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Zoë Shacklock


I hold a first class BA (Hons) in Cinema Studies and a first class BSc in Zoology from The University of Melbourne. My Honours dissertation explored the temporal structures of contemporary narrative television, through a close analysis of Doctor Who.

My research interests include the body in screen media, serial television, screen aesthetics, affect and emotion, sound and music, and queer theory.


Current Research

PhD Thesis Title: The Kinaesthetics of Serial Television

Supervisor: Helen Wheatley

My thesis explores the role of kinaesthesia in the reception of contemporary serial television. As the sensation of the body’s movement through and position within space, kinaesthesia is crucial to our perception, yet has been curiously neglected within studies of sensory engagements with screen media. Through a close analysis of texts such as Lost, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Outlander, I explore how screened bodies in motion appeal to our own embodied understanding of movement. I consider questions of kinaesthetic empathy, gendered bodies, the affective power of movement, and the mobile rhythms of seriality. Drawing from a range of disciplinary fields, from dance studies to screen theory to physiology, I present kinaesthetic engagement as a new reception theory for television studies, one which seeks to ground aesthetic theories of the medium in the body of the audience.

My research is funded by the University of Warwick’s PGR Scholarships fund.



Journal Articles

“The Affective Sublime in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.” New Review of Film and Television Studies 12(4): 339-56. (co-authored with Sarah French​)

Book Chapters

“‘A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives Before He Dies.’ Transmedia Textuality and the Flows of Adaptation.” In Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, ed. Susan Johnston and Jes Battis (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2015).

“Walking in the Desert: Interior Journeys in Heisenbergian Space.” In The Interior Landscapes of Breaking Bad, ed. Will Gray (London: Continuum, 2015).

Conference Papers

“A Story About You: Racial Representation and the Welcome to Night Vale Fandom.” Fan Studies Network Conference. Regent’s University London, 27-28 September 2014.


Other Work

I am a member of the Midlands Television Research Group.