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Dr Eleni Liarou

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    Dr Eleni Liarou is a media and cultural historian with a special interest in the history of immigration into Britain in the 20th century. 
    She teaches film and television. In 2013, Eleni received a Birkbeck Teaching and Scholarship Award for her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.

    Eleni's research focuses on the ways in which the human experience of migration is historically articulated in British film and television; on contributions of émigrés to postwar British TV; on the relationship between film/media, migration and processes of urbanisation. In addition to these topics, Eleni would be happy to supervise research on related topics such as:  public history and the media; London history and London on film/TV, postcolonial and feminist theories of film and television; diasporic film and TV.

    Eleni is a team member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a research and educational centre devoted to encouraging the widest possible participation in historical research and debate. She is also a member of the Women’s Film and Television History Network.


    • - 'Lexicons of postcolonialism in Gangsters (BBC, 1975-1978)' in S. Nandi and E. Sanyal (eds.) The Bloody Screen: A Study of Violence and Masculinity in postcolonial film and television. Co-authored with Mark Duguid, New Delhi: Zubaan Books, 2012

      - 'British Television's Lost 'New Wave' Moment: ITV's single drama and race', Journal of British Cinema and Television, (October 2012), vol.9, pp. 612-627.

      - An interview with Tara Prem: Pioneer of British Multicultural TV Drama 

       - ‘The World in a Cube’: report of a pilot film archive and knowledge-exchange project.

       - ‘Pink Slave’ or the ‘Modern Young Woman’? A History of the Au Pair in Britain, in Rosie Cox (ed) Au Pairs' Lives in Global Context: Sisters or Servants? Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

       - 'From the Docks to Notting Hill: Cinematic Mappings of Imperial and Post-Imperial London', in Hirsch, Pam and O’Rourke, Chris (eds.), London on Film, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

      - 'Writing refugees into television history: Leo Lehman and the Europeanness of early British TV drama', Critical Studies in Television, Volume 13, Issue 1 (March 2018)

       - Janet McCabe and Eleni Liarou (eds), “Researching Women’s TV History”, in Karen Ross (ed) The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication, Wiley, 2020


    • BA, University of Athens, Greece
    • MA, Birkbeck College
    • PhD, Brkbeck

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Eleni is the Programme Director of the BA in Film and Media
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Doing Film, Media and Cultural Studies (ARMC241S4)
    • Approaches to Cinema History (FFME020S5)
  • Publications


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