BAFTSS Practice Research SIG Seminar:

Exploding the Container


Exploding the Container – a panel discussion with filmmaker Orson Nava
on anti-racist praxis & the relationship between filmmaker & subject


The BAFTSS Practice Research SIG, in association with the UWE Moving Image Research Group, presents the fourth in a series of seminars exploring how academic filmmakers situate their practice as research.

About this event

Decolonial theory has problematised the concept of ‘inclusion,’ arguing instead for the radical transformation of the dominant hegemonic institutions or ‘containers’. This panel will reflect on the role theory informed film practice can play in anti-racist praxis, and the complex relationship between filmmaker and film subject. In this seminar Dr Orson Nava will show excerpts from his documentaries Multicology? and `Decolonising the Curatorial Process and discuss them with academics/activists who appear in the films, Asanda Ngoasheng and Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths).

Multicology? – Orson Nava

A sixty-minute documentary examining how BAME creative producers are navigating forms of racialised exclusion in the creative industries-based regeneration of East London.

Decolonising The Curatorial Process – Orson Nava

A forty-minute documentary exploring decolonial strategies in an academic and curatorial context.

BAFTSS Practice Research SIG Seminar SeriesWe had planned a one-day symposium last June which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, and this has now evolved into a series of online events celebrating filmmaking in the academy. These events are intended to create a safe space for dialogue between the filmmakers and the wider (academic) community to explore how their practice can be articulated as research (“new knowledge effectively shared”) in the context of funding and research assessment criteria.

Other Events in this Series

Family and Autoethnography – Wed, 25 Nov

Documentary Methodologies – Wed 2 Dec 2020

Videographic Film Criticism – Wed 13 Jan 2021

It is hoped that the practice work, statements and the resulting conversations could be written up and submitted as a strand to BAFTSS online journal Open Screens.



BAFTSS Practice Research SIG champions practice research within the field of film, television and screen studies. Practice research is an established academic area which has demonstrated an impactful contribution to the field, both within the REF and research council funded projects. This group focuses on building on these foundations, exploring how screen media practice research can be developed within BAFTSS. The group aims to disseminate practice research and evaluate how practice can contribute new knowledge to the field in terms of its significance, originality and rigour. The group also explores innovative methods of academic dissemination and peer review; as well as the potential of practice research for public engagement and impact.

BAFTSS is the subject association for Film, Television and Screen Studies, championing pedagogy, research into and critical analysis of screen-based media, which we believe are central to understanding the culture, society and economy of the new century. BAFTSS exists to:

  • promote the recognition of the discipline and represent the academic and professorial interests of those engaged in it to the academy, government, funding agencies, the cultural industries and the public;
  • encourage best teaching and research practice;
  • promote the training of postgraduate students in research;
  • give researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

This event is supported by the Moving Image Research Group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE Bristol.

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