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Dr Sarah Neely

Senior Lecturer

Communications, Media and Culture University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sarah Neely

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Sarah Neely is a writer and lecturer whose work currently focuses on the areas of film history and memory, and artists' moving image. She is currently a co-investigator on two three-year AHRC-funded projects: British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound ( and The Major Minor Cinema: Highlands and Islands Film Guild ( Recent publications include Margaret Tait: Poems, Stories and Writings (Carcanet, 2012) and Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait - Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place (Peter Lang, 2016). She also has an article on the role of archives and collections in the history of artists' moving image in Scotland, included in the recent special double issue of The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (2018), edited by Ben Cook and Lucy Reynolds. Sarah has given talks and curated film programmes at a number of festivals and venues, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Punto de Vista International Documentary Festival, Orkney Book Festival, Glasgow International, Small Islands Film Festival/Urras Film nan Eileanan Beaga, Istanbul Silent Film Festival, Scottish National Galleries, Stills Gallery, Scottish Poetry Library, Mills College Art Museum (Oakland, California), The Poetic Research Bureau (Los Angeles) and Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art. 

At the University of Stirling, Sarah serves as the Director of Postgraduate Research within CMC. She is also currently Chair of the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies. Outside of the University, she is a member of the advisory board for LUX Scotland, and has also served on judging panels for a variety of prizes and awards including the BAFTA new talent awards and the Margaret Tait Award for artists working within film and moving image. In 2017, Sarah was awarded a residency at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö island in Sweden. Sarah supervises PhDs in the areas of Scottish cinema and artists' moving image practice. She currently supervises the following PhD students:  John Ritchie (with John Izod) – AHRC project PhD, British silent cinema and thetransition to sound (Scottish focus)  Roseanne Watt (supervised with Kathleen Jamie) – AHRC DTP funded, film andpoetry, creative writing and filmmaking project. Title: ‘Aa My Mindin’ – Time andTimelessness in Scottish Island Poetry  Susannah Ramsay (supervised with Ross Birrell, GSA) – AHRC DTP funded, film-poetry, practice-based. Title: Experiencing the Film-Poem. Touching the Landscape, Tasting the Film. A Phenomenological Analysis of the Film-Poem through Practice and Exhibition  Alastair Cook (with Kathleen Jamie), Title: Collective Memory and the Politics ofLandscape in Rural Scotland (a practice-based PhD exploring the convergence of still and mo ving image technologies)  Shona Main(supervised with Ross Birrell, GSA) - AHRC DTP funded, documentary film practice-based. Title: Inside the shared space of documentarist and subject: a study of the quietly radical ideas and ethics of Jenny Gilbertson.  Sarah Forrest (supervised with Susannah Thompson, GSA and Torsten Lauschmann, ECA) - AHRC DTP funded. Title: What is Seen, What is Said to be Seen: Exploring doubt as a critical tool within artists' moving-image practice.  Andrew Seager (supervised with Brian Hoyle and Keith Williams, Dundee) - AHRC DTP Funded. Title: To 'Live Through the Lens': The novels and screenplays of Alan Sharp as transmedial texts.

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