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04/02/15 Creative Economy and Cultural Policy

Matt Grimes, Juice Aleem, Dr Sarah Raine, Dr Craig Hamilton

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

04/02/15 Creative Economy and Cultural Policy

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A festival of ideas? Universities engaged in cultural production

Laura Ager- (University of Salford)

For my PhD on the subject of cultural intermediation, I have concentrated on investigating festivals that have a university as a strategic partner. In recent years, a huge number of UK universities have been teaming up with festivals to produce public events, as well as putting on festivals on their own campuses. Institutions, policy frameworks, geographies and social solidarities all have an effect on the development of such initiatives, but what are the conditions and strategies that bring these specialist communities closer together?

I will discuss three particular events from my research in detail: a symposium at the Bradford International Film Festival in 2013, a day-long set of events at Manchester’s Humanities in Public festival on the subject of Steampunk and a short programme of screen-based events inspired by neuroscience at Birmingham’s Flatpack film festival, both in 2014.

I’m primarily interested in how and why these events were produced and will discuss them in relation to the rest of the festival’s programme. These examples have also been selected because they share a theoretical relationship with a specific form and practice: film exhibition.

To conclude I will discuss some of the theoretical concepts that I am using to frame my findings and how I respond to the emerging themes in the research in my own practice, as event organiser and film programmer.


Transmedia Archaeology: Superman and the Second World War

Dr. Matthew Freeman (Birmingham City University)

Throughout the world, people now engage with fictional stories across multiple media, following the adventures of Doctor Who from television to the Web, exploring the Batman universe across cinema, television, comics, and more. This phenomenon may seem a recent one, contingent upon contemporary media convergences, but transmedia storytelling is not a new phenomenon. History is filled with popular fictions whose stories extended across media, whose fictional worlds expanded across media borders. In this paper I explore how transmedia storytelling has been determined by very different industrial workings, under very different historical cultural contexts, and via very different strategies than the digital manifestations common today. Specifically, and by looking at how Superman crossed comics, radio and cinema during the 1940s, I demonstrate how policies of media regulation surrounding the Second World War encouraged a historical model of what we now see as transmedia storytelling.

Dr. Matthew Freeman is Visiting Lecturer in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University, and holds a PhD in Culture, Film and Media Studies from the University of Nottingham. He is the author (with Carlos A. Scolari and Paolo Bertetti) of Transmedia Archaeology: Storytelling in the Borderlines of Science Fiction, Comics and Pulp Magazines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His first sole-authored monograph, titled Wizards, Jungles & Men of Steel: The Industrial History of Transmedia Storytelling, is under contract with New York University Press. He has also published many articles on the history of transmedia, convergence, advertising and media branding in journals including The International Journal of Cultural Studies, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and International Journal of Communication.

Do you have questions about 04/02/15 Creative Economy and Cultural Policy? Contact Matt Grimes, Juice Aleem, Dr Sarah Raine, Dr Craig Hamilton

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Birmingham City University Parkside Building
Cardigan Street
B4 7BD Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)


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