News from George

GCRF and Collaborative Research symposium, UEA, 6 June, final programme

We have organised this AHRC-funded day symposium which is focused specifically on collaborative research, including co-production, across GCRF, and brings together collaborative researchers and partners from the UK and internationally to discuss practice and potential in collaboration and development. Read more

Thoughts on the Utopia and Communities conference, 6-7 December

#saynotoutopiafatigue The evening before the conference, most of us met in a restaurant near Euston, where the talk and laughter and ideas at the dinner tables moved around utopia, our summer fair, elections and the political future, what are you doing over xmas. Read more

The Impact of (Jazz) Festivals, article and short film

George McKay and postdoctoral research assistant Dr Emma Webster are pleased to draw attention to the newest output from their Connected Communities project, The Impact of Festivals. This project is in collaboration with research partner the EFG London Jazz Festival. The new output is a peer-reviewed article for Jazz Research Journal focussed on the impact of jazz festivals in particular. Read more

‘Researcher in residence’, EFG London Jazz Festival

George is delighted to welcome to UEA for a 12-month postdoctoral research associate position Dr Emma Webster. Emma is working with him on a project called The Impact and Value of Festivals, funded by AHRC as part of the Connected Communities Programme, working with partner organisation the EFG London Jazz Festival. Read more

New book series, Creating a New Knowledge Landscape

The Leadership Fellows, Professors Keri Facer and George McKay, are delighted to announce a new book series published by Policy Press, which is intended to form a key intellectual contribution to the on-going impact and legacy of the Connected Communities programme. Read more

12-month research associate, Impact of Festivals, with EFG London Jazz Festival

The Impact and Value of Festivals is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme, working with research partner organisation the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. Read more

Festival Cultures, UEA, 22 May, conference schedule

Venue: The Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia 10.00-10.30             Registration, coffee  10.30-10.45            Welcome and introduction – Prof George McKay, UEA George McKay, UEA/AHRC Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities Programme 10.45-11.30            Keynote 1             Prof Tim Wall, Birmingham City University Radio One on the Road: creating that festival spirit for live radio broadcasts 11.30-13.00            Session 2            Researching festival. Read more

Soundings & Findings: A Connected Communities Research Conference

Location:    University of East Anglia, Norwich Dates:          Tuesday 30 June-Thursday 2 July 2015 As the culmination of the summer 2015 national Connected Communities Festival, a conference for those who have been and are involved in Connected Communities projects is being held at the UEA. Read more

Festival Cultures: Media, Place, Music conference, University of East Anglia, 22 May

Friday 22 May, UEA, Norwich, 10-5 pm, Thomas Paine Study Centre With origins going back to the Radio 1 Roadshows that toured nationally each summer in the 1970s, the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is a free pop festival held in a different city in the UK each year. This year it is in Norwich, 23-24 May. Read more

Call for chapters: Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Innovation, Policy and Practice

Editors: Sarita Malik (Sociology/Communications, Brunel University London) Caroline Chapain (Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham) Roberta Comunian (Creative Industries, Kings College London) The community arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s was based on the assumption that community-led activity was representative of the people, and thus merited public investment. Read more