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Film, Media and Visual Arts

Film, Media and Visual Arts

We work in overlapping thematic areas where the visual is explored in relation to social and political structures, other arts and social contexts.

Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research

Or research spans a wide range of languages, including:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

We work on visual cultures from Europe, East Asia, Latin America and North Africa. We collaborate with artists, filmmakers and academics in a number of countries. 

We have links with colleagues in other parts of the University, especially with the School of Arts and Cultures and with Geography, Politics and Sociology.

Student Studying

Key research aims

The key research aims of staff working in this area relate to the theorising of the image. We address this via two main approaches to the study of film and the visual arts:

  • images/texts and their production
  • the reception of the image

Areas under investigation include:

  • audiences and spectatorship
  • authorship
  • gender and sexuality
  • genre and stardom

Research expertise

Our current major AHRC-funded research projects include: 

Our research expertise includes:

  • national cinemas and postcolonial cinemas
  • urban space
  • street art
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • the visual and the literary

Postgraduate opportunities

We run a taught Master's programme, the MA in Film: Theory and Practice

For doctoral research, students can choose from a wide range of research topics and language areas. Staff who research in this field are willing to supervise postgraduate research in a wide range of language areas including:

  • Chinese-language cinema
  • French cinema
  • Spanish cinema
  • Latin American visual cultures
  • North African visual cultures (especially Algerian)
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Genre in international cinema
  • Stardom in international cinema
  • Postcolonial cinemas

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