Film and Media research

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Some of our particular research strengths are:

  • Contemporary Television
  • Contemporary European and American Cinema
  • Popular Music
  • Film Philosophy
  • Gender and Sexuality in Film and Television
  • New Media Technologies
  • Narrative and Media

Staff Research and supervision areas:

Dr Sean Campbell’s research is focused on popular music and issues of ethnicity and nationhood. He would be interested in supervising work in popular music, popular culture, Irish studies, and migration/ethnicity.

‪Sarah Gibson-Yates's interests centre on narrative making in fiction, film and digital contexts. With a background in film making, film programming and film production teaching, her research focuses on creative writing and digital technologies, with a special interest in young adult literature and worlds-based approaches to discourse. Her current research investigates how young people use text-as-world discourse to construct identities online and considers the impact this can have on their real world lives. She critically reflects on how this practice mirrors the author's writing process as she writes a YA novel exploring the above.

Dr Tanya Horeck works on violence, affect theory, feminism, crime, sexuality and gender in contemporary film and television. She is author of the book Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film (Routledge 2004) and the co-editor of two anthologies, The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe (University of Edinburgh Press 2011) and Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond (Palgrave MacMillan 2013). Currently, she is working on a second monograph, Capturing Crime in the Digital Age (forthcoming from Wayne State University Press). 

Dr Tina Kendall’s research is focused on contemporary European and American cinema, particularly ‘extreme’ and ‘feel-bad’ films; theories of negative affect, including disgust and boredom; digitality and violence; theories of attention and communicative capitalism; the aesthetics and politics of speed in contemporary cinema and digital media.

Dr Nina Lübbren’s research is focused on rural artists' colonies, visual culture and tourism and narrative in nineteenth-century painting.  She welcomes students with an interest in European nineteenth-century art, twentieth-century sculpture in Europe, Indian cinema or 'Bollywood', visual media and narrative, landscape painting, historical fictions.

Professor Patricia MacCormack is an expert in the field of Continental Philosophy especially Irigaray, Deleuze, Guattari, Serres, Lyotard, feminism, posthuman theory, horror cinema, spectatorship, animal studies, queer theory, sexuality studies

John White’s research includes work on American Westerns, postwar Hollywood cinema, Delmer Daves, Budd Boetticher, Fred Zinnemann, European art cinema, postwar British cinema, film/politics/ideology, contemporary Hollywood and the culture of fear.

Dr Martin Zeilinger’s research focuses on critical and subversive uses of new media technologies, particularly in relation to issues of intellectual property, appropriation-based art practices, surveillance and privacy, creative computing and live coding, and digital games/storytelling. He invites enquiries from students wishing to conduct both research- and practice-based projects relating to contemporary media art, sound art, hacker and maker culture, video game culture, media dystopias, digital financial technologies, and political economy of new media.