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The Screen Studies Group was founded in 2001 to serve the varied interests of academic staff and postgraduate students who work on screen-related research across the University of London.

Staff from King’s College London, Queen Mary, UCL, Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, SOAS, the LSE and Goldsmiths formed the Group for two reasons.  Firstly, we were aware that the field of study conventionally thought of as Cinema Studies was too narrow to deal with the expanding scope of the way screen media pervade everyday life given the digital turn.

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New ideas and methods were urgently required to look at moving image matter in a number of evolving formats with their varied aesthetics, infrastructures, and technologies.  As leading figures in the field, we wanted to be at the cutting edge of the many new issues that emerged with these changes.  Secondly, because we belonged to a wide variety of Departments, including languages and art history, as well as media, we needed a place to focus on our key issues.  This kind of loosely structured consortium allowed us to create events and postgraduate training sessions for students who too were otherwise scattered across various departments around London.

As the subject continues to expand, covering topics from algorithms to archaeology, it is ever more pressing to have a place where researchers can come together to meet the shifting challenges of the field.

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Who we are

The Head of the Screen Studies Group is Dr Rachel Moore at Goldsmiths, University of London. Please direct any queries about the Screen Studies Group to Dr Rachel Moore: r.o.moore (@gold.ac.uk).

Each other participating institution has its own representative. Currently, these are:

  • Professor Laura Mulvey, Birkbeck
  • Dr Emma Sandon, Birkbeck
  • Professor Chris Berry, King’s College
  • Dr Virginia Crisp, King's College
  • Professor Barry Langford, Royal Holloway
  • Dr Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS
  • Dr Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary
  • Dr Shakuntala Banaji, LSE
  • Dr Keith Wagner, UCL

Student Representatives:

  • Joe Jackson, SOAS
  • Giulia Bindi, Birkbeck
  • Meng Liang, UCL

What we do

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MA/MSc options

We operate an MA/MSc option sharing scheme between SOAS, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King’s College London and UCL.  Find out more on our MA options page.

Postgraduate Training

Postgraduate Training

Our postgraduate training sessions have ranged from practical methodological two-day sessions to shorter topical sessions. Previous titles have included:

  • From Montage to Mash-ups
  • Starting with the Senses
  • Animal Locomotion
  • The Body and The Machine

Forthcoming Events

CHASE-funded Postgraduate Training Day

To be held on 19 October, 2019 - Full programme is now available.

Past Events

Screen and Film Research Methods Today

Screen and Film Research Methods Today

Held Saturday, 17 November 2018

Venue: Safra Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Screen and Film Research Methods Today relaunched the Screen Studies Group annual postgraduate training day. The day had two major goals. The first was to bring together all new film and screen studies doctoral students in London and the environs. It enabled network-building around shared specialisms beyond students' home departments. Second, it provided foundational training in methods that are relatively new to this field and which home institutions often cannot provide.  

This one-day session presented research methods for all new and returning doctoral students. We addressed a variety of topics that now concern Screen and Film Studies such as online research, dating mining, social media; live television; installation work; music videos, gaming, AvPhDs, production cultures, media industries, creative practice, and live cinema. The day will included a panel on archives now available for under researched or previously excluded cinemas and communities.

Annual Student Conference

On Saturday, 8 June 2019, we held the first annual Student Conference; there will be another one in June 2020.