Alan Taylor

Alan’s teaching career was launched on graduating from the Department of Education, University of Oxford in 1991.

Since then he has taught Anglo American Literature and Media Production in the UK and lectured in U.S. and British Film and Media in Germany – at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (2000-2004) and the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University of Berlin (2007-2009).

During these appointments he has published books through Peter Lang GmbH on U.S Cinema and news broadcasting histories (“We, the media…”) and film and British theatre (“Jacobean Visions: Webster, Hitchcock and Google Culture”). A third book with the same publisher has been contracted for 2013: “Mavericks in Motion: New Hollywood’s Close Encounters with the Musical”.

At present, Dr. Taylor is Professor in Film at the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa where he teaches Film Theory, Motion Picture Production and Research Methodology. On-line collaborations are with HASTAC (media pedagogy) and Cinemasports (digital filmmaking, USA, UK, EU, Russia, Canada, South America and South Africa).

He has successfully represented his employer as advisor to that country’s Council of Higher Education Quality Committee that oversees and verifies new curricular in film and media.

Alan is also a graduate of The London Film School, the University of London Institute of Education, Keele University and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He can be searched under KINOWORDS.

Country Champion: South Africa

I see the role of first Country Champion of the Oxford Education Society in South Africa as one that:

  • advances discussion in areas of newly emerging curricular practice at all levels of educational activity;
  • activates such discussion towards joint research and publication output, and,
  • contributes to the ongoing exchange of common educational theory and practice between the Department of Education, Oxford and similar organisations in South Africa.

Please contact me by email if you would share the same interests and would like to discuss the role of the OES in South Africa.