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- United Kingdom
- University of Glasgow
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- Cinema, film, early film, media, technology, railways, digital, British culture, Hollywood, Second World War, First World War, women, feminism, women's work, gender and race
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- Available to discuss specific research or general topics/background
- About Me
I’m an academic based at the University of Glasgow, as well as a critic (bylines in Sight and Sound and New Statesman, among others), and curator (founder of the Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival). My work focuses on media technologies and the role of gender, race and class in shaping film culture.
I am currently working on a project about called ‘Decoding Star Wars‘ that traces the historic links between the film and software industries, and examines how gender and race have affected the production, design and circulation of the franchise.
I have also published on the connections between cinema, the railways and other technologies of modernity in Britain from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries (From Steam to Screen, I B Tauris, 2018). This work covered topics including: early film exhibition and fairground history; First and Second World War cinema; women’s representation onscreen; evacuee film screenings; railway cinemas; and empire.
- Recent Publications
“On Brilliance: Making Light of Women’s Creative Labour,” MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, May 1, 2018
From Steam to Screen: Cinema, the Railways and Modernity (I B Tauris, 2018)
“The Coming of the Projectionettes”: Women’s Work in Film Projection and Changing Modes of Spectatorship in Second World War British Cinemas,’ Feminist Media Histories 2, no. 2 (2016).
Selected criticism and reviews
“Star Wars, I Love You… But Solo Needed to Stop Saying ‘I Know’,” Medium, June 3, 2018
“Raze the Red carpet: Cannes 2018 Responds to #MeToo,” Sight and Sound, May 21, 2018
“Athena SWAN is an Ugly Duckling,” Times Higher Education Supplement, May 3, 2018
- Media Coverage
- BBC (BBC Radio Scotland, Woman's Hour, BBC News website), STV (Scotland Tonight), Telegraph, Indiewire, Mashable, Mary Sue, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Time, Hollywood Reporter, and others
- Country Focus
- Britain and USA
- Expertise by Geography
- England, United Kingdom, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, 20th century, 21st century
- Expertise by Topic
- Computational, Gender, Higher Ed, Race, Technology, Women