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AMES Conference, Imagining Scotland, 31 May 2014

After the success of last year’s conference we are returning to Forth Valley College Stirling on Saturday 31 May 2014. With the upcoming Referendum and Homecoming the AMES Conference will have a Scottish theme. We are delighted that Professor David Martin-Jones of University of Glasgow has agreed to deliver the keynote address on “Global Gateway Nation: Cinematic Imaginings of Contemporary Scotland”. David is author of “Scotland: Global Cinema” (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and will broaden the scope of previous debates (tartanry, kailyard, etc.) to consider 21st century images of Scotland in a global context. He will refer to recent films such as Sunshine on Leith.

Gerry Hassan and Alex Law will examine media coverage of the referendum debate. There will also be a case study by The Union, one of the advertising agencies involved in marketing Homecoming Scotland 2014 as well as practical workshops on making documentaries and stop frame animations. and animator Norman McLaren (2014 is the centenary of his birth). There will be a number of sessions related to the new SQA Media qualifications. Download the the full programme and application form.

AMES Conference 2013

Over 70 delegates gathered at Stirling's Forth Valley College for what appears to have been a stimulating and successful day. Two presentations from the day can be downloaded below:

Roy Stafford on Analysing a Serial Drama: Borgen
Rick Instrell on Teaching Comic Strips

Links Page Updated

Check out our links page which has been updated and dead links removed. You are bound to find resources you didn.t know existed. If you have resource you think we should add email us. Recent additions are the Into Film website and the Glossary of Multimodal Terms.

Benefits Street

Did you follow Channel 4's Benefits Street and the media controversy? Have a sense of déjà vu? Are you teaching it? If so you might wish to read article ‘Poverty Porn’ and The Scheme: Questioning Documentary Realism which was published in MEJ 50 by Gerry Mooney (The Open University) & Alex Law (Abertay University). Read it here.

Just one of the many excellent articles which you can access with an AMES subscription.

Media Education Journal 54

MEJ 54 was published in December. There are articles on film (The Mist, Argo, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet), television (Homeland), transmedia (The Walking Dead), coverage of the Euro2012 football championship as well as the usual reviews section.

For details on how to obtain a copy or subscribe click here.

Creative Scotland Film Sector Review

The Film Sector Review was published on 23 January 2014. It should be essential reading for any media teacher wanting to understand the state of the film ‘industry’ and film education in Scotland. To read the review click here.

Download AMES Submission to Creative Scotland’s Film Sector Review.

Download AMES Ten Recommendations for Creative Scotland’s Film Sector Review.

Why Join AMES?

The Association for Media Education in Scotland is a grassroots organisation set up by classroom teachers to promote media education on a national level while also providing support and advice to media teachers themselves.

AMES’ objectives are:

     • To promote media literacy
     • To support media teachers
     • To raise the status of media education

What is AMES and what does it stand for?

We need you to support us by joining the Association and taking part in its activities.


AMES is a registered Scottish Charity: number SC029408


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