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Zoë Shacklock


I hold a first class BA (Hons) in Screen 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.

Current Research

PhD Thesis Title: The Kinaesthetics of Serial Television

Supervisor: Dr. Helen Wheatley

My thesis explores the role of kinaesthesia in contemporary serial television drama. 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 embodiment and the media. I am interested in considering how the body in motion is central to contemporary TV drama: how it becomes a site for narration, empathy, affective engagement, and for coding/questioning normative ideas of gender and sexuality. Through a close analysis of texts such as Lost, Game of Thrones, Transparent and Sense8, 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 movement theory, I present kinaesthesia as a productive new way to analyse bodies on television, one which seeks to ground aesthetic theories of the medium in ideas of embodiment.

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


I am currently one of the module leaders (with Dr. Rick Wallace and Dr. Helen Wheatley) for the second/third year module Television History and Criticism, along with the MA core module Screen Cultures and Methods.

In 2016 I was joint module leader for first year module Theories of the Moving Image, with Dr. Owen Weetch and Professor Catherine Constable.

Earlier in 2016 I led a seminar group in the spring term of Theories of the Moving Image, and contributed a guest lecture on transnational television to the spring term of Visual Cultures.

Journal Articles

'On (Not) Watching Outlander in the United Kingdom', Visual Culture in Britain, 17.3 (2016), pp. 311-328.

‘Two of a Kind: Revaluing the Work of Acting Doubles in Orphan Black’, Journal of Film and Video, 69 (2016), 69-82.

(co-authored with Sarah French) “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.

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).

Conference Papers

‘Embodied Spectatorship and the Game of Thrones Reaction Video’, Game of Thrones: An International Conference, University of Hertfordshire, 6-7 September 2017.

‘Television's Queer Posthumanism’, Sensibility and the Senses: NECS 2017 Conference, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 29 June - 1 July 2017.

‘Riding in Cars with Girls: Driving Desire on Television’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 23-25 June 2017.

‘Do It For The Vine: The Pleasures and Politics of the Looping Video’, Affect and Social Media Conference, University of East London, 25 May 2017.

'Material Memory and Embodied Experience in Screen Tourism', Locating Imagination: Popular Culture, Tourism, and Belonging, Erasmus University, 5-7 April 2017.

‘Queer Kinaesthesia in Serial Television’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 24-26 June 2016.

‘It’s a Revolutionary Act to Walk Down the Street’: Kinaesthetic Transformations in Amazon’s Transparent’, Bodies in Transformation, University of Hertfordshire, 20 May 2016.

‘On (Not) Watching Outlander in the United Kingdom: Exiled Audiences and Forced Transnationalism’, BAFTSS Conference, University of Reading, 14-16 April 2016.

‘The Invisible Labour of Television’s Acting Doubles’, Acting on Television Symposium, University of Reading, 8 April 2016.

‘Everywhere in the World They Hurt Little Girls’: Exploring Television’s Obsession with Rape’, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Seminar Series, The University of Warwick, 27 January 2016.

‘Community as Serial Narrative in the Television Reaction Video’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 6-8 January 2016.

‘Kinaesthetic Empathy and the Creaturely Gaze in NBC's Hannibal’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 26-28 June 2015.

‘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 contributor to the online scholarly website InMediaRes and the film review site Alternate Takes. I am the current chair of the Midlands Television Research Group.


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