KEYNOTE SPEAKER

In 2009, 18-year-old Waad al-Kateab moved to Aleppo to study marketing at the University of Aleppo.

In 2011, when protests against the Assad regime swept the country, Waad taught herself how to film and became a citizen journalist, determined to document the horrors of the war. During this time, Waad began reporting for Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom. The reports she made for Channel 4 News on the conflict in Syria, and the most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, became the most watched pieces on the UK news programme – and received almost half a billion views online and won 24 awards – including the 2016 International Emmy for breaking news coverage.

Waad documented her whole life over five years in Aleppo, as she falls in love with Hamza – her friend-turned-husband, a doctor – and gives birth to their first daughter, Sama ("Sky") in 2015, which became the basis of For Sama. 

9:30-9:45
Virtual Doors Open
9:45-10:00
Welcome Message with Dr Lisa Peschel, Prof. Duncan Petrie and Claudia Nader Jaime
Panel Chair: Dr Lisa Peschel
10:00-10:20
Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai Serials
Speaker: Kulnaree Sueroj
10:25-10:45
Presenting: inclusive educational practices in the male-dominated music technology classroom
Speaker: Jamie Donnelly
10:50-11:10
With(out) Audience: Experiencing Recorded Ballet In and Out of Lockdown
Speaker: Linda Kvitkina
Panel Chair: Dr Benjamin Poore
11:15-11:35
Ethnotheatre: Staging Anthropology
Speaker: Benjamin McDonald
11:40-12:05
Chatsworth: The Permanent Pemberley
Speaker: Rosemary Alexander-Jones
Panel Chair: Dr Andrew Walter
12:10-12:30
China-UK film co-production - A collaboration across and beyound cultures
Speaker: Sally Shangguan
12:35-12:55
Life under lockdown: how have graffitists, street artists and communities artistically responded to life during the coronavirus pandemic?
Speaker: Emma Bryning
13:00-13:30
Lunch Break
Panel Chair: Prof. David Barnett
13:30-13:55
The Fall of Lucifer: shared sensations within the domestic space of online theatre
Speaker: Tom Straszewski
14:00-14:20
The Educational Potential of Interactive Storytelling - Experience an Anti-Bullying Interactive Film!
Speaker: Rebecca Gallon
Panel Chair: Dr Mariana Lopez
14:25-14:45
Storying Extinction: Connecting Creativity and Ecology
Speaker: Rosamund Portus
14:50-15:30
DAVID: A Short Film Exploring the Experience of Schizophrenia
Speaker: Scott Kovacs
Panel Chair: Dr Debbie Maxwell
15:35-15:55
Storytelling and VR: breathing life to people of the past
Speaker: Despoina Vasiliki Sampatakou
16:00-16:25
Weapons of Mass Disruption: reclaiming political force in modern conspiracy films (and other narratives)
Speaker: Tracy Mathewson
Panel Chair: Prof. Duncan Petrie
16:30-16:50
Alfonso Cuarón and the Immersive Cinematic Apparatus in the Times of Progressivism
Speaker: René Idrovo Zambrano
16:55-17:15
Revisiting Bizet's Carmen: Storytelling in animation (Screening)
Speaker: Fabiola Tenorio
Panel Chair: Claudia Nader Jaime and Xiaojie Xie (Cheryl) Q&A
17:20-18:20
Keynote Speaker Talk: Waad Al-Kateab

For Sama, directed with Edward Watts, won the Prix L'Œil d'or for best documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a six-minute standing ovation. At the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, For Sama became the most nominated documentary in the history of the British Academy Film Awards with four nominations, winning for Best Documentary. For Sama received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards.

After fleeing Aleppo in December 2016, Waad, her husband, and their two daughters now reside in London, United Kingdom. Waad continues to work with Channel 4 and dedicates time to her advocacy campaign, Action For Sama, which focuses on raising awareness on the situation in Syria and seeks accountability for the war crimes committed there. 

Presentation Time: 17:20-18:20
Jamie Donnelly
University of York
Presenting: inclusive educational practices in the male dominated music technology classroom
Time: 10:25-10:45 (BST)

Jamie Donnelly is a MA by Research student in Interactive Media at the University of York, as well as the course co-ordinator for the Access to HE Music diploma and lecturer of Higher Education Sound and Music Technology, Audiovisual Technology and Digital Video Production at Middlesbrough College. Jamie's passion for gender equality and inclusive practices in academia are informed by his own experiences as a lecturer, as well as the Audio Engineering Society (AES) UK panel at the University of York in February 2018 which discussed imbalances in depth. When not teaching Jamie can be found in the recording studio producing local, national and international artists or on tour. Jamie is a committed vegetarian, ardent vinyl records collector, convicted cat lover and bodybuilding enthusiast.

Benjamin McDonald
University of York
Ethnotheatre: Staging Anthropology
Time: 11:15-11:35 (BST)

I am currently a PhD student at The University of York with a background in making theatre and teaching in the post-compulsory sector. I am interested in developing a career which combines teaching and research whilst continuing with public engagement by writing and directing innovative theatre performances. My current research explores the relationship between historical and cultural understanding of mental illness and how characters suffering with ill mental health have been exhibited on the stage. This also includes an investigation of the presentation of characters who feign mental illness for personal gain.

Kulnaree Sueroj
University of York
Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai serials
Time: 10:00-10:20 (BST)

I'm a Thai lecturer from Thammasat university. I have been worked about the Audio Description for television programmes in Thailand from 2014 to present. My scope of AD working relates to the AD script writing, AD consulation, AD training, and research on AD users. As a researher, most of my studies are qualitative research which relate to focus group, in-depth interview or non-participant observation. As a PhD student of university of York, I run a project about 'Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai serials'.

Linda Kvitkina
National Research University 'Higher School of Economics' in Saint-Petersburg
With(out) Audience: Experiencing Recorded Ballet In and Out of Lockdown
Time: 10:50-11:10 (BST)

My name is Linda Kvitkina, I have an MA in History at the National Research University 'Higher School of Economics in Saint-Petersburg and have recently become interested in researching dancing. I am fascinated by the field and I am a devoted member of dance community, aside from being a researcher. I focus my studies on ballet and contemporary dance.

Rosemary Alexander-Jones
University of York
Chatsworth: The Permanent Pemberley
Time: 11:40-12:05 (BST)

Rosemary Alexander-Jones is a third-year part-time PhD student working with Dr Emma Pett at the University of York in the Department of Film, Theatre, Television and Interactive Media. Her PhD focusses on the use of historic buildings in fiction and heritage films and the effect of filming on the visitor experience. She is also a filmmaker and alongside making promotional films for the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick, her recent VR/360 film ‘Mission to the Stars’ was officially selected for the 360 Film Festival in Paris.

Sally Shangguan
University of York
China-UK film co-production- A collaboration across and beyond cultures
Time: 12:10-12:30 (BST)

Sally Shangguan is a PhD student of film studies at Nanjing Normal University in China and is currently a visiting researcher, working with Andrew Higson at TFTI. She had a few years working experience in China Central Television before the academic life. Her research focuses specifically on the UK film policies and film co-productions. She enjoys having conversations with professionals in the industry and hopes to produce works with impact.

Tom Straszewski
University of York
The Fall of Lucifer: shared sensations within the domestic space of online theatre
Time: 13:30-13:55 (BST)

I am a PhD researcher and community theatre director, currently exploring how community theatre groups use sites in their performances of the York Mystery Plays. I specialise in site-based theatre, with credits including York Mystery Plays 2018, Shakespeare in pubs (Henry IV: A Pub Wake) and gardens (Richard II), Dracula in an abandoned house, a Dickens travelogue in parks (The Lazy Tour), and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist in a gin shop attic. I work closely with York International Shakespeare Festival and York Shakespeare Project on community productions.

Emma Bryning
University of York
Life under lockdown: how have graffitists, street artists and communities artistically responded to life during the coronavirus pandemic?
Time: 12:35-12:55 (BST)

Emma Bryning is a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. Her research focuses on the contemporary significance of graffiti at historic sites, in collaboration between the University of York and English Heritage. She is also a Heritage & Community Impact Manager at the Monastery Manchester and has previously worked in museums and heritage sites predominantly across the North West of England.

Rosamund Portus
University of York
Storying Extinction: Connecting Creativity and Ecology
Time: 14:25-14:45 (BST)

Rosamund Portus is a final year PhD student at the University of York. Her research is rooted in the genre of extinction studies. She specifically examines how the ongoing loss of bees has been invested in, narrated, and challenged through the creative arts sector. Rosamund has previously published papers on rewilding projects and the use of soundscapes as a tool for climate change communication. Her upcoming publication considers how the decline of honeybee populations became framed as an ecological whodunit.

Despoina Sampatakou
University of York
‘Storytelling and VR: breathing life to people of the past'
Time: 15:35-15:55 (BST)

Despoina is a PhD student in Digital Archaeology at the University of York under the supervision of Dr. Colleen Morgan. Her research focuses on the impact of storytelling and Virtual Reality on the wider public when communicating archaeological data. Her background is in Bronze Age Archaeology, Heritage Management and burial customs.

René Idrovo Zambrano
University of York
Alfonso Cuarón and the Immersive Cinematic Apparatus in the Times of Progressivism
Time: 16:30-16:50 (BST)

René Idrovo is an emergent filmmaker and scholar. He is a lecturer in sound related subjects at Universidad UTE, Ecuador; and a Ph.D. Researcher in Film and Television at University of York, UK. His research studies the impact of sound technology in the generation of new audio-visual aesthetics, focusing on the relations that exist between realism, the sonic space, and the immersive experience in cinema. Moreover, his thesis explores the ways in which the cinematic apparatus can transport the spectator into the narrative world, and what may be the ideological effects of such transportation. René's work has been published in journals in the U.K., Europe, and Latin America. As part of the Ecuadorian National Scholarship Programme, he has been selected among a large number of applicants to become one of the leaders that shall academically and practically contribute to the development of his country’s film and television.

Rebecca Gallon
University of York
The Educational Potential of Interactive Storytelling - Experience an Anti-Bullying Interactive Film!
Time: 14:00-14:20 (BST)

Rebecca Gallon is a French and English student currently doing a MRes in Interactive Media funded by XR Stories. She has a passion for stories that share a positive message to the world. She previously studied Film and Television at the University of York. Her third year dissertation project was an interactive film and she was truly intrigued by the unexplored possibilities that interactivity offers for storytellers. That's why she decided to spend more time focusing on that topic and created an interactive film against cyber bullying called Butterfly!

Scott Kovacs
University of York Alumni
DAVID: A Short Film Exploring the Experience of Schizophrenia
Time: 14:50-15:30

Scott Kovacs is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer/director/producer who creates and develops cutting-edge content for film, television, and theater. He earned a BA in Film & Media Studies at Lafayette College and an MA by Research in Filmmaking at the University of York. His recent work includes his thesis film DAVID, which has appeared at international film festivals where he's received several awards and nominations for writing, directing, and editing. He also co-produced the ground-breaking transmedia project: Billboard, which is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Tracy Mathewson
University of York
Weapons of Mass Disruption: reclaiming political force in modern conspiracy films (and other narratives)
Time: 16:00-16:25 (BST)

TRACY MATHEWSON is an award-winning writer/director with an MA in Screenwriting from City University London. Recent projects include filming a portrait-painting robot and creating films in isolation with artists she has never met. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Film by Creative Practice at the University of York. www.tracym.com

Fabiola Tenorio Nuñez
University of the Arts London
Revisiting Bizet's Carmen: Storytelling in animation (Screening)
Time: 16:55-17:15 (BST)

Fabiola Tenorio is a Mexican animator and filmmaker studying Character Animation at Central Saint Martins. Her work utilises mixed media techniques with strong narrative sensibilities to tell the stories of ordinary people’s lives whilst still exploring the greater social issues prevalent in her country.

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