Contemporary approaches to current and historic areas of Film Studies characterise the research of staff in the department. We explore how film is constructed and how it changes over time, where it travels to and how it takes effect, drawing on the various cultures of avant-garde, national and popular cinema.
We focus on four broad and interconnected fields.
The Centre for Film and Ethics facilitates interdisciplinary work involving ethics in the context of moving image research.
Our Film Cultures group investigates the development of understudied genres and movements, changes in cinema technology, financing and audiences, and the work of major directors, stars and set designers, using methods such as archival research.
Our Film Philosophy group, known in-house as Think Tank, investigates how the distinctive characteristics of cinema are elucidated by questions of ethics and experience, archaeology and capital, museality and memory, humanity and animality.
Our Film Practice area investigates the formal, ethical and philosophical processes of moving image production and exhibition, including documentary filmmaking, artists’ moving image, fiction cinema, screenwriting, live art and performance.