Media studies teacher and researcher Ross Adamson's work is concerned with online public sphere activity, specifically the commenting practices on online news sites, he draws particularly on the philosophy of Habermas and Bakhtin and has also worked on technologies for education.
Frauke Behrendt's research interests include digital cultures, sound studies, mobility, media theory and sustainable/green media. Lecturing in Media Studies, she leads the EPSRC-funded research project ‘Smart e-bikes - understanding how commuters and communities engage with electrically-assisted cycling.
Lecturing in Media Studies, Professor Julie Doyle's research engages with the ways in which the environment and the body are variously mediated, by the discourses and technologies of imaging; science and medicine; and gender, sexuality and class. Twitter: juliedoylej
Dr Louise FitzGerald lectures in film and screen studies with specialist interests in the politics of representation (especially the performativity of race and gender), feminist film theory and the politics of post-feminism, cultural studies, screen history, modes of screen maternalism in popular culture and screening culinary cultures.
Dr Aristea Fotopoulou's research focuses on the social and cultural transformations that relate to digital media and data-driven technologies. Her new book is entitled "Feminist activism and digital networks: between empowerment and vulnerability" (2017, Palgrave/MacMillan). She is Course Leader of the MA Digital Media, Culture and Society, and Chair of ECREA Digital Culture and Communication.
Media studies lecturer Paula Hearsum specialises in Popular Music and Journalism. She believes that media is something you do as well as think about. Her professional background includes a decade as a music journalist before moving into new media as an editor and consultant appearing on tv and radio as well as many public speaking engagements.
Dr Olu Jenzen’s research interests span Critical Theory (especially feminist and queer theory), the politics of aesthetic form, cultures of trauma, the representation of gender and sexuality in film, literature and popular culture and social aspects of non-normative epistemologies.
Leader of Media Studies, Irmi Karl has helped develop the rich media-related course provision at Brighton. Her teaching and research interests include ICTs and everyday life, gender and sexuality, as well as the class politics of popular media forms. She is a founder member of the LGBT Queer LIfe research hub and the BSSN Sexualities Network.
Helen W Kennedy is an academic specialist in media cultures of games and play.
She has organised a range of game related initiatives including the first UK International conference on games in 2001. Her principle focus is on technology, aesthetics and embodied perception in relation to games and play.
Media and screen lecturer Ewan Kirkland's areas of interest include representations of race, gender and sexuality in popular culture, where he seeks to interrogate the construction of dominant identities such as masculinity, heterosexuality and ethnic whiteness. His work includes the textual analysis of videogames, particularly the survival horror series Silent Hill.
Patricia McManus is a lecturer in media and cultural history. She works on the history of modern cultural practices and forms, in particular on the history of the novel and other mass-mediated forms of fiction. She is particularly interested in feminist, Marxist and ‘post-Marxist theoretical traditions
Maria Sourbati leads the BA in Media Studies at Brighton and has previously worked as a producer and presenter in local/community radio stations, and held research posts at the British Film Institute and Goldsmiths College. Maria’s research explores the governance and social implications of the diffusion of electronic media technologies.
Dr Glenn Ward is lecturer in the History of Art and Design. His main research interests lie in the visual cultures of cinema and in the interrelationships between avant-garde, marginal and popular screen cultures. His background is cross-disciplinary and early interests in questions of authorship, taste and visual pleasure were expressed in painting; these now inform his scholarly work.
An acclaimed photographer and anthropologist, Julia works through layers of physical and cultural geography, history and memory, piecing together fragments that establish links between our collective past and present. She is also an experienced arts facilitator and curriculum developer.