The Battle of Algiers

Film and Visual Arts

In this group we are working in a number of overlapping thematic areas, where the visual is explored in relation to other arts, as well as in relation to social and political structures.

The areas under investigation include:

  • audiences and spectatorship
  • authorship
  • gender and sexuality
  • genre and stardom
  • landscape and space
  • national cinemas and postcolonial cinemas
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • the visual and the literary

We work in a wide range of languages, including Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and work on cinema from Europe, East Asia, Latin America and North Africa. The key research aims of staff working in this area relate to the theorising of the image. Members of the group are addressing this via two main approaches to the study of film and the visual arts. The first focuses on images/texts and their production and the second on aspects of the reception of the image.
We have links with colleagues in other parts of the university, especially with the School of English with whom we run the MA Film: Theory and Practice.
Professor Guy Austin is Director of the Centre for Digital Media and Film, opened in 2011 and Dr S Leahy is co-organiser of the North East Regional Film Network (NERFNET), with Dr P Hutchings (Northumbria University).

Staff working in this area are willing to supervise postgraduate research in a wide range of areas including: Chinese-language cinema; French cinema; Spanish cinema; Latin American cinema; Basque cinema; Star studies, Gender and film; Audiences and Spectatorship; Genres; Auteurism; North African cinema (especially Algerian); cinema and space.

Members of Staff in this Area
Film, Media And Visual Arts

Professor Guy Austin
Professor of French Studies, Director of the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media

Dr Hugh Dauncey
Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarah Leahy
Senior Lecturer

Dr Philippa Page
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Dr Sabrina Yu
Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Gary Jenkins: Mediation in Representation and Remembrance. Post-Holocaust Generation Cinema and the Construction of Collective Memory

Mani Sharpe: Representing Conflict within the French 'Nouvelle Vague' and Algerian 'Cinema moudjahid'

Lydia Dan Wu: The Topography of Chinese Independent Film Festival Networks