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Professor Catherine Grant

Professor of Digital Media and Screen Studies

Contact details

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 6181

Research interests

I have published widely on theories and practices of authorship, adaptation and intertextuality, and edited important collections of work on world cinemaLatin American cinemadigital film and media studies, and the audiovisual essay (see here and here). A relatively early and prolific adopter of the online short video form, I am known for my work on the audiovisual essay in film and moving image studies, especially in found-footage, first-person and essay-film forms. I have produced well over 100 videos to date, dozens of which have been published in online journals alongside my written reflections on these forms and their emergent role in film and media studies, especially in relation to theories of film spectatorship, material thinking, and psychoanalytic object relations. My videos have screened at film festivals, film museums and screen studies conferences around the world.

Much of my research in the last decade (both practice and theory) has focused on digital forms of multi-modal publishing. In 2008, I created Film Studies For Free, a regularly updated web-archive of links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. The website, with its associated micro-blogs, has a large international readership, including around 30,000 regular followers/subscribers. My research blog Filmanalytical can be found here; and Audiovisualcy, the international screen studies video essay group forum that I curate is here. In 2012, I was the founding editor of REFRAME, an open access, academic digital platform engaged in the online practice, publication and curation of internationally produced research and scholarship, which I managed for five years. I am a member of the editorial advisory boards and steering groups of numerous academic journals and digital platforms including Screen (since 1995) and the Open Library of the Humanities (since 2013), which is working towards a sustainable, open-access future for scholarly publishing in the humanities. In 2014, I co-founded [in]TRANSITION, the first ever peer-reviewed journal of videographic film and moving image studies and an award-winning collaboration between MediaCommons and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ official publication, Cinema Journal, which I continue to co-edit. My full profile, which lists my major publications, is here.


I teach on the following programmes at Birkbeck: