This project offers the chance to study representations of the natural world on screen from the unique perspective of the listener. You will analyse a selection of French environmental documentaries through a focus on sensory perception, examining how our listening informs our awareness of different habitats and life forms and increases our sensitivity towards the natural environment. Drawing on scholarship in soundscape studies, acoustic ecology and theories of listening, you will undertake the wider task of evaluating the extent to which this popular genre of documentary film cultivates the capacity for environmental empathy and responsibility.
Why choose this opportunity?
You will have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the social importance of documentary film from an ecocritical perspective, while developing an interdisciplinary skill set that interweaves advanced research and writing skills with creative critical analysis and the handling of scientific knowledge about natural spaces and species. You will develop skills in film analysis, and knowledge of contemporary French documentary production. Combining factual research with subjective experience, this project will lead to a deeper understanding of how our involvement with film might affect our engagement with the natural world. It will provide a useful foundation for career paths in the cultural and creative industries, and in media research roles more generally.
A background in French and/or Film Studies would be beneficial, as would an interest in audiovisual media and critical theory.
About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community. Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on: • Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration • Innovation & Enterprise • Making your research a success • Research communications • Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series) You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.
Programme fees per year: UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560 Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100