Our research analyses the languages and conventions of film, theatre and performance, television, and new media. We explore their cultural impact and how they engage with identity and representation, inclusion and social justice, conflict, and migration.
Practice as research
Staff and students in the Department develop a diverse and exciting range of projects using practice-as-research methodology.
- restagings and translations
- devised work on subjectivity, gender and identity
- performance and theatre history
- mixed media and digital media performances
- documentary filmmaking
- fiction filmmaking
- site-specific work on ecological performance practice
- durational performance art.
Recently completed projects
Our research environment
We are based in Minghella Studios, which houses a collection of versatile performance spaces and facilities to support staff and postgraduate research practice.
We also host talks, workshops, residencies and public performances by eminent scholars and practitioners.
Within the Department, we have more than 9,000 audiovisual assets for film, theatre and television research.
We frequently collaborate with other departments at Reading on research projects.
For example, we partnered with the Department of Politics and International Relations on Disappearing War: Cinema and the Politics of Erasure in the War on Terror.
Our staff and students work with museums, universities and arts institutions on research projects, nationally and internationally.
They also engage with a wide range of communities in the UK, abroad, and online.
If you are interested in collaborating with us on a research project, please contact Professor Jonathan Bignell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.