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Croombs, Dr Matthew

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Film Studies
Film Studies Department
N457, Norfolk Building
Strand Campus


Matthew completed his PhD in Cultural Mediation and MA in Film Studies at Carleton University, Canada. He also gained a BA Hons in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • The history of film theory
  • French and European cinema during the decades of decolonization
  • Militant and non-Western documentary
  • Post-structuralism, cultural studies, and critical theory 

Matthew Croombs’ research examines the cinema as an art of social liberation and the epistemology of Film Studies as a discipline. He is currently working on a monograph entitled, An Opposition in Search of Itself: Radical French Cinema and the Algerian War, which examines how both the aesthetic motifs and theoretical debates of French film culture during the 1950s and 1960s were structurally conditioned by the political context of the Algerian War of Independence.

Selected Publications
  • “La Jetée in Historical Time: Torture, Visuality, Displacement.” Cinema Journal 56, no 1 (2017)
  • “Loin du Vietnam: Solidarity, Representation, and the Proximity of the French Colonial Past.” Third Text 28, no. 6 (2014): 489- 504
  • “French Algeria and the police: horror as political affect in three short documentaries by Alain Resnais.” Screen 55, no. 1 (2014): 29-47
  • “Pasts and Futures of 1970s Film Theory.” Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies 20 (2011)
  • “Algeria Deferred: The Logic of Trauma in Muriel and Caché.” Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies 16 (2010)

Matthew Croombs has taught courses in both classical and post-68 film theory, film and memory, media languages, film movements, and the history of the television serial.

Expertise and public engagement 

Matthew Croombs has been involved in several public lectures and curatorial projects. In the autumn of 2012, for example, he collaborated with Dr. Aboubakar Sanago and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to bring British-Ghanaian filmmaker John Akomfrah to Carleton University for a special visiting scholar series.

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