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Dr Ros Murray

Murray_RosLecturer in French

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1581

Address Department of French
King's College London
Room 4.41 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE


Ros held research posts at the University of Manchester and Queen Mary University of London, where she taught in French and film, before coming to King’s as a lecturer in 2016.
Research interests and PhD supervision
  • French film, especially documentary, experimental and avant-garde film and video
  • Feminism
  • Queer theory
  • Antonin Artaud

Ros’ research interests lie broadly in 20th and 21st century visual culture, critical theory, queer theory and feminism. She works on avant-garde, experimental and documentary film and video, and is currently writing up a monograph on post-1968 French feminist film. Her book Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul explored Artaud’s work in relation to questions of materiality and intermediality, taking a comparative approach to his theatre, film, drawings, notebooks and manifestos. 

She would be interested in supervising PhD projects on: French film, critical theory, feminism, queer theory, and the early 20th century avant-garde. 
Selected publications
  • Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • ‘Raised Fists: Politics, Technology, and Embodiment in 1970s French Feminist Video Collectives’ in Camera Obscura, vol 31, no. 1 91, 2016
  • ‘The Radical Politics of Possibility: Towards a Queer Existential Phenomenology through Chantal Akermans Je tu il elle’ in Feral Feminisms, Issue 5, 2016
  • ‘Activism, affect, identification: Trans Documentary in France and Spain and its Reception’ in Studies in European Cinema, vol 11, issue 3, 2014
  • ‘The Epidermis of Reality: Artaud, Dreyer and the Material Body’ in Film-Philosophy, volume 16 (2), 2013.
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.

Ros teaches modules in 20th and 21st-century theatre, film and literature, as well as language and translation.

Expertise and public engagement

Ros is a founding member, with Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad (Kingston), of the research network Herstoriographies

Ros has organised film screenings of film and video work related to her research, including at the Rio cinema in Dalston and at the Lambeth Women’s Project in Stockwell. She would be happy to speak on any aspect of 20th and 21st century French visual culture related to her research.

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