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Lights, Camera, Learning: Teaching with the Moving Image

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A conference organised by Learning on Screen and School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Dates: Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th November 2018

General rate: £85 +VAT
Student rate: £40 +VAT

Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Lights Camera Learning – Full Programme PDF

To mark our seventieth anniversary in 2018, Learning on Screen together with Birkbeck, University of London is pleased to announce a two-day conference exploring the history of teaching and learning with the moving image.

Formal education in many contexts increasingly relies on screen-based media, and there are active debates about the appropriate uses and efficacy of many forms of digital applications for learning. But it can be argued that current practice lacks a historical understanding of practices for learning with screens that stretch back at least to the interwar period. And while in the United States researchers have begun to investigate productively the uses of film and television in schools and similar institutions, its production contexts and reception (as is evidenced by the collections Useful Cinema (2011) and Learning with the Lights Off (2012)), such research in Britain remains comparatively underdeveloped.

Lights, camera, learning aims to bring together film and television historians with those engaged with the history of educational practice and policy and with practitioners past and present, to explore how film and television with explicit educational aims has been argued for, produced, funded, distributed, shown, received, discussed and understood over the past century in Britain.

Lights, camera, learning is convened by Mike Allen (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor John Ellis (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr Emma Sandon (Birkbeck, University of London), Katerina Loukopoulou (University of Middlesex) and John Wyver (University of Westminster) and is presented in association with Birkbeck Institute of Moving Image (BIMI).

Please note that photographs and footage will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Birkbeck, University of London and Learning on Screen for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our websites and in social media or in any third party publication. Please contact the event organiser ( if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

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