Michael Richardson is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. His main research interest is in issues relating to cultural communication and constructions of otherness in universal perspective. He has explored these themes principally through an anthropological and philosophical interest in two cultural phenomena of the twentieth century: surrealism and cinema. His interest in both arises from the same source: each is concerned with universal communication, surrealism as a movement that conceived of itself as exploding cultural boundaries in its concern to ‘transform the world’ and ‘change life’; cinema as a medium that needed (if only to recoup the expense of making films) to find a language with which to communicate with a universal audience. This research interest is also supported by a strong interest in translation and the possibility of cultural transmission. As well as continuing to pursue his interests in surrealism and cinema he is presently developing the theme of otherness further by researching the nature of friendship in its relationship with death.
He has previously been Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies at Waseda University and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo
Surrealism: Key Concepts (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
On The Needles of Days: Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia (with Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Ian Walker) (London & New York: Ashgate, 2013)
Otherness in Hollywood Cinema (New York: Continuum Books, 2010)
Surrealism and Cinema (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2006).
The Experience of Culture (London: Sage Publications, 2001).