Academic Conference Papers

2023    Visible Evidence XXIV Documentary Studies Conference, Udine, Italy. Creating Impossible Conversations: Towards Restorative Narrative

2021    Aesthetica Festival Ethics for Making

2019 Kubrick’s Lens:  how fake news designs conflict Kubrick: Designing Worlds Conference at The Design Museum, London.

2019 Testing Documentary Ethics in Research and Making:  An Online Tool for Learning and Teaching. Visible Evidence XXVI, University of Southern California.

2018 Map My Ethics!  i-Docs, Bristol UK, Developing i-doc Justine Interactive.

2018 Chair, Panel Debate Prof Mugendi M’Rithaa, President World Design Council, launching UAL Research Fortnight.

2018 Rethinking Research-Informed Teaching panel debate & paper; The Teaching-Research Nexus, LCC & Teaching/Learning Exchange, University of the Arts London.

2018 Whistling Woods International Film School XXIV, Mumbai, India. Paper & workshop. Re-writing Dr. Strangelove; black comedy and beyond in the age of Trump

2017 Visible Evidence XXIV Documentary Studies Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cartographies of Participatory Media.

2017 Cinetica, Mexico City National Museum/British Council screening / lecture Stanley Kubrick Dispatches from the Edge+ filmmakers’ workshop.

2017 Journal of Media Practice (JMP) and Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA) Practice Symposium. Workshop & paper on Documentary Ethics. Bath Spa University.

2017 European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) Art & Social Justice screening & workshop.

2017 National Association of Higher Education & Moving Image (NAHEMI). Paper/screening Research & Teaching Film Ethics.

2016 Representations of war and peace. Paper & panel convenor at Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University.

2016 De Montfort University. Leicester. Major retrospective conference on Stanley Kubrick. Paper: Stanley Kubrick Dispatches from the Edge.

2016 De Montfort University. Leicester. Major retrospective conference on Stanley Kubrick. Paper: Stanley Kubrick Dispatches from the Edge.

2016 Seoul Museum of Art Into the Archive: Re-Viewing Kubrick. Research from the Kubrick archive (published in Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives.)

2016 Visible Evidence XXII, University. of Montana, Native American Visuality.

2015 Visible Evidence XXI, (Toronto University.) Stanley Kubrick Dispatches from the Edge.

2013 Visible Evidence XX, (Stockholm University.) The Dance of Documentary Ethics. Screening of Justine at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.

2013 Screening & paper for Into the Archive: Re-Viewing Kubrick at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

2012 Screening & paper for “Truth, Dare or Promise”, The Art of Not Knowing, Goldsmiths College, London University.

2012 Screening & paper for AHRC Moving Image Research Network conference at University of the Arts London, The Dance of Documentary Ethics.

2011 Screening & paper at Tate Modern, Starr auditorium for “Embedded” conference with Simon Norfolk exhibition. Paper: Accidentally in Bed on access and censorship in reporting war.

2011 Documentary Now! Westminster University. Whose story? Ethical tensions and documentary narrative.

2010 ICA, London Remembering Khairlanji, (practice-based film and photography paper) for Histories of Hatred conference, which was also filmed for London Consortium / LCACE documentary.

2010 Visible Evidence XVII, leading forum for Documentary Film studies (Bogazici, University Istanbul, Turkey). Documentary Ethics in the Digital Age (practice-based paper).

2010 MECCSA, Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association at London School of Economics. The Documentarist and the Subject practice-based (film and text) paper.

2009 Visible Evidence XVI, University of Southern California, 2009. Solidarity? With whom and to what? Practice-based paper on the creative space of observational documentary and the ethics of response.

2008 Visible Evidence XV, (University of Lincoln) Representing Atrocity: Ethical and Aesthetic Considerations in Photographing the Khairlanji Murders in India. Practice-based film and photography paper / book chapter based on this paper.

2008 Documentary Now! Birkbeck College, London University. Documentary Ethics.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Annual Conference 2016

Dr Pratap Rughani presented at the Annual Conference 2016, “Representing Peace and Conflict” of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies held Liverpool Hope University 13 – 15 July 2016.

“We aim to promote cooperation between academics and practitioners to enable innovative and original research projects, outputs and impact. At the same time, we believe in the importance of linking academic research to the lived realities of societies emerging from conflict. The Centre therefore aims to strengthen the links between theory and practice, inviting academics and practitioners alike to engage in its diverse activities”.

UAL Animated shorts & Documentaries at Fastnet Film Festival, 27 May 2016

PR presentingA programme featuring University of the Arts London Central St Martins MA Character Animation films, and MA Documentary Film presented by Dr Pratap Rughani, Reader in Documentary Film and Course Leader MA Documentary Film, London College of Communication, screened at Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Ireland.

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Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective 11 – 13 May 2016 De Montfort University, Leicester

Dr Pratap Rughani will contribute to this three-day conference with his work Kubrick’s Lens: Dispatches from the Edge, Stanley Kubrick’s unmasking of storytelling itself in Full Metal Jacket.

The conference at De Montfort University aims to take stock of the rise of the new scholarly perspectives of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, and to survey the wide field of interdisciplinary research
on his work.

A special keynote speech will be delivered from Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer, Jan Harlan.

Related event.

Journalism & Crisis Conference POLIS 2016

Around the world journalism reports on stories of crisis: moments or periods when communities, countries or regions face powerful forces or events that threaten lives and social structures.
Journalism thrives on crisis because these are the vital stories that grip our attention. How they are reported can literally be a matter of life and death.

POLIS Conference 2 2016, LSE London School of Economics and Political Science.
Power of the Image
29 April 2016
Chair: Pratap Rughani
Tony Hicks (Associated Press)
Francesca Sears (Magnum Photos)

Video here.

Podcast here.

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“Justine” screening at the Inaugural ACT Human Rights Film Festival, April 15 – 22, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

“The ACT Human Rights Film Festival is born out of expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University in the area of media and visual culture. Dr. Scott Diffrient, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and recipient of the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts, is using funds from the endowed chair to establish the first-ever human rights film festival in Northern Colorado.

Human rights film festivals bring together, educate, and create a forum for dialogue among artists, filmmakers, citizens, scholars, advocates, and students on social justice issues of every kind. ACT will focus on the issues of LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homeless and more – issues which touch our community at a local and global scale”.

Justine directed by Pratap Rughani, screening Sunday, April 17, 2:30 p.m.
Lory Student Centre Theater

ACT Colorado 2016

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Practice Research Award 2016

The fourth annual BAFTSS conference took place at the University of Reading 14-16 April 2016, with the theme ‘Trans/media: Trans/national Screen’. Conference Highlights included the presentation of our Outstanding Achievement Award to filmmaker John Akomfrah, and a keynote from Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), whose paper was on ‘Rituals, Ignorance and Belonging: The Transnationalisation of Communities in Recent Comedies’.

Panel D, Documentary Ethics was preceded by a screening of Pratap Rughani’s film Justine and responded to by Dr Brian Winston and Dr Anna Claydon. Listen here. Read the Transcript Documentary Ethics.

Dr Pratap Rughani was given a Practice Research Award for his film “Justine”.


The Ethics of Participatory Research and Arts Practice, Tate Research Centre: Learning, at the Tate Modern

Monday 14 March 10.00-16.00, East Room, Tate Modern, London
The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice event brings together leading researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning, organised by the Tate Research Centre: Learning.

The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice brings together researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning to consider the current ethical challenges that face participatory research and arts practice today. The aim is to draw on a variety of experiences, to share and exchange approaches and create an open space where collaboratively we can work towards affirmative ethical strategies and methods. The event features presentations and group discussions focused on an ethics of consent, knowledge, ownership, research and practice. These ideas will be considered in relation to projects that present questions and challenges that will be addressed during the day though open discursive sessions.

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Dr Pratap Rughani was an invited speaker: see this link to watch his presentation.

Speaker abstracts and biographies here.

Tate 2016 Day Program