Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham
Previous Conference Speakers: Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham

AMES CONFERENCE 2017: MEDIA, POLITICS & YOUNG PEOPLE

Conference Poster

2016 was a seismic year in politics. The poisonous and dishonest nature of the Brexit and US Presidential campaigns, as well as the outcomes, left most educationists bewildered. How can we as teachers promote respectful, rational and evidence-based dialogue when politicians and media gain support and audiences through the opposite?

There is an urgent need for educators to consider such issues and AMES is delighted to welcome John Swinney, Secretary for Education and Skills, to deliver the keynote address.

The conference will feature workshops on politics and gender politics as represented in news media, documentary, feature film, animation and graphic novel.

Research evidence shows that the analysis and creation of film and media content is a key motivator and contributor to the development of literacy skills. So the conference also features workshops aimed at promoting literacy and creativity through media activities.

The conference will feature workshops on politics and gender politics as represented in news media, documentary, feature film and graphic novel. Research evidence shows that the analysis and creation of film and media content is a key motivator and contributor to the development of literacy skills. So the conference also features workshops aimed at promoting literacy and creativity through media activities.

The conference has been designed to be attractive to educators working in the primary, secondary and adult/further education sectors. Full details plus fees and registration form are contained in the conference flyer.

Digital versions of the registration form are available in PDF or Word format. You may need up-to-date versions of Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word to access these.

PROGRAMME (subject to change)

0945-1015 Registration and coffee

1015-1030 Introduction: Mary Birch, Convener of AMES
Welcome: Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics, Senior Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh

1030-1110 Keynote: Politicians & the Media: John Swinney, MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland & Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills plus Q+A

1110-1120 Comfort break

1120-1230
A1: Teaching I, Daniel Blake – Social Realism in a Time of Social Media: Roy Stafford (SF)
A2: Disney Princesses: Dream Big?: Wendy Elrick (PS)
A3: Teaching Visual Literacy – Lorna Macdonald and presenter tbc (P)
A4: Teaching the Animation Persepolis: Rick Instrell (SF)

1230-1315 Lunch

1315-1430
B1: How to Read Donald Trump: Rick Instrell (SF)
B2: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom (part 1 of double session): Nicola Kettlewood & Kate Burton (PSF)
B3: Raising Literacy Attainment through Film – iPad (part 1 of double session): Presenter tbc (PS)
B4: Teaching Bend It Like Beckham: Des Murphy (SF)
B5: Teaching the Role of the Media for N5 and Higher Media: Kirsty Brown (SF)
B6: Storyboarding a Short Film (part 1 of double session): David Griffith (PSF)

1430-1445 Refreshments

1445-1600
C1: Fake News and Post-Truth: Alex Law (SF)
C2: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom (part 2 of double session): Nicola Kettlewood & Kate Burton (PSF)
C3: Raising Literacy Attainment through Film – iPad (part 2 of double session) (PS)
C4: Teaching Graphic Novels – Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: Rick Instrell (SF)
C5: The Long and the Short of Adam Curtis’s Documentaries – teaching Bitter Lake and Oh Dearism II: Julie Laing (SF)
C6: Storyboarding a Short Film (part 2 of double session): David Griffith (PSF)

1610-1630 AMES AGM

Resources from PREVIOUS AMES conferenceS

The substantial resources from the 2016 conference and previous events are available at the members only password-protected resources page.

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