Home > Research > Researchers > Bruce Bennett

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Bruce Bennett supervises 3 postgraduate research students. If these students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

View graph of relations

Dr Bruce Bennett

Senior Lecturer

Bruce Bennett

Lancaster University

The LICA Building



Tel: +44 1524 594753

PhD supervision

I am interested in working with students in any area of cinema, film studies, screen studies or visual culture, but have particular interests in:
Hollywood cinema, British cinema, Transnational cinema, Early cinema, Film, politics and class, cinema technology, Visual culture and climate change, cycling and cycling cultures.

Current Teaching


I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Bernadette Salem, Cinema and space exploration
  • Matthew  SmithThe figure of the child in British cinema

I have supervised the following PhDs:

  • Dr Laura Clancy (2019: AHRC/ESRC co-funded), The (Family) Firm: Representation and Power in the British Royal Family
  • Dr Rona Murray (2019)Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
  • Dr Liz Nichols (2017), Distracted Spectatorship: The cinematic experience and franchise films
  • Dr Anna Martin (2014). Writing the Star: Stardom, Fandom and Real Person Fanfiction
  • Dr Imogen Robertson (2013). Intervals, Rhythms and Waves: Relations of Affect in Case Studies of Subjective Documentary from the 1980s and 1990s 
  • Dr Katherine Harrison (2009: AHRC-funded). Terror/Democracy: An iconology
  • Dr Alex Simcock (2009: AHRC-funded). Rethinking Film and Television through the made-for-TV movie
  • Dr Dominique Ying-chih Liao (2008). Film and theatre in post-martial law Taiwan


I currently convene the 2nd-year core Film Studies module, Hollywood and Beyond: Global Cinema (LICA251), and am teaching the third-year option, Silent Cinema (LICA355).

I also contribute lectures on the 1st-year Film Studies core module, Introduction to Film Studies (LICA150),the 1st-year core module, Modernism in the Arts (LICA100), the 2nd-year core module, Critical Reflections (LICA200), and I supervise a number of undergraduate dissertations.




Current Research



Cycling and Cinema (Goldsmiths Press/MIT, 2019)

This new book is a cultural history of cycling in global cinema and new screen cultures, considering the cultural significance of the bicycle and the practice of cycling as, variously, leisure activity, transportation device, professional sports apparatus, consumer good, a means of creative expression and a means of protest.

I was awarded a 12-month Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to undertake this project. The project is outlined in more detail in the Leverhulme Trust newsletter from May 2015.

A blog on the project can be found here, and the book can be ordered here.



'Close Encounters with Foreignness' (2019)

My regular collaborator and co-writer Katarzyna Marciniak and I were asked, along with a number of other scholars in the field, to submit an article for the 10th anniversary issue of Transnational Cinemas journal, reflecting upon the state of transnational film studies. Our article, which is organized around an analysis of Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War (2018), was published in April and can be found here.


'Aporias of Foreignness: Transnational Encounters in Cinema' (2018)

With my colleague Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio), I recently edited a suite of articles for a special issue of the journal Transnational Cinemas entitled 'Aporias of Foreignness' (vol. 9, no. 1, 2018). My contribution examines the issue of mobile-phone footage, new media and self-representation in film and TV documentaries dealing with the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Details of my article and the special issue can be found here.












View all (39) »

View all (53) »