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The University of Southampton
Centre for International Film Research

Research

Dr Louis Bayman's research includes investigation into the aesthetics and cultural contexts of popular genres and especially melodrama. His research has included consideration of both nationally specific and more general manifestations of various categories including realism, the operatic, retro, horror and serial killer cinema, and he is currently co-editing the collection Journeys on Screen: Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics with Dr. Natalia Pinazza, for Edinburgh University Press.

Professor Tim Bergfelder’s research explores the transnational dimensions of European cinema, including co-productions and patterns of migration and exile. He is also interested in aspects of East Asian, South American, and African cinema.

Dr Sofia Bull’s research investigates transnational discourses on science and medicine in television, mainly comparing the UK, US and Scandinavian TV landscapes. She is also involved in the international network The Women Film Pioneers Project, researching the role of women filmmakers during the silent era across the globe.

Dr Beth Carroll’s research explores issues of the body and agency in international screen media. She is currently working on a project that investigates disgust in video games. Further research interests include phenomenology, haptics, narrative, sound and music, and space.

Dr Ruby Cheung’s research and publications focus primarily on East Asian cinemas, in particular Hong Kong cinema and the mainstream film industries in the three major Chinese-speaking communities in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. She has also published widely in the areas of film festivals and identities in film. Ruby is currently developing several new research projects that continue her research interests in transnationalism and transculturalism in cinemas.

Dr Shelley Cobb's current research focuses on transnational films made by women in the UK industry. Under the auspices of her research project Calling the Shots: women and contemporary film culture in the UK, she will be writing a monograph about women workers and works by women that move between the British and other film industries in the 21st century.

Dr Malcolm Cook's research interests lie in the intermedial relationships of the moving image and the ways in which the borders of cinema are maintained or contested by these, especially in animation and early cinema. He is currently developing a new research project on the role of animation in the transnational expansion of advertising.

Professor Kevin Donnelly's research mainly focuses on film music and sound and film theory, extending to audiovisual culture more generally. He has published material about television, video games, music recording, technology and urban geography.

Dr Michael Hammond’s research interests lie in the transnational nature of Hollywood from the silent period to the present day. These include issues of globalisation, reception, exhibition, genre, and the migration of production personnel. He is presently I am presently working on a British Academy funded project entitled The After Image of the Great War in Hollywood, 1919-1939.

Professor Lucy Mazdon's research interests include European film history, in particular French film, and British and French television. She is particularly interested in forms of transnational exchange and has published widely on the cinematic remake. Her recent work on French cinema in Britain explores the transformations which take place as films move from one cultural context to another.

Dr Corey Schultz’s research examines contemporary Chinese visual culture and film phenomenology. To date, he has analysed the symbolic and emotional significance of the ruin in China, film as a commemorative object and an act of commemoration, the ways that filmic affect and emotion operates as political “soft power,” and the affective experiences created by Chinese museums and films.

Dr Michael Williams’ research focuses on stardom, the representation of the past, and silent cinema. He is particularly interested in how cultural artefacts transform across historical and geographical contexts.

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