The Black Experience in the Film and Media Industries
10 October 4pm to 5.15pm Mill Studios 0.25
Beverley Cooper-Chambers & Yvonne Connikie explore the experience of black professionals working in the film and media industries. They work in the media and film industries and are PhD researchers in film.

Beyond Transgression – In Theory Practice Follows Theory but In Practice Theory Follows Practice?
31 October 4pm to 5.15pm Mill Studios 0.25
TIRN/IOCT Professors Jason Lee & Martin Richardson examine synergies in theory and creative practice, see &

MDC Latin America and Labour Event
13 November – Room and Time TBC
– Dr Adam Fishwick, De Montfort, Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri, De Montfort, and Caroline Amadeu, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London

LMS Industry and Employability Day
14 November Mill Studios contact
Many speakers, including Commissioners from Channel 4

The DocHub@DMU presents: She Should Have Gone To The Moon (dir. Ulrike Kubatta)
15th November 2018 6.30pm Phoenix Cinema
Screening followed by Q&A with the director and special guests, including Dr Suzanne Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester

MDC The Pains and Pleasures of Publishing
21 November 4pm to 5.15pm Mill Studios 0.25
Professors Jason Lee and Stuart Price on publishing contracts see

Killing the Story – The Art of Being a Police Press Officer
12 December Mill Studios 4pm to 5.15pm Mill Studios 0.25
Will Goddard will give a frank insight into the work of a police press officer. He was employed by the Met Police as a Media and Communications Manager/Press Officer between 2005 and 2016, covering numerous operations, including Yewtree.

10 October 4pm Mill Studios

Organising faculty/school/research group:
Media Discourse Centre/Leicester Media Productions & Leicester Media School/Transgression International Research Network

Event name: The Black Experience in the Film and Media Industries
Date and time (include start and finish times): 10 October 4pm to 5.15pm
Location/Venue: Mill Studios 0.20
Presenter(s): Beverley Cooper-Chambers & Yvonne Connikie

Registration information: you are welcome to just turn up and/or please contact to register attendance
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The Black Experience in the Film and Media Industries
This seminar explores the experience of black professionals working in the film and media industries.
The two speakers work in the media and film industries. They are also PhD researchers in film and media.

Speaker 1
Beverley Cooper-Chambers [PhD researcher DMU]
How working in the media can change the perspective of Caribbean Families in British Television Drama
In my research to understand why British Caribbean families are represented in such a stereotypical manner in television drama I came to two conclusions. One is the impact slavery still has, and two, the subtle influence of television and social engineering. The invalidation of the Caribbean family began with the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent ravaging of our ancestors, and the dismemberment of the tribe. As a people, we have little memory of our heritage beyond the slave trade and the African people have little memory of us. During the slave trade era every attempt to form a family was thwarted by force, sexual aggression, and economic gain. Today a remnant of that assault on the Caribbean family powerfully plays out through political manipulation ‘Windrush’, financial bribery, cultural or spiritual misinformation, and television content lies at the centre. For screenwriters, endorsement by major broadcasters requires compliance with the gatekeepers’ developmental narrative, either by choice, by political correctness or out of financial necessity. This replicates the continued control social engineering has on Caribbean family life; the same power, corporate and government, that has systematically destroyed Caribbean peoples’ attempts at fictive kin, over the years by regurgitating stereotypical images as the norm can change. The television industry’s drama slate can, and should, reflect the truth about fictive kin and provide uncontaminated narratives, which can enable generations going forward.

Speaker 2 Yvonne Connikie [PhD researcher University of South Wales]
Title: Finding Your Way – A Black Experience in the Film and Media Industries
Yvonne is a programmer specialising in Black British independent film and founder of the Black Film Festival Wales and founder member of the The New Black Film Collective. Yvonne worked as an assistant curator on ‘Big City Stories’, the first compilation of Black presence in London on film.
She ran the Pop Up Cinema from 2013 to 2016 and recently worked with the Independent Cinema Office touring the Black Britain on Film archive.
Yvonne was Curator and Project Manager for the Charlie Phillips Photography Project 2017. Yvonne is a PhD candidate with the University of South Wales, exploring the leisure spaces of aged Caribbean’s in Bluetown, Cardiff.

24-25 October Surveillance, Social Media, and Identity, Media Discourse Centre Conference

13 January Keynote Lecture Too Much Too Young – Woody Allen and Women, York St John University


13 December Transnationalism and Neo-Nazism, Leicester Media School Research Seminar

26 May Echoes of Fascism in Contemporary Culture, Politics and Society, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

17 March Launch of Burning Box (Eyewear) poetry collection, London Review Bookshop

27 February Welcome to Leicester Anthology Reading, Cultural Exchanges

The Leicester Media School Presents

Dorothy Byrne, Head of New and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Dorothy Byrne, Visiting Professor at DMU, 25 January 2017, will be be speaking on the media industry and issues of truth.

Consuming Witchcraft in the 20th Century: history, film and media* 8th November 2016

Professor David Nash, Oxford Brookes, Tuesday, 8th November, Clephan 0.17, 1-2pm
*David Nash’s guest ‘Paranormal Media’ research seminar at DMU examines how the phenomenon of witchcraft and its history has been portrayed in Twentieth Century history/historiography, in film and other media. David Nash is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. He has published widely on the history of atheism, blasphemy, religion, secularisation and aspects of crime history including shame and witchcraft. He has given expert advice on blasphemy to governments and agencies in Europe, the United States, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. His latest book is (with Anne-Marie Kilday) Shame and Modernity (2016) with Palgrave Macmillan.

Sustaining Colonial Hegemony in a British Territory: race and censorship in Bermudian media*
Dana Selassie, 16th November

*If there was ever a period in Bermuda’s history that so clearly demonstrated contestations of race and identity within colonial newspapers, radio and television, it would be in the 1950s. Racial ideology had been deeply imbedded into the structure of the island’s daily newspaper since its inception in the early 1800s, and throughout the1950s the national radio broadcasting service supported institutionalized racism while censoring any radio programme that promoted black progressiveness.

This is Not a Coup: documentary film and discussion*
Aris Chatzistefanou, Journalist & film-maker, in Documentary Media Month – organised by Andreas Anastasiou

(Sponsored by MDG, the Documentary Media Centre, the Radical Film Network, Leicester People’s University,
and the Digital Networks and Communication Research Cluster, University of Leicester)
Wednesday, 23rd November, Clephan 2.13, 6pm
Tickets available from Andreas Anastasiou
*Screening and Discussion – in this is not a coup, journalist Aris Chatzistefanou follows the «coup d’état» interventions of the European Union and European Central Bank in countries such as Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece and speaks with former heads of states and politicians who determined the developments in front of and behind the lights of publicity.

Bailouts, Brexit and Political Insurgencies: the mediated articulation of dissent*

Professor Dominic Wring and Professor David Deacon, Loughborough University
Thursday, 8th December, 2016, 12 noon, De Montfort University, Edith Murphy, 0.28
All Welcome
*KEYNOTE – Leave it Out: British print and broadcast news media reporting of the Brexit Referendum, with papers on the ‘Corbyn Phenomenon’, European perspectives on Brexit, the state and surveillance, and European law

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