Research centre staff
Co-Director: Dr Deborah Jermyn
Women, feminism and popular culture, aeging femininities, Hollywood cinema and genres (particularly romantic comedy), celebrity studies, contemporary television drama, representations of crime on film and TV.
Co-Director: Professor Michael Witt
French cinema, cinema history, avant-garde and experimental film, film theory and philosophy, found footage filmmaking, audiovisual history and criticism, documentary, the relationship between cinema and television, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard.
The horror genre, the vampire in film and television, Cult and American Quality Television, genre theory, silent cinema, romantic comedy, science fiction, special effects, and Canadian cinema.
Photography, film, documentary fiction, ethnography, performance, dark tourism.
Emotions in culture, therapy culture, identity politics and culture, psychoanalysis, feminisms, film theory, trauma and visual culture, Luce Irigary, images of gender, Lars Von Trier, the pleasures of consumption and new media technologies, research student supervision.
Dr Athanasia Batziou
Documentary and popular factual programming, popular journalism, media spectacle and class difference in contemporary British culture.
Film theory, digital cinema, cognitive film theory, film and philosophy, transnational cinema, 3D cinema, cinema and politics.
Directing, drama for the screen, directing documentary screenwriting, drama for new media.
Latin American cinema, documentary theory and practice, film music and the soundtrack, social history of music, early cinema, film and politics, 'third cinema', an eclectic range of individual directors such as Buñuel, Huston, Kiarostami, Loach, Renoir.
French cinema, Francophone, postcolonial studies, anthropology and visual studies, filmmaking applied to language acquisition. Blog for L’express (in French): http://blogs.lexpress.fr/london-by-art
Documentary filmmaking, representing reality through the camera, visual anthropology, ethno-psychiatry, north/south dynamics, participatory development, women's issues, urban anthropology, interactive storytelling.
Cultural theory, cultural studies, photographic theory and practice, amateur photography, photography and participatory cultures.
The essay film, the relationship between word and image in film, film festivals, French cinema, film in the context of contemporary art, concepts of ‘space’ and ‘utopia’ in cinema, and the work of Chris Marker.
Dr John Doyle
Multimedia journalism, documentary film and visual research methodologies, the production and circulation of mediatized utopias.
Sociology of the European visual market, production, distribution, consumption, commercialisation, fragmentation, convergence, digitalisation, transnationalisation of the media, media management.
Cultural study of technology, digital media and software studies, cultural theory, and gender and queer theory.
Genre Studies, Visual Cultures, Cinema of Urbanity, Ethnography, British Cinema/Social Realism.
Reception studies, the relationship between theatre and screen media (especially in relation to Shakespeare), the representation of terror and terrorism, the cultural performance of death and mourning, and the staging of childhood in the theatre and in society.
Postcolonial theory, postcolonial France, French national identity, representations of the suburbs in French popular culture. See too the online archive (in French) created by Levasseur devoted to the Cité des Quatre-Mille housing estate in La Courneuve: http://cite4000.blog.fr/
Notions of place, memory and identity through two distinct approaches: memory work and the family album & contemporary urban street photography. See: www.mobphotography.net
Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, Beckett and cinema, Modernism, theatre and cinema’.
Cuban and Latin American media, culture and politics; investigative journalism; literary journalism; 1960s American New Journalism; media history; blogging; political communication.
Photographic practice. See: www.andrew-porter.com
French cinema, Frenchness and national stereotypes, foreign-language cinema in Britain, film marketing exhibition and distribution, film festivals, video and DVDs, subtitling and dubbing, French animation.
Continental Philosophy (particularly Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze), photography, contemporary art (particularly installation and time-based work), film (particularly Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov).
European media, American television, British broadcasting, new media technologies, radio and television criticism.
Broadcast news media and journalism, current affairs broadcasting, journalism and "the Public Sphere", representations of class identity, reality television, critical discourse analysis.
Documentary film production, contemporary documentary theory, sound design.
Web and citizen journalism, financial reporting, newspaper policy, political communications, modern British Labour Party history, social democracy and economic globalisation.
Writing practices on stage and radio drama, drama and cultural history (particularly around the 60s/70s counter-culture), performance in the law, especially of public reconciliation.
Representations of war, conflict and the Holocaust in art, photography, film and literature; material culture of museums and galleries; visual culture; art, design and illustration; medieval illuminated manuscripts.