Staff Profile:Dr Lisa Purse

Dr Lisa Purse
Job Title:
Head of Department


  • Director of Teaching and Learning, Department of Film, Theatre & Television

  • Member of the Steering Committee for Prosperity and Resilience University Research Theme

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures

  • Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme Leader

  • Module convenor of Part 1 and Part 2 critical practice modules, Part 3 Advanced Practical Project, and Part 3 Critical Issues in Film Style

  • Steering Committee member, Prosperity & Resilience University Research Theme

  • Principle Investigator on British Academy-funded project 'Disappearing War': Cinema and the Politics of Erasure in the 'War on Terror' (2015-16)

  • Co-Investigator on AHRC/FAPESP-funded project IntermIdia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema (2016-19)

Areas of Interest:

My research is broadly concerned with the relationships between aesthetics and the politics of representation in cinema.

I am interested in constructions of the body and physicality in post-studio mainstream cinema, and in particular their relationship to zones of geopolitical conflict. A second key strand of my research explores popular cinema's interactions with the digital, including the emergence of Digital 3-D. My monograph Contemporary Action Cinema explored issues of style, representation, and politics in action cinema of the last decade. My second monograph Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema investigated the challenges that digital elements of the film frame pose for interpretation. I am currently researching projects on cinema and the epistemology of war, and space and duration in contemporary digital cinema


Research groups / Centres:

Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (

Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme: (

Ways of War Centre:]

Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on any aspect of my research interests, including proposals with a practical component. I am currently supervising theses on creative modes of production in the filmmaking process (co-supervisor, research by practice), animating the evacuee archive - memory and materiality (co-supervisor, research by practice), Shakespeare and action cinema (co-supervisor), and Shinya Tsukamoto and intermediality in 70s and 80s Japanese cinema (co-supervisor).


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  • Introduction to Film

  • Critical practice modules in all years

  • Critical Issues in Film Style

  • MA Film Production

  • MA Film Aesthetics

  • MA World Cinemas

  • Dissertation/advanced practical project supervision (BA and MA)


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Film Institute
  • Member of Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member of Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee of CFAC - Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures
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Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 4079

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