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Head of the Centre:

Dr. Rachel Moseley (Film and Television Studies)

Founder members:

Dr. Joanne Garde-Hansen (Centre for Cultural Policy Studies)

Dr. Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies)


Mr Iain Logie Baird

Iain Logie Baird Is Associate Curator at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and cares for the National Television Collection. He has recently completed an article about the history of radio concerning several of the Museum’s objects for the Science Museum Group on–line Journal. There are two similar articles to be submitted shortly to the media journal, Screen, and to the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. Exhibitions Iain has curated include: The BBC Collection (2012); Another Dimension (2010) concerning 3-D television; Mirrors in the Sky (2009) concerning the arrival of direct-to-home satellite TV; and Digital Switchover (2007) all about the analogue shut down. Iain is a media ecologist, broadcast historian, writer, guest-lecturer. He has made several media representations over the years regarding the past, present and future of broadcasting, and has worked as a media spokesperson for Digital UK, TV Licensing, and Scottish Innovation. His grandfather was John Logie Baird, one of the inventors of television.

Professor Christine Geraghty

Christine Geraghty is Emerita Professor and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. The author of many key publications , including her early work on the British soap opera Coronation Street in 1981, Women and Soap Opera (1991), The Television Studies Book (1998) and Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama (2007), Christine's work continues to be formative in Television Studies.

Professor Ann Gray

Ann Gray is Emerita Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Lincoln, and editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Ann is the author of one of the formative pieces of audience research in Television Studies, Video Playtime: The Gendering of a Leisure Technology (1992) and, with Erin Bell, of Televising History: Mediating the Past in Post-War Europe (2010) and History on Television (2013). she is also the author of Research Practice for Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures (2003).

Professor Matt Hills

Ms. Lisa Kerrigan

Lisa joined the BFI as a television curator in 2008, having previously worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council and at the BBC, where she catalogued Radio 4 news and current affairs. She currently selects television programmes for preservation in the BFI National Archive and assists with BFI projects as well as writing for BFI DVD booklets, the Mediatheques and BFI Screenonline. Lisa contributed to the selection of television content for BFI InView and her specialist interests include current affairs, lifestyle programming and social experiment television. She has presented papers on archival television at a number of academic conferences and is one of the organisers of Home Movie Day London.

Mr Chris Perry

Chief Executive of Kaleidoscope Television Archives and Kaleidoscope Publishing, owner of Kaleidoscope TV Ltd. Born and raised in The Black Country. Writer, TV historian and TV producer. Consultant and programme maker for the BBC, ITV and British Film Institute. Former Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

Affiliated members:

Dr Seán Allan (German Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures)

Seán Allan is Reader in German Studies at the University of Warwick. His research interests focus, in particular, on the cinema of the former German Democratic Republic and the productions associated with DEFA, the state-sponsored film studio in East Germany. Together with John Sandford, he co-edited DEFA. East German Cinema 1946-92 (Oxford: Berghahn, 1999), the first full-length study of the field to be published in English. He has written not only on East German cinema, but also on the representation of memory and the performance of identity in popular (post-unification) films such as Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin!, Dani Levy's hit comedy Alles auf Zucker!, and the award-winning Das Leben der Anderen. He has organised a series of panels on 'DEFA and Amerika’ and a seminar series on 'East German Cinema and TV in Global Context: Before and After 1990 (2015) for the annual conferences of the German Studies Association of America in Kansas City (2014) and Washington DC (2015). His most recent projects include: an essay on representations of the Berlin Wall in East German cinema, an overview of the changing paradigms of DEFA's anti-fascist cinema, an article on the American singer/song-writer Dean Read who emigrated to the GDR in the 1970s, and a major new co-edited volume (with Sebastian Heiduschke) entitled Re-Imagining DEFA. East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context He has also produced a series of essays on the representation of art and at the artists in East German cinema including Konrad Wolf's Goya (1971) and Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz (1974), and on Kurt Maetzig’s Ehe im Schatten (1947) and Roman einer jungen Ehe (1952). From January 2016 he will be supported by a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust and will be working on a new book project entitled 'Screening Art. Modernism and the Socialist Imaginary in East German Cinema’.

Dr Ele Belfiore

Ele Belfiore is Associate Professor of Cultural Policy, Director of Studies of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, and one of the main tutors for the MA in International Cultural Policy and Management. Ele is a humanities scholar, with a background in classics and Italian literature, and her research has consistently focused on the development of a humanities-based, but also highly interdisciplinary, approach to the study of cultural policies and cultural politics. Passionate about public engagement, she is committed to the notion that research comes alive in conversations and interactions with people, both within and beyond the academy. This underpins her love for teaching - especially international and cultural diverse students - and she is committed to taking her research out of the university into the world of practice and policy-making.

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (Film and Television Studies)

Dr Sofia Bull

Sofia Bull is a lecturer in film studies at University of Southampton. She holds a MA and PhD in Cinema Studies from Stockholm University (Sweden), but her research is mainly focused on television studies. In 2014-2015 she conducted a postdoctoral research project at The Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, with funding from the Sven and Dagmar Salén’s Foundation, which investigated how contemporary ideas about genetics, kinship and reproduction are articulated across a range of popular television genres in the UK and the US. She continues to study discourses on science, medicine and the body on US, UK and Scandinavian television.

Dr Anna Harpin (Theatre and Performance Studies)

Anna Harpin is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance. Her research explores post-war British, Irish, and North American theatre, film, and graphic fiction. She is particularly concerned with the cultural representation of madness, trauma, and pain. Alongside her academic work Anna is the co-artistic director of her theatre company, Idiot Child, with whom she works as a writer and director. In addition to this Anna works as a freelance director. Her research has been supported by the AHRC and her recent publications include Performance, Madness, Psychiatry: Isolated Acts and ‘Revisiting the Puzzle Factory: Cultural Representations of Psychiatric Asylums’ in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. Aspects of her work explores the relationship between popular culture and stigma and she has published work which examines TV horror and film in relation to social conceptions of madness.

Dr Mary Harrod

Mary's primary research is in contemporary film and media, with an emphasis on popular modes. She has written a book on the recent phenomenal proliferation of the French romantic comedy and co-edited, with Mariana Liz (University of Leeds) and Alissa Timoshkina (King's College London), a collection examining the status of European cinema in today's increasingly globalised age. Her current research tracks two interrelated axes: the transnational circulation and shaping of French identity through the nation's audiovisual exports and the significance of women's contribution to mainstream genre film and television production, principally in France and Hollywood.

Dr Jo Oldham

Jo is an Associate Fellow in the Department of Film & Television Studies at the University of Warwick, having been awarded a PhD in 2014. His research interests include the history of British television drama and the spy and conspiracy genres. Jo has published articles in the Journal of British Cinema & Television and the Journal of Intelligence History, with a forthcoming article due to appear in the edited collection Spy Chiefs I: Intelligence Leaders in the Anglosphere (Georgetown University Press, 2016). He has recently organised the international interdisciplinary conference Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage in the Shard, London (3-5 September 2015) and is currently writing a monograph entitled Paranoid Visions: Spies, Conspiracies and the Secret State in British Television Drama which will be published by Manchester University Press.

Dr Daniel Orrells (KCL)

Daniel Orrells is Lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature in the Department of Classics at King's College London. His research focusses on the reception of classical antiquity in modern intellectual and literary history. He regularly teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on classical reception studies, including the reception of ancient Greece and Rome in modern theatre, TV and film.

Dr Karl Schoonover (Film and Television Studies)

Dr Karl Schoonover is an associate professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: the Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010).

Dr Michael Scott (Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient History)

Before coming to Warwick, Michael completed his training at Cambridge, where he was also the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in ancient history at Darwin College, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics. He has taught widely in the UK and Greece, and his research is focused on using inter-disciplinary approaches to the literary, epigraphic and material evidence to investigate ancient Greek and Roman society. Michael also believes passionately in making the ancient world as accessible as possible to a wider audience. He regularly talks in schools around the country, writes books intended for the popular market as well as articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, takes part in radio programmes, and has written and presented several TV series about the ancient world for History Channel, National Geographic, BBC and ITV. To see these programmes, and find out more, visit:
In January 2015, Michael was awarded the Warwick University Staff Award for Outstanding Community Contribution. See here for more details.

Dr Jennifer Smyth

Jennifer is an American historian specializing in the history of cinema. Her research has focused on historical filmmaking in Hollywood and in Europe from the silent era to the present. Although many view historical writing and 'visual history' as separate but equal, she prefers to look at the continuities between the historical film and more traditional forms of historical interpretation. She has often focused on the work of the screenwriter and the adaptation of unconventional histories of women and racial and ethnic minorities. Her recent projects, based on extensive archival research, have explored the recreation of the historical film genre in the 1930s and early 1940s, the representation of women in best-selling literature and cinema (particularly the work of Margaret Mitchell and Edna Ferber), the concept of film historiography, 'genre cleansing' in the 'cold war' Western, postmodernism, and the work of director Fred Zinnemann. Future plans involve a second book and documentary on Zinnemann, a history of women working in Hollywood, and something (but not a biography) about James Dean.

Dr E. Charlotte Stevens

Charlotte earned her PhD in Film & Television Studies at the University of Warwick. Her thesis examines the vid, a form of amateur/fan video art made from television and film sources that constructs creative and critical analyses of existing media. She has published articles in Feminist Media Studies, CineAction, and on the Critical Studies in Television blog, as well as contributed chapters to an edited collection on Doctor Who, and the forthcoming Cult Media: Re-packaged, Re-released and Restored (Palgrave, 2017). Charlotte is also a visiting researcher at Birmingham City University.

Dr Richard Wallace (Film and Television Studies)

Richard Wallace gained his MA (For Research) in Film and Televisions Studies and PhD in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. His research interests include aspects of British television history, film and television documentary, and screen comedy. He has published work on fan reconstructions of missing Doctor Who episodes and has just finished preparing an article exploring the relationship between the BBC and freelance photographer John Cura. Richard is a member of the Midlands Television Research Group.

Research Students:

Catherine Lester

Cat's PhD thesis is on the area of horror films made for children, a sub-genre which has been gaining increased popularity in recent years with the release of films such as ParaNorman (2012) and Frankenweenie (2012) but which has received very little critical attention. One focus of the research is to begin a discourse in the academy on what the children’s horror film actually is, exploring its place in the history of Hollywood throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and building upon existing scholarship on the history, censorship, and characteristics of children’s cinema. The primary focus, however, is to examine the themes inherent in horror films made not only for children, but which are about children and the experiences of childhood. By exploring the presentation of childhood themes in the corpus texts, the thesis will determine how the fears and experiences of childhood are represented, and are particlarly suited to being represented, using monstrous and frightening elements associated with the horror genre. This research is funded by an AHRC Doctoral Award. Other research interests include animation, children’s literature, film and television, and gender in popular culture (particularly representations of girls).

Isabel Rhodes

Isabel's thesis is concerned with representations of the 1970s in British film and television. Looking at texts made during the last ten years, it explores questions of ‘decade image’, aiming to map the general contours, tropes and themes whereby the ‘seventies’ exists on our screens today. Often labelled the ‘birthplace’ of Modern Britain, the ‘70s have nevertheless held an overwhelmingly negative position in contemporary consciousness and been decried as the moment when the failure of the Postwar consensus became irrefutable and the liberal idealism of the 1960s ossified, paving the way for Thatcher’s Britain and materialism of the 1980s. The project is aiming to interrogate this position, exploring if and how contemporary representations of the decade go beyond this tradition, asking why the 1970s occupies such a contested space, and what we can learn through examining its representation in film and television.

Zoë Shacklock

Zoë Shacklock is currently completing her PhD in the Department of Film and Television Studies at The University of Warwick. Her research explores the role of kinaesthesia in contemporary serial television, focusing on questions of embodied affect, identity, and empathy. She is the current chair of the Midlands Television Research Group.

Josette Wolthuis

Josette’s current PhD research at the University of Warwick focuses on costume design and fashion in serial television drama from the UK and the US. She earned her BA in Cultural Studies and MA (Research) in Art and Visual Culture at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Research interests include costume and fashion in film and television, gender, visual culture, televisual style and aesthetics and animated short film. Josette is also a member of the Midlands Television Research Group.