The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things

 Humanities & Arts Research Seminar
Tuesday 27 February @ 5.15pm
St. John’s Campus, Conference Centre CC 007
(Malvern Room)

Gerold Sedlmayr (Technische Universität Dortmund)


The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things

Taking PJ Harvey’s song “Dollar, Dollar” (2016) as its starting point, this paper will turn to Michel Foucault’s notion of the archive as well as his analysis in The Order of Things of the historical shifts in the (Western) understanding of wealth in order to offer some reflections on the rather recent notion of ‘postcapitalism’.


Volunteers still needed for Flatpack Festival 2018 in Birmingham



With the dawn of 2018, preparations for the twelfth Flatpack Film Festival have well and truly stepped up a gear and, as the main event in April draws ever closer, we are now recruiting more fantastic volunteers for Flatpack 12.

This year, alongside our usual general volunteer roles, we are offering prospective volunteers the chance to tailor and vary their experience as there are several different areas that they can apply to work within. These vital volunteer roles are:
Runners – providing production support during the festival.
Marketing – contributing to social media coverage, writing blog posts and helping in the essential promotion of the festival both prior to and during the events.
Colourbox – helping to make our younger visitors feel welcome and supporting the running of interactive workshops and activities.
Back Office – for volunteers who have some time available prior to the festival as well as during, there is the possibility to support the Flatpack team in the office with box office ticketing, guest liaison and other vital operational/administrative tasks.
Student Ambassadors – helping to promote the festival on campus by distributing marketing materials and generally raising awareness.

Dates to consider!
– The deadline to apply to become a Flatpack volunteer is Friday 2nd March 11:59 pm.
– You must be available to attend our volunteer orientation event on Saturday 31st March. Please note, this session is compulsory and if you are unable to attend you cannot volunteer for this year’s festival.
– Finally, all volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 3 shifts during the 10 day festival (13th-22nd April). Therefore, if you are not available for at least three shifts across these dates, we may not be able to accept you into this year’s festival cohort.

Without a doubt, the festival would struggle to run each year without the small army of passionate, friendly and talented individuals who give up their precious time to help deliver our events. If you would like to join the ranks, gain some invaluable, CV enhancing experience, connect with our grand old second city, generally have a great time and get your mitts on a rather dashing looking t-shirt then give us a bell.

To apply for the Flatpack 12 volunteers, click here:

Film & Television Careers Fair (Birmingham)

Arts Connect are delighted to present a Film and Television Careers Fair for young people hosted by Birmingham City University on 1st February. This is a FREE event.

The event will comprise of an Industry Market Place, Introduction to the Industry Session and workshops providing attendees with a chance to meet with Film and Television professionals and find out how they can access the industry.

Attendees will start their time at the fair at either the Market Place or in the key session – An Introduction to the Film and Television Industry led by Into Film. A vital session which outlines job opportunities and roles within the industry.

At the Market Place young people can meet Film and Television individuals, companies and educators such as BBC, 4Talent, Royal Television Society, Flatpack, Writers Guild West Midlands, Rural Media, Media Active, Into Film, Yamination Studios, BFI Academies, and Film Birmingham in addition to live make up demo lead by Emmy winning and Oscar Nominated make-up artist Veronica McAleer. (Further market place names to be announced).

Young people will be able to attend a workshop to help develop their portfolio and promote their work or find out about industry training and education. They will then enjoy one of our hands on workshops: Directing and filming for TV and Film, or How to write for screen lead by Doctors and Holby City Writer, Claire Bennett.

Spaces are available but limited on the 9.45am slot (you do not have to be connected to a school as it states on FB), 11.05am slot and the 13.10 slot.  Please note the eventbrite states 14-19 but we’re happy to accept young people up to 25.


To book your FREE space please go to:

Submissions Now Open for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 Student Opportunity: Save 25% with Group Entries


Submissions are now open for the 8th BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), presenting an opportunity for students at University of Worcester.

Celebrating innovation and excellence, ASFF is a platform for students and graduates at MERGE to showcase their talent to wider audiences, build new contacts at the festival and promote their work to leading industry figures in support of their future career.

ASFF accepts submissions from across 11 genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video or Thriller. Running time 30 minutes.

In addition, we are also accepting submissions in Narrative and Documentary Feature Films, over 60 minutes, and inviting students to also submit Interactive Media and Virtual Reality Projects.

Save 25% on entries when you submit 10 or more films, making it just £18 per entry.

Please contact me for further details at or request an invoice here.

I hope that you can share this call for entries with your students and staff, as we would like them to know about this exciting opportunity.

Please find further information below that can be used online or within your network. Images for your use can be downloaded here.


Entries are now open for the 8th edition of the BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF supports emerging filmmakers and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

ASFF accepts submissions from across 11 genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video or Thriller.

In addition, ASFF will also be accepting Feature Film submissions and Virtual Reality projects.

Submissions close 31 May 2018:


Submissions are now open for the @BAFTA Recognised @ASFFest 2018! Closes 31 May 2018. Submit your film:


We are really excited about ASFF 2018 and hope that you can share this call for entries with your students and staff.

Remember, you can Save 25% with group submissions, making it just £18 per entry.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Warm regards,
Best wishes,


Hannah Skidmore

Marketing Coordinator

Aesthetica Magazine

PO Box 371


YO23 1WL

0044 (0)1904 629 137

Twitter: @ASFFest

Instagram: @ASFFestival
Facebook: @AestheticaShortFilmFest


Free Film Workshop (Rural Media Group)

Rural Media are running a FREE workshop at the Hive in Worcester THIS WEDNESDAY 20th SEPT  4-7PM. The workshop will cover

  • What makes a  great story for a short film
  • How can you get your film made
  • Tips for making an impact with short film
  • How to pitch your idea
  • How to develop an audience for your film

Participants will also get to meet members of the Random Acts team, meet young filmmakers who have been through the scheme and find out how to apply to make their own Random Act as well as a chance to tour the PLAYBACK FIRST ACTS exhibition featuring over 200 inspirational short films made by young artists across the UK including a great number from the Midlands)

Places are free but you do need to book

Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

BBC Academy, the University of Worcester and the Royal Television Society

would like to invite you to a special event which will be held at the

 University of Worcester on 31st October 2017


Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

 This is a one day workshop for all those looking to increase their skills and knowledge to get ahead in a career in broadcast media. It will give you the opportunity to learn from the professionals through workshops, talks and practical exercises which will help you on the right path to the broadcasting career you want.

Whether you are aiming for a career in radio, television or digital; behind the camera or on screen, this event will give you vital practical advice to help you in the next stage of your career. The workshop sessions will cover journalism and drama production.

Full details and additional speakers will be announced nearer the date, but the information you need now is:

  • When? Tuesday 31st October
  • Where? University of Worcester
  • What time? 9.30 Registration  –  Finish 6.00 p.m. Lunch is included



This workshop is for people looking to break in to the media industry who have a proven record of interest and participation in working in the media or those who have recently graduated in media or journalism related courses.



This is a free event and places are limited. These events have been extremely successful over the last few years and places are highly sought after. In order to be considered for a place at this event, please complete the application form below and email it to RTS Midlands Event Manager, Jayne Greene at by 9am on Monday 2nd October 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by email on Friday 6th October. If you are unable to attend please let us know in good time as there will be a waiting list for places.

It is requested that, if possible, delegates bring a smart phone with them.

For any queries please contact Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Centre Administrator by phoning 07792 776585 or emailing


Application to attend Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

University of Worcester on 31st October 2017

Name of Applicant  



Telephone number  
Email address  
If you are currently a student please give details of the course you are undertaking  
If you are working please give details of your job  
Have you studied or are you studying a media related course? If so please give details of what, when and where  
Do you have any experience of working for a media related organisation? If so please give details  
What are your career aims for the next 5 years?




Why should you be considered for a place on this bootcamp?







Please complete this form and email it to Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Administrator by 9am on Monday 2nd October. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.