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[Commlist] Film, Data and Class symposium

Wed May 08 13:35:46 GMT 2019

Registration is now open for the Film, Data and Class symposium which will be held at Kings Manor, University of York on June 21 2019. This event is free but spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend please register here:

This one-day symposium will offer perspectives on class and social mobility in the creative industries by looking in particular at how cultural organisations like the British Film Institute are tackling issues of social mobility as part of their diversity initiatives. The day will be loosely focused on the following subject areas:

-The relationship between inequality in the creative industries workforce and the production of culture

-Interrogating the institutional language of ‘diversity’ as it relates to issues of class

-How film organisations and funders collect data on diversity, including race, gender, disability, social mobility and sexual orientation

-How organisations develop metrics for measuring class and social mobility in film, television and the creative sector more widely

The schedule is as follows:

9.30-9.50            Registration and coffee

9.50-10.00          Welcome

10.00 – 11.30 Panel 1: What constitutes ‘Good Data’ in the creative economy? Chair: Professor David Beer

Dr Mark Taylor, Who Run the Arts? (Men): Social Network Analysis of Directors and Trustees in English Arts Organisations

Dr Laura Mayne, Mapping data flows in cultural organisations: an institutional analysis of the BFI

11.30-11.45         Coffee Break

11.45-13.00         Panel 2: Diversity in the creative industries

Dr Clive Nwonka, Film Diversity in Language and Practice: An Ontology of the BFI's Diversity Standards

Dr Dave O’Brien “and what did your parents do when you were 14?’ On class and classification as a problem in creative industries

13.00-14.00         Lunch

14.00-15.00 Workshop/interview panel: Diversity and inclusion in cultural organisations, with special guest contributors from the British Film Institute and ScreenSkills. Chair: Dr Laura Mayne

15.00-15.15         Coffee Break

15.15-16.30         Panel 3: Metrics, mobility and inclusion

Dr David Lee, Measures of inequality: the politics of diversity in British film and television production

Dr Susan Oman, How do social inequality metrics work in cultural organisations?

16.30     Close

If you have any questions about this event please email (laura.mayne /at/

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