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Research clusters

The academic and practice-based research taking place in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies (FMACS) spans a variety of academic disciplines including: journalism, film and television studies, arts management, digital culture and Japanese culture studies. Staff members in FMACS are also extremely committed to working across or between these traditional disciplinary boundaries. We often engage in thematic research that brings our various scholarly perspectives together in new interdisciplinary research formations or clusters.

Below are some of the research themes or clusters that are of particularly interest to our department and serve to connect the work of our various staff members. We also co-supervise graduate students working within these research areas and welcome new applicants interested in these themes. Below each research cluster you’ll find the names of staff members working on this theme along with a specific research question that characterizes their work in this area.

Identity/Experience/Bodies

    • Janet McCabe: 'How does film and television politicise the representation of gendered identities?'
    • Nobuko Anan: 'How are gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity performed both in quotidian and theatrical performance?'
    • Tim Markham: 'Is there something political about the way bodies experience media technologies?'
    • Simone Wesner: 'How is cultural identity articulated in an artist career?'
    • Lorraine Lim: 'What is the relationship between the state and the construction of a national and/or cultural identity?'
    • Dorota Ostrowska: 'How do new kinds of exhibition and spectatorial practices transform the contemporary experience of cinema?'
    • Andrew Asibong: 'How do certain kinds of film and moving image affect and transform our experience of ourselves as embodied, relational and emotional beings?"

Media Flows/Cities/Spaces

    • Justin Schlosberg: What are the causes and potential solutions to market failure in local news?'
    • Scott Rodgers: How have urban spaces been a longstanding focus for and milieu of professional and amateur journalism?
    • Joel McKim: 'How are digital technologies impacting the design of architecture and cities?'
    • Janet McCabe: 'How does television translate across national borders and in diverse geographic regions?'
    • Nobuko Anan: 'How do bodies and spaces influence each other?'
    • Dorota Ostrowska: 'Does the festivalisation of urban spaces result in new kinds of hetorotopias?'

Cultural History/Memory/Archive

    • Janet McCabe: 'How does television act as a mediator of 'the past' as public history?'
    • Joel McKim: 'How do memorial and museum spaces contribute to political communication?'
    • Simone Wesner: 'How is cultural value reflected in memory?'
    • Nobuko Anan: 'How are memories embodied through performance?'
    • Lorraine Lim: 'What are the ways in which citizens negotiate with the state in the formation of cultural history and memory?'
    • Dorota Ostrowska: 'How are new forms of film history mediated through film festivals and other innovative kinds of cinema exhibition and distribution?'
    • Ben Cranfield: 'How is creative practice remembered, accessed and reanimated in the present?'
    • Silke Arnold-de Simine: 'How do memory and remembrance discourses influence national and international trends in museum cultures?'
    • Sophie Hope: 'How are narratives of art and politics constructed and challenged through collective story-telling?'

Politics/Media/Social Change

    • Justin Schlosberg: 'How far do the professional news media still serve a hegemonic function?'
    • Scott Rodgers: 'How do new media practices and technologies reshape specifically 'urban' politics or public cultures?'
    • Tim Markham: 'Why do we put so much faith in the power of new media platforms to bring about political change?'
    • Lorraine Lim: 'What role does higher education play in the creation of a critical arts education?'
    • Silke Arnold-de Simine: 'How are social memories constructed, transmitted, transformed and remediated by different media technologies?'
    • Andrew Asibong: 'In what ways do our internal transformations, often mediated via moving images, relate to the changes we can potentially make in the external world?'
    • Sophie Hope: 'How, why and to what effect do socially engaged art commissions propose alternative forms of participatory democracy?'

Post-Media/Convergence/Expanded Media

    • Justin Schlosberg: 'Is the internet still ‘open’?'
    • Scott Rodgers: 'How do emergent location-aware platforms and infrastructures provide for new senses of and claims to local place?'
    • Tim Markham: 'How do we learn to improvise judgements about taste and trust in social media?'
    • Joel McKim: 'What are the implications of media becoming ambient and environmental?'
    • Simone Wesner: 'How is creativity perceived in virtual multi-user environments?'

Curatorial Enquiry/Exhibition/Festivals

    • Ben Cranfield: 'How does the curatorial operate as a mode of contemporary experience?'
    • Dorota Ostrowska: 'How can world exhibitions, carnivals and fairs be seen as precursors of film festivals?'
    • Silke Arnold-de Simine: 'How do museums contribute to transforming living memory into institutionally constructed and sustained narratives and commemorative practices which enact and give substance to group identities and foster memory communities'?
    • Sophie Hope: 'How are curatorial and artistic failures, compromises and embarrassments communicated and understood?'

Laura Mulvey in conversation with Catherine Grant