Dr Michael N Goddard

Staff details

Position Reader in Film and Screen Media
Email Michael.Goddard (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Michael N Goddard

Michael's work falls under three areas: transnational cinema, popular music and media theory. In terms of the former, he has especially developed a strong profile in European cinemas. Publications include his co-edited book Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context (Rochester, 2014) and his monograph on the cinema of Raúl Ruiz, Impossible Cartographies (2013), which was the first comprehensive academic work in English on this important filmmaker. In Popular music, he has written a series of publications on post-punk and industrial musics. He also co-organised the 2010 Noise, Affect, Politics conference that led to two edited books on noise that have become definitive in their field. He is also a media theorist, mainly in the areas of media ecologies and media archaeology. His most substantial contribution to both fields is his monograph, Guerrilla Networks, which was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2018, and which excavates a range of 1970s radical media practices

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Art History and Theory, University of Sydney 2004
  • MA in English (Film Studies), University of Otago 1999
  • BA Honours (Communications) University of Technology, Sydney 1994

Teaching and Supervision

Michael is primarily teaching on the MA in Film and Screen Studies.

He has taught a wide range of film, television and media studies courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising multiple MAs and PhDs.
He is interested in PhD supervision in film, television and audiovisual media, especially involving media archaeology and ecologies approaches

Research interests

Michael has extensively researched a variety of audiovisual media focusing on cult and transnational film, contemporary television, popular music, media archaeology noise, digital screen cultures and aesthetic and political philosophies.

In media ecologies this includes the special “Unnatural Ecologies” issue of Fibreculture he co-edited with Jussi Parikka, while in transnational cinema he has written numerous journal articles and contributed to the Blackwell Companion to Eastern European Cinemas (2012)

Michael's most significant externally funded project was the Science without Borders/CAPES funded “Special Visiting Researcher” fellowship for the project: “The Social Media Mapping of Popular Music Scenes” (2014-2016). This project included, in addition to extensive research periods and pedagogy in Brazil, hosting of a number of PhD and postdoctoral researchers in the UK. The project involved researching and mapping a range of music genres in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with reference to international research on music, digital mapping and urban space.
Other significant projects include the two already mentioned monographs on Raúl Ruiz and Guerrilla Networks, two edited journal issues on the return of Twin Peaks in 2016, the co-edited collection Music/Video (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the successful international conference Trans TV which took place in September, 2017, and led to a series of four edited and introduced dossiers in Critical Studies in Television between 2018 and 2020. He has also published recently on the experimental film and video work of Józef Robakowski, Genealogies of VR and immersive media and contributed a chapter on The Clash for the Oxford Companion to Punk Rock. Currently he is writing a fourth monograph on the music of the British queer electronic group Coil, and developing one project on immersive audiovisual media from expanded cinema to VR and another on contemporary depictions of time travel and time loops across multiple media

Publications and research outputs


Goddard, M N. 2022. What Was Guerrilla Media. Medien & Zeit, 2021(3), pp. 15-28. ISSN 0259-7446

Smith, Anthony N.; Goddard, M N and Fairclough, Kirsty. 2016. Introduction: Twin Peaks’ persistent cultural resonance. Series - International Journal of TV Serial Narratives, 2(2), pp. 5-8. ISSN 2421-454X

Silveira, Fabrício and Goddard, M N. 2016. David Bowie, brinquedos adultos e outras dimensões estranhas do universo de Twin Peaks. Questões Transversais - Revista de Epistemologias da Comunicação, 3(6), pp. 120-126. ISSN 2318-6372

Goddard, M N. 2015. Opening up the black boxes: Media archaeology, 'anarchaeology' and media materiality. New Media & Society, 17(11), pp. 1761-1776. ISSN 1461-4448

Goddard, M N. 2013. Impossible cartographies: approaching Raúl Ruiz’s cinema. Em Questão, 19(1), pp. 21-41. ISSN 1807-8893

Goddard, M N. 2012. Cinematic and Aesthetic Cartographies of Subjective Mutation. Subjectivity, 5(1), pp. 75-94. ISSN 1755-6341

Goddard, M N and Halligan, Benjamin. 2012. Cinema, the Post-Fordist Worker, and Immaterial Labor: From Post-Hollywood to the European Art Film. Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, 53(1), pp. 172-189. ISSN 0306-7661

Goddard, M N. 2011. Towards an Archaeology of Media Ecologies: ‘Media Ecology’, Political Subjectivation and Free Radios. Fibreculture(17), FCJ-114. ISSN 1449-1443

Goddard, M N. 2006. We Are Time: Laibach/NSK, Retro-Avant-Gardism and Machinic Repetition. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 11(1), pp. 45-53. ISSN 0969-725X

Goddard, M N. 2005. 1968–1977–1999 and Beyond: Bifo's Futural Thought. Cultural Studies Review, 11(2), pp. 49-56. ISSN 1837-8692

Goddard, M N. 2004. Towards a Perverse Neo-Baroque Cinematic Aesthetic: Raúl Ruiz's Poetics of Cinema. Senses of Cinema(30), ISSN 1443-4059


Goddard, M N. 2013. The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies. London: Wallflower Press. ISBN 9780231167307

Goddard, M N. 2010. Gombrowicz, Polish Modernism, and the Subversion of Form. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. ISBN 9781612490359

Book Section

Goddard, M N. 2023. Sincere, Authentic, Remediated: The Affective Labour and Cross Cultural Remediations of Music Video Reaction Videos on YouTube. In: Holly Rogers; Joana Freitas and João Francisco Porfirio, eds. Remediating Sound: Repeatable Culture, YouTube and Music. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Goddard, M N. 2023. Groups of Militant Insanity versus the Videopolice: The Schizoanalysis of Radical Italian Audiovisual Media Culture as Post-Media Assemblages. In: Joff P. N. Bradley; Alex Taek Gwang Lee and Manoj NY, eds. Deleuze, Guattari and the Schizoanalysis of Postmedia. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 183-196. ISBN 9781350180512

Goddard, M N. 2022. Noise Annoys, Noise Is the Future: Noise in Communication and Cybernetic Theories and Popular Music Practices. In: Mark Delaere, ed. Noise as a Constructive Element in Music: Theoretical and Music-Analytical Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 19-34. ISBN 9781032200392

Goddard, M N. 2017. Television, Tractations, and Folklore: Raúl Ruiz as Transmedia Filmmaker. In: Ignacio Lopez-Vicuna and Andreea Marinescu, eds. Raul Ruiz's Cinema of Inquiry. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press, pp. 49-68. ISBN 9780814341063

Goddard, M N. 2017. Mysteries of Raúl Ruiz's Portugal: Territory, Littoral, City and Memory Bridge. In: Mariana Liz, ed. Portugal's Global Cinema: Industry, History and Culture. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781784531980

Goddard, M N. 2017. Audiovision and Gesamtkunstwerk: The Aesthetics of First and Second Generation Industrial Music Video. In: Gina Arnold; Daniel Cookney; Kirsty Fairclough and M N Goddard, eds. Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 163-180. ISBN 9781501313905

Goddard, M N. 2014. Media ecology. In: Marie-Laure Ryan; Lori Emerson and Benjamin J. Robertson, eds. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 331-333. ISBN 9781421412245

Goddard, M N. 2014. Beyond Polish Moral Realism: The Subversive Cinema of Andrzej Żuławski. In: Ewa Mazierska and M N Goddard, eds. Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context. Rochester NY, Woodbridge: University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer, pp. 236-257. ISBN 9781580464680

Goddard, M N. 2013. Félix and Alice in Wonderland: The Encounter Between Guattari and Berardi and the Post-Media Era. In: Clemens Apprich; Josephine Berry Slater; Anthony Iles and Oliver Lerone Schultz, eds. Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology. Berlin, Lüneburg: Post-Media Lab/Mute Books, pp. 44-61. ISBN 9781906496944

Goddard, M N. 2013. Noise from Nowhere: Exploring 'Noisyland's' Darker, Experimental and Industrial Music. In: M N Goddard; Benjamin Halligan and Nicola Spelman, eds. Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781441159373

Goddard, M N. 2012. The Impossible Polish New Wave and its Accursed Émigré Auteurs: Borrowczyk, Polański, Skolimowski, and Żuławski. In: Anikó Imre, ed. A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 291-310.

Goddard, M N and Halligan, Benjamin. 2011. The Autumn in Germany: A Dialogue on Fassbinder and Terrorism. In: Fabio Vighi and Alexis Nouss, eds. Pasolini, Fassbinder and Europe: Between Utopia and Nihilism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 151-170. ISBN 9781443823784

Goddard, M N and Halligan, Benjamin. 2010. Introduction: 'Messing up the Paintwork'. In: M N Goddard and Benjamin Halligan, eds. Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9780754668626

Goddard, M N. 2009. Raymond Bellour. In: Felicity Colman, ed. Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers. Durham: Acumen, pp. 256-265. ISBN 9781844651849

McKay, George and Goddard, M N. 2009. Introduction: (Post-)subculture theory, and practice in East-Central Europe. In: George McKay; Christopher Williams; M N Goddard and Neil Foxlee, eds. Subcultures and New Religious Movements in Russia and East-Central Europe. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 3-14. ISBN 9783035302929

Goddard, M N. 2003. Wajda, Grotowski and Mickiewicz: The Dialectics of Apotheosis and Derision. In: John Orr and Elzbieta Ostrowska, eds. The Cinema and Theatre of Andrzej Wajda: The Art of Irony and Defiance. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 132-145. ISBN 9781903364574

Goddard, M N. 2000. The Scattering of Time Crystals: Deleuze, Mysticism and Cinema. In: Mary Bryden, ed. Deleuze and Religion. London: Routledge, pp. 53-64. ISBN 9780415240284

Edited Book

Arnold, Gina; Cookney, Daniel; Fairclough, Kirsty and Goddard, M N, eds. 2017. Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501313905

Mazierska, Ewa and Goddard, M N, eds. 2014. Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context. Rochester NY, Woodbridge: University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781580464680

Goddard, M N; Halligan, Benjamin and Spelman, Nicola, eds. 2013. Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781441159373

Goddard, M N; Halligan, Benjamin and Hegarty, Paul, eds. 2012. Reverberations: The Philosophy, Aesthetics and Politics of Noise. London: Continuum. ISBN 9781441160652

Goddard, M N and Halligan, Benjamin, eds. 2010. Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754668626

Edited Journal

Mazierska, Ewa and Goddard, M N, eds. 2013. Wojciech Jerzy Has Special issue, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, 4(1). 2040-350X

Further profile content

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Conferences and talks

2021: Dark and the Reinvention of Time Travel Television: Parallel Worlds, Multiple Embodiments and Quantum Entanglement
Presentation at the 2021 BAFTSS conference which took place online, exploring the resurgence of time travel television and the specific case of the German series Dark

2021: 'Noise Annoys, Noise is the Future': Communicational Noise in Cybernetic Theories and Popular Music Practices
This was a presentation of my chapter at a workshop for an international publication on noise, Noise as a Productive Element in Music, organised in Belgium but taking place online for the volume

2021: Apocalyptic Visions of a Society in Ruins: ‘Cinematic Monuments’ to 1989 and Late Socialism
This was a keynote address at the Przeostrzenia. Polish Cinema in the Face of Political Transformations 1945 and 1989, conference at the University of Warsaw/Online

2018: Immersive Media, Virtual Reality and the Media Archaeology of Audiovision
This was a keynote address at the 4th Network Society conference, Netizen21: Beyond Personal Account, Hangzhou, China

Grants and awards

2017: CAPES/Science Without Borders, Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship: The Social Media Mapping of Popular Music Scenes
This project was valued at 65,000£ in total and included in addition to extensive research periods and pedagogy in Brazil, hosting of a number of PhD and postdoctoral researchers in the UK