Seminar series

The research programme for Drama at The University of Manchester.

Cultivating Research

Cultivate (v) 1. dig, farm, fertilise, hoe, mulch, plough, rake, prepare 2. grow, raise, sow, plant, produce, tend 3. court, develop, foster, further, improve, promote

Culture: piece of tilled land: cultivation (xv); cultivation of the mind etc. (xvi); intellectual training and refinement (xix) (Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology)

'The primary meaning [of culture] was then in husbandry, the tending of natural growth.'

(R. Williams, Keywords, 1990)

Visual Dialogues and At First Sight seminar series

These seminar series are organised by the Research Cluster for Screen Studies and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.

The Visual Dialogues seminar series present recognised film practitioners and their work and have hosted a number of distinguished speakers over the years including Ricky Leacock, John Marshall, Paul Watson, Leslie Woodhead, Penny Woolcock and Hugh Brody.

At First Sight invites locally based filmmakers to screen their work, but is foremost intended as a forum for the premiere of films made on the campus of the University.

Cultivating Research - 2012-13

Drama Research Seminars

  • 'Theatre, performance and activism: gestures towards an equitable world' (descriptions of moments of theatrical activism and protest gestures from Drama staff and postgraduate researchers, with special guests).
  • Visiting speaker - Dr Sally Mackey, Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London will give a talk on theatre, place and community.
  • Visual Dialogues (organised by GCVA and CSS) – Screening and Q&A with Gavin Searle, BAFTA winning documentary film director.
  • At First Sight (organised by CSS and GCVA) – Screening and Q&A of the documentary The Condition of the Working Class in England by Deirdre O’Neill and Mike Wayne.
  • 4th Insight Film Festival - Insight is a collaboration between Drama and a group of committed and professional enthusiasts based in Manchester who wants to encourage film makers to make films about 'faith'. Films which, challenge, explore, critique, reflect, celebrate or question this vital area of contemporary life.

Cultivating Research - 2011-12

Drama Research Seminars

  • Rajinder Dudrah and David Butler James Thompson (TBC) 'What exactly do you do on a sabbatical?' Staff returning from sabbaticals will present their research, looking at the challenges and outcomes of the work that they have pursued during this concentrated period of research. Followed by Q & A.
  • MA Theatre Studies students will present the topics of research that they intend to write up as their final thesis.
  • Joint event with In Place of War. The IPOW research project completes its second major cycle in which an active international network has been set up over the course of three years. To mark the end of this stage of the In Place of War project, we are presenting a very special event combining a film screening, book launch and seminar session. 
  • Sophie Nield, Royal Holloway, University of London. Title TBC.
  • Joint event with Professional Doctorate in Applied Theatre. Staff and postgraduate students have been invited to join colleagues on their 'residential' during which they will be hosting a guest speaker. 
  • Nadine Holdsworth, University of Warwick. 'It's Grim Up North': class, race and riots in contemporary representations of "the north" in British theatre.
  • MA Theatre Studies students will present the topics of research that they intend to write up as their final thesis.
  • Jenny Hughes, The University of Manchester, Title TBC.