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Daisy Asquith

Senior Lecturer, MA Filmmaking (Screen Documentary)
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Daisy is a documentary filmmaker with 20 years’ experience making films for the BBC, Channel 4 and the BFI.

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Dr Veronica Barassi

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Veronica’s research investigates web structures and everyday practices of human negotiation and resistance.

Tracy Bass

Senior Lecturer, MA Filmmaking, Producing
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An independent producer, Tracy has won international awards and a BAFTA nomination for her film CARE.

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Ceiren Bell

Lecturer in Stop Motion Animation
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Ceiren’s research interests are animation as creative performance and its relevance to investigations of loss and exile.

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Dr Josephine Berry

Research Lab Lecturer, MA Culture Industry
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Josephine has interests in the creative economy and the relationship between creativity, life and power.

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Professor Lisa Blackman

Professor in Media and Communications
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Lisa works at the intersection of body studies, media and cultural theory, particularly subjectivity and embodiment.

Arnold Borgerth-Filho

Associate Lecturer
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Since 1980, Arnold has been working in three different areas of photography and teaches on the image and electronic arts.

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Dr Clea Bourne

Senior Lecturer, Promotional Media
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Clea’s main research interest is in financial markets and how they are mediated in global and local discourses.

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Dr James Burton

Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History
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James examines areas of cultural theory, science fiction, post-humanism, ecology and theories of fiction.

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Dr Louise Chambers

Associate Lecturer
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Louise researches psychology, individuals and mass media, particularly regarding gender, sexual orientation and disability.

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Professor Sue Clayton

Professor of Film and Television, Director of Screen School
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Sue is a UK feature film director, writer and composer. She has written and directed features, shorts and documentaries.

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Professor Tim Crook

Professor in Media and Communications
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Tim has broad interests, from international media law and ethics to the dramaturgy of espionage and spy fiction.

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Professor Sean Cubitt

Professor of Film and Television
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Sean teaches and writes about the history and philosophy of media, environmentalism and media technologies.

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Professor James Curran

Professor of Communications
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James’ work falls into two linked areas: media history and media political economy.

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Professor Aeron Davis

Professor of Political Communication
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His research merges elements of political communications, economic sociology, cultural economy and financialization.

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Professor Tony Dowmunt

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Tony’s work has involved arts documentaries, alternative/community media and practice research in the moving image.

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Alice Dunseath

Lecturer in Animation
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A lecturer in animation, Alice teaches electronic graphics, animation and on digital moving image.

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Professor Natalie Fenton

Professor of Media and Communications
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Natalie’s research addresses a complex issue of our age - the role the media plays in the formation of identities.

Professor Marianne Franklin

Professor of Global Media & Politics
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Marianne explores issues arising from internet technologies that collude and collide with society and culture.

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Professor Des Freedman

Professor of Media and Communication Studies
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Des Freedman is interested in media and power together with media policymaking, regulation and reform.

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Matthew Fuller

Professor of Cultural Studies
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Matthew is involved in a number of projects in art, software and media ecology and has written on media theory.

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Bill Gabbett

Associate Lecturer
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Bill’s interests include the history of mass media and media representations of the Empire and its decline.

Becky Gardiner

Senior Lecturer
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Becky has been a journalist since 1990, working mainly as an editor in both print and digital media.

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Dr Vana Goblot

Associate Lecturer
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Vana has examined issues of television quality, cultural value and television archive in the digital, multiplatform age.

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Dr Graham Harwood

Reader in Critical Technical Practice, Convenor of MA Digital Culture/Computational Media
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Graham's work uses art as a mode of enquiry into technical objects in fields of health, war, oceans and death.

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Bruce Ingman

Convenor, MA Children's Literature: Children's Illustration pathway
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Bruce is a writer and illustrator of children’s literature with interests in picture books and graphic novels.

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Professor Sarah Kember

Professor of New Technologies of Communications
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Sarah focusses on the future of publishing, digital media, smart media, feminist science and technology studies.

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Gholam Khiabany

Reader in Media and Communications
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Gholam studies the relationship between citizenship, political activism and media and cultural practices.

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Andrew Kingham

Senior lecturer in Interactive Media and Illustration
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Andrew works across the areas of illustration, animation, interactive media, photography and graphic design.

Terry Kirby

Senior Lecturer
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A former Birmingham Post news editor, Terry convenes the MA Journalism and writes a column for the Independent.

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Tassia Kobylinska

Lecturer in TV, Senior Tutor
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Tassia is a filmmaker who has produced and directed documentaries for a range of NGOs and INGOs worldwide.

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Ellie Levenson

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A practising journalist, Ellie has written for the Guardian, Independent, Financial Times and the News Statesman.

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Linda Lewis

Senior Lecturer, Programme Convenor MA in Television Journalism
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Linda is an award-winning broadcaster has worked in TV, radio, print and online, spending over 20 years with BBC news.

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Jacob Love

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Jacob is an artist of photography, film, installation and dance, focussing on photography when encountered by bodies.

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Dr. Richard MacDonald

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
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Richard’s teaching and research are concerned our relationship to media screens as material and social objects.

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Mirca Madianou

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Mirca's research examines the social uses and consequences of communication technologies in a transnational context.

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Gerry McCulloch

Head of Production, MA Filmmaking
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Gerry utilise the lack of commercial controls in education as a creative opportunity for student filmmakers.

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Professor Angela McRobbie

Professor of Communications
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An elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Angela has provided a feminist critique of the fashion industry.

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Dr Liz Moor

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
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Liz's research examines the role of communication in economic life, focussing on brands and the design industry.

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Dr Rachel Moore

Lecturer in International Media
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Rachel's research covers early film history and theory, specifically the historical and contemporary avant-garde.

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Professor David Morley

Professor of Communications
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David's research spans questions of media technologies constituting the 'electronic landscapes' within which we live.

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Kate Morris

Lecturer in Journalism
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Kate is a news journalist with over 15 years' experience on local, regional and national publications.

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Hung Nguyen

Lecturer in Digital Journalism
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Hung specialises in digital content strategy and has worked for the BBC attracting millions of audience members.

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Damian Owen-Board

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Damian is an artist working in photography, video and installation, exhibiting work in the UK and internationally.

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Dr Luciana Parisi

Reader/Convenor of PhD Cultural Studies
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Luciana chair's the PhD in Cultural Studies and her research draws upon aesthetics, culture, politics and technology.

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Nigel Perkins

Lecturer in Communications
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Nigel co-ordinates undergraduate courses and produces photography and video for clients and exhibitions internationally.

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Dr Anamik Saha

Lecturer in Media, Communications and Promotion
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Anamik's research interests are in 'race' and its place in cultural industries and cultural production.

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Dr Shela Sheikh

Lecturer, Convenor MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy
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Shela's research draws on continental philosophy, post- and de-colonial studies, and environmental humanities.

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Dr Richard Smith

Senior Lecturer
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Richard explores media representations of black and Asian troops within multicultural memory and commemoration processes.

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Robert Smith

Senior Lecturer
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Robert is a filmmaker who has worked as a producer, director, cameraman and story editor.

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Dr Gareth Stanton

Senior Lecturer in Communications
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Gareth is currently working on questions of world cinema, media and politics and environmental change.

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Dr Dan Strutt

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Dan's work straddles the academic fields of post-cinematic media and the creative economy.

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Professor Couze Venn

Part-time Professor
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His current research concerns the search for post-capitalist alternatives to neoliberal capitalism and climate crises.

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Dr Marina Vishmidt

Convenor, MA Culture Industry
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Marina's work examines the relationship of art, value and labour, with emphasis on financialisation and subjectivation.

Milly Williamson

Senior Lecturer
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Milly's interest is the relationship between the media and citizenship and the means by which groups are marginalised.

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Professor Joanna Zylinska

Professor of New Media and Communications, Co-Head of Department
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Joanna writes on new technologies and new media, combining philosophical writings with photographic art practice.