Film and TV Studies at Brunel has established a substantial body of research in a range of topics, including numerous major contributions to the field. Four themes provide strands within and across which much of this work can be categorized.
- The politics of representation
- National and transnational film and TV
- Documentary practice and theory
- Gothic, horror and fantasy
Areas in which staff have published major work recognized in the field include British, European, Hollywood, American independent, Hong Kong, African and Third cinema; horror, comedy, the integration of video practice and theory, Marxism and the media, contemporary British and American television, the media ‘effects’ debate and media regulation. Some staff are also filmmakers, particularly in documentary, and/or use documentary itself as a form of research.
Examples of particular areas of recent or current focus under each of the four strands include the following:
- The politics of representation: Gender roles and identities; British national identity within neoliberalism; representations of the ‘war on terror’; media representations of Islam; genocide and trauma in Rwanda; ecocriticism, film and popular culture.
- National and transnational film: articulations of ‘quality’ in Hollywood, American independent and art cinema; world cinema and films from the Middle East; Italian cult/filone and horror cinema; British cinema; African cinema
- Documentary practice and theory: documentary productions set in Rwanda and the Lebanon; film, photography and memory; documentary production based research on class in contemporary British society
- Gothic and horror: Gender and the gothic; gothic and fairy tale; horror cinema
Visit our staff page for more detail of the research interests of individual members of staff.
The subject is also host to the refereed journal Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media. The latest issue of Intensities is available here.
The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences hosts two research centres:-
These centres promote international, interdisciplinary and high impact research by acting as key points of contact between academics, practitioners and the wider community.
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