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Staff research areas

Our staff are actively engaged in research on the following areas. Please see our staff pages for detailed information on individual staff research interests, activities and publications.

Arts management

    • Dr Ben Cranfield: development of the arts in post-war Britain, focusing on the rise of experimental, curatorial and archival artistic practices during this period.
    • Dr Sophie Hope: Socially engaged, participatory and public art Cultural policy, commissioning processes and evaluation practices Labour conditions in the arts and creative industries Community art histories in the UK Practice-based research in interdisciplinary contexts
    • Lorraine Lim: cultural strategies being used by cities to improve or transform themselves into Capitals of Culture; the cultural policy and creative industries policy in East Asia today; and working conditions in the arts and media sector.
    • Simone Wesner: Cultural identity and its impact on cultural and creative industries; Virtual identity within the cultural and creative industries ; and Professional and managerial practice within the cultural and creative industries.

British cinema

    • Mike Allen - the history of ,media technologies, early American and British cinema, modern American cinema, British television, contemporary American television drama, digital culture and interactive media, and representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.
    • Professor Ian Christie: The long history of screen entertainment in London; London's' local' film history; Early cinema and related media - photography, music, sound, radio, optical devices; Artists' films, videos and digital work from the earliest period to the present; British cinema and television - various aspects, including Powell and Pressburger, and other (still) neglected figures and periods Russian cinema, from the pre-Soviet period, to the current post-Soviet phase; and The digital revolution.
    • Emma Sandon: Early British film and television history Documentary and ethnographic film British colonial film; cinema in Africa Law and visual culture Human rights film and video

Cultural policy

    • Dr Ben Cranfield: development of the arts in post-war Britain, focusing on the rise of experimental, curatorial and archival artistic practices during this period.
    • Dr Sophie Hope: Socially engaged, participatory and public art Cultural policy, commissioning processes and evaluation practices Labour conditions in the arts and creative industries Community art histories in the UK Practice-based research in interdisciplinary contexts
    • Lorraine Lim: cultural strategies being used by cities to improve or transform themselves into Capitals of Culture; the cultural policy and creative industries policy in East Asia today; and working conditions in the arts and media sector.
    • Simone Wesner: Cultural identity and its impact on cultural and creative industries; Virtual identity within the cultural and creative industries ; and Professional and managerial practice within the cultural and creative industries.

Creative industries

    • Dr Sophie Hope: Socially engaged, participatory and public art Cultural policy, commissioning processes and evaluation practices Labour conditions in the arts and creative industries Community art histories in the UK Practice-based research in interdisciplinary contexts
    • Lorraine Lim: cultural strategies being used by cities to improve or transform themselves into Capitals of Culture; the cultural policy and creative industries policy in East Asia today; and working conditions in the arts and media sector.
    • Simone Wesner: Cultural identity and its impact on cultural and creative industries; Virtual identity within the cultural and creative industries ; and Professional and managerial practice within the cultural and creative industries.

Dance

    • Maria Koripas: Study into the wider benefits of learning dance between the ages of 21 to 80+ and how people perceive the effect of these benefits, and the way they might contribute to transforming and sustaining individuals and society.

Digital media culture

    • Mike Allen - the history of media technologies, early American and British cinema, modern American cinema, British television, contemporary American television drama, digital culture and interactive media, and representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.

Film theory

    • Mike Allen - the history of media technologies, early American and British cinema, modern American cinema, British television, contemporary American television drama, digital culture and interactive media, and representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.
    • Professor Ian Christie: The long history of screen entertainment in London; London's' local' film history; Early cinema and related media - photography, music, sound, radio, optical devices; Artists' films, videos and digital work from the earliest period to the present; British cinema and television - various aspects, including Powell and Pressburger, and other (still) neglected figures and periods Russian cinema, from the pre-Soviet period, to the current post-Soviet phase; and The digital revolution.
    • Professor Laura Mulvey: Rethinking feminist film theory. Theories of technology and aspects of technological change in film and television. The aesthetics of stillness in the moving image: avant-garde and fiction. The 'new woman' and the cinema in the late 1920s. Melodrama and world cinema
    • Dorota Ostrowska: interdisciplinary approaches to film production and film industry French cinema and criticism history of television in Europe Eastern European cinema and visual culture
    • Michael Temple: the history of cinema and film theory. I have mainly worked on French cinema, but in recent years I have started pursuing new lines of enquiry into ‘audiovisual film history’ and documentary cinema, thus developing my profile towards transnational and intermedial research in film and television.

French cinema

  • Michael Temple: the history of cinema and film theory. I have mainly worked on French cinema, but in recent years I have started pursuing new lines of enquiry into ‘audiovisual film history’ and documentary cinema, thus developing my profile towards transnational and intermedial research in film and television.

Gender politics and feminism

    • Janet McCabe: contemporary television, gender politics and feminism, cultural memory and representations of the historical imagination in the media
    • Professor Laura Mulvey: Rethinking feminist film theory. Theories of technology and aspects of technological change in film and television. The aesthetics of stillness in the moving image: avant-garde and fiction. The 'new woman' and the cinema in the late 1920s. Melodrama and world cinema.

Japanese and inter-Asian media and cultural studies

    • Nobuko Anan: Modern and contemporary Japanese theatre/performance and visual arts (primarily manga and installation arts), and the way that they intersect with nationhood and gender/sexuality in transnational contexts.

Journalism

    • Tim Markham: war reporting and issues of authority, authenticity and morality in journalism; the democratising potential of new media practices; and emerging discourses of journalism in the Middle East.
    • Justin Schlosberg: the relationship between media, power and democracy.

Media

    • Mike Allen: the history of media technologies, early American and British cinema, modern American cinema, British television, contemporary American television drama, digital culture and interactive media, and representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.
    • Tim Markham: war reporting and issues of authority, authenticity and morality in journalism; the democratising potential of new media practices; and emerging discourses of journalism in the Middle East.
    • Joel McKim: spaces of political communication in the urban environment and the intersection of media technologies and architectural design.
    • Shinji Oyama: brands, branding and trademarks, advertising and marketing, new media, music industries and media and cultural globalisation.
    • Scott Rodgers: an interest in the specificity of ‘the urban’, and especially how media practices and technologies help shape particular forms of urban politics or public culture; (2) the potential for critical dialogues between human geography and media theory; and (3) a theoretical and methodological focus on the relationships between social practices and material/technological environments

Practice-based research

    • Dr Sophie Hope: Socially engaged, participatory and public art Cultural policy, commissioning processes and evaluation practices Labour conditions in the arts and creative industries Community art histories in the UK Practice-based research in interdisciplinary contexts

Television

    • Mike Allen - the history of ,media technologies, early American and British cinema, modern American cinema, British television, contemporary American television drama, digital culture and interactive media, and representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.
    • Janet McCabe: contemporary television, gender politics and feminism, cultural memory and representations of the historical imagination in the media
    • Emma Sandon: Early British film and television history Documentary and ethnographic film British colonial film; cinema in Africa Law and visual culture Human rights film and video

Urban culture

    • Joel McKim: spaces of political communication in the urban environment and the intersection of media technologies and architectural design.
    • Scott Rodgers: an interest in the specificity of ‘the urban’, and especially how media practices and technologies help shape particular forms of urban politics or public culture; (2) the potential for critical dialogues between human geography and media theory; and (3) a theoretical and methodological focus on the relationships between social practices and material/technological environments.