The Research Division of Film, Theatre and Television (FTT) carries out cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in state of the art facilities. We have a vibrant and world class research environment: in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was in the highest categories of internationally excellent and world-leading. Our research combines publications in leading journals and publishing houses with practice-based research and the provision of publicly available online resources (see http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/research/ftt-researchresources.aspx). We are housed in the Minghella Studios which include performance spaces, a digital cinema, multi-camera television studio, sound stage and editing suites and which support staff and postgraduate research practice in multi-media performance and digital media.
We have a strong, vibrant postgraduate community across all of our disciplines: our postgraduate students organise the annual Journeys Across Media conference, established in 2003: see http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/phd-research/ftt-pgrabout.aspx
We have an excellent record of major, externally funded research projects across all of the discipines in the Division (including projects on Intermedial Cinema, Staging Beckett's plays in the UK and Ireland, British television, The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Development of Theatre and Performance in Britain 1945-1995, and we have well established links with cultural insitutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Tate Modern, the British Film Institute, the Cinemateca Brasileira (Brazil), AusStage (Australia) and IbsenStage (Norway).
The research of the Division focuses on analysing the languages and conventions of film, theatre and television, their cultural and historical contexts (mainly 20th and 21st century), and the politics of representation. Close analysis is a hallmark of much of our research, and we were pioneers of practice-based research: the first Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Practice-as-Research Ph.D. grant was awarded to FTT: http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/research/ftt-Practice-as-Research.aspx
We have particular expertise in the following areas: contemporary theatre and performance, multimedia performance and new / digital media, intermedial film, post World War II British theatre film and television, world cinema, youth culture and music, installation / artist's film, gender on stage and screen, Samuel Beckett's drama for stage and screen, representing conflict, translation in theatrical and audiovisual contexts, migration and diasporic identities.
Staff in FTT provide substantial research leadership: including leadership of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (Nagib): http://www.reading.ac.uk/cfac/cfac-home.aspx and the Beckett International Foundation (McMullan): http://www.beckettfoundation.org.uk/, both based at the University of Reading. We provide leadership to our disciplines through our editorial positions in leading journals (such as Screen) and book series (IB Tauris World Cinema, Manchester University Television Series, Anthem Press Film Drama and Performance Studies).
In April 2011, the Department moved to outstanding new facilities in the purpose-built Minghella Building, designed to support practice-based research in digital media and multi-media performance. The Minghella is at the heart of the Whiteknights campus and features a digital cinema, two theatres and an experimental performance space (each licensed for public performance, and equipped with flexible seating and storage), foyer areas, a digital sound stage/multi-camera television studio, editing rooms, audio post-production spaces and a sound studio.
We have won seven major externally funded projects in the last decade from Leverhulme, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and AHRC-FAPESP (Brazil), with additional research funding from the British Academy and the Arts Council of England. Our current and recent funded projects are: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method, Disappearing War: Interdisciplinary research workshop on Cinema and the politics of erasure in the war on terror, Giving Voice to the Nation. The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Development of Theatre and Performance in Britain 1945-1995; Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style; and Staging Beckett: The impact of Productions of Samuel Beckett's Drama on Theatre Practice and Cultures in the UK and Ireland.
Our staff are editors of leading academic journals and book series, and serve on the assessment panels of national research funding councils. Throughout the year, we host conferences, performances and symposia that bring together academics, practitioners from the creative industries and postgraduate students.