The MIPMC Research Group at Northumbria University provides a hub for staff and postgraduate researchers who are engaged with the analysis of the moving image and popular media in all its forms, from theoretical, historical, practice-based, industrial and empirical/sociological perspectives
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Research Seminars and Events

Wednesday 9th February 2022, 4pm: Misha Kavka (Amsterdam), ‘Roadsters and Rockets in Space: Elon Musk and the Space-steading of Entrepreneurial Masculinity’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/ARxn1eCnfv

Wednesday 9th March 2022, 4pm:  Esther Moreno Morillas (Valencia), ‘Porn festivals during covid-19, an online approach’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/gLCY4sVAcD

Wednesday 16th March 2022. 5pm: Tom Watson (Teesside), ‘This is not just a Minor Threat: Scene Politics and Punxploitation Cinema’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/D1i61nS3X2

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 5pm: Dolores Tierney (Sussex), ‘Nascent Cult Viewing? Latinx audiences and Spanish theatres in New York 1969-1973’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/mK0XJaAxfX

Wednesday April 27th 2022, 4pm: Mark Deuze (Amsterdam), ‘Life in Media’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/JSsJDY3ewz 

Wednesday 4th May 2022. 4pm:  Neil Jackson (Lincoln), ‘Combat Shocks: Mapping the Terrain of the ‘Namsploitation Film’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/5UAnhAJ5Z9

Wednesday 11th May 2022, 4pm: Joan Hawkins (Indiana), ‘“I came for you”: Revisiting Bernard Rose’s Candyman’. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/0DE2p4Wvwg

Past events

Horror, Cult and Exploitation Media IV: An Online Workshop for PhDs and ECRs (13 May 2021, Northumbria University)

PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the field(s) of “horror, cult and exploitation” screen media, are invited to submit abstracts about their research to deliver at an online workshop, hosted by the Moving Image and Popular Media Culture Research Group at Northumbria University, UK, on Thursday 13 May 2021.

The workshop – which follows three highly successful events in 2017, 2018 and 2019 (2020’s was cancelled due to Covid-19) – will take the format of a mini-symposium, and consist of three sessions, each made up of four speakers. Speakers will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of Northumbria’s academic experts, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to feedback to each speaker, and to ask follow-up questions.

The workshop is intended to be a small-scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.

The event will feature a presentation by Dr Kieran Foster (author of Hammer Goes to Hell: The House of Horror’s Unmade Films), who will discuss the contents of the official Hammer Script Archive housed at De Montfort University.

Applicants are reminded that there are only twelve spaces available. The event is free to attend.

The deadline for abstracts is 23.59 (GMT) Sunday 28 March 2021. To submit an abstract, please complete the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/QytCfRQrvjUibxNv6. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal within 7 days of the deadline.

Questions can be directed to the event’s principal organiser, Dr Johnny Walker (johnny.walker@northumbria.ac.uk).

Relevant publications by Northumbria Faculty include (for example): Watching Game of Thrones (2021), The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (2019), Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama (2018); Italian Horror Cinema (2017), Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (2016), Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (2016), Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie (2016), Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (2015), Zombies and Sexuality (2014), Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw (2013), The Evil Dead (2011), Trash or Treasure? Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007)

4 March 2020
Media@NU PGR Lightning Talks
A series of short presentations by current Northumbria PhD students
Craig Clark: Early Interventions in the Depiction of Psychedelic Culture in US Screen Media
Stuart Frazer: Positive and Negative Representations of Tyneside’s Working-Class in ITV’s The Dwelling Place
Tom May: Aesthetics and Style in Play for Today
Ami Nisa: Remakes, Recycling and the Paranormal Activity Meme in Found Footage Horror

19 February 2020
Cecilia Stenbom (Northumbria)
Screening and discussion of recent and current projects

5 February 2020
Melanie Hoyes (British Film Institute)
The Power of Data: The True Landscape of Diversity in the UK Film Industry

11 December 2019
Becky Bartlett (Glasgow)
Hey Hey, We’re Not Monkeys: Gorilla Men in the Movies

24 October 2019
Evelyn Preuss (Yale) 
Have No Illusion: Konrad Wolf’s Cinema of (Dis)Affect

16 October 2019
Sarah Bowman (Northumbria)
The unfathomable and liminal practice of organisational communications’ 

30 October 2020
Ben Lamb (Teesside)
Assessing changes to the welfare state:  An investigation into the effects of alternative regional media on local services and recipients of care in North East England.