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The Film Studies Department at King’s College London is a leading centre for research on all aspects of cinema, from its earliest days to the present, and branching into related screen-based technologies, including television, online media, and artists’ film and video. 

Our pioneering research was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, in which we achieved the highest rating of any department in London and were in the top five in the UK – a performance we repeated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 

The Department runs events throughout the year, from film screenings and research seminars with guest speakers to major international research conferences. We also co-organize the annual King’s@BFI Key Scholars program, which brings internationally renowned scholars to London to give public lectures on their work at the BFI Southbank. The annual Chinese Visual Festival is another high-profile venture in which our department plays a leading role.  

Our research is world-leading and diverse in terms of historical and geographical range and methodology. We are especially well known for our expertise in European, North American, and East Asian cinemas; and our subjects of particular concern include: both popular cinema and art cinema; film distribution and exhibition, including audiences, film festivals, galleries and museums; queer cinema; film theory and its history; film and philosophy; and the representation of cities and their roles as centres of film and media. 


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Postgraduate Research

The Department of Film Studies at King’s has a vibrant postgraduate research culture, with doctoral candidates contributing to teaching and research.

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Film Studies research seminar series 2019/20

All seminars take place on Wednesday, 17.00 - 18.30, Strand S-1.04

Autumn 2019

2 October - Laurence Kent (KCL) 'A History of Cinema with Gilles Deleuze: Transcendental, Transindividual, Technical'. (Chair: Sarah Cooper) 

16 October - James MacDowell (Warwick) 'YouTube Aesthetics and "YouTube Art"'. (Chair: Tom Brown)

6 November - Ying Xiao (Florida) 'Sound, Image, and Popular Media at the Nexus of Global-China'. (Chair: Chris Berry)

20 November - Christine Geraghty (Glasgow) 'Casting for the public good: colour blind casting on British screens in the 2010s’. (Chair: Ginette Vincendeau)

4 December - Philippa Lovatt (St Andrews) 'Foraging in the ruins: Nguyễn Trinh Thi’s ecocinema’. (Chair: Elena Gorfinkel)

Winter 2020

15 January - Gary Needham (Liverpool) 'How can one relate? Leo Bersani, Film Studies, Gay Cinema'. (Chair Rosalind Galt)

29 January - Clive Nwonka (LSE) 'The Black Neoliberal Aesthetic'. (Chair: Sonal Kantaria)

12 February - Nessa Johnston (Edgehill) 'Beyond Text, Beyond Film: The Commitments as Event'. (Chair: Iain Smith)

4 March - David Rodowick (Chicago) 'Cavell, Community, and Contemporary Art (On Angelica Mesiti's World Citizens)'. (Chair: Catherine Wheatley)

18 March - Ginette Vincendeau (KCL) 'From pioneer to pariah: the extraordinary case of Claude Autant-Lara and the (re)writing of French film history'. (Chair: Richard Dyer)


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