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Kingston University
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Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

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Film, Media and TV research projects

Society for Cinema and Media Studies - Cinema Journal SCMS is the leading scholarly organisation in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.

The SCMS conference is a major event in March each year, attracting thousands of media scholars, and the SCMS publication, Cinema Journal, is one of the leading titles in Film, Television and Media.

Will Brooker is the first British editor of Cinema Journal and is a member of the SCMS Board of Directors, which is comprised of leading international scholars.

Cinema Journal is the flagship publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Launched in 1967, it became one of the leading international journals in Film (and progressively embraced television, media, video, comics and games). With an acceptance rate of only 12%, publication in Cinema Journal is prestigious.

PhD students within the department have the opportunity to become Assistant Editors, gaining unparalleled access to new scholarship and experience of working on a major international publication.

The Cultural Histories at Kingston Group brings together scholars from literature, film, media, history, music, dance and journalism who share an interest in the relationships between culture, narrative and identity, with a particular focus on issues of social justice, gender, race, sexuality, religion and class.

CHK provides a focus for current research and a forum for the development of new collaborations and dialogue: it aims to help identify shared research interests and promote events, conferences, publications, guest speakers and research seminars. founded in 2008 from staff and alumni of the MA film making at Kingston University, currently consists of four female filmmakers: Abbe Leigh Fletcher based in London, UK; Petra Niskanen from Finland, based in London; Sabela Pernas Soto based in Coruna, Spain; and Claudia Vásquez Ramírez based in Bogotá, Colombia.

Our aim is to tackle gender inequality through film and challenge established hierarchical modes of production by working collectively across continents. We are currently in post-production with Eyes on the City: Glimpses of Medellin, about women's perspective of the audiovisual industry in Colombia. Past projects include The Road to Gibara, 2010 about Humberto Solas' Cine Pobre film festival in Cuba. In 2011 the European Parliament awarded workshops the Charlemagne National Winners for Finland.

Our aim is to make filmmaking more accessible to women and girls and to constructively celebrate international women's perspectives through film. All of our members work in Higher Education and have experience of mentoring young people, specifically through teaching filmmaking.

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