“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. My core specialist interest in film is screenwriting in which I have acted as consultant, University lecturer and workshop leader.
Book publications during this time have included: `We, the media…` and `Jacobean Visions: Webster, Hitchcock & Google Culture`.
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.
A sample students’ work:
RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Author: Mavericks in Action: New Hollywood, New Rhetoric, and Kenneth Burke (pp. 325)
- This is due for early 2017 publication with Peter Lang (GmbH), International Academic Publishers.
Project initiator, advisor and contributor: 21st Century Film, TV and Media School (October, 2016, pp. 467)
- A collection of specially written chapters on currentl teaching and learnnig practice across the network of CILECT film schools.
GERMANY 2014-2016: Guest Lecturing at the Department of Culture, John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University.
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.
Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.” ~ South African Proverb