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Dr Ben Tyrer

Dr Ben Tyrer

Dr Ben TyrerLecturer in Film Studies (fixed term)

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Film Studies Department
King's College London
452N Norfolk Building
Strand Campus


Ben was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at King’s College London, where he completed a BA in English with Film Studies, an MA in Critical Methodologies, and a PhD thesis on Lacan and film noir. He also holds a Foundation Degree in Fine Art.

Ben has previously worked as a Teaching Fellow in Film and Literature at the University of York.

Research Interests
  • Film theory and film-philosophy
  • Modern critical theory and continental philosophy, especially psychoanalysis
  • Film noir
  • European cinema

Ben’s research interests also include art and cinema (particularly British art cinema, but also cinema’s relation to the other arts), and East Asian cinema. Currently, he is developing projects exploring Lacanian encounters in contemporary cinema, and Žižek and film-philosophy.

Selected Publications
  • “Film Noir as Point de Capiton: Double Indemnity, Structure and Temporality,” Film-Philosophy (forthcoming, 2013).
  • “Film Noir Doesn’t Exist: A Lacanian Topology.” In Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, edited by David Henderson, 127-141. Newcastle: CSP, 2012.
  • “Digression and return: Aesthetics and Politics in Agnes Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000),” Studies in French Cinema 9, no. 2 (2009): 161-176.

Ben has taught a range of modules at both BA and MA level, including film form and contexts, post-war European and world cinema, contemporary cinema, film and authorship, film theory, and film-philosophy.

Ben currently convenes Film History: 1980 to the Present and Thinking Cinema.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Ben is a copyeditor for the Film-Philosophy journal and was a co-organiser of the 2012 Film-Philosophy conference.

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