Research Fortnight Launch 2016 : three rare Kubrick screenings 7 March 16

Kubrick LCC research18:00 – 19:45  @ Central St Martins

1 Granary Square, E003
Kings Cross London N1C 4AA
Free event and open to all, but please book

Pre-Screening refreshments from 6:00pm in the CSM Staff Club. Screening from 6:35pm in Lecture Theatre E003.

UAL staff discuss their approaches to working with the Kubrick archive, accompanied by a screening of three of his rarely seen documentary works from the 1950s. Professor Oriana Baddeley (UAL Dean of Research) will be in discussion with Dr Pratap Rughani (Reader LCC) and Richard Daniels (Senior Archivist from the Kubrick Archive at UAL) about different approaches to working with this fascinating collection.


New UAL Teaching Scholars 2016 Announced

Dr Pratap Rughani has been awarded a UAL Teaching Scholarship 2016 from Professor Susan Orr at the annual UAL Learning and Teaching Day. He will undertake a project entitled “Navigating the complexity of ethics in research and making: a film and AV guide for learning and teaching”.

The title of UAL Teaching Scholar celebrates the achievements of outstanding teachers, and Scholars are supported to develop and share their practice with colleagues.

Read more here.


Dr. Pratap Rughani elected Vice Chair of CANTF

Dr. Pratap Rughani, Reader and Course Director of MA Documentary Film at LCC, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Committee of the Association of the National Teaching Fellows (CANTF). The committee provides a group response on policy issues as well as coordinating the work of the ANTF. This is a prestigious position in which Pratap will be representing National Teaching Fellows across the country.


The Exchange caught up with Pratap to ask him about the value of being a National Teaching Fellow – read the interview here.


“Justine” Screening and discussion @ Leicester DocMedia month

Director Pratap Rughani will attend Documenting Disability: Policy, Politics and the Personal at University of Leicester, November 18th 2015, for a screening of his film Justine, followed by a discussion with Dr E. Anna Claydon, of the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester. The day starts at 10:00 with a debate on politics and policy and disability, followed by the film screening. Discussion is scheduled to start around 11.30 for approximately an hour.

Justine review by Dr E. A. Claydon

Leicester DocMedia

Melanie Manchot in conversation with Pratap Rughani

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Melanie Manchot talk about the inspiration behind Twelve with Dr Pratap Rughani, documentary filmmaker and Reader in Documentary Film at University of the Arts London and Emily Druiff, Executive Director at Peckham Platform.

M Manchot Peckham Platform 2015

M Manchot conversation.

Twelve, Melanie Manchot’s major new multi-channel video installation exploring the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives spent in addiction and recovery, will launch at Peckham Platform this May before touring nationally throughout 2015 and 2016.

Poetics and Politics Documentary Research Symposium, May 15-17th, 2015

“As was the case at the 2013 conference, the Poetics and Politics conference will provide an invaluable context for documentary-based research that both troubles and reinvigorates the discrepant categories of scholarly “theory” and cultural “practice.” The symposium invites participants whose work frames, historicizes, or embodies questions about the various possible relations of theory to practice in documentary research”.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015 DARC 108
6:30-8:00pm EPISTEMOLOGIES OF PRAXIS (Sharon Daniel, Hope Tucker, Pratap Rughani)
This panel gathers practitioners whose documentary work provide key provocations for this symposium. Interrogating and problematising how documentary epistemologies and meanings are constructed, this panel raises specific approaches for demystifying documentary-making as a practice of visible evidence. Questions considered by this panel include: the scope of documentary practice in the ‘fourth world’; documentary materiality as a source for relaying narratives of unresolved environmental disaster; and the ethical (consent) and aesthetic/affective concerns in documentary-making processes that involve asymmetric power relations between makers and subjects. The panel offers pathways for understanding reflexive praxis as a source of competing historical and affective epistemologies, more than simply a move to deconstruct the documentary artefact. Through this, the panel situates how documentary-making as a socio-historical and psycho-social practice intervenes in contemporary geo-political scenarios.

Poetics & Politics Abstracts and Programme

University of California, Santa Cruz USA



“Justine” Screening and Discussion on May 6th 2015 @LCC 2 – 4pm Room MLG06, Elephant & Castle

This screening is followed by a discussion, led by Head of College, Natalie Brett and Dr Pratap Rughani, examining the art of crossing bridges in documentary and raising core questions of the ethics of consent and the representation of disability. All welcome, but please make a booking.

The screening and discussion is organised by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC). This is a Moose on the Loose event. The overall aim of Moose is to encourage and celebrate research initiatives, large and small, with wide ranging themes, from design activism to the intersection of poetry and film.

London College of Communication, Room MLG06, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB

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Moose on the Loose 2015

Open City Doc Fest: the Lives of Others: a weekend exploring character driven documentary Sat 28 & Sun 29 March 2015 at UCL

Sunday 29 March 11:000 – 12:30. What practical and philosophical questions surface in judgements about the ethics of documentary filmmaking? In this session Dr Pratap Rughani, Course Director of MA Documentary Film at University of the Arts London, explored a number of ethical challenges in his own and others’ documentary film practice. Come with questions / scenarios to discuss.

Many of the greatest stories told on screen are those about real people. From the eccentric (Little Edie in Grey Gardens) and extraordinary (Philippe Petit, Man on Wire) to the more everyday (Tony Walker, The UP Series documentary filmmaking has the power to convey the lives of real people in the most compelling form. But how do non-fiction filmmakers find their characters and how do they go about presenting their life on film?

The event is free but booking is essential:

Open City Documentary Festival