Prof Erik Knudsen
In his presentation, Erik Knudsen will discuss ongoing uncertainties around the perception of media practice research and the struggles that often persist around articulating the relationship between creative practice and academic research. He will ask whether, outside the realm of the explosion in practice led PhDs, there is actually as much practice led media research as the media practice community believes. He will also ask to what extent we are comfortable with our understanding of the relationship between media practice research and the idea of new knowledge and insights. Erik will then draw on recent REF2014 UoA36 feedback, and experience of AHRC peer reviewing and panel work, to highlight key challenges around the relationship between creative media practice and the demands of research that leads to new insights through the qualitative assessment of originality, significance and rigour.
Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School in the UK. Formerly Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, where he was for a period of time Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance, he has also acted as the University of Salford’s Director of Graduate Studies. Earlier roles at the University of Salford have included programme leading the MA in Fiction Film Production, the MA in Television Documentary Production and the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. He is also visiting professor, and the former Head of the Editing Department, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba and at Multimedia University, Malaysia. He is chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Practice and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and chairs the board of Trustees at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, UK. He publishes widely on film practice, including ‘Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice’. He is currently leading the Story Lab International Research Network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. As a filmmaker his films include The Raven On The Jetty (88 min., fiction, 2014), The Silent Accomplice (84 min., fiction, 2011), Vainilla Chip (17 min., Documentary, 2009), Veil (for Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company’s touring show, 2008), Heart of Gold (40 min., documentary, 2006), Sea of Madness (86 min., fiction, 2006), Brannigan’s March (99 min., fiction, 2004), Bed of Flowers (50 min., documentary, 2001), Signs of Life (70 min., fiction, 1999), Reunion (50 min., documentary, 1995), One Day Tafo (70 min., documentary, 1991).