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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. 

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 (

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

  • Professor Laura Mulvey, Birkbeck
  • Professor Lee Grieveson, UCL
  • Professor Chris Berry, King’s College
  • Professor Barry Langford, Royal Holloway
  • Dr Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS
  • Dr Libby Saxton, Queen Mary
  • Dr Shakuntala Banaji, LSE



What we do


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


Screen and Film Research Methods Today

Screen and Film Research Methods Today

Saturday, 17 November 2018

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

Register Here

Screen and Film Research Methods Today relaunches the Screen Studies Group annual postgraduate training day.  The day has two major goals.  The first is to bring together all new film and screen studies doctoral students in London and the environs. It will enable network building around shared specialisms beyond your home department.  Second, it will provide foundational training in methods that are relatively new to this field and which home institutions often cannot provide.  

This is a one-day session presenting research methods for all new and returning doctoral students. We will address 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 include a panel on archives now available for under researched or previously excluded cinemas and communities.


Screen and Film Research Methods Today - Schedule

09.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.10 Welcome (Rachel Moore, Goldsmiths)

10:10-11:00 Keynote Address:  Virginia Crisp, Kings College London

‘I’d Like to See it First in a “Normal” Way’: Researching Audience Resistance to ‘Event’ Cinema

11.00-11.30  Tea & Coffee Break

11.30-1.00  Session 1: Researching Cultures of Production and Reception (Chair: Lucy Bolton, QMUL)

  • Mike Thomas, SOAS (ethnography of production cultures)
  • Eva Cheuk-Yin Li, KCL (interviewing audiences)
  • Joe Attard, KCL (Q-methodology and audience studies)

1 - 2.00 Lunch Break (catered)

2 - 3.00 Session 2: Challenges of Researching Film, Video and TV (Chair: TBA)

  • Cathrin Bengesser, Birkbeck (Challenges of researching the TV text)
  • Niles Qi Li, KCL (Researching audience over-titles [danmu] on streaming video)
  • Shakuntala Banaji, LSE (Visual Cultures/Visual Methods)

3.00 - 3.10 Break

3.10 - 4.00 Session 3: The AV Phd (Chair: TBA)

  • Tony Dowmunt, (Goldsmiths)
  • Joanna Lipper, Vertumnus Productions (University of York graduate)

4.00 - 4.20 Tea & Coffee Break

4.20 - 5.30 Session 4 (Roundtable): Using the Archive (Chair:  Rachel Moore, Goldsmiths)

  • Nikolaus Pernezcky, Goldsmiths (Cinémathèque Française)
  • June Givanni, "June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive" 
  • Lennart van Oldenburgh, Goldsmiths (commercial TV news archives, such as ITNSource, AP, and BBC [now handled by Getty])
  • Sarah Currant, Senior Librarian, BFI

5.30 - 6.30 Reception

6.30 - 8.30 Film Screening and Q&A (Chair:  Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS)

  • The Supreme Price (Joanna Lipper, 2014, 75 mins).