Owen Evans is Professor of Film in the Media Department at Edge Hill University. He has published on GDR literature, German film and European Cinema. His monographs have looked at GDR author Günter de Bruyn, and German literary autobiography as a therapeutic form. His articles and chapters comprise studies of The Lives of Others, Sophie Scholl: The Last Days, Kontroll, the work of Humphrey Jennings, the cinema of intercultural dialogue in the films of Fatih Akin, and European Film Festivals. He is co-founding editor of the international journals Studies in European Cinema (Taylor & Francis) and the Journal of European Popular Culture (Intellect), and co-founding director of the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF). His current research also includes explorations of the field of arts, health and wellbeing.
He has recently been conducting an evaluation of Wakefield Council’s ‘Culture Cures’ programme, and is co-writing an article with Tristi Brownett on arts and cultural festival spaces and well-being.
This year, Owen will be co-presenting with Tristi Brownett on ‘Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture: Moving Art into Communities’. They will document their discrete research into initiatives in East Kent and South Yorkshire, which move art and cultural activity out of the temples into the heart of the communities that might otherwise feel socially excluded and culturally impoverished. These initiatives thus seek in contrasting ways to overcome the psychological barriers that Larson and Andrews highlight. They foster a variety of ways of increasing community participation in the arts and enhance eudaimonic and hedonic wellbeing. In this way art is both moved (physically relocated) and moving (emotionally arousing).