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The Strangers Come Amongst Us: Investigating the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift

January 7, 2016
ArKibbo Kift Kinsmen in camp, 1928 (c) Kibbo Kift Foundation.

Dr Annebella Pollen (University of Brighton)

Wednesday 27 January, 6pm, John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford

This talk examines the beliefs and practices of the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a little-remembered but visually flamboyant group of English mystics, rebels and dreamers in the 1920s. Led by the charismatic former scout commissioner and commercial artist, John Hargrave, Kibbo Kift’s sometimes bewildering aims and methods ranged across health and handicraft, pacifism and propaganda, myth and magic, education and economics. The wide range of their interests and the large scale of their ambitions was necessitated, they believed, by the peculiar conditions of their time: so-called civilisation had been corrupted and was on the brink of collapse; the ‘mechanised death’ of the Great War had demonstrated the logical outcome of industrial modernisation; dynamic new dreams were needed to overcome the nightmares of early twentieth century existence. The idiosyncratic ideals of the group lasted little more than a decade but Kibbo Kift’s extensive archives are testament to their extraordinary productivity in designing every aspect of the world they expected to lead.

Dr Annebella Pollen is Principal Lecturer and AHRC Fellow in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton. She is the author of The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians (Donlon Books) and the co-curator, with Whitechapel Gallery, of the exhibition of the same name (October 2015-March 2016). Her other books include Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life (I. B. Tauris) and Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury).

A seminar series on arts media and visual culture

Run jointly by the Communication Culture and Media and Health Studies research groups at the University of Bradford, this regular seminar series explores the increasingly important relationship between arts, media, technology, culture and society. Bradford has a long tradition of operating across artistic and scientific academic disciplines and is expanding its creative portfolio.

All seminars are FREE and begin at 6pm, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP.

For more information on the series contact: Mark Goodall ( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071


Media and Conflict Interchange 2014

August 26, 2014

The October 2014 line-up has been announced

Audience at Media and Conflict Interchange

All the screenings start at 2pm in the Pictureville and each film is followed by a free discussion with expert speakers from The University of Bradford and beyond.

  1. The Wind Rises – Monday 13, 2pm
  2. Leave To Remain – Tuesday 14, 2pm
  3. Still the Enemy Within – Wednesday 15, 17.45pm 
  4. Leviathan – Thursday 16, 2pm
  5. Night Will Fall – Friday 17, 2pm

Full film details on IMBD. Please join us on the Facebook group for more updates.   Speaker details will be confirmed soon.  Please check back for updates.

[CFP] Archaeologies of Media and Film, 3-5 September 2014

March 25, 2014



Archaeologies of Media and Film

Confirmed Keynotes: Thomas Elsaesser (Columbia), Jussi Parikka (Southampton)

3-5 September 2014, Bradford

An international conference on media archaeology organised and hosted by the University of Bradford and the National Media Museum.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, archivists, curators and artists working in the field that has become known as “media archaeology”: an approach that examines or reconsiders historical media in order to illuminate, disrupt and challenge our understanding of the present and future.

We are particularly interested in what media museums and their archives can contribute to media archaeology.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

– theories of media archaeology
– media museums and media archives
– new film history and its impact on film studies
– radiophonics
– remediation
– photography and the archive
– archaeologies of recorded sound
– vintage computing
– software studies
– archaeology of computer and video games
– media ecology
– German media theory
– media art and archaeology
– variantology

The conference invites proposals for individual papers or panels; individual papers should be twenty minutes in length. Proposals of 300 – 500 words should be submitted on the conference website:

The deadline for proposals is 6 June 2014.

The Media and Conflict Interchange (7-10th of October 2013)

October 2, 2013

The Media and Conflict Interchange is a unique factual and fictional film event, held at the Pictureville cinema in the National Media Museum.  Four film screenings will be accompanied by talks from academic speakers, including Paul Rogers, author of ‘Why We’re Losing the War on Terror’.  The Interchange is a lively and highly entertaining event, but with a very serious focus – the relationship between the media and real-world conflict.


Monday – 5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Tuesday – Chasing Ice (2012)

Wednesday – The Act of Killing (2012)

Thursday – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)


Jasper Sharp

Film: Grave of the Fireflies

Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator specialising in Japanese cinema and the co-editor of the website Midnight Eye. His books include The Midnight Eye Guide to Japanese Film (2004), Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011).

Paul Rogers

Film: Chasing Ice

Paul Rogers is professor of Peace Studies and international security correspondent of the Open Democracy web journal. He focuses on trends in international conflict, developing an analysis of the linkages between socio-economic divisions, environmental constraints and international insecurity.

Caroline Hughes

Film: The Act of Killing

Caroline’s research examines peacebuilding, aid and governance in post-conflict countries, with a particular focus on South East Asia. She is Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace in the Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

Karen Scott

Film: The Act of Killing

Karen’s research explores the role of remediation, simulation and spectacle within contemporary natural history documentary practices. She is a lecturer at Bradford Media School at The University of Bradford.

Patrick Allen

Film: 5 Broken Cameras

Patrick is a seasoned researcher and commentator on media communications.  He is a senior lecturer at Bradford Media School at The University of Bradford.

David Robison

Event Organiser

David Robison is a senior lecturer in the Bradford Media School where he lectures on New Media, especially Mobile Technology, Sustainability, Ethics and Video Production.

We aim to:

  • Critically examine the place of media and its ability to impact on and represent real-world issues of conflict and identity.
  • To offer a high quality series of materials and talks, for students studying Media or Conflict related subjects at The University of Bradford, University staff, academic networks and the public at large.
  • To ‘cross-polinate’ between the staff and students of Peace Studies, Bradford Media School, Creative Technology, outside organisations and the public.
  • To screen some excellent films in a wonderful venue, and have an opportunity to discuss them!

This event is organised by the Bradford Media School, with collaborators from Peace Studies and The National Media Museum.  The screenings and talks are free to Bradford University students and staff; others pay the normal cinema charge.

See for details.

The technology-image

November 13, 2012


Felicity Colman

(Manchester Metropolitan University)

Wednesday 14 November 2012, 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum

The activation of technology is contingent upon the human body. But that contingency rests upon not just any body, but upon the specificities of participatory bodies. Connecting Bergson with Foucault we can articulate the matter of the bio-political body whose fate is inevitably linked to its contemporaneous technology. Situation provides the analytic data of this body’s historical issue and nature of participation (what, how, when), but does not answer the god-question of why? With Bergson, I call this body a technology-image among other images. As Foucault identified, technologies of security control the territorial movement and produce of technology-images. These images are locked down into performing their determined fate within collective locations, with and through the actions of other images. This body is no ‘privileged’ body, rather it is just a platform augmenting technology. In action, the technology-image facilitates what individuals call ‘human experience’, but it contributes to the formation of distinct groups of bio-politicized human bodies. This state of the mediatization of life is recorded and narrativized by other images. The questions concerning technology-images, as feminists have activated, involve the predication of social differentiation categories (‘sex’, ‘porn’, ‘DNA’, ‘gender’, ‘race’, ‘nation’), the measurement of change, the implementation of new languages and new laws. Analysis of the situation of technology-images is freely available for participants, yet the image controllers continue to insist on spatialized hierarchies to differentiate and enslave. In this paper, I will examine components of this technology-image through examples of where the perception of social difference is acted out.

Felicity Colman is Reader in Screen Media and Centre Leader of the MIRIAD Media Research unit at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is the author of Deleuze and Cinema (2011 Berg), editor of Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers (Acumen Publishing 2009) and co-editor of Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (Cambridge Scholars Press 2007).

Kurdish Media in Context

July 15, 2012

Date: 17 July 2012
Location: Chesham B0.03, University of Bradford

A joint event run by the University of Bradford and the University of Sulaimani.

10.15: Welcome: Ben Roberts/ Mark Goodall / Ali Rashid

10.30 – 12.15 Panel 1:

Media Studies at the Universities of the Kurdistan Region (Dr Sabir Bakir
The Role of Communication Technology in the Development of Media
Work in the Kurdistan Region (Dr Hakm Othman Hameed)
The Media Problem in the Regions: the Kurdistan region as an example
(Dr Haval Abubaker Hussein)

12.15 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.15 Panel 2:
Broadcast Television Ownership in the Kurdistan Region (Dr Ibrahim
Saeed Fathalla)
Problems for Female Journalists in the Kurdistan Region (Chro Shiahab
How Did Facebook Affect Kurdish Traditional Journalism? (Karwan Ali)

3.15: Coffee

3.30: Closing Remarks

Change Spaces – Conflict, Art and Media Installation

May 10, 2012

How does conflict feel? What choices do we have to make? What changed? What change is needed?

The University of Bradford’s Gallery II space will next week feature a new commission developed in collaboration with CCM’s David Robison a Lecturer at Bradford Media School (new media and narrative) and Lisa Cumming (Programme for a Peaceful City, School of Social and International Studies) who have both collaborated substantially on the research phase of what will be an exciting exhibit.

The artist Sorrel Muggridge draws on ideas gathered and developed during a period of innovatie research – where media theory, conflict resolution and academic underpinnings combine with more visceral approaches to create an experimental, interactive installation which responds to the experience of being involved in conflict situations and change.

Change Spaces - Gallery II

Interactive Exhbition

Sorrel is using the dynamic processes involved in rope making as a metaphor for the experience of peace building and conflict transformation.

You are invited to take part in this process.

Sorrel Muggridge, currently based in Norfolk, UK, has worked professionally in a wide variety of spaces, from shopping centres to seashores, from theatres to galleries. Most of her work is site-specific. Her artistic process often begins with cartography and artistic response. Her installations have a map like aesthetic, capturing the movements and interactions of people as they use a space.

This project continues a Gallery II programming thread around art, research and activism which has included exhibitions of work by Punch Records (Protest: Fight The Power, Feb 2011), Cyril Mount (Ruffling Feathers, March 2011), Graham Martin (The Revolution is Healing, June 2011) and Dr Ruth Bartlett (No Limits, Re-imagining Life with Dementia, Sept 2011).


This is an exciting and experimental arts project commissioned by Gallery II and in collaboration with academics from the Peace Studies department and Bradford Media School, here at the University of Bradford.