The Film and Visual Media Research Group is a forum for academic staff and research students from across the School of Languages and Social Sciences who have a broad interest in the social and cultural roles and functions of film and other visual media (television, photography). The objective of the Group is to encourage discussion and further understanding of the empirical and theoretical operation of visual texts, particularly given the role they play in the formation and communication of specific collective identities in an increasingly transnational/globalised context of their production, distribution and reception.
Discussion is based on a range of topics, including:
- The place of cinema and television in the construction of imagined/imaginary communities
- The importance of language/political economy/cultural tradition/textual strategy to particularist cultural production
- The roles of states and markets, genres and movements
- The concepts of national/transnational cinemas.
Our activities include informal research discussions, seminars from invited speakers as part of the Institute for the Study of Language and Society (ISLS) programme and developing research projects.
For more details, contact Graeme Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org).