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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:

  • Rona Murray, Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
  • Laura Clancy, Mediating Monarchy (AHRC/ESRC- co-funded)
  • Bernadette Salem, Cinema and space exploration
  • Matthew  SmithThe figure of the child in British cinema
  • Taryam Al Subaihi, Post-ISIS mediations of the war on terror

I have supervised the following PhDs:

  • 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).

For the first time ths year I have delivered the brand-new 2nd-year option module, Women Film-makers: Critical Visions, Critical Revisions (LICA258).

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), supervise a film-making group on the 'Non-fiction film practice' module (LICA257), and I supervise undergraduate dissertations.




Current Research


Cycling and Cinema (Goldsmiths Press/MIT, 2018)

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.


'Aporias of Foreignness: Transnational Encounters in Cinema'

With my colleague Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio), I am currently editing a suite of articles for a special issue of the journal Transnational Cinemas (vol. 9, no. 1, 2018). My contribution examines the issue of mobile-phone footage, new media and self-representation in documentaries dealing with the Mediterranean refugee crisis.









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