Senior Lecturer, Media and Creative Writing
Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Rosamund Davies has a background in professional practice in the film and television industries, in which she worked with both independent production companies and public funding bodies. As script editor and story consultant for Film London, she oversaw the development of around 100 projects.
Rosamund has been a lecturer in creative and media writing at the University of Greenwich since 2001, founding and expanding the university's screenwriting provision. She also developed the Working in the Media and Creative Industries course, which became the basis for the book Introducing the Creative Industries: theory into practice (SAGE 2012), which she co-authored with colleague Gauti Sigthorsson.
Rosamund is a member of the International Screenwriting Research Group and sits on the Programme Committee of the Adaptive Hypertext and Narrative Connections track for ACM Hypertext (Conference and Publication). Her publications include articles and book chapters on screenwriting, hypertext and online video. Her article Narrating the Archive and Archiving Narrative: the Logic of the Index in International Journal of the Book, 5 (2008), was awarded the International Award for Excellence for the top ranked article in 2008. As an original member of the International Screenwriting Research Group, she has been active in the development of this new area of research and her article Screenwriting Strategies in Marguerite Duras's script for Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1960), was selected for inclusion in the first volume of the Journal of Screenwriting (2010) and identified as an example of innovation in screenwriting research (Koivumäki, M.R, 2011).
In her recent media practice, Rosamund has explored the intersection between narrative and archive as cultural forms and transmedia storytelling approaches to dramatic narrative. As co-investigator on the interdisciplinary research project PATINA (Personal Architectonics Through Interaction with Artefacts), funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme, Rosamund has brought narrative enquiry to the context of designing effective research spaces, collaborating with colleagues in computer science, human computer interaction, archeology and architecture at the universities of Southampton, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle and Swansea. She is currently collaborating on further interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues from computer science and archeology at the University of Southampton and Kings College London.
Koivumäki, M.R (2011) The Aesthetic Independence of the Screenplay. Journal of Screenwriting 2(1), pp. 25–40).
Responsibilities within the university
- Link Tutor
- 2008: International Award for Excellence for the top ranked article, The International Journal of the Book
- Member of International Screenwriting Research Network
- Member of Programme Committee, Adaptive Hypertext and Narrative Connections, ACM Hypertext 2013
- Reviewer, Journal of Screenwriting
- External examiner, Newman University College: Foundation Degree in Business and Media Production 2010–12
Rosamund's research interests are set in the theory and practice of screenwriting and audiovisual narrative, in narrative as a mode of enquiry, and in new media platforms and business models in the creative industries. Her research methods and dissemination of her work include both theory and practice and the two are closely linked. For example, Rosamund has explored the relationship between archive and narrative as structuring forms and the performance of intimacy through online video in her digital media practice (2008) and in journal and book form (2008, 2010). Reference is also made in these theoretical publications to the digital narrative work.
Rosamund also engages extensively in interdisciplinary research. As an original member of the International Screenwriting Research Group, she has been active in the development of this new research discipline, which brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including film studies, literary studies, creative writing, media practice, business, creative industries and cultural studies. As co-investigator on the interdisciplinary research project PATINA, she has worked with and co-authored several conference papers and forthcoming publications with colleagues from computer science, human computer interaction, archeology and architecture. She has also co-written papers on hypertext and transmedia narrative with colleagues in computer science from the University of Southampton.
Rosamund's focus on interdisciplinary research, which draws together theory and practice, is of value in breaking new ground in research in the arts and humanities.
Recent funded projects
Co-investigator on PATINA (Personal Architectonics Through INteractions with Artefacts), 2010–13
An interdisciplinary project funded by EPSRC/AHRC through the RCUK Digital Economy programme
The research was commissioned as part of the Designing Effective Research Spaces strand of the RCUK Digital Economy Programme, in recognition of the need to rethink and reconfigure research spaces in the context of digital technologies.
The project is based on the premise that the space of research is the space of the researcher, who moves across and between physical, virtual and imaginary spaces. The aim of the project was to investigate and develop technologies to provide the means to capture, record and replay the researcher's activities across these spaces and to support intuitive archiving, sharing and publication of interactions with research objects. The design of the technologies draws on theoretical frameworks of space and time developed from studies of research spaces as diverse as libraries, museums, homes and archaeological fieldwork sites. It aims to provide new knowledge and understanding of the time-space of research, relevant to the arts, humanities and the physical sciences. The project is led by the University of Bristol in collaboration with the universities of Brighton, Greenwich, Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea.
Ongoing findings from this project have been reported at conferences including DIS 2012, Digital Futures 2012, CHI 2013, DRHA 2013. Final publications will include two books and an exhibition.
Historical Drama and Transmedia Storytelling, 2012–13
Principal Investigator. This project was funded by the University of Greenwich.
The aim of the project is to explore the opportunities for and implications of transmedia storytelling in relation to historical drama, a significant element within television schedules, but less associated with transmedia approaches than other genres, such as science fiction. Evidence from search traffic and enquiries to museum and archive collections, following television broadcast of historical programming, suggests that there is clear benefit to be obtained in finding ways for future programming to integrate historical drama with relevant historical sources, archives and personal and community experience, by employing a transmedia approach. This project aims to interrogate both the potential for enriching historical television drama through transmedia storytelling approaches and the methods and techniques that might be appropriate to achieve them.
Taking as a starting point a story treatment for a TV drama, 100 Sidney Street, developed by Rosamund Davies with TV producer Angie Daniell (co-producer of BBC dramas The Fades and The Ark [working title, forthcoming]) and working with colleagues in computer science and an information architect from the BBC, intermediate findings have been/will be presented at ACM Hypertext 2013 and International Screenwriting Research Network Conference 2013.
A workshop, bringing together academics with museum and broadcasting professionals, will produce further insights into how transmedia storytelling might transform historical television drama and a prototype for how it might be scripted. These findings will be disseminated through digital media and academic papers. The project findings will be used as a basis for future collaborations by Rosamund's research group with media producers, museums, drama and community organisations and to make a bid to the AHRC.
Davies, Rosamund (2010) Screenwriting strategies in Marguerite Duras's script for 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour' (1960).
Davies, Rosamund (2008) Narrating the archive and archiving narrative: the electronic book and the logic of the index.
and Fraser, Mike (2014) It usually takes three of us, a few beers and a lot of imagination: a qualitative exploration of what it means and takes to do research.
Davies, Rosamund (2011) Digital intimacies: aesthetic and affective strategies in the production and use of online video.
and Sigthorsson, Gauti (2013) Introducing the creative industries: from theory to practice.
and Rissen, Paul (2013) Adapting historical drama for the web: a model for metadata backed publishing of historical drama programmes.
Millard, David E.,
Taylor, Matt R.
and Brooker, Samuel (2012) Exploring (the poetics of) strange (and fractal) hypertexts.
Recent conference presentations
Davies, Rosamund (2011) Dialogism and the Screenplay.
Davies, Rosamund (2011) Narrative analysis and the design of technologies to support research.
Davies, Rosamund (2010) Index of love.
Davies, Rosamund (2010) Adapting the sims: strategies of reading and writing in new narratives.
Davies, Rosamund (2010) Don’t look now: adapting prose narrative for the screen.
and Moreau, Luc (2010) PATINA: personal architectonics of INteraction with artefacts.
Davies, Rosamund (2009) The role of the screenwriter and screenplay in the conceptualisation process of videogames.
Davies, Rosamund (2009) Digital intimacies: aesthetic and affective strategies in the production and use of online video.