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    United Kingdom

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I am available as a second or co-supervisor. Areas of research interest include (but not limited to): Radio; Audio storytelling; Podcasting; Audio drama; Journalism (audio, video, print); Documentary practice (audio, video); Docu-fiction (audio, video); Folklore and Oral History in media practice; Mediated memory and nostalgia; Blends of fact and fiction in broadcast outputs; Irish language media; Media and multilingualism; Innovations in technology and their impacts on storytelling form; and public service media practice

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Personal profile

Particulars

I am a writer, storyteller and journalist. I work with the written word, across audiovisual formats (with a focus on audio), and in live, spoken-word. I like to combine these disciplines.

As a journalist, I have over two decades of international experience working across print, radio and TV formats for outlets including: the BBC, AFP, RFI, RTE, The GuardianThe New York Times, The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others.

As a film-maker, I've written and directed three short films, my most recent film, 'Un Signe, Un Geste,' was screened at some 50 festivals worldwide, winning ten awards.

I studied journalism to master's level at Columbia University, New York, from where I also earned an master's degree in Politics. I hold a master's degree in Film Directing from the Belgian State Film School (INSAS).

 

Research Interests

My current media practice focuses on newsgathering; narrative-driven audio and audio-visual media; as well as cross-disciplinary practice, notably with spoken word and live performance.

My current research interests include: docu-fiction and other innovations in the blending of fact and fiction; innovations in technology and their impacts on storytelling form; media and multilingualism; Irish language media; podcasting; and audio drama.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

ULSTER GAELIC: IT’S YOURS TOO!”
Sept. 2018 – Present
In collaboration with East Belfast Irish language activist Linda Ervine, this project researches how social media and factual animation can help Protestants and Unionists develop a sense of ownership of Irish
 
“CIVIL RIGHTS, CLIMATE WRONGS”
Feb. 2020 – Present
Exploring how civil rights are affected by climate change in the 16 to 24-year-old age bracket in Northern Ireland. The project, which is run with students, results in factual animations and explores which media platforms are most effective to disseminate these animations through
 
“PUBLIC COLAB”
Oct. 2019 – Present
An annual collaboration between the Broadcast and Architecture departments at Queen’s University Belfast. “Public CoLab” explores how an ecological crisis in Belfast might affect the city and its residents. Each year’s iteration results in a live performance/exhibition and a publication

 

Teaching

I currently teach the following modules:

Undergrad Level

BCP1004 Broadcast Journalism

BCP3006 Rehabilitating Reality: strategies, styles and approaches in audio and audiovisual storytelling that comandeer fictional and fictive components to bolster and reassert factuality

Postgrad Level

BCP7005 Broadcast Journalism

BCP7002 Radio Documentary and Narrative Podcasting

Other

Languages: I speak fluent French and Irish, intermediate Arabic (Modern Standard and Levantine) and basic Portuguese.

Professional work portfolio

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Research Output

Excavating hidden and forgotten pasts with sound

Duncan, D., 27 Aug 2020, The Conversation.

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    "All That is Solid Melts into Air": Gays, Unionists and the Irish language

    Duncan, D., 05 Apr 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • "Déantar Neamhní den Bhuan-ní": Aitigh, Aontachtaithe agus an Ghaeilge

    Translated title of the contribution: "All That is Solid Melts Into Air": Gays, Unionists and the Irish languageÓ Donnacháin, D., 21 Aug 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Derry 2084: A Burial: A short story, a speculative fiction based on current flooding projections

    Ó Donnacháin, D., 01 Nov 2019, Channel, 1, 1, p. 63 - 75 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Prizes

    Academic Staff Conference Fund (ASCF) recipient

    Duncan, Don (Recipient), 05 Mar 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • AEL Staff Research Fund

    Duncan, Don (Recipient), 18 Oct 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Fellow HEA

    Duncan, Don (Recipient), 22 Jul 2020

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Nomination for Staff Excellence Awards - "Delivering Excellence" category

    Duncan, Don (Recipient), 28 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    QUB Engaged Research Seed Fund

    Duncan, Don (Recipient), 18 Aug 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Creative Consultant (Visual Arts)

    Don Duncan (Advisor), & Claire Martin (Chair)

    06 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    Public CoLab 2020 - Climate Change Narratives in Belfast

    Nuala Flood (Organiser), & Don Duncan (Organiser)

    13 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    "Listen. Make. Amplify" : channelling local stories and projecting them nationally

    Don Duncan (Recipient)

    10 Jan 202030 May 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CIRCLET project

    Don Duncan (Participant)

    01 Sep 202028 May 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Canvas Top tips: for student engagement and assessment processes

    Don Duncan (Advisor)

    14 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Press / Media

    BBC Radio Ulster: Discussing explosion in Beirut, Lebanon of Aug 4th 2020

    Don Duncan

    12/08/2020

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Impact

    Listen. Make. Amplify: channelling local stories and projecting them nationally

    Don Duncan (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Economic Impact, Environmental Impact, Public Policy Impact, Quality of Life Impact

    "Ulster Gaelic: It's Yours Too!"

    Don Duncan (Participant) & Linda Ervine (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Public Policy Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact, Other Impact