President’s Oct 2015 Newsletter

This is the first of what I hope will be a series of occasional newsletters on the activities of the ASPERA committees in coming months.

2016 ASPERA Conference

The 2016 ASPERA Conference will be held in Canberra next year from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th of July.  This places it just before ATOM’s Screen Futures conference in Melbourne and the ANZCA in Newcastle. Former ASPERA president Tim Thomas of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra is coordinating the conference.

Call for Papers

Conference inquiries

Recruitment  & international participation

The executive committee is keen to encourage international participation in this years conference and wants to flag for discussion at the 2016 conference whether ASPERA should extend its activities and/or membership beyond Australian borders. Folk at ASPERA member institutions that have affiliations with other institutions in the region might ascertain what support ASPERA could give to emerging institutions in a way that compliments CILECT’s activities in the Asia Pacific region. CILECT caters to film schools while ASPERA serves institutions with courses comprising 1/3 or more screen production subjects. CILECT membership is also expensive. New Zealand could also be looked at as separate case for membership.  In any case the executive committee, research sub committee and 2016 conference organisers will seek to increase international participation in the conference for next year.

We encourage everyone connected with ASPERA to promote the 2016 conference to colleagues and contacts overseas and/or to send us contacts at institutions abroad.


Online communications

ASPERA’s inaugural Online Communications Editor, Richard Seale is managing the distribution of this newsletter and has begun to work on updating and developing the website.

The ASPERA community is invited to supply images (such as student or staff project production stills or images of on-campus production facilities together with written advice that the necessary photographic permissions have been cleared for such use.  Please email any images to Richard Seale


Workload models
Following on from the lively discussion in Gill Leahy and Susan Kerrigan’s presentation at this year’s ASPERA conference, the executive committee is gathering a number of examples of workload models with a view to establishing some best-practice guidelines that may be of benefit to member institutions. More on this in future.


Research Sub-committee (RSC)
RSC Chair Craig Batty and a number of people from the ASPERA community who have come forward have formed the new research subcommittee. Here are some some highlights from Craig’s September report to the executive:The RSC aims to build the research capacity and footprint of the ASPERA community by leading and championing publications, and by offering research mentoring where possible and appropriateProjects the committee will focus on include:Internationalisation

  • promote international awareness of ASPERA’s research and research outcomes
  • promote the ASPERA conference internationally
  • report on research outcomes to to international mailing lists
  • encouraging the ASPERA community to participate in international conferences, collaborations and partnerships.
  • compile/update a list of international journals that the ASPERA community might submit articles to, to be published on the website

Supporting HDR students

  • encourage and facilitate more HDRs to participate in the conference. (To this end Tim Thomas has ensured early distribution of the 2016 Call for Papers).
  • Research school A summer/winter school for the ASPERA community (HDRs especially, though not exclusively), much like the one offered by QUT: We are keen to trial one at/around the 2016 conference, with RSC members running sessions, to gauge interest and prototype an approach. We would like to propose this to the Executive.

ASPERA journal
The Sightlines journal will be ‘steered’ by the RSC, but Leo and Smiljana from RMIT will (at least for now) lead its development. The pilot version should be ready soon, and hopefully it can be launched by the end of the year. From that, discussions will take place about how we might try and keep this an ongoing ASPERA journal, one that offers an ‘alternative space’ for screen production work. Work that can be peer reviewed and made available in its entirety, and that will count as a good quality ERA-eligible output.

The RSC is keen to co-edit an ‘ASPERA book’. The Wiley-Blackwell ‘Companion’ series is a useful place to start. This will be a 2-year project, and will/can include all aspects of the ASPERA community, not just screen production research (though all chapters need to be research (ERA) chapters).


Thanks to Nick
The executive committee has reiterated the thanks conveyed to Nicholas Oughton by this year’s AGM for his extraordinary work over as ASPERA Treasurer over many years and for putting ASPERA into such a strong financial position.John Cumming
(ASPERA President)
On behalf of the ASPERA executive committee

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