CFAC Constitution

1. Name

CENTRE FOR FILM AESTHETICS AND CULTURES - acronym: CFAC

2. Concept

CFAC has been conceived as a response to the first objective of the University of Reading's Research Strategy:

'To be internationally renowned for our world class activities in a number of strategically important centres of excellence, whilst simultaneously demonstrating excellence across a broader range of disciplinary areas.'

CFAC is a University of Reading centre of international excellence in research and teaching of film, both with regard to its medium-specific qualities and its inherent interdisciplinary and intercultural properties. CFAC will understand aesthetics in its broadest sense: as an important branch of philosophy; as style and beauty pertaining to art; as a mode of cultural experience; as a channel for producing cultural and social impact. It will propose culture as the locale for human interaction and improvement, and as the necessary background for the analysis of any aesthetic object, most notably film, whose intercultural aspect derives from its own nature as an industrial and transnational medium.

3. Aims

CFAC will aim to:

  • Act as a catalyst for interdisciplinary expertise in film from across UoR, including staff from FTT, Art, Modern Languages, Business, Education, Typography, Special Collections, Politics and International Relations, amongst others.
  • Boost research on film aesthetics through an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach.
  • Raise the profile of UoR nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in interdisciplinary research.
  • Produce innovative and world-class publications and events.
  • Boost external funding for the interdisciplinary and intercultural study of film.
  • Boost increase doctoral and postdoctoral recruitment through internationalisation, grant capture and MA conversion.
  • Promote employability with emphasis on placement and internships.
  • Strengthen UoR's partnerships with national and international non-academic institutions.
  • Promote staff-student exchange nationally and internationally.
  • Increase UoR's profile in outreach, widening participation and impact activities.
  • Contribute to research-led interdisciplinary PG teaching on cross-school programmes.
4. Status

CFAC will be affiliated financially, administratively and structurally to the School of Arts and Communication Design (SACD) and will be thematically aligned with the Institute for Heritage & Creativity.

5. Structure
  1. CFAC shall appoint a Director and a Deputy Director to serve for a period of three years; appointees may be reappointed for another maximum period of three years. Nominations for Director and Deputy Director will be received and approved at a CFAC meeting; should there be more than one candidate elections will be held.
  2. CFAC will have an Associate Membership comprising UoR staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students working on film-related subjects and disciplines in different departments, schools and faculties, who will regularly contribute to and participate in the Centre's activities and governance. Subscription and unsubscription to the CFAC membership is voluntary.
  3. CFAC will have an Advisory Board made of invited personalities and experts in the field of film making, film studies and co-related specialisms.
  4. CFAC will run a membership mailing list for internal communication. It will have a UoR email address for internal and external communication, and a general CFAC UoR mailing list for external communication.
6. Governance
  • The role of the Director will be:
  1. To ensure CFAC meets its aims as described above.
  2. To oversee and control the CFAC membership.
  3. To oversee and control CFAC's finances.
  4. To use and control CFAC's mailing lists.
  5. To schedule, chair and minute CFAC meetings, which shall take place once a term.
  6. To oversee and help to organise CFAC's research activities.
  7. To oversee and help to organise CFAC's teaching activities.
  • The role of the Deputy Director will be:
    1. To assist the director in the duties described above.
    2. To replace the director whenever required.
  • The role of the Advisory Board will be to provide advice on the CFAC activities and means of fulfilling its aims and objectives. Members of the Advisory Board are not required to attend any of the CFAC meetings in that capacity, and as a rule their advice will be offered remotely.
  • The CFAC meetings are the centre's maximum deliberative forum, regardless of the number of attendees on each occasion.
7. Finance
  1. CFAC shall have its own UoR account to receive and make payments and will abide by the UoR regulations for any financial transactions.
  2. CFAC's routine maintenance shall rely on SACD's yearly contribution.
  3. CFAC will be committed to attract external funding for its research and impact activities.
  4. CFAC may consider charging attendance at high-profile events.
  5. CFAC will be open to donations and philanthropic investment.
8. Constitutional Change

Any proposed modifications to this Constitution shall be sent to the Director or Deputy Director who will circulate them to all associate members at least four weeks in advance of the next CFAC meeting. Changes shall only be implemented if they are agreed by at least two-thirds of the meeting attendees.

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