“Besides his excellent teaching record, Dr. Taylor is a prolific researcher and superbly productive writer. He seems to have a knack for identifying new developments in film, media and their studies. Dr. Taylor appears to be that rare case of a scholar who is equally strong in teaching as well as academic research…” Professor, Winfried Fluck (ret), John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Berlin.
This Weblog is designed to briefly introduce the various work activities of Dr. Alan Taylor (Oxon) in the specialist areas of Film Studies and Media Education as these have developed from the UK, to Germany, Eastern Europe and South Africa.
I have focused my teaching on literature, film & media since graduating from both the London Film School, the Institute of Education, University of London and the Department of Education, Oxford University
Book publications during this time have included: `We, the media…` and `Jacobean Visions: Webster, Hitchcock & Google Culture`. A 3rd book, provisionally titled Mavericks in Action, is due for early 2015 publication.
At the core of my pedagogic practice is an abiding enagement with Media Literacy and advancing rhetorical empowerment, whether that be in film, media or the written word.
SOUTH AFRICA: My lecturing role in South Africa (2009-2014) combined courses in Motion Picture Production, Film Theory and Criticism and Research Methodology. Professorial duties embraced curricular development, conference attendance and paper presentations (London, Cape Town), community work and expanding the international profile of the TUT Film Programme (ie, securing CILECT membership). Invitations were also accepted to be an External Examiner for the Department of Visual Communication at Open Window (Pretoria) and Course Verifier/Consultant (Film and Media) for the Quality Committee of the South African Council of Higher Education, also in Pretoria.
GERMANY 2014: Guest Lecturing at the Department of Culture, John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University and completion of Mavericks in Action, 3rd book of trilogy, Peter Lang GmbH.
I look forward to hearing from colleagues for future collaborations in publishing, community outreach & extending pedagogic practice in aspects of film production, media literacy & teacher training.
Thanks for visiting… ALAN TAYLOR
Graduate: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz; The Department of Education, University of Oxford; the University of Keele; the Institute of Education, University of London and the London Film School.
Sample collaborations: FilmHaus, Frankfurt/Main (screenwriting workshop leader, Script Lab 5); Cinemasports (Event Organiser); Berlin Kulturring (Workshop Leader, Teaching the Teachers); Filmwissenschaft, the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Guest Lecturer and Dr. phil research); the Department of Communication the New Bulgarian University (Guest Lecturer); the Department of Education, University of Oxford (Country Champion); The Film Programme, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa (Professor, Lecturer, Conference Speaker, Research Supervisor); Open Window, Pretoria (External Verifier); The Council of Higher Education, South Africa (Course Verifier, film and media); CANSA, South Africa; International Academic Publishers Peter Lang GmbH (Book Author); JournalistenVerlag, Berlin (Member); JournalistID (Commentator/Reviewer); the Culture Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University, Berlin (Guest Lecturer US film and television histories – genre, technology, ownerships and narratives); and CILECT.
Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.” ~ South African Proverb