Practice as Research Group

The Practice as Research Group was formed in response to the growing number of practitioners within MCL and provides a forum for debate and discussion to bring about enhancements in knowledge and understanding through practice. The group aims is to advance key issues of practice as research, practice based research and practice-led research in all areas of film, audiovisual cultures, new media and media communications. We are also interested in learning about how other disciplines contribute to the growing debate of research and practice. The group aims to support individuals in their endeavor to foreground practice though innovative and critical research and we are dedicated to developing links with national and international networks, associations, the creative industries and other organisations.

Past Events

The First Intramural Symposium on Practice at University of Roehampton

November 5th 2015


  • Mark Riley. Re-Imagining Wittgenstein’s Hytte at Skjolden.
  • Jeremy Bubb. How it Really Was?
  • Michael O’Brien.  Scratching the Surface of the Square Mile: Psychogeography in the City. (by Skype)
  • Arianna Ciula.  Prototype – a Practical Metaphor
  • Samuel Augustus Thomas A Comparative Study of First-and Second-Generation Homiletic Practice in the New Testament Church of God
  • Dr Louise Tondeur. Practice Research and Writing.
  • Elizabeth Clegg.  Was This Ever and is This Still a True Story?
  • Judith Bryan ‘Shango Cans, God of Thunder’: fact and fabulation in the writing of an historical novel.


June 2014

Supported by Journal of Media Practice and MeCSSA, Practice Network, hosted by the Practice as Research Group in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at University of Roehampton, and organised by Jeremy Bubb and Paul Antick, Image – Movement – Story was a one-day symposium to examine the relationship between the production, distribution and consumption of still and moving image-based projects supported by institutions of Higher Education. The symposium was held in Duchesne Building at University of Roehampton and included 20 panel-based presentations, several screenings and a roundtable discussion.

Panels and talks:

  • Opening & Keynote – Professor Erik Knudsen, University of Salford
  • Panel 1 – Trans-disciplinary Documentary Film
  • Panel 2 – Topographies of War & Conflict
  • Panel 3 – Disruption, Context, Representation
  • Panel 4 – Appropriating the Archive
  • Panel 5 – Researching the Archive
  • Panel 6 – Film and Ethnography
  • Roundtable: The Act of Killing (DocWest, University of Westminster)