Special interest group:
This group focuses on exploring how Media Practice Research can be developed within BAFTSS. The group aims to disseminate practice research and evaluate how practice can contribute new knowledge to the field in terms of its significance, originality and rigour. The group also explores innovative methods, dissemination and peer review; as well as the potential of practice research for public engagement, impact and knowledge exchange with creative industries.
The SIG is linked to Screenworks, Open Screens and to Media Practice and Education.
Screenworks is a peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in film and screen media, edited by Charlotte Crofts (Associate Professor Filmmaking at UWE Bristol) and Associate Editors: Will DiGravio (The Video Essay Podcast); Dr. Shweta Ghosh (University of Reading); Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady (JMC Academy, Australia); Dr Matthew Hawkins (London Southbank University); Dr Alexander Nevill (Kingston University and Arts University Bournemouth); Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez (King's College London). Screenworks publishes practice research that produces new knowledge in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields. Screenworks offers a forum for the dissemination and discussion of practice research that includes space for reflection on research contexts. Work is published alongside a research statement, which offers a ‘route map’ of the research process, together with two anonymous reviews, which provide critical feedback on both the work itself and its research context. Submitted work is subject to academic peer review, just as an academic journal article would be, thus providing evidence of the impact, significance, originality and rigour of the practice as research. In addition, the publication offers an open review policy, where peer reviews are published alongside the research statement so that the review process is transparent. Screenworks intention is to create a supportive, yet rigorous research environment for the academic community researching screen media through practice, whilst at the same time engaging with wider audiences. The journal is leading the way on making academic filmmaking more accessible and inclusive by developing an Accessibility Policy.
Open Screens is the open-access journal of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. It is international in scope and encourages innovative contributions from scholars of screen-based media and researcher-practitioners worldwide. Its published material embraces the historical and the contemporary, and it will consider submissions from film, television, screen and media studies, as well as related disciplines such as area studies, gender & sexuality studies. It publishes articles, essays, reports, debates, reviews and research-by-film-practice.
Media Practice and Education is edited by Craig Batty (University of South Australia) and Paromita Pain (University of Nevada, Reno, USA) and chaired by Pratap Rughani (University of the Arts London, UK). Members of the SIG are on the Editorial Board. The Journal provides adopts an inter-disciplinary approach and seeks to foster collaboration and exchanges between academic, professional, educational and creative practitioners, including the dissemination of work funded by such partnerships. In addition, the journal aims to contribute to the development of both integrated and diverse forms of research mediation, facilitate equitable relationships between media practice, theory and education and provide a critical bridge between the written article and the publishing of media practice and education research in other online media formats.
Submissions are invited on all aspects of media / creative / arts practice and education, policy, aesthetics and pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on the future of media practice and media education. This may include submissions (both written articles and media / art works) relating to emerging issues, discourses, policy, education and the international geopolitics of media practice and education, with additional emphasis on the problems, challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary research in the journal's related fields.
The SIG is also linked to the AHRC Filmmaking Research Network (Principal Investigator Joanna Callaghan (University of Sussex), Co-Investigator Susan Kerrigan(University of Newcastle, Australia). The aim of the Filmmaking Research Network (FRN) was to develop understanding and consolidate the field of filmmaking research by sharing best practice internationally and developing resources. The FRN examined how the UK and Australia use filmmaking research to generate new knowledge and produced resources to improve capacity and research infrastructure. Resources include a register of films, case studies of best practice and a PhD examiner list. A special edition of the Media Practice and Education published in 2019 was dedicated to the project. The FRN ran for 2 years and included over 100 members from more than 40 institutions including industry and third sector representatives. The network stimulated new debates, fostered a deeper understanding of filmmaking research and developed resources to sustain the future of the field.
The Practice Research SIG convenors oversee the BAFTSS Practice Research Awards. See here for previous winners.