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Media - Research informed

One of the key features of the diverse research culture in Media & Film Studies is the fact that academic research activities directly supports the positive dynamics of  teaching and learning in a number of ways. New and emergent ideas and practices inform debate, discussion and practical working projects.

Dr Keith McDonald

Dr Keith McDonald’s research has impact on a number of modules across the programme. For instance, his recent publication on the film Pan’s Labyrinth has resulted in the film being incorporated into a Film Studies module which examines narrative and genre. In addition, his work into the ethics of digital mapping technology is included in the module Media Futures & CyberCultures where students are encouraged to engage with debates about digital culture and power relations. Keith also publishes in the field of pedagogy and has recently published on the subject of multimodality and essayist literacy. This strand of research comes directly from Keith’s work with York St John students.


Dr Maria Rovisco

Maria RoviscoDr Maria Rovisco’s research interests cut across the humanities and the social sciences bringing together fields as diverse as cultural geography, social theory, postcolonialism, cultural sociology, and film. She was a member of the interdisciplinary Research Programme ‘Changing Media - Changing Europe’ (2000-2004), and of the NORFACE-funded seminar series/network ‘Globalization and the Transformation of Europe’s Borders’ (2007-2009). She is currently co-editing a book on cosmopolitanism and religion and preparing a manuscript on cosmopolitan cinema.

This has resulted in the recent addition of the Film Studies module Transnational Cinema. On this module students explore cinema as a transnational cultural form that involves cross-cultural logics of contact and connection and challenges to the category of national cinema.