Dr. Nick Higgins is interested in the politics of culture and cultural politics. He encourages both written and practice-based approaches to research. In particular, he is an advocate of the use of documentary filmmaking as method of cultural intervention and knowledge creation. He welcomes applications for Masters & PhD supervision in the following suggested areas:
Dr Higgins teaches the following Postgraduate Options:
Dr Higgins has published widely on the politics of representation in the journals International Affairs, Global Society, and Alternatives as well as publishing the monograph, Understanding the Chiapas Rebellion: Modernist Visions and the Invisible Indian.
Since 2002, Dr Higgins has engaged in critical media practice winning several awards for his documentary films which have screened at academic conferences, film festivals, UK cinemas and on many European television channels including the BBC, STV, YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), ZDF (Germany) & VPRO (The Netherlands).
Most recently Dr Higgins originated and raised the funds for the Human Rights film project, The New Ten Commandments, working alongside cinema and arts practitioners such as Tilda Swinton, Irvine Welsh and Douglas Gordon, the resulting film was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and broadcast on BBC2 in December 08.
Dr. Higgins holds honorary fellowships at the Centre for Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent and the Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. Dr Higgins also acts as a mentor for Screen Academy Scotland.
Working closely with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Dr. Higgins hosts regular public screenings and discussions of his own work and that of others. Recent events have included screenings at the Scottish Parliament and rural cinemas in Scotland. In particular he works with the Document Human Rights Film Festival and the Scottish Mental Health Film, Music and Arts Festival. He is a cultural advisor to the Scottish Commission for Human Rights and Equality and a board member of Video in Pilton. He regularly sits on film festival juries - most recently at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009 and is an active member of a number of professional associations.
BBC, Scottish Screen & the Scottish Arts Council
Multiple directors, co-produced with the Scottish Documentary Institute (105 min. documentary)
Theatrical Release - 14 cinemas in Scotland (Dec08/Feb09)
Festivals: Mexico, Poland, New Zealand, Cambridge, Document Human Rights Festival, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival (World Premier).
58 min. documentary
Winner WAAC/SIGNIS Best Human Rights Film Award 2007
Nominated Sky Movies Documentary Award 2007
Theatrical Release - 7 cinemas in Scotland (Dec07/Jan08)
Festivals: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Paris, France, Barcelona, Spain, DocsDF, Mexico City, Kosmorama, Norway, First Peoples Film Festival, Canada, Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico, Edinburgh International Film Festival (World Premier).
13 min. cinema documentary
Theatrical Release - 16 cities in Mexico 2008
Festivals: Ambulante Touring Film Festival, Mexico, Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil, Filmlets, Barcelona, Spain, Edinburgh International Film Festival (World Premier) & 15 other international festivals.
25 min. documentary.
Winner Jury Award Scottish Mental Health Film Festival 2008
Winner Best Documentary Film Award - Britspotting Festival Berlin 2005, Nominated for the Prix Italia- Sept 2005,
Nominated for the Royal Television Society Award 2005
Translated into 8 languages, broadcast on Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Israeli, Arab and British television channels and currently screening at the Museum Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland.
25 min. documentary
Official selection - Ten Films for Peace, Nobel Peace Foundation. Oslo, Norway, June 2005. Festivals: Canada, Scotland, Belgium, Israel
This article was published on Nov 1, 2012