The following notes will give a general impression of the research presented. They are taken from one person’s notes in the seminar so they are not a full representation of what was said. To find out more, please get in touch with the researcher whose work is described — they will be more than happy to fill in the gaps!
Sally Bream – Is a Cultural Identity of Englishness Evident in Photographic Representations of the English Landscape?
– showed recent photographs from Pevensey Levels
– aim: create a body of photographic work of South Downs National Park
1. identification of English national identity considering government plans
2. what signs and symbols signify Englishness
– climate and symbols within landscape
– the Weald — flat area of lands
– Mark Power — photographs boundaries from London A-Z
– Jem Southam, The Pond at Upton Pyne parallels John Constable’s The Hay Wain — national identity of England — specific landscape stands for all of England — iconic over time
– the sublime and the beautiful and national identity
– current work: Pevensey — climate, geographic space and national character = identity
– the way the land is used
– Pevensey Levels – change in environment — sponge — soaks up water
Aaron Saunderson-Cross – research update
– change in direction of research = queer Maryology
– 1. religious and cultural history; 2. Maryology, queer theory, construction of sexual identity within church
– historical and theological Mary; Marian apparition cults; Mary in secular culture and art; queer Maryology
– Research questions:
1. How can Mary be thought of within the epistemology of the family?
2. How does Mary feature in queer histories/narratives?
3. The way in which Mary reconciles virgin/outcast communities within the church
Ben Literland – research update
– recent visit to IBA Archives in Bournemouth
– 1955-90s – ITV (not much written about)
– archival research for final chapter: television
– commercialism: pop culture and consumerism
– wrestling — no one knows what to do with at ITV: continuation of larger commercial culture — music hall, etc.
– hands out binders of photocopies documents — lots of good stuff!
– letters written to the agency by fans and internal letters
– social control — sport and leisure history
– conflict — regional/national/international
Jane Traies – research update
– empirical/ethnographic study — older women who identify as lesbians (over 60)
– 400 women in study; over 300 survey questionnaires; 70 personal narratives
– methodological challenges in writing what you’ve got — like a collage — how to weld into something readable?
– insider researcher — privileged but also ethically challenging position — quite emotional — weight of stories analysing
– desegregating “old lesbian” label — other identities important
Jack Zeniewski – research introduction
– advertising — convergence in documentary film
– ad agencies appropriating documentary — not just form — making docs for products
– subsidiary companies formed for docs for festival circuit
– “halo marketing”
– doc film techniques in adverts
– doc films — not adverts — activists films — trying to convince people
– examples: Booker’s Place, Mazda commercial
– practice-based research