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About Us

Film, Languages and Media in Education (FLAME) is a pioneering research group at Manchester Metropolitan University established in 2013 and dedicated to the development of research and knowledge exchange activity in the areas of Pedagogy, Languages, Film and Media.

Website:
mmu.ac.uk/languages/flame

Email:
FLAME@mmu.ac.uk

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Tuesdays and Thursdays 09am - 5pm

(Free) Film Screening 14/09/2017 Beyond Babel: “How to Be a Normal Person”

Film screening (Spanish language with subtitles) and accompanying presentation by Dr Carmen Herrero (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Synopsis: Maria is 30 years old and she has one goal: become a normal person. Back living at home and without a partner, she considers herself a failure. Which kind of person is she? Is she a normal person? What does that even mean? In her quest for answers, Maria starts with a list: all the requirements she can think of to be normal. Her journey to achieve her goals forms a heart-warming comedy about friendship, inspiration and learning to love oneself and others.

Free admission.

DATE: Thursday 14th September 2017  (7pm)

LOCATION:Spring Arts Bank Centre, Spring Bank, New Mills, SK22 4BH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1457017487668669/

 

Beyond Babel Film Festival: videos

Have you missed the festival? Were you there and had a great time? Are you looking forward to next year’s? Let us know! Here are two videos from the 2017 edition:

Beyond Babel 2017 Film Festival (trailer)

Beyond Babel 2017 – Film Festival – Interview with Director Alastair Cole

Find us on Vimeo as “Flame” (https://vimeo.com/user44434524)

 

HiP (Humanities in Public) 2016-2017: Greater Manchester and Northern Identity. Storify.

RAH! (Research in Arts and Humanities) was proud to publish the summary of last year’s events, which were connected under the topic “Greater Manchester and Northern Identity”. FLAME is quoted in the Storify compilation with the “Beyond Babel” Film Festival, which highlighted multilingual Manchester and created debate around languages in the North.

Click here to go to the Storify compilation. FLAME appears towards the middle-end.

 

Language & Communication in Virtual and Mobile Work: CoMoViWo courses in Canvas

The new newsletter and leaflets are now available for download here.

The CoMoViWo Project is a multi-institutional project between the Manchester Metropolitan University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Universitat Politècnica de València, Gdansk University of Technology and the The International Language Association.

CoMoViWo Syllabus

The CoMoViWo Project focuses on the new language and communication practices in the context of virtual and mobile work. Funding for the project is provided by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) under Erasmus+ programme.

The most important skills needed in communicating in the working life today are sharing information and being able to interact in writing and orally. In addition, being able to conduct negotiations online and interact in technology-mediated situations is essential. On top of this, a professional has to be able to choose the right communication tool depending on situation, language, and cultural background of the participants. An increasing number of people in working life are confronted with these challenges and possibilities of communicating across distances, different languages and diverse cultures in an increasingly complex world of business and trade.

 

Download the leaflets and newsletters in either English or Spanish here:

CoMoViWo Flyer – English

CoMoViWo Flyer – Spanish

Summer Edition Newsletter – English

Summer Edition Newsletter – Spanish

Beyond Babel 2017: Storify

See link for a summary on the event and comments:

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We would like to express our gratitude to the wonderful audience who joined us for the 3rd edition of  Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University. For their support, thank you to the HiP team, MMU Journalism, and to Clara Aloy.

Many thanks you Dr Alastair Cole (Director of Colours of the Alphabet and Lecturer in Film Practice at Newcastle University) and Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden  (Manchester Metropolitan University) for their presentations and answering questions on film, intercultural awareness, multilingual life, mother tongue ,and education.

Finally, you would like to thank Cross-Language Dynamics OWRI for sponsoring this event.

 

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Programme – Contemporary Spanish Screen Media and Responses to Crisis and Aftermath University of Manchester 31 March – 1 April 2017

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Contemporary Spanish Screen Media and Responses to Crisis and Aftermath

Conference Room, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester 31 March – 1 April 2017

This conference will explore the diverse ways in which Spanish screen media has responded to the recent economic crisis.  Since 2008, the economic context of precariousness and its aftermath has brought about shifts in Spanish film production and distribution. These material conditions have resulted in a renewal in the aesthetics of Spanish screen media and in increasingly innovative and experimental forms. Moreover, a new social turn in Spanish cinema, television and new media has re-engaged with questions of social exclusion and belonging, thereby providing a crucial intervention into contemporary political discourses.

For more details, please follow link for the final programme:  screen-media-conference-programme

Registration: http://estore.manchester.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-humanities/school-of-arts-languages-and-culture

Organised by the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinemas coordinated by Carmen Herrero, Abigail Loxham, Chris Perriam,  Duncan Wheeler and Tom Whittaker. Supported by the British Academy.

Conference fees will be waived for speakers and for a limited number of postgraduate researchers wishing to attend without giving a paper.

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Event: Manchester Talks Many Languages

Multilingual Manchester is hosting an event to celebrate International Mother Language Day. ‘Manchester Talks Many Languages’ will take place on 21 February 2017, 5.30 – 7pm, at Central Library.

Manchester Metropolitan University (FLAME) is delighted to be part of this event with the participation of Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden.

We would be delighted if you could join us there. To register, please email charlotte.jones@manchester.ac.uk. For further details, see the invitation below.invitationowricrosslanguage-landscape-rgb1

Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival

Beyond BABEL MULTILINGUAL FILM FESTIVAL

3rd edition 8-9 February 2017

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PROGRAMME

Beyond Babel will take place over two nights – Weds 8th February and Thurs 9th February 2016

Each event will run 6pm – 9pm

Location: LT2, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6LL

The event is FREE via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-babel-multilingual-film-festival-tickets-27772895478

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Date: Wednesday 8th February 2016
Time: 18:00-21:00

Screening: La Cour de Babel (Julie Bertuccelli, 2013) [France] la-cour-de-babel-380x260

Synopsis: ‘The school of La Grange aux Belles in northern Paris has a program for immigrant children (many of whom have a hesitant grasp of French) that provides intense language lessons alongside the core curriculum so the kids can ultimately matriculate into regular classes. Teacher Brigitte Cervoni, demonstrating the perfect balance of encouraging warmth and unwavering academic expectations, guides her charges through the year, cognizant of the need to be not only a teacher, but also a symbol of a France ideally welcoming to all newcomers’. (Variety.com)

Introduction and Q&A session: Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Isabelle will introduce the film and will discussed issues on multilingual community representation and intercultural issues raised by the documentary.

 

Date: Thursday 9th February 2016
Time: 18:00-21:00

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(Alastair Cole) [United Kingdom – New Zealand]

[Languages: Soli / Nyanja / Bemba / English]

Synopsis

Colours of the Alphabet is a beautiful, inspiring and bittersweet story about language and childhood in Africa. It is a story of childhood innocence, misplaced hope, and the role of language as a means of binding a nation together. Colours of the Alphabet is a feature documentary shot over a period of 12 months in rural Zambia, in a grade one class with 30 children, as they, and their parents, come to terms with the often bemusing reality of education in their country. A country where you are told that to get ahead means understanding the world in English, despite less than 2% of Zambians using the language in their daily lives’. (http://www.coloursofthealphabet.com)

 

Guest speaker for the introduction and Q&A session: Dr. Alastair Cole (University of Newcastle), director of Colours of the Alphabetacole-profile-squareDr. Cole will introduce the film and pose questions on multilingualism and education.

 

 

 

Introduction

Films can provide extraordinary creative, artistic and entertainment experiences. Even with the powerful influence of new media technologies, films are more than ever part of our society and tell stories about who we are and the world we live in. Moving pictures can be ideal vehicles for bringing us closer to cultures and realities that are different from our own as they provide a platform to build cultural bridges and raise intercultural awareness.

Alluding to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and the curse of diversity of tongues, Beyond Babel is a film festival that aims to celebrate multilingual life. Nowadays multilingualism is part of our everyday life, and films can help to open a space for a wider cultural dialogue on the richness and complexities that lie in the multilingual experience of our age.

Now in its third edition, Beyond Babel aims to showcase transnational productions from different regions of the world; to present multilingual films that connect with the personal, the local, and the global and open conversation across cultures. By bringing together different communities and audiences, this edition of Beyond Babel screens multilingual films that may raise questions about education and multilingualism. This year’s programme will bring together two afternoons of screenings, with film introductions and Q&A sessions. We hope to engage, inspire, connect and celebrate the culturally diverse communities of Manchester.

Beyond Babel brings you two films and includes introductory talks and Q&A sessions, as well as a director introductory presentation and post screening. The Festival opens on Wednesday 8 Feburary with La Cour de Babel/ School of Babel (Julie Bertuccelli, 2014). This French documentary captures how a group of international adolescents learn to cope with the experience of moving to France by joining a Parisian school. The film will be introduced by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden from the French section at Manchester Metropolitan University. On Thursday 9th February, director Alastair Cole will introduce his documentary Colours of the Alphabet (2016), a lyrical and beautiful film that questions the role of language in a multilingual nation (Zambia). After the screening, the Q&A sessions aim to engage the audience in a discussion on education, identity, integration, mother tongue and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

 

 

Beyond Babel Film Festival offers a cultural space to enjoy and appreciate multilingual films. As a culturally diverse cosmopolitan city, Manchester is the ideal location to host a film festival that promotes and values the richness of multilingualism. The Beyond Babel project addresses a wide range of themes: co-existence of communities, diaspora, life in global cities, and local hybridity. The festival was set up with a very specific agenda: to recognise and celebrate multilingualism, showcase a wide range of films, share discussions on film aesthetics, give visibility to the transnational and complex dynamics of cinema, increase the profile of world cinema, and broaden the representation of multilingual communities on screen.

Dr Alastair Cole is a Lecturer in Film Practice at Newcastle University. Colours of the Alphabet is the latest in a series of documentaries directed by New Zealand-born, Scotland-based, Alastair Cole on the subtle, intimate and often amusing reality of living in a multilingual world.  Alastair’s previous films have won multiple awards, twice premiered at Cannes Critics Week, and have been broadcast in 26 countries. He is the founder of Edinburgh-based Tongue Tied Films and is also a lecturer in film practice at Newcastle University. Colours of the Alphabet is Alastair Cole’s first feature length documentary and sees him work with Lansdowne Productions and producer Nick Higgins for the first time. See: www.tonguetiedfilms.co.uk and on Twitter: @TongueTiedFilms for more information.

Dr. Isabelle Vanderschelden is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Information and Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her main research interest is contemporary French cinema. Her publications include a critical study of Jeunet’s Amelie (2007) Studying French Cinema (Auteur 2013), and she has co-edited France at the Flicks with Darren Waldron (2007). She is currently working on a book on French screenwriters with Sarah Leahy. She also contributes to regular film events for schools and training sessions to promote the use of film in the language classroom and is a co-founder of FILTA.

Dr. Carmen Herrero is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Information and Communication and Director of FLAME (Research Group for Film, Languages and Media in Education) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Carmen teaches Hispanic cinema and culture at undergraduate level and is involved with the TEFL Masters. She supervises and examines doctoral students on a range of topics, including Hispanic cinemas, film pedagogy and language education, new technologies and education and Spanish literature. As a lecturer in Spanish language and culture, Carmen has a special interest in teaching and researching Spanish cinema, culture and intercultural issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL for PAPERS – Contemporary Spanish Screen Media and Responses to Crisis and Aftermath

Contemporary Spanish Screen Media and Responses to Crisis and Aftermath
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Friday 31 March — Saturday 1 April
(linking with VIVA Spanish and Latin American Festival, HOME Arts Centre, Manchester)

This conference will explore the diverse ways in which Spanish screen media has responded to the recent economic crisis. Since 2008, the economic context of precariousness and its aftermath has brought about shifts in Spanish film production and distribution. These material conditions have resulted in a renewal in the aesthetics of Spanish screen media and in increasingly innovative and experimental forms. Moreover, a new social turn in Spanish cinema, television and new media has re-engaged with questions of social exclusion and belonging, thereby providing a crucial intervention into contemporary political discourses.

Papers of twenty minutes are invited on the following topics:

· New media, image sharing, piracy, creative commons, transmedia practices
· Political filmmaking
· Crowdfunding and cooperative work
· Activism and advocacy
· Surveillance and subveillance
· Changing audiences
· The role of film festivals
· Questions of affect and ethics
· Contemporary representations of gender, race, class, disability
· Emerging modes of production and distribution for cinema
· Interrogating genre
· New critical approaches to Spanish film

Please send proposals of 200 words by 22 December 2016 to both Abigail Loxham abigail.loxham@manchester.ac.uk and Tom Whittaker t.whittaker@liverpool.ac.uk

Organised by the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinemas coordinated by Carmen Herrero, Abigail Loxham, Chris Perriam, Duncan Wheeler and Tom Whittaker. Supported by the British Academy. Conference fees will be waived for speakers and for a limited number of postgraduate researchers wishing to attend without giving a paper.

An Evening with Michael Chanan, Director of Money Puzzles documentary

The Manchester Met Cheshire campus would like to invite you to the following public engagement event; to register for your FREE place please use the link below:
Your invitation to ‘An Evening with Michael Chanan Director of Money Puzzles documentary’
Research and Knowledge Exchange Community at Cheshire Campus

Friday 18 November 2016, 6pm-9pm
Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus in Crewe, Crewe Green Road, Crewe CW1 5DB

A film about money and debt, how they’re used to control us, and what people across Europe are doing about it.

Money Puzzles is about money and debt, austerity and solidarity, and alternative economics. Filmed in 2015 in the UK, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Argentina, with contributors ranging from children in the first to two erstwhile Ministers of Economy in the last, it questions the myriad forms of money in modern times, and the intimate link between money and debt. Alongside the crushing effects of austerity and the neoliberal agenda of finance capitalism which holds Europe in its grip, the film reports on grassroots solidarity networks and ground-level anti-austerity initiatives which aim to construct an alternative social economics.

The film unfolds a historically informed map of the way neoliberal capitalism works: how money is created by banks, the invention of new financial instruments like derivatives, the shadow banking system, the function of tax havens. Set against this, the solidarity and social movements present alternative ways of thinking about money, including complementary currencies, and especially the worldwide movement for citizens debt audits and the repudiation of illegitimate debt. We are running out of time to address the catastrophic problems facing our world, and the money puzzle must be solved before it’s too late.

This event includes a screening of the ‘Money Puzzles’ documentary (130mins) followed by a Question and Answer session with Director Michael Chanan. Watch the trailer online at http://www.moneypuzzles.net

Michael Chanan is Professor of Film & Video at Roehampton University, London. Documentary film-maker since 1971, erstwhile music critic, and author, editor and translator of books and articles on film and media, on subjects including early cinema and Cuban cinema, the social history of music, and the history of recording.

Book your FREE tickets online: Register for the event now

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact:

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Email: rkecheshire@mmu.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 247 5093
Event location: Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus