Manchester University offers more practice-oriented PhD programmes
('practice as research') as well as the traditional kind. Maybe this is
On 15/02/2014 4:25 am, Haukur Már Helgason wrote:
> I have posted here before with a similar request. That was in 2011. In
> the meantime I had to delay my plans for further study. Please excuse
> the repitition. To save the time of those whom this does not concern,
> what follows is a search for a PhD-program.
> I wrote my extensive MA-thesis in philosophy on the work of J.L.
> Godard as the basis of a modernist notion of an author, related to
> Badiou's notion of Subject, as well as to Jameson's notion of
> modernity, modernism then being seen as something resembling a
> virtu(e) in relation to modernity as an unfinished project, and its
> practice a matter of some responsibility.
> The whole thing is written in Icelandic, and remains untranslated.
> In an interview in 1969, Godard famously said: 'If I’m not so fond
> of Foucault, it’s because he’s always saying, “During this
> period, people thought ‘A,B,C’; but, after such and such a precise
> date, it was thought, rather, that ‘1,2,3.” Fine but can you
> really be so sure? That’s precisely why we’re trying to make
> movies so that future Foucaults won’t be able to make such
> assertions with quite such assurance.'
> I wouldn't say I took my hint from this quote, as my mind was already
> set on filmmaking. However, I made a documentary film during my
> thesis-work, my first feature-length work, which partly served as a
> touch-stone for my thesis, in the way describe above, asking myself
> through the process of writing my thesis: are you so sure? Does it
> make sense? The two works nourished each other, although, once
> finished, they stand each on its own.
> I am currently working on my second film, my first feature-length
> fictional work. I am also, however, looking for a PhD program which
> would support me in my filmmaking practice, 'thinking with my hands'.
> I know about Bela Tarr's Film Factory, which is not currently open for
> applications. Are there other comparable PhD programs out there, in
> the sense of focusing primarily on filmmaking itself, theory serving
> those ends? Which ones would you recommend, and why?
> Thank you, to those who read and potentially reply, for your time and
> Best wishes,
> Haukur Már Helgason
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