Jack Newsinger

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Programme Co-Convenor BA Film and Media

Bankfield House Room 3.18

Telephone: 0116 2297455

Email: jn107@le.ac.uk

Twitter: @JackNewsinger


Career Experience

I have a BA in English Literature from the University of Sussex and an MA from the University of Nottingham, where I also did my PhD. Before joining the Department of Media and Communication in 2010 I taught at the Department of Culture, Media and Drama at the University of the West of England.

Research Interests

My research focusses on film, cultural and creative industries, and I am particularly interested in questions around policy, cultural labour and creative practice.

All my work seeks to interrogate the dynamics of power relations in cultural production, and their effects on practices and identities. My research is collaborative and I have worked extensively with organisations and people outside academia. My work has been funded by AHRC, the British Film Institute, the British Academy/Leverhulme and the Arts Council Bridge organisation for the East Midlands. I’ve published on a range of subjects including cultural policy, cultural value and evaluation, film policy, the creative industries, radical documentary, short film, disability arts and the films of Shane Meadows. My current projects are summarised below – I’m always interested to hear from potential collaborators and research students in these areas.

I am the principle investigator on a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project to investigate the effects of austerity on freelance creative practitioners and diversity.

I am the co-investigator (with Mark Banks and Doris Eikhoff) in a British Film Institute-funded meta-analysis of research relating to diversity in the UK Screen Sectors. This project is the first from the CAMEo Research Institute, and I am a CAMEo associated researcher.

I am working with Mike Wayne and Steve Presence on an AHRC-funded international network for politically and aesthetically radical film culture. This project aims to investigate contemporary radical film culture and explore ways in which it can be sustained.


Teaching and Supervision

I have taught a range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level including film, creative labour, media and communication history and theory, new media, and research methods. Currently I lead the following modules:

  • Undergraduate dissertation
  • Global Film Culture (undergraduate)
  • Working in the Creative Industries (undergraduate)
  • Global Cinema (postgraduate)

I am the Programme Co-Convenor (with Guy Barefoot) of BA Film and Media.

I am interested in supervising doctoral research that relates to any of my research interests. Currently I am first supervisor to Ken Wang (Chinese creative industries) and second supervisor to Alejandra Echeverri (Columbian PSB).

Grants and Awards

  • April 2016-Jan 2017 Co Investigator, Meta-Analysis of Diversity in the UK Screen Sectors, 2008-2016. The British Film Institute (£30,000)
  • Jan 2016-Jan 2017 Principle Investigator, Freelance Artists and Austerity. British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (£9,614)
  • June 2014-Jan-2015 Co-Investigator, Disabled children and young people: Engagement in arts and culture in the East Midlands in an environment of restrained resources. The Mighty Creatives (http://www.themightycreatives.com/) (£16,000)
  • December 2013-June 2014 Principle Investigator, CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix Award) (£4000)
  • November 2012: College Research Development Fund (£744)
  • 2005-2009 AHRC Doctoral Scholarship

Professional Activities

HEA Fellow

Member of AHRC Peer Review College

I was the book reviews editor for Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies 2006-2007 and sat on the editorial board 2005-2009. I’ve reviewed books for Scope, the Journal of British Cinema and Television and the Journal of Media Practice.

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School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
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Distance Learning Courses
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Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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