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Research interests

  • 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

My interests intersect in the politics and processes of writing histories and the use of archive, as well as methodological issues in film and television studies.

I am currently developing a book entitled Television Entertainment: The Early History of BBC Television at Alexandra Palace 1936-1952. I am also engaged in research on colonial film in Africa and early documentary in South Africa. I am currently co-organising, with colleagues in the School of Law, a Human Rights and Visual Culture Workshop at Birkbeck in June 2010.

I am a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town, in Archive and Public Culture. I am on the core Management Team and Advisory Board of the AHRC-funded project, Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire, Colonial Film Conference.  I am on the steering group of the AHRCWomen’s Film History Network.