South Africa: Academia, Students, Community

AT FilmProgramme shoot Premos 2013

“Pedagogies is never and was neve politically indifferent, since, willingly or unwillingly, through its own work on the psyche, it has always adopted a particular social pattern, political line, in accordance with the dominant social class that has guided its interests.” (Vygotsky, Educational Psychology, 1997, p. 348)

“Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.” ~South African Proverb

Between Autumn/Fall 2009 and 2014 Alan was appointed as Professor at the Department of Drama and Film/Film at the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa, where he was responsible for courses in Research Methodology, Motion Picture Production and Film Theory and Criticism (see below) .  He also led the Community Film Unit in covering CANSA events in Pretoria and  also represented the Film Programme at conferences in the UK (London), Germany (Berlin) and South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town):-

“The appointment of Dr Taylor is one of the strategic measures that were taken to position the Film Programme as the preferred programme in this field nationally, but also to establish recognition for the programme internationally. Dr Taylor is a renowned academic and professional and he will undoubtedly play an important role in assisting the Faculty to make this dream a reality.” TUT Vice Chancellor’s 2009 report.

TUT Film 2013

 One of the most significant plot points in the history of the institution has been to successfully register the Film Programme as Full member of the association of world’s leading film schools.

The Programme runs the following core courses:

  • 1st year National Certificate Motion Picture Technology;
  • 2nd year National Higher Certificate Motion Picture Production;
  • 3rd year National Diploma Motion Picture Production, B Tech Degree Motion Picture Production either specialising in directing; producing or animation, Masters Degree in Technology Motion Picture Production
  • Doctors Degree in Technology Motion Picture Production

While regarded as a significant and wholly welcome opportunity, the appointment was a recent culmination of pedagogic practice, research & critical engagment with film, media & drama that has, since 1991, extended from the UK to Continental Europe.


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One of my main pedagogic objectives was to combine aspects of Film Theory, Research Methodology and actual Film/Video Production. Student film production units in this respect were configured also as Research Units to undertake short productions that explicitly explored chosen aspects of theory and film history. An example – on the French New Wave – can be sourced here

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  • 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.
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