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The department fosters a strong research culture, conducting a depth and range of world class research in a vibrant international centre of learning.

Staff Research Expertise

Click through to profiles and exemplary publications of staff, postgraduate research students and alumni.

  • Dr Michael Bourk – Cultural and media analysis of issues, events, and cultural groups; Public policy rhetoric and narratives; framing analysis.
  • Assoc. Prof. Vijay Devadas – critical theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies; Indian and Asian media/cinema.
  • Dr Kevin Fisher – Film and Media, Phenomenology and Critical Theory, Science Fiction, Documentary.
  • Assoc. Prof. Catherine Fowler – Intermedia; The film/art axis of influence; Women filmmakers; European and experimental cinemas.
  • Dr Brett Nicholls – Media and Communication, Critical Theory, Contemporary Marxism, Postcolonialism.
  • Dr Rosemary Overell – cultural and media studies; music and popular culture; gender, Asian studies.
  • Dr Erika Pearson – Digital content and copyright issues, new and transmedia issues, augmented reality, and mobile device usage.
  • Dr Paul Ramaeker – Film history, contemporary cinema, film and television form and aesthetics, genre and authorship in film and television.
  • Dr Holly Randell-Moon – Critical and cultural theory, critical race and whiteness studies, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and communication, media, religion and politics.
  • Dr Hugh Slotten – History of Science and Technology, Media History and History of Communications.
  • Dr Davinia Thornley – Audience/Reception studies and methodology; Cultural studies; Indigenous media; National media; Aotearoa/New Zealand cinema.

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Media, Film and Communication, in conjunction with other Universities and research networks, is involved in organising and hosting a number of different conferences. Read more

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