Author Archives: Andrew Burn

Location-based VR experiences for Children

ReMAP members Eleanor Dare and John Potter were co-investigators in this pre-lockdown AHRC-funded Knowledge exchange network, led by PI Dylan Yamada-Rice who was working at the RCA at the time. It established a partnership with academics and game industry people in the UK and Japan to explore location-based VR, site specific experiences that aim to bring together materials beyond those

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“Show Yourself”: decolonial queer pedagogies of Frozen 2.

This post summarises an article by Kata Kyrölä and Tuija Huuki exploring Disney’s Frozen 2 from the perspective of decolonial queer pedagogies. Why did an animated movie about two young Indigenous women, trying to reconcile settler-colonial trauma, become one of the most popular animated children’s films of all time? What can films such as Frozen 2 (2019, directed by Jennifer

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Harold Rosen Book

Harold Rosen: Writings on life, language and learning, 1958-2008, published by UCL IOE Press, is a collection of writings by the influential educator and professor at the Institute of Education. Edited by John Richmond, the book includes over 50 pieces of writing grouped under three headings: the politics of language and English teaching; the role of language in learning; and

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Remixing the Classics

Hamlet the videogame? The Odyssey in VR? How can immersive, playable technologies help make old stories new? This event is the first in an AHRC seminar series, and looks at adaptation of classic literature in games and virtual worlds. ReMAP member Andrew Burn will be contributing on the subject of young people’s game versions of Macbeth. Over a quarter of

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SLADE 150 FILM

Kate Stonehill, who contributes to the new BA Media film strand, and is a professional documentary-maker, was commissioned by the Arts & Humanities faculty at UCL to create a documentary with Justin Hardy, celebrating the Slade’s 150 year anniversary. The introduction on the Slade’s website says: “Through interviews, archives, artworks, and filmography, the documentary will shed light on the Slade’s

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The Changing Role of Media in the English Curriculum: Returning to Nowhere

Steve Connolly, an Associate ReMAP member and alumnus of our PhD and Masters’ programmes, is now Senior Lecturer in Education at Anglia Ruskin University, after having worked at the University of Bedfordshire. Steve is also a member of the national executive of the Media Education Association. As well as working with us on past research projects such as the Ministry

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Reflexivity in Participatory Research: Making games with young people 

Colleagues from ReMAP met to discuss opportunities and pitfalls in participatory research, and how a reflexive approach can support a more critical and less homogenising engagement with research practices and knowledge production. Organised by Hakan Ergul, the event was led by Bruno de Paula, who presented some of his recent work developing MissionMaker and facilitating game-making workshops with young people across London. 

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Doing sociomaterial studies: the circuit of agency

Sara Hawley has just published an article in Learning, Media and Technology, looking at theories of sociomateriality and agency to consider children’s writing practices. In recent sociomaterialist, materialist and post-human theorizing which foregrounds the importance of objects and bodies, ideas of consciousness and intentionality are seen as potentially tainted either with Cartesian mind-body splits or with subjectivities that are too

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Inclusive Heritage Education via Active Learning

Veysel Apaydin is co-leading a project working on cultural heritage with children in Turkish primary schools, including migrants from the Syrian conflict. The project, a collaboration with PI Alan Greaves of the University of Liverpool, is funded by the BIAA (British International Schools/British Academy). The project will develop, evaluate and disseminate socially-inclusive heritage education materials that can be used by

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