle University)

‘The Development of Transmedia Practices Within the Entertainment Industries’
In the afternoon, at 2.30pm, there will also be a free screening of Female Directors (女导演, Dir. Yang Mingming, 2012, 43 mins). This film is one of many touring the world as part of a season of films, China Now: Independent Visions, curated by North American scholar and critic Shelly Kraicer. Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Female Directors, is a gleeful and energetic expression of working in China’s creative industries as frustrated young women: highlighting central themes of the day’s discussion and how they might inform creative practice.

In addition to Female Directors, there will be an associated screening of films from ‘China Now: Independent Visions’ taking place at HOME on Thursday, September 15th. Introduced by CFFUK member Tamara Courage, this screening includes two short films – Perfect Conjugal Bliss (花好月圆, Dir. Zhong Su, 2014, 5 mins) and How (在哪儿, Dir. Zhang Yipin, 2013, 5 mins) – and the baudy feature length documentary Cut Out the Eyes (挖眼睛, Dir. Xu Tong, 2014, 80 mins). Information and tickets can be found on the HOME website.

The event is supported by Chinese Film Forum UK, HOME, University of Manchester, Confucius Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s NWCDTP fund.

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OdiSSi16 -Odissi Dance Summer School, 14-20 July 2016, Kingston University.

PRCU and the Department of Dance are pleased to present a summer school programme of workshops, performances, seminars and films on Odissi Dance, including a keynote lecture on the history of Odissi , entitled “Odissi Journeys: Feminist Histories and Personal Navigations’ by Dr Ananya Chatterjea.

The event is organised by Dr Elena Catalano, Lecturer in Dance.

Full details of the programme and registration can be found here

To sign up for Dr Chatterjea’s keynote, follow this link

The 7th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 7-10 July 2016

In July 2016 Kingston University and the PCRU, in association with the Whedon Studies Association, will be hosting the 7th biennial Slayage Conference, devoted to the study of the works of internationally renowned writer, director and showrunner Joss Whedon. Whedon is the creative mind behind some of the biggest films and most important TV shows of recent years, including The Avengers films, Serenity and Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse, as well as the groundbreaking online project Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog. Join the world’s leading experts on all things Whedon as they discuss the works of this most influential figure in popular culture. Full details of the conference and the call for papers can be found at the conference website here.

PASS Open Access Event – Wednesday 16th December 2-4pm JG1002

To help to understand the new requirements regarding open access and how they impact upon both theory and practice outputs, we have organised a meeting about open access in performance and screen studies on 16 December from 2-4 pm in JG1002.

2 pm Dr Caroline Edwards (Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, and Co-Founder and Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities): ‘Release The Kraken! How Open Access is Transforming Humanities Research’.
2:40 Q&A

3 pm Speaker TBC, talk on Open access and research repository for practitioners: How do choreographies, musical/theatrical performances, jazz arrangements, films, screen plays, and all our other practice outcomes fit into this model?
3:40 Q&A


Popular Culture Research Unit Symposium. Monday 2nd November.


Research Seminar Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell. ‘It Eats you from within and without. Food and (Cultural) Horror in Film’.


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