Aris Mousoutzanis lectures in film and screen studies, researching across literature, film and media.
He specialisms include: media representations of trauma and disaster; globalisation and multiculturalism; identity politics on the screen; screen media, power and resistance.
Dr Aris Mousoutzanis works across literature, film and media with expertise on apocalyptic fictions, Fin-de-Siècle cultures and the mediated experience of trauma.
He has co-organised a number of international conferences on the work of German media theorist Friedrich Kittler (Tate Modern), on post-millennial apocalyptic narratives (Westminster) and on cosmopolitan media and global crisis (Kingston). He has co-edited collections on New Media and Cybercultures, Science Fiction Studies, Apocalyptic Discourses in Contemporary Culture, and Media and Cosmopolitanism. He currently teaches Film and Screen Studies and specialises in areas such as: media representations of trauma and disaster; globalization and multiculturalism; identity politics on the screen; screen media, power and resistance.
Joining the University of Brighton from Kingston University in September 2013, Dr Aris Mousoutzanis has taught English Literature and Media Cultural Studies in a number of British universities. He obtained his MA from Royal Holloway College and his PhD at Birkbeck College.
Aris believes strongly in the significance of inter-disciplinary research and the constructive interaction between theory and practice, the Humanities and the Sciences, for the production and dissemination of original knowledge and research. His original, almost exclusive interest in English literature has now changed to a combined focus on the fields of Media Studies, Cultural Studies and English.
His PhD research concentrated on the ways in which end-of-the-century apocalyptic fictions also articulated contemporary political and social issues. More specifically, it concentrated on the ways in which the evocation of a ‘sense of an ending’ in apocalyptic fictions of the 1890s and the 1990s was also, consciously or unconsciously, conveying contemporary anxieties related to major changes in technological progress and imperialist practices. The research paid close attention to contemporary scientific theory and strategies of imperialist expansion (and, more specifically, the ways in which science and technology were used to imperialist ends) and it is published by Palgrave under the title: Fin-de-Siècle Fictions, 1890s-1990s: Apocalypse, Technoscience Empire. It won the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies book prize for 2014, awarded by the University of California Riverside: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/23296
Aris’s research on the topic has also enabled him to specialise in areas such as Science Fiction, Horror and the Gothic (in literature, film and television), while his interest in the relations of apocalypse, technology and empire has now expanded to areas of research between new media, globalisation and disaster. He is affiliated to the European Network for Cinema and Television Studies (NECS) and the British Association of Film, Television, and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
He has co-edited collections of essays on New Media and the Politics of Online Communities (with Daniel Riha, Inter-Disciplinary Press); Cybercultures: Mediations of Community, Culture, Politics (with Harris Breslow, Rodopi Press); Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culure (with Monica Germanà, Routledge) and Media and Cosmopolitanism (with Ruxandra Trandafolou and Aybige Yilmaz, Peter Lang).
His current main focus is on the relations between screen media and trauma. On the one hand, he investigates whether representations of trauma in fiction, film and television enable empathic identification of the reader/viewer or their desensitisation to suffering. On the other, he explores the ways in which the very history of novel media formats is often theorised with recourse to metaphors of ‘shock’ and ‘trauma’ either to the individual consumer or to society at large. The latter orientation is combined with a focus on the ways in which psychological theories of trauma also rely on technological metaphors in order to theorise the human psyche. This interplay between the human and the technological within this field is of particular interest to him.
My teaching is as interactive as possible and the teaching sessions that he runs are always a combination of brief, 10-minute ‘lectures’ in combination with relevant audio-visual material, followed by discussions on the material introduced by students.
My approach is always informal and friendly yet focused and intellectually engaging. I also believe strongly in the importance of highlighting both the relevance of ‘theory’ to the contemporary everyday experience of the media as well as its importance in developing transferrable skills for the students’ future workplace.
Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2016) Network fictions and the global unhomely C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, 4 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2045-5216
Yilmaz, Aybige, Trandafoiu, Ruxandra and Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2015) Media and cosmopolitanism [Edited Collections]
Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2014) Trauma, mediation, global crisis In: Yilmaz, A., Trandafoiu, R. and Mousoutzanis, A., eds. Media and cosmopolitanism. New Visions of the Cosmopolitan . Peter Lang, Oxford, UK, pp. 253-268. ISBN 9783034309691
Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2014) "Soul delay": trauma and globalisation in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (2003) In: Germana, M. and Mousoutzanis, A., eds. Apocalyptic discourse in contemporary culture: post-millennial perspectives on the end of the world. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 117-132. ISBN 9780415712583 (Submitted)
Germana, Monica and Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2014) Apocalyptic discourse in contemporary culture: post-millennial perspectives on the end of the world [Edited Collections]
Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis (2014) Fin-de-siecle fictions, 1890s-1990s: apocalypse, technoscience, empire Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137263650
Boyd, Ashley. "" All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again": reproduction, race, and violence in Battlestar Galactica." (2012).
Forlini, Stefania. "Sara Wasson and Emily Alder, eds. Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 43.1 (2012).
McManus, Elizabeth Berkebile. "Looking Backward and Forward." Science Fiction Studies 39.3 (2012): 547-549.
Machinal, Hélène. "From Postmodernity to the Posthuman." David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011): 127.
Meyhoff, KarstenWind. "Freak Ecology–An Introduction to the Fictional History of Natural Disaster." The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises 3 (2012): 295.
Seed, David. "Multiple Perspectives on SF." Science Fiction Studies 37:10 (2010): 110-113.
July 2011 – present. Member of Steering Group, Trauma: Theory and Practice, Inter-Disciplinary Net
Sep 2010 – present. Member of Steering Group, Cybercultures, Inter-Disciplinary Net