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Postgraduate students

Check out the array of research expertise emerging within MFCO.

PhD and MA Theses

Current PhD Theses

  • Christine Daviault
    When the Code Falls in Love with the Narrative: A study of interactions between video game players and persistent non-player characters (PNPCs)
  • Kevin Fletcher
    Consumption, collaboration and subversion in neoliberal children's television
  • Jim Gan
  • Malcolm George
    Spirituality, Superstition & Samachar: An Analysis of the Purpose & Nature of Religious Infotainment Programmes on Private Hindi Television News Channels in India
  • Owain Gwynne
    Fan-Made Time: Fans of the Hobbit film adaptations
  • Chris Hacon
  • Rieko Hayakawa
    Possibility of Universal Service in the Pacific Islands
  • David Hoskins
    Cinema's Class Ceiling: Narratives of Class in American Cinema
  • Paul Kirkham
    The Debt Economy and Control Societies
  • Sally Milner
    Changing Empire(s) and the Cinematic Maternal Body: Melodrama and Post-war European Cinema
  • Peter Stapleton
    The Punkumentary: The Embodiment of a Punk Sensibility Within the Music Documentary
  • Alex Thong
    Postcolonial democracy and activism in Malaysia
  • Ryan Tippet
    Examining the normalization of surveillance and security in social media as marking the shift from disciplinary to Deleuze’s “Control” society, taking as a case study reddit.com’s “crowdsleuthing” response to the Boston Marathon bombings
  • Massimiliana Urbano
    Radical politics, Social Media and the Subaltern Question in Italy
  • Carolijn Van Noort
    BRICS online: a narrative analysis of new technologies and identity forming
  • Eileen Yu
    Virginia Woolf, the Window and Visual Culture
  • Matthew Ward

Current MA theses

  • Alison Blair
    Children of the Revolution: Bolan, Bowie and the Carnivalesque
  • Ryan Metzler
    Applying Postcolonial Theory to an Artistic Aesthetic: A Critique of Traditional Visual Ethnography
  • Lewis Rarm
    Terror Media
  • Edmund Smith
    The Role of the Director in Legitimising the Superhero Genre

Recently completed PhD theses

  • Dr Aida Nasirah Abdullah
    Environmental Online Communication in Malaysia: a Case Study of Best Practices used by Malaysian Environmental NGO's Websites
  • Dr Anne Begg
    Brand New Zealand: Media Governmentality and Affective Biopower
  • Dr Garth Cartwright
    "We Live Inside a Dream": Ideology and Utopia in the Films of David Lynch
  • Dr Maud Ceuterick
    Willful women in contemporary cinema: Affect, space and affirmative aesthetics
  • Dr Florian Deffner
    Communicative Mobility and Networked Mediation in Transnational Lifeworlds: a case study of European Expatriates in Australia
  • Dr Gillian Elliot
    Exploring nature as representation and young adults’ conceptualisations of nature in the user-generated online world: Nature 2.0
  • Dr Olivier Jutel
    Liberalism and its Populist Excess – Barack Obama, the Tea Party and the Median Field
  • Dr Teri Higgins
    Attention to Detail: Epistolary Discourse and Contemporary Cinema
  • Dr Gabrielle Hine
    Shaping Motherhood: Representations of Pregnancy in Popular Media
  • Dr Shah Nister J. Kabir
    New Zealand Media Constructions of Islam and Muslims: An analysis of selected newspapers between 2005-2006
  • Dr Rebecca Kambuta
    Programming Parents: Care of Supernanny
  • Dr David Paterno
    Joining (or constrained between) Technology and Medium: Social Communication as Organising Practice
  • Dr Bronwyn Polaschek
    The Postfeminist Biopic: Narrating the lives of Plath, Kahlo, Woolf and Austen
  • Dr Ellen Pullar
    Arletty and Jean Harlow: a Comparative Analysis of Two Film Starts of the 1930s
  • Dr Donald Reid
    From Solid to Liquid Culture: The institutional, political and economic transformation of New Zealand state broadcasting
  • Dr Erica Todd
    Representing Romance at the Movies: Passionate Love and Film Genre

Recently completed MA theses

  • Aline Freire de Carvalho Frey
    Realism, Urban Conflict and Spatial Segregation in New Brazilian Cinema
  • Petra Lenihan
    Rethinking Indian Cinema: Toward a Cinema of Multiplicity
  • Paul McMillan
    Media Power, Framing and the New Zealand Press: VSM and Kim Dotcom
  • Bernard Madill
    Soundscaping New Zealand: an Aural Perspective of a Cinematic Geography
  • Katherine Miller-Skillander
    Documenting Lives Over Time: How Longitudinal Documentaries Provide a Visual Life Course Perspective
  • Jo Murphy
    Re-Presenting Fear: the Slasher Remake as Cumulative Hypertext
  • Jane Ross
    Re-examinations of Rural Life in Contemporary New Zealand Documentary
  • Abigail Sawyer
    Race, Terror and the Media: Representations of the New Zealand "Anti-terror" Raids
  • Peter Stapleton
    The Rockumentaries, Direct Cinema, and the Politics of the 1960s
  • Matt Ward
    Previously on Battlestar Galactica: Narrative Innovation in Contemporary American Science Fiction Television