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Visiting scholar


The HRC Visiting Fellow for 2011-12 was Patrick Keiller, currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the OU. He studied architecture at University College London and fine art in the Department of Environmental Media at the RCA. He is a director, writer, cinematographer and lecturer. His films include London (1994), Robinson in Space (1997), The Dilapidated Dwelling (2000) and Robinson in Ruins (2010).

Programme of Events:

  • Monday 14th May 3.00 – 5.00 IAS/IATL workshop – Film in Pedagogy
  • Tuesday 15th May 10.30 – 12.00 The view from the train: linearity, narrative and cinema
  • 6.15 Film screening ‘Robinson In Ruins’ followed by Q&A – Arts Centre Cinema Chaired by Jackie Labbe
  • Wednesday 16th May 10.30 – 12.30 Film-making as research A discussion of research method, between the previous evening’s screening and the following afternoon’s.
  • 3.00 – 5.00 Introduction to ‘Robinson in Space’ Followed by screening
  • 5.00 – 7.00 Millburn Seminar – A0.28, Millburn House Journeys to sites of scientific and historic interest an overview of three exploratory projects
  • Thursday 17th May 10.30 – 12.30 Workshop – 'The Great Malady: the problem of dwelling': The project was prompted by a perceived discrepancy between, on one hand, the critical and cultural attention devoted to experience of mobility and displacement and, on the other, a tacit but widespread tendency to fall back on formulations of dwelling that derive from a more settled, agricultural past.

Previous Visiting Scholars:

In March 2009, Jason Jacobs, Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Queensland, visited the department. He participated in events at the University of Warwick and the University of Glasgow to mark the 50th anniversary of the British journal Screen.

Dr Jacobs is one of the most influential scholars working in the field of television studies today. His books include Body Trauma TV: The New Hospital Dramas (London: British Film Institute, 2003) and The Intimate Screen: Early British Television Drama (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Robinson in Ruins