Events at Cardiff University

Music on Screen (Autumn 2016)

School of Music, Cardiff University presents the Music on Screen series of screenings every Thursday at 3.30 p. m. in room 2.03, John Percival Building.

The Autumn series is dominated by music biopics and documentaries ranging from Biggie & Tupac (2002) to The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005). All are welcome.


German Cinema Film Screenings

School of Modern Languages presents German cinema film series of screenings. Open to All.

Film Screening of Honig Im Kopf (Head Full of Honey): Tuesday 4th October, 18:30 – 20:30, Room 2.18 in the School of Modern Languages

Film Screening of Zwei Leben (Two Lives): 25th October, 18:30 – 20:30, Room 2.18 in the School of Modern Languages

Cinema and Capitalism: The Case of Found-Footage Films

9 November 2016 at 5 p. m. in room 2.47 of John  Percival Building 

A lecture on cinema and capitalism by Claudio Celis (University of Westminster).

Screening of the acclaimed BBC drama Cathy Come Home from 1966

15 November 2016 at 17.00-18.30 p. m. in room 0.14 of the Bute Building 

This will be a screening of the acclaimed BBC drama Cathy Come Home from 1966 that Tony Garnett produced and Ken Loach (of I, Daniel Blake fame) directed. The event is open to anyone over the JOMEC undergraduate programme.

A guest lecture by the acclaimed British film and television producer Tony Garnett

22 November 2016 at 11.00 a. m. in room 0.53 of the Bute building

This talk forms part of this year’s Tele-Fictions module but I’d like to open it up to those not taking the course as well as it’ll give you the opportunity to engage with one of British television’s most celebrated producers. Tony’s talk will be preceded by a screening of an episode of one of his television shows, entitled The Cops, at 1000. Places for the talk will be limited to 50 due to the roomsize and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so please email at ASAP.

Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2016 (IFFC)

23-27 November 2016 at Penarth Pier Pavilion and Chapter Arts Centre

The Italian Cultural Centre Wales presents its second Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2016 (IFFC), which will run from the23-27 November at Penarth Pier Pavilion and Chapter Arts Centre.

The Festival brings the very best contemporary Italian films to Penarth and Cardiff, this year showing nine feature films and a selection of short animated films, all of them premiering in Wales and the UK. These films explore the intimate, melancholic, romantic and humorous sides of Italy and examine how lives and scenery are affected by the encounter with the Other. This year the IFFC features two important partnerships with the Sardegna and the Lucana Film Commissions and provides a great opportunity to meet people, exchange ideas and promote films.

Music on Screen (Spring 2017)

School of Music, Cardiff University presents the Music on Screen series of screenings every Thursday at 3.45 p. m. in room 2.03, John Percival Building.

The Spring series will showcase films from the classical Hollywood era such as Vertigo (1958) and Mildred Pierce (1945), documentaries such as Black Power Mixtape (2011) and They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015), and a number of other great titles. All are welcome.


Chinese Film Festival Cardiff 2017 – China’s Millennials (80s/90s): New Minds – Old World

16-17 February 2017, Cardiff University

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University will play host to a film festival entitled ‘China’s Millennials (80s/90s): New Minds – Old World’. This festival will feature a selection of intriguing recent Chinese films, which will be screened in Chinese with English subtitles, as well as several discussions covering a wide variety of issues old and new. Registration is free. Food and drinks will be provided.

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German Cinema Series 2016-17: Film Screening of Kriegerin (Combat Girls)

21 February 2017 at 6.30 p. m. in room 2.18, School of Modern Languages

School of Modern Languages presents a film screening of Kriegerin (Combat Girls) as part of the German Cinema 2016-17 film screenings.

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. But Marisa’s convictions slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted to him, she learns that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. But the Neo-Nazi-Scene doesn’t like dropouts.

(German with English subtitles)

Germany 2011, 103 minutes.

All are welcome. Especially recommended for ‘German History and Culture’, ‘National Socialism’ and everyone interested in contemporary societal and political currents in Germany.

German Cinema Series 2016-17: Film Screening of What a Man

21 March 2017 at 18.30 in room 2.18, School of Modern Languages

School of Modern Languages presents a film screening of What a Man as part of the German Cinema 2016-17 film screenings.

A young teacher, Alex, is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline who has an affair with their neighbour. He finds shelter at his friend Nele and begins a journey in search of himself. But how he overcomes the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man? With the more or less suitable guidance and advise of his friend Okke he lives through several adventures and might just find love again where he didn’t expect it.

(German with English subtitles)

Germany 2011, 95 minutes.

All are welcome. Especially recommended for anyone who enjoys a lighthearted comedy at the end of the academic year.

German Cinema Series 2016-17: Film Screening of Er ist Wieder Da (Look Who’s Back)

4 April 2017 at 6.30 p. m. in room 2.18, School of Modern Languages

School of Modern Languages presents a film screening of Er ist Wieder Da (Look Who’s Back) as part of the German Cinema 2016-17 film screenings.

What would happen, if Hitler were alive now? “Look Who’s back” plays with that exact thought and follows 1945-Hitler who woke up in today’s Berlin without any memory of what happened after 1945. He has to discover the new and very different ideology of “his” country, while he still interprets everything from a Nazi-perspective and is quite confused by all the modern situations he faces. Everybody thinks, he is an impersonator and a great comedian and he suddenly finds himself recruited for a TV programme.

(German with English subtitles)
Germany 2015, 166 minutes.

All are welcome. Especially recommended for ‘German History and Culture’, ‘National Socialism’ and anyone interested in contemporary societal and political currents in Germany.

Literary Narratives & Visual Art: Interpretations of the Holocaust, Third Reich and Protestant Resistance

5 April 2017 at 16 p.m. in room 2.18, School of Modern Languages

A lecture as part of the Bodies and Borders research theme at the School with guest speakers Akiva Kenny Segan, an artist and tolerance educator, and Marc Schweissinger (School of Modern Languages). The lecture will take place between 16:00 and 17:15 and will be followed by a wine reception in the School foyer until 18:30.

In the first part of the program, artist Akiva Kenny Segan will show selected artworks portraying victims of the Nazi perpetrated Holocaust, with an emphasis on Austrian and German history; works portraying victims of Fascism in Italy and Croatia; 5 drawings portraying Protestant anti-Nazi resisters, and examples of artworks from the Sight-Seeing with Dignity human rights art series, begun in 2003.

A recommended read prior to the lecture is the chapter Iron in Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table; and a recommended film viewing, if possible is Louis Malle’s 1987 film, Au revoir les enfants (Goodbye children!).

In the second part, Marc Schweissinger will introduce some key texts for a better understanding of the Holocaust from the perspective of the victims and not the perpetrators. Stefan Zweig’s Chess as well as Franz Werfel’s Pale blue ink in a Lady’s hand, and Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin show how fatally society changed under Nazi dictatorship and influenced the fate of many. Anna Segher’s The seventh cross and Lion Feuchtwanger’s The Oppermann’s shed light on the emerging utter political and social destruction developing in the years after 1933. Finally, texts by Primo Levi, Imre Kertesz and Ernst Wiechert exemplify the horrors of the concentration camps. These and other semi or autobiographical writings will be part of a new book by Marc Schweissinger on key literary texts on the Holocaust.

Please reserve a ticket if you would like attend the event:

Understanding Chinese Culture Through Film: A Screening of Still Life

8 May 2017 at 4.30 p.m. in room 2.18 of the School of Modern Languages

The Cardiff Confucius Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu, Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film studies at Newcastle University, to introduce and facilitate discussion of the Chinese film Still Life.

Shot in the ancient village of Fengjie, Still Life explores the controversial impact of the Three Gorges hydro-electric dam construction project on the Yangtze River, which required engineers to flood vast areas of the surrounding towns and territories, including Fengjie. In exploring the impact of the geographical transformation of the area, director Jia Zhang interweaves two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for their absent spouses.

In the first, Han Sanming, a miner from northern China, revisits the vicinity after a 16-year absence and attempts to find his wife and his adult daughter – trying to locate them at addresses that now exist underwater. In the second story, nurse Shen Hong also returns to the site of Fengjie and scours the area for her husband, who has been estranged from her for two years, and who, it seems, has become consumed by the work and lifestyle of an executive. As their stories unfold, the old structures of Fengjie are continually destroyed while new, makeshift structures are installed as replacements.

Inspiring contemplation on the nature of social change and progress, Still Life is the portrayal of “a vast nation preparing for turbo-capitalist superpower status, but retaining the autocratic political habits of communism: high-handedly ordering the displacement of a million-and-a-half people, and the abolition of thousands of years of history” (The Guardian, ‘Still Life’, 2008).

Still Life won the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at 2006 Venice Film Festival and made the director Jia Zhangke the youngest Golden Lion Award winner in the history.

This event is free and open to all. But please reserve a ticket here if you would like to attend the event.

A guest lecture by Professor Arved Ashby (Ohio State University): Annie Listens to Tristan While Melanie Plays Debussy, or: Two Women Pursue Love, Eschew Hysteria, and Go Musicking in Hitchcock’s The Birds

11 May 2017 at 16.00 p. m. in room 1.20 of the Bute building

School of Music and The IFVCR Network are delighted to present a talk by Professor Arved Ashby (Ohio State University) entitled Annie Listens to Tristan While Melanie Plays Debussy, or: Two Women Pursue Love, Eschew Hysteria, and Go Musicking in Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) centers on women, and the movie’s violence becomes a vehicle for Hitchcock’s own Victorian-era conceptions of female sexuality. The director stages operatic and archaic representations of hysteria, a female illness where excitability was considered symptomatic of a uterine disorder. But two of his characters, Annie (Suzanne Pleshette) and Melanie (Tippi Hedren), are non-hysterics who also happen to be the movie’s musically inclined people. In my presentation, I will consider Annie’s and Melanie’s different musicalities and musical tastes as they relate to their sexuality, desires, and final degradation. I will also trace the psychosexual import of the Debussy and Wagner works that Annie and Melanie are involved with, and discuss their connotations for the film’s highly gendered themes of love, domesticity, and death.

Arved Ashby is Professor of Musicology at the Ohio State University, where he has been teaching since 1995. His most recent publications focus on media, visuality, and issues of aesthetics and cultural history. These include the monograph Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction (University of California Press, 2010) and the compendium Popular Music and the New Auteur: Visionary Filmmakers after MTV (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is currently developing two very different books on Gustav Mahler: a general introduction with the title Experiencing Mahler, and a study of a Mahlerian visual episteme under the title Mahler: Seen and Heard.

Free Film Screening: Memory Lanes – Britain on Film Rural + Post-screening Discussion & Reception 

8 June 2017 at 5 p.m. in Chapter Arts Centre

‘Memory Lanes’ is a selection of films from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, which have been digitised as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Unlocking Film Heritage’ project, supported by the National Lottery funding. In this selection, we catch a rare glimpse of the characters and communities of 20th century Wales. From rural and village life to community celebration, we discover that life in the old days was not black and white at all, and that Welsh cameras from Anglesey to Monmouthshire captured aspects of life that were untouched by the newsreels of Hollywood. This free screening section includes three short films, Conway Castle (2mins 30 sec), Newport Hospital Carnival (11mins) and Gwylliaid Cochion Mawddwy (22mins). There will be a reception after the free screening, and audience are welcome to bring their own objects about cinema memories or memories through film to share with each other, as an alternative way to present ordinary people’s relation to cinema history and history in general.

This event is enabled through an awarded postgraduate student project by the University Graduate College and presented to you by the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History of Cardiff University, which aims to enhance the university’s public engagements with a wider public. Professor Stuart Allan, Director of the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History will be delivering an opening address and the post-screening discussion will be chaired by Ms Claire Vaughan (Chapter).

You may now register your free tickets here:


The Third Annual Martial Arts Studies Conference

11–13 July 2o17, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Both previous Martial Arts Studies Conferences, in 2015 and 2016, brought together over eighty academics, PhD students, scholars and researchers, from a very wide range of fields and from all over the world, for two and a half days of keynotes, special sessions, workshops and socialising. Many new relationships were formed and new collaborations initiated. Both events have clarified that the future is bright for Martial Arts Studies. The third conference in July 2017 seeks to build on these strong foundations, and to bring more martial arts studies scholars and more disciplinary perspectives together, into face to face dialogue and debate.

In 2017 we remain open to proposals for papers on any aspect of martial arts studies. However, we are particularly keen to see proposals that seek to engage with the important debate that has recently sprung up (for instance, in the journal Martial Arts Studies) around the question of how to further the academic study of martial arts in the new field of martial arts studies.

Anyone submitting a proposal for a presentation should follow these instructions:

Proposals should be 200-300 words, plus a biographical note of 100 words

NB: Conference presentations will be 20 minutes (max)

The deadline for proposals is 31st December 2016

Email proposals to

The link of the conference: