Current news articles for the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
On Tuesday, 8 May, renowned journalist and UCT alumna Zubeida Jaffer introduced CFMS to the online media initiative The Journalist. Jaffer explained that today’s students are clueless about certain aspects of the anti-apartheid struggle and the role the media played in South Africa’s liberation movement.
CFMS is proud to announce that one of our faculty members, Associate Professor Tanja Bosch, is on Social Science One’s Africa Advisory Committee. SSO has created a unique partnership between academic researchers and private industry to work towards understanding and solving society’s greatest challenges.
On Tuesday 31 July, CFMS will be hosting Duke University's Associate Professor Kathryn Mathers for a seminar titled "Can a film change the way Americans talk about Africa?" at 13:00 in AC Jordan 4A.
Three CFMS students, Lara Moyles, Ruby Chikwiri and Upasna Maharaj, recently attended the 2018 Duke Menell Media Exchange in Johannesburg. Lara (CFMS Hons Media Theory & Practice) and Ruby (CFMS Hons in Political Communication) shared their experiences of the conference with us.
On Tuesday 24 July, Associate Professor Sean Jacobs will be presenting on Africa is a Country at the CFMS departmental seminar in AC Jordan 4A at 13:00. Africa is a Country, a site of criticism, analysis and new writing, has grown in popularity since its inception in 2002 and is now widely read and cited by scholars, journalists and cultural critics.
The Water Dancers documentary, a CFMS Honours graduation production, has been officially selected to screen at the 39th Durban International Film Festival on July 25th at 17:00 at CommunityZA. The screening will mark the short film’s World Premiere. The Water Dancers is a short documentary about groundbreaking methods of conservation in South Africa, told through dragonflies, the sentinel indicators of their environments.
The Centre for Film and Media Studies, together with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) will co-host a symposium titled “BRICS Media Systems in a Digital Age” at the University of Cape Town on 6-7 September. The event´s aim is to analyse the impact of digitalisation processes on society in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and follows on the 10th Summit of leaders of the BRICS countries to be held in Johannesburg in July.
The Centre for Film and Media Studies is proud to announce that two of our alumni, Aliki Saragas and Jessie Zinn, have been selected for the Talents Durban. The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) welcomes 19 filmmakers from 13 African countries to the 11th edition of Talents Durban, which takes place from 20 to 24 July during the festival.
CFMS is celebrating the graduation of two of its PhD and two of its masters students. Dr Norita Mdege, Dr Bernadine Jones, Msakha Mona and Rozanne Engel received their degrees in April 2018. Some of these students have been closely involved in the department and leave lasting footprint. We asked them to share their graduation experience and offer advice to future postgraduates.
Prof Herman Wasserman, Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, has received three awards this year in recognition of his scholarly work: The Georg Foster Research Award, the Stals Prize for Academy for Science and Arts, and the Neva Award in journalism and mass communication research.
Prof Herman Wasserman recently received the prestigious Georg Foster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at a symposium held in Bamberg, Germany. Prof Wasserman’s award was one of three Georg Foster awards presented to prizewinners at the symposium.