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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, 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
  • 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




Current Research



Revolutionary Films: The Cinematic History of Cycling

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 have been 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.


Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy (Routledge - AFI Readers series).

I have been working with Dr Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio) on an edited collection of essays on the political, philosophical and methodological challenges of teaching transnational cinema, due for publication in April 2016.






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