What's On 📅

Organiser: Leeds Media Students

Zine Making Workshop

Thursday 3 March 2022 at 3:00pm | Room 4 LUU

Let's make a zine!

The event will be a fun and approachable hands-on workshop that will give you an opportunity to learn a bit about zine history and make their own zine! There will be a short introductory talk, centric around the history of zines (and fanzines) during which you will learn about the development of the creative practice and zine-making culture. You will then decide their own theme for your zine and get creating!

We will provide basic materials (paper, markers, stamps, other fun embellishments etc!) but please bring your own scissors and magazine clippings. Feel free to also bring any other stationary – we won’t stop you!

Organiser: Leeds Media Students

Film Screening: Encanto (2021)

Thursday 4 March 2022 at 6:00pm | The Philip M. Taylor Cinema (2.31) Clothworkers’ Building North

Watch Encanto with us!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, featuring all-new songs by award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in an magical house in the Colombian mountains. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary family member, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope.

Organiser: Media Futures

Media Futures: Casting for TV - Hitting the Ground Running

Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 4:00pm | Online

This week’s Media Futures talk features Casting Assistant Producer Vera Yambasu discussing the casting process.

How do you pick the right guests for 'Bake Off', 'Come Dine with Me', 'Teen First Dates' or 'MasterChef'? Our favourite TV shows attract us the most a lot of the time because of the cast. Casting Assistant Producer Vera Yambasu will be taking you through the casting process in factual entertainment and why casting has such an impact on the audience and their experience of watching TV.

Vera Yambasu is a casting assistant producer based in London who has now worked in TV for around 6 years. Over their career, they have worked across many different TV genres for productions companies who produce series for varying channels such as Channel 4, BBC1 and E4. Their experience is mainly casting but they have also covered development, story producing, location and forward planning.

Visit mycareer.leeds.ac.uk for more information.

Organiser: School of Media and Communication

Research Seminar: Media and the Culture of Illiberalism

Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 3:45pm | Online

An analysis of the role of the media and digital communication technologies in the rise of illiberalism.

Recent years have seen worrying political developments across both old and new democracies, ranging from the rise of populist leaders and strengthening of illiberal attitudes to dwindling support for democratic rule and growing polarization of public opinion. Many of these transformations have been linked to changes in communication environments, and specifically to the growth of social media and digital platforms. Systematic research into these issues has so far been focused largely on the U.S. and Western Europe, with very limited consideration of other parts of the world.

In this seminar presentation, Professor Sabina Mihelj will outline selected findings from the first systematic analysis of the role of the media and digital communication technologies in the rise of illiberalism, drawing on extensive empirical research in Eastern Europe – a region that serves as a key battleground in the global advance of illiberalism (https://www.illiberal-turn.eu/about/). Sabina pays particular attention to cultural aspects of mediated illiberalism, focusing on three dimensions: conditions of visibility, normative foundations of media trust, and incivility.

Email mediaresearchsupport@leeds.ac.uk before 12:00noon on 9 March 2022 to request an invitation.

Organiser: Leeds Media Students

Otley Jog

Friday 11 March 2022 at 7:00pm | Headingly Taps

Our first drinking event of the Semester: Join us for our version of the Otley Run – the Otley Jog!

We know you probably have plans for a Friday night so we thought we would create a shortened version of the Otley Run. You can even use this event as a fun version of pres! Our theme is FRUIT SALAD so please dress up as your favourite fruit! It doesn’t have to be an expensive costume, even some colourful items of clothing and a crafty headband would be great.

We will start our pub crawl at Headingley Taps at 7PM and end at Hyde Park Pub. Please feel free to join us at any point as the committee would love to meet all of our members!

Organiser: Media Futures

Media Futures: Let's Talk About Race

Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 4:00pm | Online

This week’s Media Futures talk explores the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK.

BBC Journalist and documentary filmmaker Daniel Henry presented a documentary for BBC Three “Fighting The Power” which explores the Black Lives Matter protests in Britain. As part of the UK advisory committee for the Ethical Journalism Network, he helped to draw up guidelines on how to report on systematic racism. His talk focuses specifically on live and pre-recorded TV interviews about racism, as they have a familiar pattern:

Something demonstrably racist hits the headlines.

Guest says: This is racist.

Presenter:  Asks questions that create suspicion in audiences - making them wonder if the incident is a one off, leaving them unclear about the scale of systemic racism in Britain.

This lecture will outline why that needs to change - and what we can learn from the improving coverage of mental health.

Visit mycareer.leeds.ac.uk for more information.

Organiser: School of Media and Communication

Research Seminar: To (not) grow up with television: autobiography, disability and television spectatorship

Wednesday 16 March 2022 at 4:00pm | Online

The significance of Disney movies in life and relationships.

In a recent documentary Life, Animated (Williams, 2016), based on the book of the same name, journalist Ron Suskind chronicles the role and significance of Disney movies in the life, relationships and subjectivity of his son Owen, a boy growing up with Autism. For Owen and the Suskinds’ the home viewing of Disney videos were embedded in family life through routines and rituals of care, offering an important framework for and point of connection within the family and providing a means for expression and communication. Growing up with a younger sister with cognitive and physical disabilities, for me, there was much that resonated with the Suskinds’ repetitive and therapeutic use of Disney video.

Sibling relationships invite comparison and make visible patterns of sameness and difference – of two sisters growing together but in different directions. In this presentation Dr Amy Holdsworth considers video and film viewing in the home as part of the practice of television (or as ‘audio-visual siblings’ [Newman]) and as a pre-history to more recent time and place-shifting devices and platforms (such as ipads, mobile phones etc.). This is a media practice integrated into the home as a machine of rituals and repetitions – of after-school routines and teatime tantrums - accompanying the physical and emotional labours of care. Here, television is positioned within the context of the familial and the familiar as my sister Alice and my family’s own use of Disney videos are recalled to think through the iterative potentials of television as a site of comfort, safety and therapy as well as frustration and boredom.

Michael Davidson has argued that a value of disability is how it can be understood as ‘making normal life strange’ and it presents an avenue through which to rethink the ‘taken for granted’ and normalized uses of television in everyday life. Alice’s relationship with television (and a portable TV/VHS unit taken everywhere with us) offers a way in which to widen our understanding of media use and to complicate notions of ‘growing up’ and prevalent (normative) conceptions of childhood. Holdsworth also considers how Alice’s story offers a way of opening up our understandings and analyses of television texts and experiences through forms of life-writing, offering a way to capture the medium's characteristics of intimacy, familiarity, repetition and duration as they are lived over time.

Email mediaresearchsupport@leeds.ac.uk before 12:00noon on 16 March 2022 to request an invitation.

Organiser: Leeds Media Students

Shrek (2001) with a Shrexpert

Monday 21 March 2022 at 4:45pm | The Philip M. Taylor Cinema (2.31) Clothworkers’ Building North

Join us for a talk, screening and discussion all about our favourite ogre!

More information TBA

Organiser: Media Futures

Media Futures: How to Reach Millions Through YouTube

Tuesday 22 March 2022 at 1:00pm | Online

This week's Media Futures talk discusses increasing Youtube views and subscribers in order to grow a successful channel.

120 million people watch YouTube every day, with YouTube creators often having more reach from their bedroom, than traditional celebrities and media companies. But what makes a YouTube channel successful? Why do some channels reach a million subscribers over others and is it a career worth considering? Having grown the Abroad in Japan channel to an audience of 2.5 million subscribers and 350 million views, Chris Broad shares his journey as a YouTube creator in Japan and reveals key tips to building a successful YouTube channel.

Originally from Maidstone, Kent, Chris Broad (31) moved to Japan in 2012 to teach English on the JET Programme, before turning his hobby of filmmaking into a career on YouTube. Since then his channel Abroad in Japan has become one of the largest YouTube channels based in Japan, currently with over 2.5 million subscribers and over 250 videos, having been featured prominently in the BBC, The Guardian, Japan Times, Nikkei, Yomiuri Shinbun and TedX. He recently completed a documentary with Japanese actor Ken Watanabe out in 2022.

Visit mycareer.leeds.ac.uk for more information.

Organiser: Media Futures

Media Futures: Journalism in the Age of Content Creators

Tuesday 22 March 2022 at 4:00pm | Online

VICE World News' Sophia Smith Galer talks about her reporting, self-shooting and TikToking.

Sophia has pioneered how TikTok can be used as a newsgathering and publishing tool and was the first journalist selected to be part of the TikTok Creator Council in the UK. Sophia will be talking about storytelling for younger audiences and the skillsets needed to reshape the future of journalism. She is a multi-award-winning reporter, author and TikTok creator based in London – making content for over 300,000 followers around the world. Her videos have been seen over 60 million times.

Sophia began her career at the BBC, working as a social media producer and then religion reporter, where she reported on the complexities of contemporary faith across the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World News. The first BBC reporter to start experimenting with TikTok, she quickly became its pioneer and has been recognised across international press and governments for her use of the app as a newsgathering and storytelling platform.

She is now a Senior News Reporter at VICE World News covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa, putting her Spanish, Arabic and Italian to good use – and awaits the publication of her first book Losing It in April with Harper Collins, which will debunk sex misinformation.

Organiser: School of Media and Communication

Research Seminar: Towards a Feminist Historiography of Horror Cinema

Wednesday 23 March 2022 at 3:45pm | Online

Dr Alison Peirse publishes a new paper on horror filmmaker Jackie Kong.

In this paper, Dr Alison Peirse will explore the career of little¬–known 1980s horror filmmaker Jackie Kong, as a way of critically revisiting our histories of horror cinema. My inspiration for this work is Jennifer M. Bean’s essay, ‘Toward a feminist historiography of early cinema’. For Bean, the discovery of women filmmakers is ‘inexorably bound to a series of questions concerning the production of historical and disciplinary knowledge’. She asks, ‘how can we assert the presence of female film pioneers without simply amalgamating a revised set of... remarkable “firsts”, of isolated, explanatory contributions?’ (2002: 2).

Bean’s question has much to offer not only those interested in the work of Kong, but also scholars of horror cinema, and women’s film history. Peirse will ask, how do we create knowledge about our chosen period of study, and how might we do this in terms of the multifaceted identity and historical context of our chosen filmmakers? For example, in a Morbidly Beautiful interview, Kong revealed that in the 1980s, she faced ‘every possible obstacle, since I was a young woman of colour in a white, male-dominated field… They became confused by the gender and race issues I presented’ (Darko 2018). Bean suggests we have to find a way to move beyond a gender paradigm that ‘has never been comprehensive enough, never able to account for the production of whiteness or blackness – indeed of race of any kind – much less ethnicity, nationality, and the distinctions of class’ (2002: 2). How might we bring this pertinent critique to bear on the work that we do, both in horror cinema and in women’s film history?