Dr Michele Pierson
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1681
Film Studies Department
King's College London
563 Norfolk Building
Research Interests and PhD supervision
Educated in Australia. Ph.D. and B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa (Intensive Graduate Course, 2008)
Previously Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Queensland.
- International Avant-garde Cinema
- Screen Aesthetics and Spectatorship
- Film and Philosophy
- Institutional History of Experimental Film and Media
Michele Pierson’s research interests are in the areas of avant-garde cinema; film and philosophy (especially aesthetics); film and the other arts; the institutional history of experimental film; and film and new media. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The Accessibility of the Avant-garde: Drama and Abstraction in American Experimental Film and Media.
Michele welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests.
For more details, please see Michele's full research profile.
- Special Effects: Still in Search of Wonder (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).
- Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). SCMS Honorable Mention for the Best Edited Collection for 2012.
- "Avant-garde Re-enactment: World Mirror Cinema, Decasia, and The Heart of the World", Cinema Journal 49, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 1-19.
- "Ken Jacobs: A Half Century of Cinema," in Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 1-24.
- “Jacobs’s Bergsonism,” in Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 196-212.
For a complete list of publications, please see Michele's full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Specialist undergraduate and graduate teaching on American Underground Cinema, Experimental Film and Philosophy, and Film and New Media.
International Advisory Board of Mirage: A Journal of Artists’ Moving Image and Editorial Board of “Thinking Cinema” Series for Continuum.