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Deialogau Diwylliannol Cymreig a Chasi yn Rhydychen

October 1, 2018

Cyflwynodd yr Athro Lisa Lewis a’r Dr Helen Davies bapur ar y cyd: 'Perfformio Rhyngddiwylliannol yn India a Chymru: Strategaethau ar gyfer Perfformio Ieithoedd Lleiafrifol’ yng nghynhadledd y prosiect AHRC 'Performing Multilingualism’ ym Mhrifysgol Rhydychen.


Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues

October 1, 2018

Deialogau Cymreig a Chasi yn NAASWCH Bangor

Cyflwynodd tîm ymchwil Deialogau Diwylliannol Cymreig a Chasi banel o bump o bapurau ar 'Y Cymry yng Ngogledd-ddwyrain India: Archwiliadau Diwylliannol drwy gyfrwng Celfyddydau Creadigol.’ Ymunodd ein myfyriwr ymchwil Gareth Bonello ac actorion y prosiect, Lapdiang Syiem a Rhys ap Trefor, gyda’r Dr Helen Davies a’r Athro Lisa Lewis, i gyflwyno fel rhan o gynhadledd Cymdeithas Gogledd America er Astudio Hanes a Diwylliant Cymreig ym Mhrifysgol Bangor, Gorffennaf 2018.

Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues at NAASWCH Bangor

Dr Rhiannon M Williams was interviewed for Newyddion 9

October 1, 2018

Cafodd Dr Rhiannon M Williams, sydd yn ddarlithydd ar y radd BA Theatr a Drama, ei chyfweld ar gyfer Newyddion 9 (S4C) mewn ymateb i lythr y danfonwyd gan rai awduron Cymreig at fwrdd National Theatre Wales. Cafodd y rhaglen ei ddarlledu ar 21/9/18.

Prof Paul Carr's report on International Best Practice in Music Performance Education Models and Associated Learning Outcomes for Wales

June 18, 2018

Professor Paul Carr’s new report for Welsh Government entitled ‘International Best Practice in Music Performance Education Models and Associated Learning Outcomes for Wales’ will launch this evening (Monday) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Prof Lisa Lewis published book on Performing Wales: People, Memory and Place

June 11, 2018

Professor Lisa Lewis’s book, Performing Wales: People, Memory and Place, was published by University of Wales Press. Click here for further details in Welsh and English.

Dr Rebecca Williams was interviewed on LBC and Heart Radio

May 25, 2018

Dr Rebecca Williams was interviewed on LBC and Heart Radio on Monday about the new Star Wars film SOLO.

Prof Ruth McElroy published co-authored article on TV for Small Nations

May 21, 2018

Professor Ruth McElroy compared Welsh TV to other small nations in her co-authored article 'Small is Beautiful? The salience of scale and power to three European cultures of TV production.’ It is available to read here: Critical Studies in Television.

New edited book by Dr Rebecca Williams

May 21, 2018

‘Everybody Hurts Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fan Culture’ is the new edited book by Dr Rebecca Williams, published by University of Iowa Press .

Heledd Hardy took part in a Radio Cymru discussion about the success of bilingual television drama

May 11, 2018

Heledd Hardy took part in a Radio Cymru discussion about Keeping Faith/un bore mercher and the success of bilingual television drama last week. Heledd will also be presenting/Cyflwyno at an Intofilm event at Chapter Arts tomorrow.

Professor Ruth McElroy and Tom Ware were invited to give evidence at the Senedd into the future of Film and TV Production in Wales

May 11, 2018

Professor Ruth McElroy, Dr Caitriona Noonan and Tom Ware were invited to give evidence at the Senedd on Thursday morning as part of the Welsh Government’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee hearing into the future of Film and TV Production in Wales.

Prof. Steve Blandford published bilingual chapter titled Wales – ‘The Beautiful Mistake’

May 9, 2018

Yr Athro Emeritws Steve Blandford gyda’r Athro Lisa Lewis, yn cyflwyno copi o’r llyfr i lyfrgell yr Atrium / Professor Emeritus Steve Blandford, with Centre Co-Director Prof Lisa Lewis, presenting a copy of the book to Atrium library

Cyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar y llyfr aml-ieithog Finlandia, Galicia, Gales: Os Retos dos Pequenos Cinemas en Linguas Non Hexemonicas / Finlandia, Galicia, Wales: The Challenges of Small Cinemas in Non-Hegemonic Languages, gol. Margarita Ledo Andion. Mae’n cynnwys y bennod ddwyieithog ‘Cymru – Y ‘Camgymeriad Hardd’ / Wales – ‘The Beautiful Mistake’ gan Yr Athro Emeritws Steve Blandford. Deilliodd y llyfr o brosiect ymchwil rhyngwladol y bu’r Ganolfan yn ran ohoni, gan weithio gyda chyd-weithwyr o’r Ffindir a Galicia yn archwilio sinema gwledydd bach a ieithoedd an-hegemonaidd.

Dr Helen Davies and Dr Christina Papagiannouli published blog on The Future of S4C

April 23, 2018

Dr Helen Davies and Dr Christina Papagiannouli’s piece on The Future of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C: Funding and Remit has been published on LSE, Media Policy Project Blog.

Dr Rebecca Williams presenting her forthcoming book on ‘Theme Park Fandom’

March 26, 2018

Dr Rebecca Williams returned from presenting her forthcoming book on ‘Theme Park Fandom’ at the prestigious Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Steve Johnson gave evidence to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee about radio in Wales

March 26, 2018

Radio lecturer Steve Johnson gave evidence to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee about radio in Wales. You can read Steve’s paper here or watch him in action during the first hour of the two hour Senedd TV session here.

USW hosts event as part of BBC Digital Cities Cardiff week

February 23, 2018

On Tuesday 27th February, University of South Wales is hosting 'Mind the Gap: Skills Development for Cardiff’s Creatives’ in partnership with Creative Cardiff as part of BBC Digital Cities Cardiff week. Panellists include TV producer, Elis Roberts (Antena), games developer, Susan Cummings (TinyRebelGames), head of Ffilm Cymru, Pauline Burt and our own doctoral researcher Faye Hannah (also of Our Co-Lab training consultancy).

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, is chairing the event.

Daryl Perrins is being interviewed by presenter Charlie Ross

February 19, 2018

USW Film lecturer Daryl Perrins is being interviewed by presenter Charlie Ross on the cultural importance of a number of rare movie posters from the 30’s and 40’s which were found under a carpet in Cardiff. They were auctioned in the city the day after the filming.

'Bargain Hunt’ (BBC 1 – transmission date 26/02/18 at 12.15pm) Episode title: 'Builth 7’.

Daryl Perrins participated in 'Fall Sound'

February 19, 2018

Daryl Perrins participated in 'Fall Sound’, a podcast available on the Loose Goose Radio Show that forms a tribute to the life and work of the recently departed Mark E Smith. This features a mixture of some of the best music from The Fall from the past 30 years and an attempt to pin down that elusive 'Fall Sound’, as well as Daryl’s take on Mark E Smith as a Northerner, a man, a leader and a working-class hero in the traditional sense.

Dr Márta Minier participated in a post-show discussion at Sherman Theatre

February 16, 2018

On 13 February 2018 Dr Márta Minier participated in a post-show discussion following a performance of Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre. Márta was an invited guest panellist as a contemporary dramaturgy expert, participating in the discussion alongside Hannah Noone (Assistant Director on Dublin Carol) and Nick Shepley (Addictions Project Worker from Living Room – Cardiff).

Professor Paul Carr featured on BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales for #merthyrpop

February 5, 2018

Professor Paul Carr featured on the Roy Noble show on February 4 at 5pm on BBC Radio Wales talking about The History of Popular Music in Merthyr Tydfil project. The project also featured on ITV Wales News, in the Merthyr Express and Wales Online.

Iwan Bala POP-UP exhibition

December 8, 2017

Centre member Iwan Bala is exhibiting his work in the following one day POP-UP exhibition. There will be a real-time web transmission tomorrow.

Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries

December 8, 2017

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has been awarded an AHRC grant for a collaborative project entitled, 'Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating and Shaping Cultural Policy for the Film and TV Industries within Selected Small Nations’. Dr. Ruth McElroy will be co-investigator on the project with Dr. Caitriona Noonan (Cardiff University) on this Early Career Researcher award.

Prof Paul Carr is mentioned in today's South Wales Echo (p.7)

November 16, 2017

USW Professor Paul Carr is mentioned in today’s South Wales Echo (p.7) about his project on the “lost” history of popular music in Merthyr through a performance by local schoolchildren. The performance is taking place as part of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus and Merthyr Library Services on 25 November in Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil.

For tickets and further details about the performance, please see here.

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations wins the Best Impact in Wales Award

November 2, 2017

Professors Ruth McElroy, Lisa Lewis and Paul Carr won the Best Impact in Wales award for the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations in the first Annual USW Impact and Innovation Awards 2017. In gaining the award Professor McElroy made clear that this was very much a team effort, and that everyone in the Centre shared the award.

Dr Márta Minier participated in a question and answer session about the new production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman Theatre

October 26, 2017

Dr Márta Minier participated as a translation and adaptation specialist in a question and answer session about the new production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman Theatre on 19 October.

Dr. Helen Davies and Prof Lisa Lewis attended the Welsh Government Diwali celebrations at Wales Millennium Centre

October 25, 2017

Dr. Helen Davies and Prof Lisa Lewis attended the Welsh Government Diwali celebrations at Wales Millennium Centre, at the invitation of First Minister Carwyn Jones and Honorary Consul of India in Wales Raj Aggarwal.

PhD student Gareth Bonello has won the Welsh Music Prize

October 23, 2017

PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) has won the Welsh Music Prize under his band name The Gentle Good. More info available here.

Response to DCMS Review of S4C

October 16, 2017

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has recently submitted a response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Review of S4C. To download the Centre’s response to DCMS Review of S4C, submitted on 13 October 2017, please click here. The document is also available in Welsh.

Dr Robert Smith appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales

October 10, 2017

Dr Robert Smith, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, discussing his upcoming project Wonderbrass – a celebration event to mark 25 years of the band’s music in South Wales, which takes place in The Gate, Cardiff, this Saturday.

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.

September 12, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.

Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening

September 7, 2017

Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening, discussing the Welsh and Khasi cultural dialogues project and the role of literature in the preservation of culture.

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales's Good Evening Wales

August 23, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales’s Good Evening Wales on August 8 to talk about the news that Poldark producers Mammoth Screen is planning to make a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for ITV.

Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM

July 27, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM, the local Shillong and north east India radio station, to discuss Welsh and Khasi music as part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project.

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Time

July 26, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Times (largest newspaper in north east India) about a performance of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project, held in Shillong last week.

Professor Lisa Lewis appeared on Indian television on Sunday

July 18, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on Indian television on Sunday, on DD National TV Network and North East Indian cable channel PCN, to discuss the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues, a project in film and performance investigating the shared cultural relationship between Wales and India. Lisa is currently running workshops with actors in Meghalaya, north east India.

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

July 18, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace appeared on BBC Radio Wales’s Good Morning Wales this morning to discuss the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and the fact that she features on the new £10 note.

Prof. Paul Carr publishes book on Pop icon Sting

July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr’s monograph of Pop icon Sting is released on August 1st. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. In doing so, the book highlights the ‘hidden history’ behind the processes and products of Sting’s creativity. Professor Carr is doing a number of book launches in Newcastle, including Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, towards the end of the year.

The book is available for preorder from Amazon.

Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil

July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.

After the Being Human week is complete, professor Carr then begins planning for a month long exhibition at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25th – February 24th 2018. The Exhibition showcases the lost musical history of Merthyr Tydfil.

Prof Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

June 29, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS), member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales yesterday to talk about Paddington Bear whose creator, the writer Michael Bond, has died aged 91.

Dr Rob Campbell is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus

May 30, 2017

Dr Rob Campbell, Academic Manager for Broadcasting & Journalism at USW, is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus (p.62) in a feature on how the regional newspaper industry may change in the future.

Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

April 27, 2017

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

April 27, 2017

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”

Dr Paul Carr features in an interview on Welsh Connections

April 3, 2017

Paul Carr with Mike Kennedy, 02/04/16 : Merthyr Rising !

IWA Media Summit 2017 Report

April 3, 2017

 

IWA Media Summit 2017: A look back and a look forward, by Rebecca Williams

On Wednesday 29th March 2017 the Institute for Welsh Affairs held its third annual Media Summit, bringing together academics, industry personnel and other key figures from the media sectors in Wales. Highlighting important issues such as the threat to journalism in a media landscape that is becoming increasingly digital, the future of Welsh language media, and how to create a sustainable workforce for the creative industries, the event allowed reflection on the complex and rapidly changing media ecology that small nations such as Wales must negotiate. Whilst crucial questions for the future of the media in Wales were raised, the third Media Summit also offers the opportunity for some looking back and reflection on where those of us interested in, and concerned about, the state of media in Wales have come from and where we currently are.

Where we are…

I first began to research Welsh media and culture back in 2008 when I took up a post as a Research Assistant at the University of South Wales (then the University of Glamorgan). Since then I have continued to research around topics including celebrity in small nations, the representations of place in television drama, and broader work on the links between mediated space and place and tourism. As part of the University of South Wales’ Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations I have watched with interest how the media in Wales – and our study and understanding of it – has developed over almost a decade. Working primarily on television, it was initially clear to me that, despite the work of organisations such as Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal and the efforts of those academics researching across different mediums, there was a surprisingly limited amount of academic research. There was also an almost constant need to articulate the importance of studying the media in Wales, especially to those outside of the country who were often unfamiliar with the different media and cultural landscapes of the different UK nations.

Since then, we have seen several key changes. Jana Bennett’s announcement in 2008 of the BBC’s ‘Beyond the M25’ strategy to move production from the centrality of London to regions and nations including studios in Salford, Glasgow and, of course, Cardiff led to the creation of the Roath Lock BBC Studios. As the Centre for Small Nations’ research project on Roath Lock Drama Studios and the Creative Industries in Wales found, the studios were a welcome addition to the landscape of Welsh television drama production due to its ability to contribute to skills and its signalling of a more ambitious and confident era of Welsh production. The presence of Roath Lock, alongside other key organisations such as Wales Screen, has undoubtedly helped attract big budget productions on both the big and small screens. It is doubtful whether ten years ago a Hollywood blockbuster such as the sequel to Jurassic World would be planning to film in the Brecon Beacons this Summer, for example. However, the security afforded to those working in the creative industries remains an area of concern, given the precarious nature of fixed-term contracts and the inevitable ebb and flow of productions in the country. Such issues were discussed at length at the IWA Summit’s panel on ‘A sustainable media workforce’ where the negotiation between the advantages of flexible working and the security of long-term employment was a key theme, alongside debates about improving accessibility to the media and creative industries for those in minority groups. Whilst conscious of these issues, the panel, and the audience however, remained confident that Wales’ success as a small nation also offers opportunities for doing things differently and rethinking how sustainability and security can be encouraged.

Journalism, news media and the ‘democratic deficit’

In the past ten years there have also been improvements in how news media reports on the nuances of politics and governance in an increasingly stratified United Kingdom which sees devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. As the realities of Brexit become clearer, it remains to be seen how United the Kingdom will truly be. However, recent research from Cardiff University has highlighted how the BBC has made some improvement with their blog for the IWA summit commenting on the fact that there are “more reporters covering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and greater clarity in communicating the devolved relevance of policy issues”. Despite this, there are clear threats to the media in Wales. The Media Summit featured a panel asking ‘Will journalistic professionalism survive in Wales?’ which discussed the limits to civic participation. The panel drew further attention to the so-called ‘democratic deficit’ wrought by the decline in circulation of print newspapers and the concentration of ownership by large organisations such as Trinity Mirror. Even as the emergence of local print papers and hyperlocal news offers hope for a changing news landscape, issues over ethics and professional codes of conduct remain. As the panel demonstrated, whether the relatively small press within Wales can truly hold politicians and those in power to account remains a thorny issue.

The future of Welsh language media

The future of Welsh language media is perhaps even more precarious given cuts to S4C’s funding for broadcasting and the extremely limited availability of Welsh-language newspapers. However, S4C’s online strategies have reaped rewards with promising use of its Clic catch-up service and presence on i-Player, whilst social media platforms such as Twitter offer opportunities for connecting with others who speak the language, as well as making visible the enduring use of Welsh in everyday life. The panel dedicated to this topic dealt with these issues, as well as considering the possibilities offered by examining the broadcasting models offered by other minority language nations in Spain and Canada. There is clearly much to learn from countries with broadly comparable cultural and media landscapes, both in terms of English and Welsh language broadcasting. As the Centre for Small Nation’s recent project on Television in Small Nations discovered, there are shared challenges including “less access to talent, fewer capital resources, higher production costs, and a smaller market for advertising and license fee revenue”. However, engaging in knowledge exchange with international partners also allows us to develop approaches to dealing with the tensions inherent in the need for local, regional and national media in an increasingly globalised media world.

Portrayal and representation

As a researcher who has primarily focused on issues of representation and portrayal of Wales on-screen, it was interesting to me to see how little they were really addressed at the Summit. It was touched on in various panels but only really brought to the fore in the Interview between Professor Jane McCloskey and Charlotte Moore, who is currently Director of Content for the BBC. The IWA Media Audit in 2015 identified portrayal as a crucial area for improvement and, in this interview, Moore discussed the importance of the balance between moving production into regions and nations and the importance of the opportunities for increased portrayal that this offers. Similar conclusions were reached by the Small Nations Centre’s project on Roath Lock, which found that those who were involved in it were disappointed in the lack of production of Welsh stories and no upturn in the visibility of Wales across the network. There is, however, cause to be hopeful. At the Summit, Charlotte Moore noted the increase in spend in terms of what is being made in Wales but expressed a desire to still encourage Welsh content from Welsh writers and directors. This, coupled with an apparent desire to contribute a substantial chunk of the extra £8million that BBC Wales will see in its funding to producing content for the network that portrays Wales on-screen, offers some optimism for the future. Given the requirement that the BBC represent all the nations and regions of the UK, it is to be hoped that a new flagship network drama or comedy series reflecting Wales (in all its complexities) can be developed.

Considering the Welsh audience

As we consider where we go next in terms of researching and understanding the state of the media in Wales it seems to me that there remains huge value in turning to those who actually consume and use it – the audience. There continues to be a dearth in audience research about the varied viewers, listeners, readers, or browsers in Wales. The statistical analysis provided in Claire Enders’ fascinating and detailed opening talk on ‘The future of media in Wales’ at the Media Summit tells us much about the demographics of who is engaging but it cannot tell us why. It is seven years since the publication of the BBC Audience Council for Wales report on Screening the Nation that I worked on, and whilst the the IWA’s Media Audit in 2015 offered an incredibly broad and detailed overview of policy documents and existing studies, sustained empirical audience research fell outside of its remit. I would like to urge those of us who are concerned about where we go from here to consider a return to empirical audience research that draws on qualitative approaches – interviews, focus groups, analysis of online discussion and practices. Such methods are labour-intensive and can be costly but, as prior empirical research has shown us, they are key to truly understanding the importance of the media and culture in Wales. For example, my own recent research into the links between celebrity in Wales, the development of creative industries in Cardiff, and audience encounters with mediated figures highlighted the complex links between celebrity, representations and embodiments of national identity, and the ‘value’ accorded to places when media production occurs there and famous people are seen there. By way of closing, then, I would advocate that, in addition to the detailed policy work and industry/academic engagement that those of us researching the media in Wales already undertake, we take advantage of audience research to help us better understand how they people in Wales are using the media that they have, what they want, and why this matters to them.

Dr Ruth McElroy features on i online

April 3, 2017

Dr Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, comments in the i online on the continuing popularity of British crime drama,such as Vera and Midsomer Murders

Dr Rebecca Williams featured in a film at the No Boundaries symposium

March 31, 2017

Dr Rebecca Williams, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies at the University of South Wales, featured on a film about her research on Post-object Fandom. The film was watched by about 500 delegates across 2 conference sites (Manchester and Hull) and live-streamed for online audiences as part of the No Boundaries symposium, 28-29 March 2017.

For further details and to watch the film, please see here.

MAP featured on S4C programme Prynhawn Da

March 28, 2017

MAP, the Welsh language student theatre festival led by USW, was featured on S4C programme Prynhawn Da yesterday.

Cynhadledd Cymraeg yn y Gweithle Welsh Workplace conference

March 10, 2017

Dr Rhiannon Helled Williams, a FBS member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, organizes conference on Welsh-language in the workplace.

Dr Ruth McElroy presented evidence to the Culture, Welsh language and Communications committee in the Senedd

March 8, 2017

The Future of S4C

As part of our public work, Dr Ruth McElroy, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of South Wales gave evidence about the future of S4C to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee at the Senedd earlier today.

Ruth was invited to give evidence to the committee as part of her role as Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations. Ruth has also provided written evidence as part of the IWA’s Media Policy Group submission.

Evidence gathered by the committee is likely to feed into an independent review of S4C.

Ruth said: “I see that the role of S4C is essential because of the Welsh language and, to me, that seems quite obvious, but it does need to be restated. If the Welsh Government is going to achieve its aim of having one million Welsh Speakers then S4C is going to be crucial in that. We do have other public broadcasters in Wales, but what is different in terms of S4C is the Welsh language and for me that has to be the basis of everything that S4C does.”

See the webcast of the evidence in English and Welsh here:

Response to DCMS’ PSB Contestable Fund Consultation

February 27, 2017

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has recently submitted a response to the DCMS consultation of Contestable Funding. You can read it here.

PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on BBC Radio Cymru

January 23, 2017

Gareth Bonello, a musician and PhD student at the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations appeared on BBC Radio Cymru on Thursday January 12. Gareth discussed his PhD, which is a part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues research project.

Beti George yn sgwrsio gyda’r canwr a’r cyfansoddwr Gareth Bonello am deithio’r byd yn perfformio, a’i ddoethuriaeth ar y berthynas ddiwylliannol rhwng Cymru a Bryniau Casia yng ngogledd-ddwyrain India.

Margaret Constantas has been selected for Ffilm Cymru Wales Film Scheme

January 16, 2017

LAVISH
Writer/Director: Margaret Constantas
Composer: Judith Weir
Producers: Margaret Constantas and Philip Cowan
A cinematic opera made up of three allegorical tales set in contemporary Cardiff.

Margaret Constantas, a member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has been working on a feature film project with Judith Weir. It has been selected as a slate of ten for Cinematic, a Ffilm Cymru Wales / BFI / S4C feature film scheme.

Ten teams of Welsh writers, directors and producers have been shortlisted for Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic feature film scheme, financed in partnership with the BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision.

The slate demonstrates both the diversity of supported talent, and the scope of their stories and styles. Ffilm Cymru Wales representative Adam Partridge remarks, “It really is encouraging to see the breadth of talent from Wales, and to be able to support a wide range of voices and perspectives. The projects range from comedy capers to elevated horror, and even an opera film. We hope there’s something here for everyone!”

Margaret’s work 'Lavish’ is that cinematic opera which is made up of three allegorical tales set in contemporary Cardiff.

All 10 teams will now progress into the development phase, including training supported by the sector skills council Creative Skillset, and led by experienced facilitator Angus Finney, who manages the annual Production Funding Market and Micromarkets in London. The focus will be on both creatively progressing the work, and carefully considering the market opportunities for the supported projects. Training providers include a range of industry experts, including experienced producers Julie Baines (Creep, Triangle) and Emily Leo (Under the Shadow), director Ben Parker (The Chamber, OTM Entertainment), and sales and distribution representatives Jezz Vernon (Port Royal London, formerly of Metrodome) and Deborah Rowland (We are the Tonic).

Professor Diana Walllace (FBS) appeared on Good Morning Wales

January 5, 2017

Professor Diana Walllace (FBS) appeared on Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio Wales on Friday 16 December to discuss Jane Austen’s engagement with social and political events of her day.

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations celebrates tenth anniversary

December 13, 2016

The University’s Centre for Media and Culture in SmallNations has celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Dr David Barlow and Professor Steve Blandford founded the research centre in 2006.

Since then, the centre has worked across a wide range of disciplines from creative writing to visual arts, from heritage and performance to media audiences and media policy. They’ve enjoyed working with many arts and media organisations as well as individual academics and artists from across the world.

The Co-Director of the Centre, Dr Ruth McElroy said: “For us as a Centre the value of small nations lies not in stabilising or naturalising or homogenising the idea of the nation; rather it is to question the centrality of nation-states and their historical and ideological legacy in formations of global, economic and cultural power. If the concept of small nations achieves anything it is to make us look beyond the dominant frameworks, to see the world slant so as to appreciate the richness in it. And in so doing, it places people – their cultures languages, identities and inter-connections – centre stage.”

Professor Mette Hjort from the University of Copenhagen delivered a public lecture to mark the tenth anniversary at USW Cardiff Campus, looking at the world cinema as a guiding ideal and the role of small nations. The lecture explored why size and scale should be galvanizing concepts of nationhood and cultural identity in this dynamic and responsive field.

Bethan Jenkins AM, in conversation with Huw Marshall, Ruth McElroy and Martin Shipton

November 9, 2016

TV Studio, Atrium Building
University Of South Wales
Thursday, 10 November, 7-8pm
https://www.rts.org.uk/event/conversation-bethan-jenkins-wales
Refreshments available

This is an opportunity to hear the views of Bethan Jenkins AM, Chair of the National Assembly’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee on the current state of the media in Wales. Joining her on the panel will be Huw Marshall (Director of Awr Cymru and the former head of digital, S4C), Dr Ruth McElroy (Lecturer in Television Studies, Media and Culture, University of South Wales) and Martin Shipton (Chief Reporter, Western Mail). The discussion will cover a number of topics including the future of public service broadcasting, plurality, interactive media and television on demand. The session will also look at the work programme the Committee has set itself during this Assembly term, in its role in scrutinising the Welsh Government.

The event will be chaired by Tim Hartley, Chairman of RTS Wales.

Simultaneous translation will be available.

RSVP: Hywel Wiliam, hywel@aim.uk.com or call 0798 000 7841

PhD student Gareth Bonello featured on BBC Radio Cymru

October 14, 2016

Gareth Bonello, a musician and PhD student at the School of Music and Performance appeared on BBC Radio Cymru on Wednesday. Gareth discussed his PhD, which is a part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues research project.

Wyn Mason's play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod

August 25, 2016

Wyn Mason’s play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod, a co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru directed by Sara Lloyd. Rhith Gân, an adaptation/development of Gareth Bonello’s album, Y Bardd Anfarwol, won last year’s Drama Medal at last year’s Eisteddfod. Wyn Mason is Senior Lecturer in Video Production at the University of South Wales and member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations.

Read Lowri Cooke’s review on Art Scene in Wales.

Professor Philip Gross wins the 2016 Roland Mathias Poetry Award

August 25, 2016

Philip Gross, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales and member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award at the Wales Book of the Year 2016 (#WBOTY16) for his eighteenth poetry collection, Love Songs of Carbon (Bloodaxe Books). Love Songs of Carbon is a coming of age volume inhabiting the ageing body with a confident, inventive curiosity.

Dr Paul Carr features in an article on the ‘Louder than War’

July 1, 2016

Dr Paul Carr’s Oral History project on popular music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 to 1970 features in an article on the Louder than War blog by Michael Hicks. The Oral History project documents how Merthyr can contribute to the largely untold narratives of popular music history, which are so often dominated by major cities, in particular London.

As Dr Paul Carr explains, “I chose it (Merthyr) as a place to explore because I live here – I have a vested interest. However, my interest is much deeper than that. Merthyr has a rich musical history, and I want to try and make this more visible to both the local community but also for visitors.”

Parliamentary Report on Broadcasting in Wales

June 23, 2016

Dr Ruth McElroy of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations and Director of the USW Research Institute for Creative Industries, features in the Parliamentary Report on Broadcasting in Wales, published on June 16.

Ruth contributed widely to the parliamentary debate – offering observations ranging from the basing of the BBC’s Drama Village in Cardiff’’s Roath Lock being a 'game changer in putting Wales on the map’ and the potential need for Welsh based intervention into the process of material being commissioned by the wider media to reflect the realities of Welsh life.

Prof Kevin Mills presents keynote paper at the Writing Between the Lines symposium

June 23, 2016

Prof Kevin Mills presents paper at the Writing Between the Lines symposium on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Writing Between the Lines is a one day postgraduate symposium where postgraduate candidates, teachers and practitioners will explore the nature of creative writing as a research method; examine the lively dynamic between praxis and critical appraisal; investigate its position within pedagogy and evaluate how it may be developed in order to elevate approaches to high quality research.

Community Radio in Wales: New Voices with a Welsh accent by Steve Johnson

June 16, 2016

A new publication arising out of the Centre has been published by CBAA. It is is now available at https://www.cbaa.org.au/article/community-radio-wales-new-voices-welsh-accent.

Prof Steve Blandford features on Western Mail

June 10, 2016

Steve Blandford, USW Emeritus Professor of Theatre, Film and Television, features in an article on Western Mail for Cardiff as potential bidder for European Capital of Culture. Leading figures from the Welsh arts world, including Emeritus Prof. Steve Blandford, have signed a letter calling on Cardiff to make a bold bid to be crowned European Capital of Culture in 2023:

Philip Cowan has been shortlisted for the BAFTSS Best Practice Research Portfolio

February 22, 2016

Philip Cowan, Academic Subject Leader for Film at the University of South Wales, has been shortlisted in the final three for the BAFTSS Best Practice Research Portfolio for his submission; The Use of Colour as a Function of the Cinematographer in The Sleeping Mat Ballad. The submission consists of a film commission shot by Philip Cowan for Welsh National Opera, and a related article on The Democracy of Colour published by the Journal of Media Practice in 2015. The awards are being announced at the annual BAFTSS conference, which is this year in the University of Reading, 14-16 April.

12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol

February 9, 2016

English

Mae Prifysgol De Cymru yn falch o gael gwahodd ceisiadau ar gyfer 12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol (CDC).

CDC yw un o’r cyfadrannau mwyaf o’i bath yn y Deyrnas Unedig, ac mae ganddi berthnasau agos â’r diwydiannau creadigol yng Nghymru, y DU ac yn rhyngwladol. Wedi’i lleoli yng Nghaerdydd, ac yn ganolfan gyfryngol ffyniannus ar gyfer ffilm, teledu a’r celfyddydau, bydd y gyfadran yn agor adeilad Atrium 2 yn fuan iawn – adeilad a chanddo adnoddau heb eu hail ar gyfer addysgu yn y diwydiannau creadigol.

Lleolir ein hymchwil yn Sefydliad Ymchwil y Diwydiannau Creadigol a’i chanolfannau rhagoriaeth, sef:

Fframwaith Rhagoriaeth Ymchwil 2014, dyfarnwyd bod 65% o ymchwil y gyfadran yn uned asesu D35 Cerddoriaeth, Drama, Dawns a Chelfyddydau Perfformio (yn cynnwys y cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol) a 75% o ymchwil uned asesu D34 Celf a Dylunio (fel rhan o gyflwyniad ar y cyd gyda WIRAD, Wales Institute of Art & Design) naill ai’n rhyngwladol ragorol (3*) neu’n arwain yn fyd-eang (4*).

Mae’r ysgoloriaethau hyn yn cynrychioli buddsoddiad sylweddol yn y genhedlaeth nesaf o ysgolheigion ac ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol, ac yn ganolog i gynllunio’r Brifysgol ar gyfer yr ymarfer rhagoriaeth ymchwil nesaf.

Mae’r alwad hon ar agor i ysgolheigion a chanddynt ddiddordebau ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol a chroesewir ymgeiswyr sy’n defnyddio ystod o fethodau a dulliau disgyblaethol (a rhyngddisgyblaethol). Fodd bynnag, rydym yn awyddus iawn i glywed oddi wrth bobl sy’n gweithio yn y meysydd canlynol:

  • Ffilm Ddogfen a Ffotograffiaeth (yn cynnwys prosiectau curadurol ac ymarfer fel ymchwil)
  • Drama (yn cynnwys drama radio a theledu, a dylunio llwyfan)
  • Cyfryngau a diwylliant mewn cenhedloedd bach
  • Perfformiad/Perfformio (yn cynnwys celfyddydau yn y gymuned; perfformiad a threftadaeth)
  • Cerddoriaeth Boblogaidd
  • Astudiaethau’r cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol (yn cynnwys cynulleidfaoedd a ‘fandom’; rhywedd; diwylliant poblogaidd ac arswyd; polisi; ac astudiaethau lle)
  • Astudiaethau teledu

12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries

February 5, 2016

Cymraeg

The University of South Wales is delighted to invite applications for 12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).

FCI is one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK and enjoys close relationships with the creative industries in Wales, the UK and internationally. Based in Cardiff, a fast-growing media hub for film, television and the arts, the faculty will shortly open its Atrium 2 building with state-of the art facilities for creative industries teaching.

Our research is housed in the Creative Industries Research Institute and its centres of excellence, namely:

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) and 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) were rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*). These scholarships represent a major investment in the next generation of creative industries scholars and research, and is integral to the University’s planning for the next REF exercise.

This call is open to all scholars with research interests in creative industries and we welcome applicants employing a range of methods and (inter)disciplinary approaches. However we are particularly keen to hear from people working in the following areas:

  • Documentary film and photography (including curatorial and practice as research projects)
  • Drama (including radio and television drama, and set design)
  • Media and culture in small nations
  • Performance (including community arts; performance and heritage)
  • Popular music
  • Media and cultural studies (including audiences & fandom; gender; popular culture and horror; policy; and place)
  • Television studies

Call For Papers: International Vampire Film and Arts Festival

February 4, 2016

The inaugural International Vampire Film and Arts Festival, organised by Dr Rebecca Williams (Steering Group member of the Small Nations Centre) and Craig Hooper of USW, with keynote speaker Prof. Richard Hand, will take place in Sighisoara in Transylvania, Romania, on May 26th-29th 2016.

From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond – the vampire genre is the world’s most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media. IVFAF brings together vampire media-makers from across the World in one cross-industry event – an exciting four-day programme of film screenings, book launches, readings, theatre, seminars, workshops, tours, networking events, a trade fair and parties. The Festival will take place within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula and will involve industry, artists, fans and academics.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Stacey Abbott (University of Roehampton) Professor Richard Hand (University of South Wales) Dacre Stoker (Author).

This call for papers is for scholars interested in presenting their work in the academic symposium that runs alongside the Festival (in association with the University of South Wales). Proposals for single 20-minute papers or pre-constituted panels (of 3 × 20-minute papers) on any aspect of the Vampire are now welcomed from scholars working in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Literature
  • Film & TV Studies
  • Gothic Studies
  • Media & Cultural studies
  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Audience & Fan Studies
  • Theatre Studies
  • Music

We are also interested in proposals for academic roundtables or workshops.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday 9th March 2016. Please submit 250 word abstracts and a short author biography to Dr Rebecca Williams at rebecca.williams@southwales.ac.uk.

Dr Jayalakshmi receives Academic Director award

January 5, 2016

Dr Garrabost Jayalakshmi, Associate Head for School of Media, was awarded Best Academic Director for her teaching and supervision on a film her student’s made. The video was produced by students who visited from China to learn how to make a film.

Dr Jayalakshmi worked with the students, who took her ideas on board and made a film which received great comments. The International University New Media Culture Festival, where the awards took place, was held in Beijing Foreign Studies University on Saturday 21 November. The event was launched in 2012 by Propeller TV, UK and seeks to gather university students from all over the world to promote the communication and cultivation of young talent. It also helps higher education institutions to establish a worldwide platform. In recent years, the event has attracted participants from around the globe such as China, US, Canada, Singapore.

Mediating Creative Industries in Small Nations

January 5, 2016

Poster displayed at the IWA Cardiff Media Summit
Wednesday 11th November 2015
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Dr Ruth McElroy presents evidence to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

November 27, 2015

As part of our public work, the co-director of Small Nations Centre, Dr Ruth McElroy and the Centre’s steering group external member, Angela Graham (with Dr John Geraint and Professor Tom O’Malley) have recently given oral and written evidence to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (18 November 2015).

'It's Not Barry's Island!' Gavin and Stacey and Great British Blokedom

November 26, 2015

Dr Peter Jachimiak, senior lecturer at the University of South Wales, has recently published a two-part article to do with “Gavin and Stacey” on the “ZANI – Online Optimism For The New Beat Generation” website. Entitled ‘“It’s Not Barry’s Island!” Gavin and Stacey and Great British Blokedom’ (Part 1 and Part 2), and, in the main, written for a non-academic readership, it is not only a reappraisal of the classic TV sitcom that is “Gavin and Stacey” (2007 – 2010), but it is also an examination of the many types of masculinities (multiple ways of being male) to be found amid the land-locked towns and seaside resorts of the United Kingdom. So, with discussion to do with ‘Mods versus Chavs’, beer and lager, homoeroticism, and sticks of rock.

Quadrophenia and the Goose

November 26, 2015

Steve Johnson and Peter Jachimiak, of the University of South Wales, have collaborated yet again with the latest edition of their regular Loose Goose Radio show. This time around it’s a “Quadrophenia”-themed ‘Quad Goose’ special, and as well as featuring an exclusive interview with the actor Gary Shail (who played ‘Spider’ in the 1979 film adaptation of The Who’s landmark 1973 double-album), it includes music by Cross Section, Phil Daniels and The Cross, The Killermeters, The Lambrettas, Teenbeats, The Times, The Who, and many more. On-air discussion, by the way, touches upon a whole range of themes, including “Quadrophania” (original album, soundtrack album, film, and tie-in novel) and the Mod subculture, the cultural geography of both Brighton and the south-east coast of England, and so on.

Dr Ruth McElroy talks about the IWA Media Audit on Radio Wales and Radio 4.

November 11, 2015

Dr Ruth McElroy talked about the Cardiff Media Summit 2015 and the IWA Wales Media Audit 2015 on BBC Radio Wales for Good Morning Wales (6.30am) and on BBC Radio 4 for Media show (4.15 pm) live on 11 November 2015.

Call for Papers: Music, Pedagogy and Community

October 23, 2015

A symposium at University of South Wales, hosted by the Creative Industries Research Institute

Saturday, 5th of March 2016, the ATRiuM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff

Keynote speaker: Professor Raymond MacDonald, University of Edinburgh

Loose Goose Radio

October 22, 2015

Steve Johnson and Dr Peter Jachimiak have collaborated yet again with the latest edition of their regular Loose Goose Radio show. This time around it’s the ‘S’ Goose, and as well as featuring an exclusive interview with Adrian Holder (not only of the band, The Moment, but Infenzo Records and Moke Studios, Germany), it includes music by Rod Stewart, Slade, Australian Sharpies’ favourites Coloured Balls, The Soundcarriers, The Strands, and many more. On-air discussion, by the way, touches upon many themes, including Slade’s film “Slade In Flame” and Desmond Morris’ book “The Soccer Tribe”.

Magali Nougarède has been awarded the Artist Residency at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

October 2, 2015

Magali Nougarède, Senior lecturer on the Photographic Arts BA at the University of South Wales, has been awarded the Artist Residency at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The residency will take place from October 2015 until February 2016 and will include both research by the artist and delivery of work. This is the first of two flora residencies, the second taking place January to March 2016 at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran.

Dr Rhiannon Williams

September 28, 2015

Rhiannon Williams, member of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, successfully defended her PhD in a Viva on September 24th, which followed an original performance by Rhiannon at Nazareth Chapel, Ponyates. Rhiannon’s research project is entitled Y Capel Cymraeg, Cymdogaeth a Pherfformiad (The Welsh Chapel, Cymdogaeth and Performance). The Viva was chaired by Dr Ruth McElroy, and the work was examined by Sian Summers (internal), and Dr Anwen Jones (Aberystwyth) and Eddie Ladd as externals. Rhiannon was supervised by Dr Lisa Lewis (Director of Studies) and Professor Hamish Fyfe (Supervisor).

Mediating Welsh Civil Society: the value of creative and mathematical methodologies in capturing change

July 10, 2015

Poster displayed at the WISERD Annual Conference
Tuesday 30th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Margaret Constantas' documentary film screening at CineWord

June 23, 2015

Margaret Constantas’ documentary film “BRANCHES: The Nature of Performance”, completed last year for National Theatre Wales, will be screened at CineWorld, Cardiff this coming Monday 29th June at 6.30pm. The screening is being hosted by Documentary Wales and BAFTA Cymru.

Dr Rhiannon Williams presented paper at the CTLT 2015 in Singapore

June 23, 2015

With support by the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, Dr Rhiannon Williams presented her paper titled The Use of Technology to aid second language acquisition of a minority language at the 2015 Global Conference for Teaching and Learning with Technology (10&11 June, 2015) in the Concorde Hotel Singapore.

The paper explores how e-learning can enrich the student experience by providing a more hands-on learning system that will also increase their employability. Online resources can improve students’ language proficiency by engaging in interactive exercises for instance. Online dictionaries and proofreading tools can help students develop their translation and editing skills, which are valuable skills for employers. Furthermore, distance learning and online resources can supplement curriculum content delivered in the classroom through MOOCS and mobile learning, where students can extend and consolidate their learning at their own pace.

The War on Terror

June 18, 2015

USW Emeritus Professor Stephen Lacey and Derek Paget, Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading are editors of a thought evoking and engaging new book The War on Terror. The Creative Industries Research Institute and the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Unit hosted the book launch on June 4, 2015.

Dr Rebecca Williams publishes article on Localebrities

May 21, 2015

Williams, R. (2015) Localebrities, adopted residents, and local characters: audience & celebrity in a small nation Celebrity Studies.

Dr Lisa Lewis features in today’s THE

May 21, 2015

Welsh and Khasi cultural dialogues: an interdisciplinary arts and performance project

USW Reader in Theatre and Performance, Dr Lisa Lewis, features in today’s THE (p. 23) about her research with Aparna Sharma from the Universty of California, Los Angeles into Welsh and Khasi cultural dialogues. The research is supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

'2 Tone' Loose Goose Radio Show by Dr Peter Jachimiak and Steve Johnson

May 6, 2015

Dr Peter Jachimiak and Steve Johnson, both of the University of South Wales (Cardiff Campus), have collaborated once again to bring you the latest edition of their Loose Goose Radio show: A podcast devoted solely to the music and style of ’2 Tone’.

Dr Rebecca Williams publishes book on Post-Object Fandom

April 20, 2015

Rebecca Williams’ Post-Object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-narrative is now published by Bloomsbury (2015).

Fandom is generally viewed as an integral part of everyday life which impacts upon how we form emotional bonds with ourselves and others in a modern, mediated world. Whilst it is inevitable for television series to draw to a close, the reactions of fans have rarely been considered. Williams explores this everyday occurence through close analysis of television fans to examine how they respond to, discuss, and work through their feelings when shows finish airing.

'Visions of the Valleys' broadcast

March 26, 2015

The broadcast of a new hour-long programme Visions of the Valleys presented by Dr Kim Howells and produced and directed by Steve Freer is on BBC 1 Wales (29 March 2015 at 10.30pm) and BBC 4 (31 March 2015 at 8pm; 2 April 2015 at 2.45am). Dr Ceri Thomas was a specialist researcher for this BBC Wales television arts programme.

'A Dictionary of Artists in Wales' Book Launch

March 26, 2015

The south Wales launch of a major new book on art in modern and contemporary Wales is being held at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Cardiff, on Thursday 26 March 2015, 3.30 – 4.45 pm. Dr Ceri Thomas has been a member of the research and editorial panel for the publication.

The publication Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales (Llandysul: Gomer 2015) by Dr Peter W. Jones and Isabel Hitchman is a major academic reference work covering a rich period in the arts in Wales. It is the first illustrated survey, in Welsh and English editions, of the careers of artists and applied artists in Wales over the last sixty years.

USW wins a research project grant from The Leverhulme Trust for Dr Lisa Lewis' project 'Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues'

March 23, 2015

Dr Lisa Lewis, on behalf of the University of South Wales, has won a research project grant of £286,349 from The Leverhulme Trust for 'Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project’.

Dr Lisa Lewis will be leading the project and will be collaborating with Dr Aparna Sharma of UCLA to investigate the shared cultural history of the people of Wales and the Khasi people of Northeast India, rooted in the first instance in the missionary contact established in the mid nineteenth century by the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists mission, and subsequently in the cultural practices that stem from such interaction.

The project will run for 4 years. It is hoped that resulting outcomes, both creative work and scholarly articles, will present a significant and original interdisciplinary interpretation of the Welsh-Khasi relationship, facilitating future research engagement. This award recognises Lisa’s world leading research in the field.

Papagiannouli discusses Self Versioning at the V&A Digital Futures

March 23, 2015

Digital Futures – Self Versioning: exploring the potentials of the digital self

Image Credit: “Rokeby Venus” by Diego Velázquez, Wikimedia

Digital Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum
The White Building, London
General admission free. Register for a ticket here.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 from 16:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Dr Alice Entwistle writes in the Western Mail on behalf of Welsh Crucible

February 23, 2015

Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales. Funded by a consortium of Welsh universities, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, there is a high demand for places on Welsh Crucible from researchers who are beginning to demonstrate excellence in their respective fields. Alice Entwistle teaches at the University of South Wales where she co-directs the centre for the study of media and culture in small nations.

Song 2 - The Sleeping-Mat Ballad

January 27, 2015

Composer – Judith Weir
Director – Margaret Constantas

Margaret Constantas was selected to collaborate with opera composer Judith Weir, who is Master of the Queen’s Music, for the Occupation - 5 Songs That Shook The World project. Welsh National Opera and Ffilm Cymru Wales commissioned for the project five well known composers to create new music and selected five film-makers to make music videos for the music for on-line distribution. The songs are about news items selected on given dates with the emphasis on political statements or protests.

Margaret Constantas music video is for Song 2, called The Sleeping-Mat Ballad .The song is about the Pro-Democracy street protests taking place in Hong Kong during 2014.

Fuse 2

January 23, 2015

Fuse 2: An exhibition of contemporary artworks by David Barnes, Paul Cabuts, Chris Nurse, Andreas Ruethi

Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales, Crawshay, Trefforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL

8 December 2014 to 6 March 2015 (closed 24 December 2014 to 1 January 2015).
The gallery is open Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5.30pm and Fri 8.30am to 5pm – admission is free. tel 01443 480480 / http://www.gallery.southwales.ac.uk.

Private View: Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6-8:00 pm
This event will be will be opened by Russell Roberts, Director for the European Centre for Photographic Research and Reader in Photography at USW. Refreshments will be served on the night.

In and Out of the Light

December 8, 2014

Crossing Text with Image: FCI and FBS work across disciplinary boundaries to test and theorise different kinds of creative thinking and expression.

IWA Cardiff Media Summit

December 1, 2014

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations is proud to be working with with BBC Wales, IWA and colleagues at Cardiff University to organise a Cardiff Media Summit. The centre is also a sponsor of the event, which takes place on Wednesday 3rd December.

Visiting Postgraduate Student

November 27, 2014

This week the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations were glad to welcome Eva Nørgaard Larsen.

Cultures of Place

September 29, 2014

the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations was pleased to host the 'cultures of Place’ networking symposium on Friday 19th September 2014. the day included an 'in conversation’ between Alice Entwistle and Chris Morris chaired by Steve Blandford.

Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home

September 17, 2014

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations will be hosting the launch of Peter Hughes Jachimiak’s new book Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home (Ashgate, 2014) at their ‘Cultures of Place’ symposium on Friday 19th September in the Board Room, Atrium Campus, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2BP.

Prof Chris Morris featured in The Guardian

June 25, 2014

Prof Chris Morris is mentioned in an article in The Guardian about the play he has produced, Mametz, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Prof Chris Morris speaking at Hay Festival

May 29, 2014

Producer of National Theatre Wales’ latest production, Mametz, will talk about its production on Saturday 31 May 2014 at 4pm in The Cube.

Alongside writer Owen Sheers he will provide an exclusive preview and discussion of the ambitious WWI site-specific production

Tickets can be purchased on the Hay Festival Website

Dr Caitriona Noonan visits Copenhagen for exciting new research collaboration

May 1, 2014

Dr Caitriona Noonan recently completed a SIP research placement at Copenhagen Capacity and Øresund Film Commission in Denmark. SIP facilitates short-term placements of university staff within partner organisations in order to develop new cross-sector relationships and to encourage the development of strategically collaborative projects.

Dr Márta Minier publishes work on Shakespeare

March 28, 2014

Márta Minier has published a chapter entitled ‘Uprooting Shakespeare: A Historical Survey of Early to Institutionalised Hungarian Shakespeare Translation’.

Dr Ruth McElroy presents Roath Lock research at Scottish conference

March 12, 2014

Dr Ruth McElroy, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, has been invited to present the research findings from BBC Roath Lock Studios: Investigating Television Drama Production in Wales at a conference held at the University of Glasgow.

Alice Entwistle and Ruth McElroy appointed as Centre's new co-directors

November 13, 2013

Dr Alice Entwistle Principal Lecturer in English, and Dr Ruth McElroy, Principal Lecturer in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies and Director of the Creative Industries Institute, have been appointed co-directors of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations. They take over from Professor Steve Blandford, who retired from the University in October.

New publication on Translating Welsh Drama

November 11, 2013

Márta Minier’s article entitled “Translating Welsh Drama Into Hungarian Through English: A Contextual Introduction to Sêra Moore Williams’ Crash in Hungarian Translation” has just appeared in AHEA: E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Volume 6 (2013).

Centre staff visit Finnish conference on popular culture

November 1, 2013

Members of Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations recently led a panel discussion on 'Television Drama and Celebrity’ at the Topographies of Popular Culture conference, University of Tampere, Finland.

Steve Blandford steps down as Centre director

October 14, 2013

After four years, Professor Steve Blandford will be stepping down as Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the end of October.

Black History Month Wales

September 30, 2013

Every October throughout the UK, Black History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black people to the development of British society, technology, economy and arts & culture.

Steve Blandford publishes book on Jimmy McGovern

August 7, 2013

Professor Steve Blandford, the director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, has published the first book length study of Jimmy McGovern, one Britain’s leading television writers.

Eisteddfod festival plays host to Centre members' work

July 29, 2013

Members of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations will be showcasing work at the National Eisteddfod of Wales festival on 2-10 August.

Conference Paper: Hungarian Productions of Hamlet

March 13, 2013

Dr Márta Minier is presenting a paper on recent Hungarian productions of Hamlet, at the Adaptation: Classics and Beyond conference in Roma Tre University, Italy, on March 20, 2013. The paper is entitled: “Performance as Translation/Adaptation/Tradaptation: Some Recent Hungarian Productions of Hamlet”.

New Publication: Theatre & Peformance in Small Nations

January 30, 2013

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new collection of essays Theatre and Performance in Small Nations, edited by the Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, Professor Steve Blandford and published by Intellect .

MeCCSA 2013: Dr Ruth McElory discusses regional film and TV production with actor James Nesbitt

January 15, 2013

Dr Ruth McElroy debated the current state of regional TV and film production with actor James Nesbitt, academic and documentary filmmaker Professor Professor Brian Winston, Spanish lecturer Dr Niamh Thornton, and Richard Williams, of Northern Ireland Screen, at this year’s MeCCSA conference at the University of Ulster.

Research Assistant x 0.6fte

December 20, 2012

Name of Institution: University of Glamorgan
Location: Cardiff
Categories: Research
Salary: £22,475 – £26,004 per annum, pro rata
Reference: CCI401

Cynorthwyydd Ymchwil x 0.5 (cyfwerth ag amser llawn)

December 20, 2012

Name of Institution: University of Glamorgan
Location: Cardiff
Categories: Research
Salary: £22,475 – £26,004 y flwyddyn, pro rata
Reference: CCI398

John Hefin (1941-2012): An Appreciation

November 20, 2012

Members of the Centre for the Study for Media and Culture in Small Nations were deeply saddened to learn that John Hefin, the former Head of Drama at BBC Wales, died yesterday at the age of 71.

New Publication on Radio in Small Nations

November 19, 2012

The range, diversity and impact of radio around the world is explored in a new book published by the University of Wales Press, with fascinating contributions from the radio team at the ATRiuM and colleagues from universities in Britain and beyond.

Creative Exchange Wales Network

October 5, 2012

The Creative Exchange Network Wales (CENW), a joint AHRC and A4B/Welsh Government initiative to support the creative economy in Wales, has now been launched.

PhD Scholarships

October 4, 2012

To mark 100 years in education, the University of Glamorgan is offering 20 new Centenary Doctoral Scholarships. Three PhDs are being offered across the School of Creative and Cultural Industries. These are as follows:

Centre Postgrads Win Conference Prize

September 25, 2012

Prizes were awarded to two PhD researchers from the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at this year’s Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales .

New publication: Wales and the Creative Industries

September 24, 2012

Professor Steve Blandford has published a new article in the North American Journal of Welsh Studies on 'Wales and the question of the “creative industries”’.

Paul Carr on the Live Music Industry in Wales

August 15, 2012

Dr Paul Carr on Higher Education and the Live Music Industry (video) – Live Music Exchange Leeds, May 4th 2012

New Steering Group Members

July 23, 2012

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations is pleased announce two new Steering Group members.

Conference paper: Scottish Opera under Thatcher

July 18, 2012

Centre member Huw D Jones is giving a paper entitled 'Too big to fail: Scottish Opera under Thatcher’ at the Patronage, Subsidy and Sponsorship conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on Friday 19 July.

Cyfrwng Conference 2012

July 17, 2012

Members of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations contributed to this year’s Cyfrwng Conference at Swansea University on 12-13 July.

New Report: Higher Education and Live Music in Wales

July 2, 2012

Dr Paul Carr has published a major new report for the Higher Education Academy on the relationship between higher education and live music industry in Wales.

Galwad am Bapurau: Cynhadledd Myfyrwyr Ôl-radd Diwydiannau Creadigol Cymru

June 13, 2012

Cynhadledd Myfyrwyr Ôl-radd Diwydiannau Creadigol Cymru
21 Medi 2012
Atrium, Prifysgol Morgannwg

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer cynigion: 20 Gorffennaf 2012

Call for Papers: Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales

June 13, 2012

Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference Wales
The Atrium, University of Glamorgan
21 September 2012

Closing Date for Submissions: 20 July 2012

National Taiwan University consult Dr Ruth McElroy on minority-language broadcasting

April 6, 2012

Dr Ruth McElroy has been consulted by the National Taiwan University for a study comparing indigenous media across the globe.

Survey on Live Music in Wales

March 22, 2012

Dr. Paul Carr is currently conducting a research project on how the live music industry in Wales can work more appropriately with Higher Education.

New Publication: How Facebook users select identity categories

March 2, 2012

Dr Gwen Bouvier has published a new article in the Journal of Multicultural discourses.

New Publication: Welsh Identity and Music

February 8, 2012

Dr Paul Carr has published a new article in the latest issue of Popular Music History

New Publication: Special CST issue on TV Drama in Small Nations

January 25, 2012

Critical Studies in Television has published a special issue on Television Drama and National Identity: the Case of 'Small Nations’.

PhD Success for John Geraint

January 17, 2012

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations is pleased to announce that John Geraint, former Head of Programmes at BBC Wales and now a Director of Green Bay Media, has been awarded his PhD without conditions.

New Publication: Branding, Place and BBC Wales' Idents

January 12, 2012

Professor Steve Blandford and Dr Ruth McElroy has published a new article on Branding, Place and BBC Cymru Wales’ Idents, Promos and Trailers, in the journal British Cinema and Television.

Blog: The Media Policy Agenda for Wales

January 9, 2012

What does Wales want from the forthcoming Communications Green Paper? Huw David Jones reports for the LSE Media Policy Project. .

New Publication: The National Museum of Art

January 5, 2012

Dr Huw D Jones has published an article for the current edition of Planet: The Welsh Internationalist on Wales’ new National Gallery of Art.

Jane Aaron joins Centre

December 2, 2011

Professor Jane Aaron retired as Professor of English at the University of Glamorgan in September 2011, yet has kindly agreed to join the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations as an associate member.

New Publication: Arts Governance in Scotland

November 25, 2011

Dr Huw D Jones has co-authored a publication with Susan Galloway (University of Glasgow) on arts governance in Scotland.

Live Blog: Future of the Press in Wales conference

November 17, 2011

Follow the future of the press in Wales conference via our Live Blog

Caitriona Noonan finalist for Research Award

November 8, 2011

Dr Caitriona Noonan recently attended the 5th Young Cultural Policy Researchers Forum in Helsinki, Finland where she competed in the final of the 2011 Cultural Policy Research Award.

New short film by Ieuan Morris

October 21, 2011

'My Times’, a new short film by Ieuan Morris, receieves its premier screening at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, at 2pm on Saturday 5 November 2011.

Steve Blandford gives evidence to Assembly inquiry

October 13, 2011

Professor Steve Blandford will today give evidence before the National Assembly for Wales’ task and finish group on the future outlook of the media in Wales.

Small Nations on Facebook

September 27, 2011

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations has setup its own Facebook page.

Interview with Paul Carr

September 22, 2011

Dr Paul Carr was interviewed by The Miniture Music Press (MMP) about his recent report for the Welsh Music Foundation on the live music scene in Wales.

Screening the Nation publication

September 9, 2011

Dr Ruth McElroy has produced the first of several journals articles disseminating findings internationally from the BBC Screening the Nation report.

Cultural Policy Award Shortlist

July 21, 2011

Caitriona Noonan has been named as a finalist for the 2011 Cultural Policy Research Award .

Podcast on Live Music in Wales

July 15, 2011

Dr Paul Carr debated the issue of Live Music in Wales at the Chapter Arts Centre on 6 July 2011. Listen to a podcast of the debate here .

First Minister Opens Cyfrwng Conference 2011

June 8, 2011

The First Minister of Wales, The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, opened the Cyfrwng Media Wales Conference 2011 at the ATRiuM on Thursday 16 June and set out his vision for the creative industries in Wales, outlining the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Article on broadcasting cuts

May 31, 2011

Ruth McElroy blogs on the impact cuts at BBC Wales and S4C will have for the creative industries in Wales.

Latest news on Cyfrwng 2011

May 23, 2011

Click on Wales reports on the 2011 Cyfrwng Conference.

New Publication: Desire Line

May 13, 2011

The play Desire Lines by Ian Rowlands has been published by Sherman Cymru, with foreword by Professor Steve Blandford .

Conference mini-site launched

May 3, 2011

We’ve launched a new conference mini-website for Cyfrwng 2011.

Steve Blandford interviewed on Radio Wales

April 6, 2011

Steve Blandford was interviewed by Louise Elliot on Radio Wales.

Cyfrwng 2011: Cofrestriad yn agor

March 21, 2011

Cyfrwng 2011: Cynhadledd Ryngwladol ar y Cyfryngau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach. Prifysgol Morgannwg, yr ATRiuM, Caerdydd, 16-17 Mehefin 2011

Cyfrwng 2011: Registration is open

March 21, 2011

Cyfrwng 2011: International Conference on Media and Culture in Small Nations. University of Glamorgan, The ATRiuM, Cardiff, 16-17 June 2011

New Research Assistant appointed

February 11, 2011

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Huw D. Jones as the Centre’s Research Assistant.

Cyfrwng 2011: International Conference on Media and Culture in Small Nations - call for papers

November 3, 2010

The Cyfrwng Media Wales Conference is this year being hosted by the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of Glamorgan’s ATRiuM campus in Cardiff.

Screening the Nation: Update

July 19, 2010

In addition to the Executive Summary for the Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television project, the Master Report has now been approved by the BBC.

Representing Wales on the Small Screen

July 19, 2010

News: June 29, 2010

According to research carried out be members of The Centre, it is vital that the BBC sustains its current commitment to the nations and regions.

Investigating Torchwood: Text, Context, Audiences

July 19, 2010

Event: June 18, 2010

This one day event considered the BBC Wales programme Torchwood (2006— ) from a media and cultural studies perspective. Much academic work has focused on Torchwood’s parent show Doctor Who in both its classic (pre-2005) and contemporary forms, while Torchwood has been explored to a lesser extent. This one-day event attempted to redress this balance.

The Heart of Digital Wales: a review of creative industries for the Welsh Assembly Government

July 19, 2010

News: March 26, 2010

The road ahead for Wales’ creative industries: The Hargreaves Report outlines a number of recommendations in order to assure a vibrant and successful creative industry, offering jobs for graduates across television, film, online and music related sectors.

Disability - Cast Off Your Prejudice!

July 19, 2010

Event: March 2, 2010

The Royal Television Society Wales Centre in partnership with the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, publicised by the Centre, presented Disability – Cast Off your prejudice!

Wales: A Digital Future

March 16, 2010

Event: March 17, 2010

The Centre, in association with the Centre for the Digital Economy, presented a guest lecture by Hywel William, Head of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Wales, Ofcom. The guest lecture was chaired by Professor Steve Blandford and addressed Wales’ digital potential.

Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television. A report for the BBC Trust and Audience Council Wales

March 15, 2010

Centre members Professor Steve Blandford, Professor Stephen Lacey, Dr Ruth McElroy and Dr Rebecca Williams have completed a large scale study in collaboration with the BBC Trust and BBC Audience Council Wales entitled Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television.

Ymchwilydd Ôl-Ddoethuriaethol Gwadd

March 12, 2009

Bydd Dr Marta Pérez Pereiro o Gyfadran y Gwyddorau Cyfathrebu ym Mhrifysgol Santiago de Compostela yn ymwelydd preswyl yng Nghanolfan Astudiaethau’r Cyfrynau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach yn ystod Mawrth/Ebrill 2009. Yn ystod ei chyfnod yma, bydd Dr Marta Pérez Pereirio yn ymchwilio i ffuglen ar y teledu, gan gymharu’r gwaith â chynyrchiadau Galicanaidd. Rhaglen gyfnewid athrawon ym Mhrifysgol Santiago de Compestela dan gynllun Erasmus sy’n gyfrifol am yr ymweliad hwn.

Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher

March 12, 2009

Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr Marta Pérez Pereiro from the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela is resident with the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations during March/April 2009. During her time here, Dr Marta Pérez Pereiro will be conducting research into TV fiction with an interest in exploring comparisons with Galician productions. This visit has been enabled by an Erasmus professor’s exchange programme at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Dr Who & Torchwood

January 8, 2009

Dyfarnwyd £20,00 i gr?p o ymchwilwyr o Forgannwg gan Ymddiriedolaeth y BBC er mwyn astudio effaith drama deledu o bwys, sef Dr Who a Torchwood yn bennaf, ar y modd y caiff Caerdydd ei phortreadu (a Chymru i raddau hefyd).

Lluniwyd y cynnig gyda chefnogaeth Canolfan Astudio’r Cyfryngau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach ac unedau’r Theatr, Cyfryngau Drama, y Cyfryngau ac Unedau Ymchwil Astudio’r Cyfryngau, yr Athro Steve Blandford, yr Athro Stephen Lacey a Dr Ruth McElroy. Bydd Dr Rebecca Williams yn ymuno â hwy fel aelod o dîm y prosiect. Cychwynnir ar y gwaith ym mis Ionawr a threfnwyd bod adroddiad yn cael ei lunio erbyn mis Medi 2009.

Dr Who & Torchwood

January 8, 2009

A group of Glamorgan researchers have been awarded £20,000 by the BBC Trust to examine the impact of landmark television drama, principally Dr Who and Torchwood on the representation of Cardiff (and to an extent Wales).

With the support of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, and the Theatre and Media Drama and Communication, Culture and Media Studies Research Units, Professor Steve Blandford, Professor Stephen Lacey and Dr Ruth McElroy constructed the proposal and they will be joined on the project team by Dr Rebecca Williams. The work will begin in January with a report scheduled for September 2009.

Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at Galician Audiovisual Forum

October 16, 2008

Dr David Barlow was invited to address an audiovisual industry Round Table held in Ourense, Spain on the 14th and 15th October. The Round Table was organised to consider the experience of audiovisual industries in countries which are located within larger nation-states. The event also included presenters from Quebec, Euskadi, Catalunya and Galicia. The Round Table took place at the Ourense International Film Festival, one of the most important international festivals held in Galicia.

Canolfan Astudio'r Cyfryngau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach yn Fforwm Clyw-weledol Galicia

October 16, 2008

Gwahoddwyd Dr David Barlow i annerch y Ford Gron am ddiwydiant clyw-weledol a gynhaliwyd yn Ourense, Sbaen ar y 14eg a’r 15fed o Hydref. Trefnwyd y Ford Gron i ystyried profiad diwydiannau clyw-weledol mewn gwledydd a leolir mewn cenhedloedd-wladwriaethau ehangach. Roedd siaradwyr o Quebec, Euskadi, Catalunya a Galicia yn annerch yno hefyd. Cynhaliwyd y Ford Gron yng Ng?yl Ffilmiau Ryngwladol Ourense, un o’r gwyliau rhyngwladol pwysiacaf a gynhelir yn Galicia.

Cyfres y Cyfryngau Byd-eang a’r Cenhedloedd Bach

October 2, 2008

Golygyddion y gyfres:
Yr Athro Steve Blandford, Dr David Barlow a Dr Gill Allard o Ganolfan Astudio’r Cyfryngau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach yn Ysgol Diwydiannau Creadigol a Diwylliannol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Morgannwg.

Canllawiau i gynigwyr cyfrolau arfaethedig:

Bydd y gyfres yn cynnwys tua deg o gyfrolau wedi’u comisiynu ar wahân a fydd yn canolbwyntio ar wahanol agweddau o’r cyfryngau a diwylliant mewn cenhedloedd bach, cenhedloedd cyntaf ac alltudiaeth.

Bydd y teitlau’n rhoi ffocws arbennig ar faterion megis hunaniaeth genedlaethol, lleoleiddio a globaleiddio er, yn amlwg, y bydd pob cyfrol unigol yn cynnig safbwynt unigryw.

Rhagwelir y bydd y gyfres yn canolbwyntio ar ‘y cyfryngau’, ond gallai natur a strwythur pob cyfrol fod yn hanfodol wahanol. Er enghraifft, gallai fod cymysgedd o gasgliadau wedi’u golygu a chyfrolau gan awduron unigol, ac o fewn pob cyfrol gallai rhai fod wedi’u strwythuro o amgylch safbwyntiau cenedlaethol gwahanol tra bod eraill yn cymryd ymagwedd thematig.

Mae angen i bob cyfrol gynnig ystod ddaearyddol sylweddol o ran cwmpas ac mae’r gyfres, uwchlaw popeth arall bron, yn ceisio codi cwestiynau diddorol yngl?n â chysyniad y ‘genedl fach’. Mae’n dilyn felly bod modd trin y syniad o’r genedl fach ei hun mewn ffyrdd hanfodol wahanol.

Mae’r golygyddion cyffredinol wedi cynnig y rhestr fras iawn ganlynol o feysydd lle yr hoffent weld cyfrolau i GPC, ond nid yw hon yn derfynol o bell ffordd ac mae’r golygyddion yn barod iawn i drafod syniadau eraill sy’n ystyried gweddill y canllawiau hyn. Mae’r tri cyntaf yn y rhestr ganlynol yn cael eu paratoi ar hyn o bryd ac mae’r golygyddion felly yn chwilio am gynigion sy’n cyfannu’r teitlau hyn:

• Radio
• Hysbysebu
• Theatr a Pherfformiad
• Teledu
• Ffuglen y Sgrîn
• Celf
• Pensaernïaeth
• Y Wasg
• Llenyddiaeth
• Y We

Y brif farchnad fyddai myfyrwyr gradd ac ôl-radd mewn astudiaethau ffilm, teledu a radio, ac yn y cyfryngau, cyfathrebu ac astudiaethau diwylliannol yn fwy cyffredinol. Bydd marchnad eilaidd hefyd mewn astudiaethau globaleiddio a datblygu, ac mae’n debygol y bydd nifer sylweddol o ddarllenwyr lleyg, yn enwedig yn y cenhedloedd (a’u ‘cymdogion’) a drafodir yn y cyfrolau arfaethedig.

Gellid defnyddio’r testunau arfaethedig fel deunydd darllen craidd ar gyrsiau sy’n trafod ffilm, ac astudiaethau teledu; astudiaethau theatr a pherfformio; astudiaethau radio; y cyfryngau, cyfathrebu ac astudiaethau diwylliannol; y cyfryngau newydd; dylunio a phensaernïaeth; astudiaethau globaleiddio a datblygu. Cynigir y meysydd astudio hyn yn helaeth mewn sefydliadau addysg uwch yn y DU, Ewrop, Gogledd America, Awstralasia, Asia ac Affrica.

Y broses gomisiynu:

1. Dylai darpar awduron gysylltu’n anffurfiol â golygyddion y gyfres yn y lle cyntaf:

Yr Athro Steve Blandford
Ysgol Diwydiannau Creadigol a Diwylliannol Caerdydd
ATRiuM
Prifysgol Morgannwg
86–88 Stryd Adam
Caerdydd, CF24 2FN

01443 668502
sblandfo@glam.ac.uk

Dr David Barlow
Ysgol Diwydiannau Creadigol a Diwylliannol Caerdydd
ATRiuM
Prifysgol Morgannwg
86–88 Stryd Adam
Caerdydd, CF24 2FN

01443 668585
dbarlow@glam.ac.uk

Dr Gill Allard
Ysgol Diwydiannau Creadigol a Diwylliannol Caerdydd
ATRiuM
Prifysgol Morgannwg
86–88 Stryd Adam
Caerdydd, CF24 2FN

01443 668583
gallard@glam.ac.uk

2. Yn dilyn trafodaethau anffurfiol, bydd darpar awduron / golygyddion yn llenwi cynnig safonol Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru y bydd golygyddion y gyfres yn ei weld cyn iddo gael ei adolygu’n allanol.

Gellir dod o hyd i ffurflen gynnig GPC a gwybodaeth gyffredinol am y cyhoeddwyr ar:

http://www.uwp.co.uk/holding_frame.html

New Book Series

October 2, 2008

The Global Media and Small Nations Series

Series editors:
Professor Steve Blandford, Dr David Barlow and Dr Gill Allard of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan.

Guidelines for proposers of prospective volumes:

The series will consist of around ten separately commissioned volumes which focus on different aspects of media and culture in small nations, first nations and diaspora.

The titles will provide a particular focus on such issues of national identity, localisation and globalisation, though clearly each separate volume will provide a unique perspective.

It is envisaged that the series will focus on ‘media’, but that the nature and structure of each volume could be radically different. For example there could be a mix of edited collections and single authored volumes and within each volume some might be structured around different national perspectives whilst others might take a thematic approach.

Each volume needs to provide a significant geographic spread in terms of coverage and the series seeks almost above all else to raise interesting questions about the concept of the ‘small nation’. It therefore follows that the idea of the small nation itself can be treated in radically different ways.

The general editors have proposed to UWP the following very provisional list of areas in which they would like to see volumes, but this is by no means definitive and the editors are very open to discussions of other ideas that take the rest of these guidelines into account. The first three in the following list are currently being prepared and the editors therefore seek proposals that compliment these titles:

• Radio
• Advertising
• Theatre and Performance
• TV
• Screen Fictions
• Art
• Architecture
• Press
• Literature
• The Web

The main market would be in undergraduate and postgraduate students in film, television and radio studies, and in media, communication and cultural studies more generally. There will also be a secondary market in globalisation and development studies, and lay readership is likely to be significant, particularly within the nations (and their ‘neighbours’) that feature in the proposed volumes.

The proposed texts could be used as core readings on courses addressing film, and television studies; theatre and performance studies; radio studies; media, communications and cultural studies; new media; design and architecture; globalisation and development studies. These study areas are widely offered in higher education institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia, Asia and Africa.

Commissioning process:

1. Prospective authors should first make an informal approach to the series editors:

Professor Steve Blandford
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
ATRiuM
The University of Glamorgan
86–88 Adam Street
Cardiff, CF24 2FN

01443 668502
sblandfo@glam.ac.uk

Dr David Barlow
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
ATRiuM
The University of Glamorgan
86–88 Adam Street
Cardiff, CF24 2FN

01443 668585
dbarlow@glam.ac.uk

Dr Gill Allard
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
ATRiuM
The University of Glamorgan
86–88 Adam Street
Cardiff, CF24 2FN

01443 668583
gallard@glam.ac.uk

2. Following informal discussions prospective authors/editors will complete a standard University of Wales Press proposal which will be seen by the series editors before external review.

The UWP proposal form and general information about the publishers can be found at:

http://www.uwp.co.uk/holding_frame.html

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

July 7, 2008

Dr Lisa Lewis (Reader and Head of Drama, and member of the Centre’s Steering Group) is visiting the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for three weeks to undertake a range of research into interpretation work.

As well as attending the Smithsonian Folklife Festival ahead of its focus on Wales next year, Lisa will visit Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, the Museum of Emigration in Staunton and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Wyl Bywyd Gwerin Smithonian

July 7, 2008

Mae Dr Lisa Lewis (Darllenydd a Phennaeth Drama ac aelod o Gr?p Llywio’r Ganolfan) yn ymweld â Sefydliad Smithsonian yn Wahington am dair wythnos er mwyn ymgymryd ag amrediad o ymchwilio i waith dehongli.

Yn ogystal â mynd i ?yl Bywyd Gwerin Smithonian cyn i’r ?yl honno ganolbwyntio ar Gymru y flwyddyn nesaf, bydd Lisa yn ymweld â Colonial Willamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Yr Amgueddfa Ymfudo yn Staunton ac Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Indiaid America

Darpar Gyfres ar Lyfrau

May 22, 2008

‘Cyfres y Cenhedloedd Bach a’r Cyfryngau’ Byd-eang, Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru

Cynigiwyd cytundeb i dri aelod o’r Ganolfan gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru ar gyfer cyfres bwysig o lyfrau am Genhedloedd Bach a’r Cyfryngau Byd- eang. Bydd y gyfres yn cael ei golygu gan Steve Blandford, David Barlow a Gill Allard a gobeithir y bydd yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan gydweithwyr ledled y Brifysgol ynghyd ag eraill o’r gymuned academaidd ryngwladol
Mae’r cytundeb cychwynnol ar gyfer deg teitl a byddai’r golygyddion yn falch o’r cyfle i gyd-drafod syniadau a chyfraniadau â chydweithwyr sy’n ymddiddori yn y gwaith.

Symposiwm: ‘Cynrychioli Hunaniaeth Gymreig Dramor’

November 14, 2007

Araith Gyweirnod gan y Prif Weinidog, Gwir Anhr Rhodri Morgan AC

Symposiwm: ‘Cynrychioli Hunaniaeth Gymreig Dramor’

13–14eg o Dachwedd 2007, ATRiuM, Caerdydd

Symposium: ‘The Representation of Welsh Identity Abroad’

November 14, 2007

Extract from Keynote Address by First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan AM

Symposium: ‘The Representation of Welsh Identity Abroad’

13–14th November 2007, ATRiuM, Cardiff

Film, Drama and the Break-Up of Britain

April 30, 2007

New Book by Professor Steve Blandford

Glamorgan Student Awarded Postgrad Internship in Washington D.C.

March 25, 2007

The award of a postgraduate student internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has been announced by Dr David Barlow, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of Glamorgan.

Centre Launch

November 23, 2006

Today we launched our new Centre.

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