Monday 28 November 2011

Video Jam


Video Jam is an exciting new experiment in sound and moving image, inspired by the traditional use of live accompaniment to silent film. 

We are collecting together a range of experimental short films to be screened at a venue in Manchester at the end of January. Each film will be paired with a musician or group who, reacting to the visuals provided, will perform a live score. Musicians may be provided with the film in advance or, for the more ambitious, choose to improvise on the night - we are open to suggestions.

FILMMAKERS: Send in your films by 21st DECEMBER to be considered for the programme. They must be 3-5 mins in length. We are not looking for any particular style or content (though experimental/abstract/ animation may suit well) - the only rule is that the film must be silent and you must be happy for it to be re-scored by an unknown musician. If you are sending in old material, please remove any soundtrack you may have previously added. For this reason, dialogue driven films may not be suitable, but anything you may send will be appreciated and considered. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Phone Sarah on: 07974476149 or Sam on: 07809877350 and arrange to drop off a disc. 

DEADLINE for filmmakers: 21st December

MUSICIANS: This is the perfect project for anyone working ambitiously with sound! We are open to any suggestion you may have and welcome musicians/sound artists of all disciplines.

In particular, we’re keen to explore the more experimental avenues, and to encourage chance encounters between sound and vision.

To register your interest, discuss your ideas and for more information, get in touch with Mike on 07598127559 or Sarah on: 07974476149

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Moore Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
Ref. no. NUIG-81-11
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 12-month fixed-term position as Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow with the Moore Institute at NUI Galway.
The postdoctoral fellow will work on a project to develop a critical edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations…of the English Nation (1598-1600), funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, with Prof. Daniel Carey as project leader. The Hakluyt edition is under contract with Oxford University Press in 14 volumes, and the postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the PI in conducting research on early modern travel, developing a project website, facilitating project communication, and organizing an editorial workshop.
The appointed candidate will join an international team of leading scholars working on editorial annotation of Hakluyt’s landmark text (under the general editorship of Prof. Carey and Prof. Claire Jowitt). The IRCHSS-funded project focuses on volumes 1-4 in the series which include Hakluyt’s prefatory materials, and documents relating to medieval English travel, Muscovy, Persia, Iceland and elsewhere.
Essential skills:
PhD in either English, History, Geography, or related disciplines.
Ability to work collaboratively, with excellent communication skills
Desirable Qualifications/Experience:
Research experience on early modern travel/colonialism/trade/geography.
Familiarity with one or more of the following: textual criticism, editing, digital humanities.
For informal discussion and further particulars about this post please contact Prof. Daniel Carey:
For more information on the project leader and the Moore Institute, see:
Salary: €30,117 per annum                Start date: January 2012
To apply: Interested candidates should submit a detailed C.V., a cover letter outlining their research interests and experience in relevant fields (c.400 words), and the names of at least two referees, via email (Word or PDF format only) to Applicants must put reference number NUIG 81-11 in subject line of e-mail application.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 2 December 2011.
National University of Ireland, Galway, is an equal opportunity employer.

Saturday 26 November 2011

Insight Festival



Insight Festival is organised in partnership with Centre for Screen Studies at The University of Manchester. You are invited to join us for a weekend of screenings, workshops and debate at the 3rd Insight Festival 2011. Just a stone's throw away from Manchester's main universities, and with huge student discounts, Insight Festival is an unmissable event for students interested in film and the creative industries. See more on our Website

Some Unmissable Festival highlights…

Saturday 3 December, 5.00pm
Critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce, will give an exclusive talk at Insight Festival. Frank has worked with everyone from Michael Winterbottom to Danny Boyle, and is famous for films like  Millions and 24 Hour Party People. More Information
Sunday 4 December, 11.00am
BBC writersroom will host a free session about screenwriting with a chance to meet BBC writer and producer Henry Swindell. BBC writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell. They will be hosting a seminar on Sunday 4 December ar 11am. More Information

Saturday 3 December, 7.00pm

KINYARWANDA tells the story of faith in the face of unspeakable horror. It is 1994 and as Rwanda becomes a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA interweaves six different tales based on true accounts from survivors telling a truly extraordinary and hitherto little known story.

This special preview screening is the first time the film has been shown in the UK. KINYARWANDA was the Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a special panel discussion on the contemporary challenges of representing faith in film, featuring Kinyarwanda producer and faith-inspired filmmaker Deatra Harris;   founding director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival Imruh Bakari, veteran journalist and commentator Fuad Nahdi, Insight Festival director John Forrest among others.
Sat 3 & Sun 4 December
Zion Arts Centre, Hulme


Full Weekend Pass - £6.00
Day Pass - £3.50
Frank Cottrell Boyce - £1.50

Tuesday 22 November 2011


Professor Rod Coombs, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, is the latest person to volunteer to read as part of EAS's 'Christmas Carolathon' on Weds December 14th.  To date over 25 undergraduates, postgraduates and academics have volunteered to read a portion of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol in support of the housing charity, Shelter.

There are still some reading slots available for anyone who would like to contribute - particularly for the afternoon reading which will take place at the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. 

If you would like to volunteer your services as a reader please contact Dr Michael Sanders at:

You can contribute to the appeal at the following website:

Saturday 19 November 2011

NUS info

Hey guys,

Coming up this week:

Manchester Against Fees & Cuts meeting
Wed 23rd, 5-7pm, Room 4

Anyone is welcome to our weekly meetings to discuss N30 strikes, postgraduate funding and more.

Monster Referendum debate
Thurs 24th Nov, 6-9pm, Room 1 Students Union

Come and hear the Yes and No campaigns debate the pros and cons of the Monster Referendum. Want to ask questions about the proposed changes? Want to be the first to vote? Come along, there will be a lively discussion and you can vote in the room!

For more info see:

Amanda Walters
NUS Campaigns Officer

Thursday 17 November 2011

A Christmas Carol Out Loud

Ebenezer Scrooge Bob Cratchit, Mr Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will be visiting Manchester on Weds December 14th in an extravaganza organised by the Department of English & American Studies at the University of Manchester to raise funds for Shelter. We will be reading from Dickens' A Christmas Carol around the city in a variety of locations.

We will begin at 9 in the University and read the tale once, before heading down Oxford Road. A variety of locations along Oxford Road will provide the venue for the reading of selected highlights.

Another reading will take place at the Friend's Meeting House before we spill out into the Christmas Markets for a finale!

If you would like to take part please email Mike Sanders:

If you would like to donate please do:

Wednesday 16 November 2011

EAS Reseach Seminar, next Wednesday

EAS Research Seminar

Helen Freshwater

Consuming Childhood: Work, Pleasure and the Performing Child
23 November

A4, Samuel Alexander Building, 4pm

All Welcome