2020 ASPERA Conference Zoom sessions

Past Conference Details

Conference Date19 June 2020
Conference LocationOnline Zoom sessions hosted by School of Creative Industries, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Conference ProgramConference Program (PDF)
Conference ProceedingsSpecial Issue of Studies in Australasian Cinema - papers available to view at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsau20/14/2?nav=tocList

On Friday 19 June 2020 we ran a series of 1 hour Zoom sessions in place of the postponed, 3-day face-to-face conference. The sessions focused on areas of key interest to the ASPERA community, notably teaching media production within the context of COVID-19, supervising higher degree research students and ways that the Association can support screen production academics and the discipline. There were opportunities to contribute to plans for the Association’s response in these areas and provide feedback to the Executive committee about priorities.

The program ran as follows (with video recordings of two key sessions):

9.30am – Teaching Media Production with Isolation
A discussion, with case studies, of different approaches to adjusting teaching practice in the current environment. Hosted by Dr Susan Kerrigan and Dr Simon Weaving.

11:00am – ASPERA Town Hall
A chance to share views on how ASPERA works and the focus for the organisation over the next few years.  Acknowledgement of service to two longstanding members of the ASPERA community, Adjunct Associate Professor Gillian Leahy and Dr Alison Wotherspoon. Hosted by Dr Bettina Frankham and the ASPERA Executive Committee.

2:00pm – Developing Excellent Research Supervision
A discussion about best practice in supervising post-graduate researchers. Hosted by Professor Craig Batty & Professor Allyson Holbrook.

3.30pm – Latest Research Update
Members of the ASPERA Research Sub-Committee discussed the progress of projects, outcomes and outputs that occurred over the past year, including edited books and journal special issues. Hosted by Dr Kath Dooley and Sub-committee members.

The 2020 conference program (The Business – Valuing the Screen Industry) was postponed until June 2021, hosted by the University of Newcastle.

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