24 January 2003, Birkbeck, University of London and
25 January 2003, National Film Theatre, London

The AHRB Centre for British Film & Television Studies has organised two events for UK-based research students in late January in London.

Postgraduate Research Training Day
Birkbeck, University of London, 12-4pm, Friday 24 January 2003

This training day is designed for research students (MPhil/PhD) with an interest in either film and television studies or an aspect of the relationship between the moving image and other subjects. It will provide an opportunity for students to present their projects, meet academics attached to the Centre and contribute to a discussion on research methods and tools. During the day the Centre's various strands of activity will be outlined (archives, the British avant-garde, television in the 1960s, early cinema and pre-cinema, television in the regions, film and television policy) and particular emphasis will be placed on the use of archives in research. The day will be chaired by the Centre's Principal Associate Director, Professor Sylvia Harvey of Sheffield Hallam University. Also contributing will be: Frank Gray, Director, South East Film & Video Archive, University of Brighton; Professor Laura Mulvey, Birkbeck, the Centre's Director; Dr John Plunkett, Junior Research Fellow, AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, Bill Douglas Centre, University of Exeter.

The World in 1900 study day
A BFI/AHRB Centre for British Film & Television Studies Special Event
National Film Theatre, London, 11-5pm, Saturday 25 January 2003

The World in 1900 is a journey around the world with films made between 1894 and 1900. It features work by many of the greatest film pioneers (Lumière, Méliès, Paul, Dickson, Smith, Williamson) and provides a unique introduction to the beginnings of the moving image and its representation of the world at the end of the Victorian era. The show is presented by Frank Gray and Luke McKernan with music by Neil Brand. To accompany this special screening is a study day on pre-cinema, early cinema and the use of archive material designed for postgraduate students but is open to all with an interest in this subject. The day will focus on the use of sources and archives and address such issues as historiography, film exhibition in the pre-cinema period and the representations of class, race, empire and travel in the late Victorian world. The day will consist of individual sessions on:
- 'Screen Practice Before Film and the Representation of the World', Dr John Plunkett, Junior Research Fellow, AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, Bill Douglas Centre, University of Exeter
- 'Programming Victorian film', Luke McKernan, Head of Information, British Universities Film and Video Council
- 'The Brighton School and the Archaeology of Early Cinema', Frank Gray, Director, South East Film and Video Archive
- 'Playing for Silents', Neil Brand, composer and author of Dramatic Notes (ACE, 1998)

Application details
Research students currently enrolled at British universities can apply for free admission to either the Postgraduate Training Day or the Postgraduate Training Day and The World in 1900 Study Day. Free admission to the The World in 1900 is conditional on attending the Training Day.

Twenty places are available. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2003.

For those whose institutions are unable to offer financial support, a number of small bursaries will be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs.

Download application form as PDF

Download application form as RTF

Applications to and further details from: Ann Jones, Centre Administrator.

The World in 1900 is open to all, tickets can be purchased from the NFT box office (020 7928 3232).


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