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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Seminar: Shock, value and exchange: research in film as communicative activity - Organising Care Special Interest Group

16th June 2016, 13:00 to 16:00, Room MHL/418/452, Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Professor Martin Wood

You are cordially invited to an afternoon of discussion on the use of Film in Research.

Hosted by the Organising Care Special Interest Group (OCSig) the afternoon affords a chance to see the latest short film produced by Professor Martin Wood (RMIT, Aus). Professor Wood will then lead a discussion on the possibilities of and barriers to Film as Research (see summary below) followed by by a workshop on the practicalities of film making.

Details are as follows:

Shock, value and exchange: research in film as communicative activity


13.00 Light refreshments (MHL 418)

14.00 Seminar & Film Presentation (MHL 452)

15.00 Workshop – practicalities and film making (MHL 418)

All staff and students are welcome. We would ask that you indicate your intention to attend so that we can plan in terms of catering.

Summary - Professor Martin Wood

In this talk I thought I would talk about the concept of film as research; that a film can stand up by itself (after Deleuze and Guattari) as a research activity in the same way as literature does. One way to think about the research film is its ability to express thought in blocks of sensation (see also Bergson’s idea about “thinking within experience"), a quality, grounded in an aesthetic sensibility, challenging the very notion of representational text and textual economy.

However, while there is growing interest in film and the moving image as a a highly personal and often engaged mode of expression, I suspect that university indicators of quality may not fully reflect the nature and range of benefits and impacts of films, videos and other types of media presentation on audiences and users of research. This problem has become increasingly present in policy debates in the UK and overseas regarding the (case study or quantitative) measurement and assessment of engagement and impact.

Dr Robert McMurray

Executive MBA Programme Director

Co-Director Organising Care Special Interest Group (OCSig)

Senior Lecturer in Management Durham University Business School University of Durham Mill Hill Lane Durham

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