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

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Dr Bruce Bennett

Senior Lecturer

Bruce Bennett

The LICA Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YW

United Kingdom

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.

Current Teaching


I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Rona Murray, Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
  • Liz Nichols, The Cinematic Punctum
  • Laura Clancy, Mediating Monarchy

I have supervised the following PhDs:

  • 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 am currently convening the second-year core module, Global Cinema (LICA251), the third-year option module Silent Cinema (LICA355), and supervising third-year dissertations.

I also contribute to the first-year core modules, Introduction to Film Studies (LICA150), Modernism in the Arts (LICA100), and the second-year core module, Critical Reflections (LICA200).



Additional Information



Revolutionary Films: Cycling and Cinema

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.


Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy.

I am working with Dr Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio) on an edited collection of essays on the political, philosophical and methodological challenges of teaching transnational cinema. This is currently in process with a provisional publication date in 2015 with Routledge in its 'AFI Film Readers' series.


The Cinema of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

I am working with Bulent Diken (Sociology) Graeme Gilloch (Sociology), and Craig Hammond on a critical study of the Turkish film-maker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan.


The Cinema of Michael Bay: an aesthetics of excess. 

I am co-editing a 'dossier' for the online Film Studies journal, Senses of Cinema, on the Hollywood director, Michael Bay, in conjunction with Dr Bruce Isaacs (Sydney University, Aus.) and Dr Leon Gurevitch (University of Victoria, NZ). This will also include contributions from Brian Baker (English and Creative Writing, Lancaster), Mark Kerins, and Lisa Purse. This is due for publication in Spring 2015.


Convergence culture and digital animation. 

I am co-writing an essay on the representation and symbolism of space in contemporary screen cultures with Dr Leon Gurevitch (University of Victoria, NZ).


Design fictions, design futures.

I am in the early stages of developing a project with Dr Martyn Evans (LICA) on the history and critical function of 'design fiction'.



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