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SMCA 20013 Conference

9.30: Coffee and Registration, Foyer, Govan Mbeki building.

9.55: Welcome

Marina Dekavalla, SMCA Convenor

10.00: Plenary: Locating the Arts and the Media within Scotland’s Cultural and Political Future

Hannah McGill, writer, critic and former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

11.00: Coffee break


11.20 Panel A: Scotland and film

John Izod, University of Stirling: When Squawkies Became Talkies: the Musicians’ Union, Mechanical Music and Scottish Cinemas, 1928-1932.

Linda Hutcheson, University of Stirling: UK Newspaper Reception of Red Road.

Ana Moraes, University of Glasgow: Scottish Film Policy of the Noughties: Developing Film Audiences?

Panel B: Gaming: Sociological and educational considerations

Iain Donald, University of Abertay Dundee: Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Developing and Applying Critical Frameworks to Computer and Video Games.

Anthony Reynolds, University of Glasgow: Grown-Up Gaming: ‘Gamers’, Cultural Memory, Identity and Social Practice.

Kenneth Fee, University of Abertay Dundee: The Challenge of Developing and Delivering an Effective Pedagogical Model for Digital Game Art within a Higher Education Framework, the Inherent Struggles with Technology, Student Behaviours, and Industry Expectations.

12.40 LUNCH

1.40:  Panel C: Representations: Alone together

Kathryn Burnett and Ray Burnett, University of the West of Scotland: The Settling of an ‘Unwordly People’ – A Scottish Perspective on Media Accounts of Tristan da Cunha’s ‘Volcano Years’ 1961-1963.

Gerald Halligan, Queen Margaret University: Narratives of Disempowerment: British Cinema and the Medical Model of Disability.

Kimberley McIntosh, Robert Gordon University: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Scottish Newspapers: 2007-2012.

Panel D: The media and the nations

Adrian Hadland, University of Stirling: The Role of the Media in the Campaign for Scottish Independence.

Sian Powell, Glamorgan University: Reporting Devolution: The Challenges Facing the British Media.

Hugh Mackay, The Open University: Media Researchers in Wales: Developing a Research Agenda to Inform Policy and Practice.

3.00: Coffee


3.20: Panel E: Political aspects of the media

David Hutchison, Glasgow Caledonian University: Press Regulation: the Ongoing British Crisis.

Mariola Tarrega, Queen Margaret University: Who are the ‘Spin Doctors’? The Negative Approach to Political Public Relations.

Douglas Chalmers, Glasgow Caledonian University: Changing Images of Gaelic in the Scottish Printed Press


Panel F: Digital media: projects and collaborations

Suzanne Prior, University of Abertay Dundee and Deborah Maxwell, Edinburgh College of Art: Capitalising on Creativity: Creating a Shared Space for Design.

Robin Sloan, University of Abertay Dundee: Game Art or Art Game? A Case Study of Student Game Design.

4.40: Close

Martin Boyle, SMCA Treasurer



Govan Mbeki building,

Glasgow Caledonian University

Cowcaddens Road

Glasgow, G4 0BA

To confirm attendance please email Indrani Lahiri at by Friday 19 April.

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