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22 October - 13 November
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University of Essex Social Science Film Festival

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

A film festival showing how social science at the University of Essex connects to our local area. We will screen films made by our academic staff, including the award-winning filmmaker Nic Blower, from 16:00 to 18:30. We will then have a refreshment break until 19:00. Following, we will host a panel discussion with the academics 19:00 to 20:00 with questions invited from the audience.

What’s it about?

The films will showcase how the University's social science has helped people consider and better understand their relationship to their local areas. The range of films will underline the important contribution social science makes to our experience of being local. You will be able to speak to the academics about their films and learn more about what 'local' can mean for you. The films will include

  • 'We're in this too', by Nic Blower. A video diary of how young people in the East of England experienced the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
  • 'The Chilling Effect' by Pete Fussey and Daragh Murray. An exploration of how people experience being under state surveillance, and how the 'chilling effect' changes their day-to-day local lives.
  • 'COVER' by Peter Bloom, Phoebe Moore, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Georgios Kokkinidis. A focus on how the University's Commons Organising, Values, and Economic Resilience research centre has developed cohesion in troubled communities and has started to impact on education in Europe.
  • 'Colchester City Centre' by Noelia-Sarah Reynolds and Anna Hughes. An in-depth look at how Business and Psychology research has helped reshape Colchester centre and has contriubuted to our community recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 'Plastic Holiday' by Debashree De, Patrick Lown, and Ram Ramanathan. The University has declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency, and we are fighting for the local environment. This film will show how our social science is helping local consumers and businesses reduce the amount of single-use plastic in Colchester.


Who’s leading the event?

This event will be led by academics from across the University's subjects, all of them highlighting how social science is a key part of our work.

Of particular interest to

This event will be particularly interesting for those who have a personal, political, or professional interest in what it can mean to be 'local'.

Event Booking details

Online booking will be available soon

Event booking deadline

16:00 on 2 November 2022