The Film, Theatre & Television Research Division carries out cutting-edge interdisciplinary research using state-of-the-art facilities at the University’s Minghella Studios.
Our research analyses the forms and conventions of film, theatre and performance, television and media, their cultural and historical contexts, and the politics of representation.
Close analysis is a hallmark of our work, and we were pioneers of practice-based research as an alternative means of exploring research questions. Recent practice-based work has included devised performance about subjectivity, gender and identity, mixed media and digital media performances, and durational performance art. Published scholarship includes books on world cinema, TV drama and sitcom, and how film and theatre engage with ecology.
We work across disciplinary and medium boundaries, collaborating with creative professionals, museums and arts institutions, and engaging with a wide range of local and regional communities in the UK, internationally, and online.
We have well-established links with cultural institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, the British Film Institute, the Cinemateca Brasileira (Brazil), AusStage (Australia) and IbsenStage (Norway).
We also provide research leadership through our editorial positions with journals including Critical Studies in Television, Transnational Cinemas, the Journal of Beckett Studies and Screen, and several leading book series ('World Cinema' published by IB Tauris, the 'Television Series' from Manchester University Press, and the 'Film Drama and Performance Studies' series of Anthem Press).