Dr Anna Claydon

AnnaClaydon

Academic: PhD. Film Studies, University of Kent, 2003 (Thesis: Masculinity in Sixties British Cinema). M.A. Criticism and Theory, University of Exeter, 1998 (Dissertation: From Eutopia, to Utopia to Dystopia - The Fortunes of Socialism in Twentieth Century Speculative Fabulation).  B.A. English and American and Commonwealth Arts, University of Exeter, 1996 (dissertation topic: Science Fiction Cyborgs in Film and Television).     

Professional: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014.  PGCert Higher Education Teaching and Learning Support, University of Lancaster, 2003. PGCert Research Supervision, University of Lancaster, 2005.  ILM Level 2 Team Leading Award, Institute of Leadership and Management, 2010. ILM Level 3 First Line Management Award, Institute of Leadership and Management, 2012.

College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities Director of PGT Programmes

Lecturer in Media and Communication

Telephone : 0116 252 2089    Office: Bankfield House 118
e-mail : eac14@le.ac.uk

Research Interests

My current research is centred upon the following areas: music and film; disability in the media; and  seriality in the media. Recent work on music has been focussing upon film music, adaptation and serial form issues whilst work on disability issues, based within my research group IDeoGRAMS, has been on representation of disability on UK terrestrial TV (with Emeritus Professor Barrie Gunter and Paul Reilly) and on the photographic and advertising representations of disability in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics official programmes. A new disability studies project we are working on in IDeoGRAMS will be examining faith healers and disability in the media whilst my music work will be continuing to focus on serial forms in film and TV and how the music in such texts engages with this.  In parallel to my work on the body in the guise of disabled subjectivities I also have a long standing interest in the body in science fiction and am working on representations of cloning and genetics with my colleague Chris Willmott from Genetics, again an IDeoGRAMS project.

As can be seen from my list of Publications, I have written and presented on a wide variety of subjects, which reflects the diversity of my interests in many areas of film (science fiction, narratology, British cinema, gender theory, computer graphics, subjectivity, psychoanalysis etc…) and I fervently believe in the merits of maintaining a varied range of research interests as an academic and educator. In recent years this has meant that my work on music, disability and seriality are making connections across each other which are opening up new areas for research. For example, a new smaller study I am commencing is examining the representation of music and disability in film and my ongoing work on cloning and genetics is interested in the ‘deviant’ body as serial form as well as the science fiction trope or the mass production of humanity.

I currently have research students working on serial forms and texts across media, although recent PhDs I supervised have studied film music and semiotics and the representation of Arabs in film. I would encourage any potential PhD students to get in touch before developing your PhD proposal for an informal chat.

Publications

List of my publications, including forthcoming items.

To the right, this is a short presentation filmed by the University by my former student Saffi Barham where I talk about the third year module Music as Communication. I promise I usually sound more exited. Enjoy!

Teaching

I currently teach Film Studies on the BSc in Communications, Media and Society (as College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Director of PG Taught Programmes, I am 'resting' my module film leading but and contributing to other modules such as Global Film Cultures and Science, Environment and Risk Communication in 2015-16). I also teach Music as Communication for Year 3 and Musical Communication at MA level, both modules aimed at students who want to learn about music but have little formal training in the topic.

I further contribute to the BA Film and Media, led by  the Department of History of Art and Film via teaching on the IDeoGRAMS research connected module 'Seriality: Film, Television and Other Media').

I am interested to hear from prospective research students who would like to undertake research into any of my areas of interest, in particular those who might want to work on British cinema, British-South Asian film spectatorship, disability in film and television, film and music or seriality. My recent completed PhD student was Konsti Kalogeropoulos, who worked on film music (specifically The Lord of the Rings series) and I am currently co-supervising Sarah Penger (on transmedia serial forms). I have also supervised many Masters’ dissertations on subjects as wide ranging as electronic music in film, film marketing, national cinemas, fantasy, psychoanalysis and Confucianism in Chinese cinema.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and won teaching awards from the University of Leicester Students' Union in 2011 and 2014.

Other activities

I am currently Director of PGT Programmes for the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities. This means that I look after the PGT (MAs/MScs/PGDips and PGCEs) representatives, marketing and recruitment and policy and strategy for over half of all the PGT students taught by the University of Leicester. I am also leading the University review of PGT curriculum, delivery and strategy during 2015-16 along with a team of colleagues from across the institution.

I am furthermore heavily involved in BAFTSS, the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (www.baftss.org). I am currently Co-Chair of the Conference Committee and Treasurer. The conference is held at a different university each year. For 2016 we will be at the University of Reading. Please see our website for the Call for Papers.

Finally, my musical activities as an academic are interconnected with my work as a music practitioner as a member of CoMA (www.coma.org) and I run the East Midlands regional group (www.comaeastmidlands.yolasite.com). At the heart of CoMA are inclusive principles of musical participation and knowledge building that are central to my teach and research.

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