Our Events

2013  SCIS Research Talks and Archive Screenings Media Academy Knowledge Exchange Event

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Resettlement of Tristan da Cunha (1963-2013) Friday 1st November 2013   Venue: Wellington Suite, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

In 1961 the island’s volcano erupted and the entire community were forced to leave Tristan for safety with no prospect of certain return. The plight of the Tristan islanders was a global media event. Their story was one that intrigued  and invited comment in terms of our ideas of island living, remoteness  and sustainability in the changing  times of the early 1960s. These ideas continue to inform how we think and represent island communities today, here in Scotland, and beyond. The Tristanians were offered immediate refuge in Scotland, with Shetland playing a pivotal role, but they were actually ‘settled’ in England where they worked and lived for some two years.  In 1963 the islanders eventually returned to Tristan to rebuild their lives on this most remote of islands.  Today the community continues to thrive.

This UWS research and knowledge exchange event offers a series of talks and archive film and media screenings which each commemorate this remarkable story from the despair of 1961 evacuation to the elation of 1963 resettlement. It also provides an occasion to focus on the present, the successful rebuilding of a sustainable Tristan da Cunha and to invite reflections on 50 years of change on islands here in Scotland, in Tristan, and elsewhere. Our theme for the day is that of the images, the issues, and the reality of small island community life. Our examples are largely drawn from Tristan da Cunha but also from the island communities of Scotland, including the Hebrides and Shetland. A range of speakers including academics, educationalists, film-makers and island community enthusiasts will share experiences and information together with the audience. For full details of the programme of talks and screenings please link here.

If you would like to attend this UWS Scottish Centre for Island Studies event then please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to reserve your place, or call Dr Kathryn A Burnett on 01292 886482 with your details.  There is no charge for this event but please note places are limited. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided for full day attendees. Alternative lunch for purchase is available on site and nearby.   All welcome.

For directions to the venue please link here: http://www.thegrandcentralhotel.co.uk/location/

 

2012 -2013  (currently under update)

 

2011   Scottish Centre for Island Studies Research Seminar

Venue: UWS, Paisley Campus, Room G114, Gardner Building

Friday December 2nd 2011 Time: 13:00 – 16:00

In addition to a general update on the previous year’s activity and plans for SCIS this event will be an opportunity to meet other colleagues from UWS and elsewhere with an interest in island studies and island related research. All welcome. Please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to express your interest in attending. The meeting will be followed by a two research papers relating to the work by  the current SCIS PhD students and  also an update  on current British Academy funded research at the centre.

Research Presentation:  Kirsten MacLeod, update on Phd research projects relating to community media and creative practice followed by screening extracts from Isle of Bute film project.

Research Presentation:  Tristan da Cunha: the Volcano Years 1961-1963 (British Academy Funded Project) Reflecting on a 50 year anniversary of media representations of remote and peripheral island communities. A seminar paper presented by   Kathryn A. Burnett & Ray Burnett, Scottish Centre for Island Studies, School of CCI, UWS.

Please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to express your interest in attending.

All welcome.

2011   Scottish Centre for Island Studies Research Seminar

Venue: CCA, UWS Space, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

11th March 2011      14:30 – 16:00

Theme:  Creative Media Practice

SCIS PhD student Rachael Flynn will present her paper “Using the written letter as a fine-art source to inform and stimulate a creative practice-led enquiry.” Rachel is due to deliver a  version of  this paper to  the * conference. Rachael is supervised by Dr Kathryn A Burnett and Mr Tony Grace, bother School of CCI, UWS.

All welcome.

 

2011   Scottish Centre for Island Studies Research Seminar

Venue: CCA, UWS Space, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

22nd September 2011      16:00 – 18:00

Theme: Visual  Media Practice & Island Studies

SCIS welcomes visiting academic Professor Suzanne Thomas, University of Prince Edward Island. Suzanne will lead a research seminar on island studies and visual media practice as part of her current residency with SCIS in Autumn 2011. This creative practice research event is open to UWS academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students particularly exploring SCIS related research activity on visual media and island studies but all are welcome. Please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to express your interest in attending.

 

 2010   Scottish Centre for Island Studies Research Seminar

Venue: UWS, Paisley Campus, Room G116, Gardner Building

18th June 2012  September    09:30 – 13:30

In addition to a general update on the activity and plans for SCIS this event will be an opportunity to meet other colleagues from UWS and elsewhere with an interest in island studies and island related research. All welcome. Please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to express your interest in attending. The meeting will be followed by a short research paper relating to current research at the centre.

“Portaying the Hebrides: the irresistible lure and the irredeemable legacy” seminar paper presented by   Ray Burnett &  Kathryn A. Burnett Scottish Centre for Island Studies, School of CCI, UWS

 

2010   Scottish Centre for Island Studies Research Seminar

Venue: CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Thursday 9th September 2010 13:00 – 15:00

The Scottish Centre for Island Studies in association with the Small Islands Film Trust is hosting a small research focussed event of film screenings and related discussions on the 9th September 2010 in the UWS space at the CCA, Glasgow.

Geopolitics: Political Spaces – Cultural Spaces

Two different factual documentaries providing accounts of the history and communities affected by the establishment of the ‘Rocket range’ – RA Hebrides on ‘Uist’ in 1957 will provide the basis for a research seminar exploring themes of  geo-politics, peripherality and cultural representations. This will be followed by a discussion of iconography and identity: place and non-place and a screening of the Ealing classic  Rockets Galore!

 

Screenings:        Trusadh Series Deserting Uist (2010) MacTV;  Na Rocaidean (2008) MNE TV Rockets Galore! (1957) Dir: Michael Relph

For information contact Dr Kathryn A Burnett, School of CCI, UWS (kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk)

2 thoughts on “Our Events

  1. Research Meeting and Seminar

    June 18th 2010

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Room G116, Gardner Building 09:30 – 13:30.

    In addition to a general update on the activity and plans for SCIS this event will be an opportunity to meet other colleagues from UWS and elsewhere with an interest in island studies and island related research. All welcome. Please contact kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk to express your interest in attending. The meeting will be followed by a short research paper relating to current research at the centre.

    Portaying the Hebrides: the irresistible lure and the irredeemable legacy

    Ray Burnett
    Kathryn A. Burnett
    Scottish Centre for Island Studies
    Faculty of Business and Creative Industries

  2. Scottish Centre for Island Studies
    Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

    Screening and Research Event
    Venue: CCA, Sauchiehall Street Glasgow
    Thursday 9th September 2010

    The Scottish Centre for Island Studies in association with the Small Islands Film Trust is hosting a small research focussed event of film screenings and related discussions on the 9th September 2010 in the UWS space at the CCA, Glasgow.

    The CCA is screening the celebrated Ealing comedy Whisky Galore! at 7pm as part of their wider Distant Voices programme and SCIS at UWS has taken this as an welcome opportunity to position this classic film text from within an island studies perspective as well as inviting comments drawn from related disciplines such as film studies, history, social anthropology, critical geography, media and art practice. The event will take place on Thursday 9th September 2010 SCIS as a research informed programme primarily consisting of screenings of both English and Gaelic language productions (English Subtitles), with an opportunity for participatory discussion throughout the day facilitated by research staff at the Scottish Centre for Island studies.

    Participants are invited to engage with ‘filmic’ and creative responses to socio-economic and geo-political realities of islands with particular reference to the Outer Hebrides and the ‘Whisky Galore!’ narrative and related textual accounts including the later ‘sequel’ film ‘Rockets Galore! The event is designed as an introduction to a broader ‘island studies’ perspective including some reference to ‘geopolitical’ commentaries that may pertain to the texts and the interplay between literature and film, fiction and factual accounts. With specific reference to the work of Compton MacKenzie, this event is therefore offered as a ‘critical’ reflection and informed response to the CCA evening screening of Whisky Galore! and is designed to offer an extended backdrop to one of the ‘iconic’ film texts of ‘British’ cinema and its continuing and pervasive legacy.

    We would be delighted if you could join us.

    The day is informal and participation is particularly invited from undergraduate and postgraduate students, more established researchers with related interests and those individuals with a general interest in island representations, the Hebrides, and Scottish cinematic texts.
    If you wish to attend this Scottish Centre for Island Studies UWS research day then please email your name and contact details to: kathryn.burnett@uws.ac.uk

    Programme:

    10:30 Screening Islands: Island Studies

    11:00 Creative and Critical Practice: History, Media and Representation
    Screening: Am Politician (1991) – 2 parts MNE TV
    This two part documentary chronicles the real story behind the mystical romance surrounding the sinking of the SS Politician on February the 5th 1941 off the island of Eriskay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Part 1 tells the story of the sinking and salvage of the ship and part 2 focuses on the Jamaican currency on board.

    12:30 Break

    13:30 Geopolitics: Political Spaces – Cultural Spaces
    Screening(s): Trusadh Series Deserting Uist (2010) MacTV
    Na Rocaidean (2008) MNE TV
    Two different documentaries providing accounts of the history and communities affected by the establishment of the ‘Rocket range’ – RA Hebrides on ‘Uist’ in 1957. Extracts will be shown from both.

    15:00 Iconography and Identity: Place and Non-place
    Screening: Rockets Galore! (1957) Dir: Michael Relph

    17:00 Close/Break

    19:00 CCA Screening: Whisky Galore! (1949) Dir: Alexander Mackendrick
    NB: Please Call Box Office on 0141 352 4900 to book your tickets if you wish to attend the CCA Distant Voices screening of Whisky Galore! http://cca-glasgow.com/home

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