Dr Bridget Conor
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Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London
2.11 Chesham Building
Research interests and PhD supervision
Dr Conor’s research interests are at the intersection of screen production studies, gender theory and critical creative labour studies. Her current research focuses on screenwriting as creative labour in the UK as well as gender and inequalities in cultural production industries. Her previous research analysed the globalisation of the New Zealand film industry and the production of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She has been teaching and researching in the fields of media and film studies for ten years in both the UK and New Zealand. Her work has been published in book collections and in journals such as Television and New Media and the Journal of Screenwriting. Her book Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice (2014) is published by Routledge. In 2015, she co-edited two new collections: Gender and Creative Labour (with Rosalind Gill and Stephanie Taylor, published as both a journal special issue and a monograph) and Production Studies The Sequel! Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries (with Miranda Banks and Vicki Mayer).
Bridget is an interdisciplinary scholar who has worked within and across the fields of media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and film studies. Her current fields of research include screenwriting theory, gender theory, critical labour studies and screen production studies. Her first book: Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice (2014) is published by Routledge. The research project the book is based on is an analysis of industrial screenwriting, critically analysing the careers and experiences of British screenwriters and their (both) elite and liminal work as writers and filmmakers in the ‘new cultural economy’. Bridget conducted empirical fieldwork for the project – a combination of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with British-based screenwriters and teachers of screenwriting, textual analysis of screenwriting manuals and analysis of labour market data. Bridget’s previous research analysed the political economy of the New Zealand film industry and the ‘runaway production’ phenomenon in the context of the filming of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Methodologically, this work utilised historiographic analysis, economic data and creative industries policy analysis, discourse analysis of mainstream media coverage and commentary and interviews with filmmakers and film policy analysts. As well as the book, Bridget is currently working on projects focused on inequalities in screen industries.
For more details, please see her full research profile.
- Conor, B., Gill, R., and Taylor, S. (2015) Gender and Creative Labour, The Sociological Review 63: 1.
- Banks, M., Conor, B., and Mayer, V. (2015) Production Studies The Sequel! Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries, New York: Routledge.
- Conor, B. (2014) Screenwriting: Creative labour and professional practice. London: Routledge.
Available at www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415642675/
- Conor, B. (2012/2014). ‘Gurus and Oscar winners: How-to screenwriting manuals in the new cultural economy’. Television and New Media 15:2, 121-138.
Available at: http://tvn.sagepub.com/content/15/2/121
- Conor, B. (2013). ‘Hired hands, liars, schmucks: Histories of screenwriting work and workers in contemporary screen production’ in Theorizing Cultural Work: Transforming Labour in the Cultural and Creative Industries, M. Banks, S. Taylor and R. Gill (eds.) London: Routledge, 44-55.
- Conor, B. (2013). ‘Subjects at work: Investigating the creative labour of British screenwriters’ in Behind the Screen: European Contributions to Production Studies, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 207-220.
- Conor, B. (2011). ‘Problems in “Wellywood”: Rethinking the Politics of Transnational Cultural Labour’, Flow TV, 13: 7, January 27, 2011. [Re-posted for ‘From the Field: Winter 2011’, scholarly archive compiled by the Media Industries Project, Carsey-Wolf Project, UC Santa Barbara.
For a complete list of publications, please see Bridget's full research profile
Expertise and public engagement
Bridget loves teaching and has taught in a number of institutions in both the UK and New Zealand.
Bridget is a member of the International Screenwriting Research Network, SCMS, MECCSA and the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. She has presented at conferences in New Zealand, France, Finland and the USA in recent years and has been invited to participate in workshops and conferences in Denmark and the Czech Republic in 2012. She is also involved in activism around gender and precarious work in London.