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Alison Butler


Areas of interest

My research interests are in two fields: women's cinema and artists' film and video. My research on women's cinema is concerned with the relationships between feminist theory and the practices and aesthetics of women filmmakers, conceptualised as a "minor cinema" in the Deleuzian sense of the term, as an inflection of dominant forms.

My interests in artists' film and video include the aesthetics of multi-screen installation, the meanings and functions of projected public art and ways of thinking about cinematic time and space, especially when these are transposed into non-theatrical locations. I am an editor of the journal Screen.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on any topic relating to alternative and artists' film, theories of cinematic time and space, and women's cinema. I am currently supervising doctoral students working on DIY cinemas; constructions of gendered space in film; the work of Stephen Dwoskin; politics and realism in the work of Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami.


  • Film Forms and Cultures (BA Year 2)
  • Women's Cinema (BA Year 3)
  • Film Aesthetics (MA)
  • Practical project supervision (BA and MA).

Professional bodies/affiliations


  • Butler, A. (2006) Gender. In: Grant, B. , (eds.) Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. Schirmer/Gale , New York. ISBN: 9780028657912