Research & Professional Practice

Welcome to Research in the Lincoln School of Film & Media

The Lincoln School of Film & Media works in a highly collaborative and innovative ways, with partners from a range of disciplines, other HE institutions, and organisations from the worlds of industry, art and community - from festivals to broadcasters and major businesses of all types.

See the staff pages for further details of each project, publication and/or artefact produced, including further links to project websites.

Please also see our news page for details of latest events, reviews and projects that often also include research activity.

We welcome enquiries about Masters by Research, MPhil and/or PhD projects in any of the areas below. We aim to involve all our students in research projects wherever we can, and recently won a bursary to fund an undergraduate of BA Film & TV to work on the development of a major project on Children's Film and TV culture.

Research interests in media, film and cultural studies:

  • Cinema and Violence
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media and Digital Cultures
  • Documentary Forms and Practices
  • History of Media Technologies
  • Latin American Cinemas
  • Media Ecologies
  • Media Pedagogy
  • National Identities and National Cinemas
  • Popular Film and Cinema
  • Public Service Broadcasting and Broadcasting Policy
  • Television and Radio Studies

Media production and practice:

  • Animation
  • Broadcast radio and television
  • Digital Media
  • Documentary
  • Fiction film
  • Multi-media
  • Photography
  • Screen and scriptwriting

The Lincoln School of Film & Media is also home to:

Recent international media research events hosted by the Lincoln School of Film & Media include:

  • 'Latin American Cinemas Today: Reframing the National'
  • 'New Trends in Eastern European Cultural Studies'
  • 'Rethinking the Epic'
  • 'The Art & Practice of Movement Capture'.

History on Television

History on TVAuthors: Professor Ann Gray and Dr Erin Bell

Published December 2012 by Routledge

'History on Televsion' considers recent changes in the media landscape, which have affected to a great degree how history in general, and whose history in particular, appears onscreen.

Through a number of case studies, using material from interviews by the authors with academic and media professionals, the role of the ‘professional’ historian and that of media professionals – commissioning editors and producer/directors - as mediators of historical material and interpretations is analysed, and the ways in which the ‘logics of television’ shape historical output are outlined and discussed.

On Participation: A Critical New Media Analysis

On ParticipationThis exciting new publication by School of Media Lecturer Martyn Thayne contributes to the wider debates within media theory; not through an abstract model, but through clarifying the particular issues which have contributed to the development of new media technologies and their social character. By merely celebrating the interactive features of 'new media' many current approaches fail to offer critical insight into the historical development of the contemporary socio-technological milieu and largely ignore how participatory cultures are targeted by innovative political-economic regimes. 

Martyn's work presents a critique of recent work which, for the sake of this thesis and popular reference, he labels Media Studies 2.0.

Cloud Time in New York

Cloud Time 2School of Film & Media colleagues Dean Lockwood and Rob Coley recently went to New York University, invited there to present and debate ideas from their latest book, the highly acclaimed 'Cloud Time'.


History in film and television

Dr Andrew Elliott has recently been working on projects which examine the use of history in film and television, with a particular focus on the 21st century.

In March he was invited to talk about the 2004 film, King Arthur, at an international conference in Split, Croatia, where he delivered the paper “Artorius Castus as a Global Icon" -

He followed this up with a second paper, “Arthurian Mragments, Arthurian Mosaics” at the Boston Popular Culture Association in April, in which he spoke about Arthurian fragments—the ways in which we build up a ‘mosaic’ of the past by isolated, interwoven ideas. He is also working on Arthur in film and television in two forthcoming book chapters: the first is for Camelot on the Small Screen, and looks at Arthurian animations and subversion, and the second is a piece on Andrei Tarkovskii’s rather mysterious film, Stalker, written for a collection on the Holy Grail in film. 

King Arthur

ANNEXINEMA – cinema in unusual places

AnnexinimaNottingham Contemporary commissioned Annexinema (LSM Senior Lecturer Emily Wilczek and Ian Nesbitt) to produce an off-site film event this August inspired by their current exhibition of macabre drawings and uncanny sculptures by Alfred Kubin and Francis Upritchard.

The programme is part of their "Bad Trip" season, focusing on the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Peter Whitehead, and the descent of the sixties on film. Works selected will take a broad approach to ideas raised in the exhibition, including psychedelia, found footage, re-contextualised objects, and the familiar made strange, and includes work from the Media Archive of Central England, Peter Whitehead, Geiom, Rosalind Nashashibi, Shezad Dawood, Laure Prouvost, Lindsay Foster, Luke Fowler, and East Midlands Today.

More information here:

Derrida Today

Derrida TodayIn July 2012, Tony Richards presented a paper titled ‘Derrida & Social Networks: Autoimmunity, Ecanomie & General Hospitality’ at the biannual conference, this year held at Irvine where Derrida was a visiting professor for twenty years of his life. The conference brought together 150 Derrida scholars presenting papers in a number of streams including ‘Eco-Criticism and Animality’, ‘Metaphysics, Philosophy and Deconstruction’, ‘Aesthetics: Cinema, Art, Music’ and ‘Politics and Policies’ amongst others. Presented within the latter stream in a panel titled ‘Derrida’s Autoimmunity’, Tony's paper tracked an autoimmune (a key late Derridean concept) turn within the social network whereby excesses that were previously suppressed by classical media are given to free circulation within the longtail economic space of social networks.

 This paper was an investigation of a new political economy that he terms ‘Ecanomie’. This new term combines ‘economy’ and ‘anomie’ into one compound space. Economy derives from the Greek for household (oikos) and its good governance, while anomie derives from the Greek for a lawlessness (a nomos) that must be protected against. Classically then, media immunitise the spaces that they protect from such lawlessness, while within these new and emergent spaces, this immunitory procedure gives way to auto-immunity. This latter term represents that strange behaviour whereby an organism attacks its own defences. Tony has taken this Derridean concept and wrapped it up in his own concept of anomie.

An earlier version of this paper investigating the distribution of suicide within the social network has been submitted to the Canadian Journal of Communication.

Mexican Cinema

Head of School Dr Sarah Barrow recently published a paper on Humour in Mexican and Chicano Cinema in the second edition of the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Journal of Mexican culture, iMex:

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