Professorial Lecture Series 2013 – Department of Media

12th Feb 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

Humphrey Jennings: Of Poetry and Pandaemonium – Professor Owen Evans

In his lecture, Professor Evans will examine the career of one of the most prominent directors of the British Documentary Movement, Humphrey Jennings. Influencing modern filmmakers such as Danny Boyle and writers such as Frank Cottrell Boyce, both cited Jennings’s anthology on the coming and impact of the Industrial Revolution, Pandaemonium, as the primary inspiration for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. For some then, Jennings is justifiably considered more than just a filmmaker; for Evans, he is a purveyor of what German Romantic thinker Friedrich Schlegel called ‘progressive universal poetry’, a form of creative expression that collapsed the boundaries between all art forms.

Professor Evans will argue that Jennings’s work demands to be seen in a broader cultural context and propose that this prodigiously talented man be seen as the epitome of the ‘universal poet’ envisaged by Schlegel in the 18th Century.

Owen Evans joined the University’s Department of Media in 2011. After completing his BA and PhD in German Studies at Swansea University, he worked as a Lektor in the English Department of the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany before his appointment to a lectureship in German at the University of Wales Bangor in 1995. His research interests include European cinema, in particular German film, festivals, autobiography, and the representation of history and cultural memory on screen. He has won major research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He is a co-founding director of the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF), as well as a co-founding editor of the international journals Studies in European Cinema and the Journal of Popular European Culture.


  • 5.00pm – Arrival
  • 6.00pm – Lecture
  • 7.15pm – Refreshments and Networking

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