Film, Media, Discourse and Culture

Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture

Formerly the Centre for Discourse and Cultural Studies, this centre builds on a long tradition of Cultural Studies in the University of Wolverhampton, with a bulk of internationally successful publications and external funding.

The centre hosts a group of scholars doing interdisciplinary research in the areas of discourse, cultural and media studies (including film). It provides a supportive, yet challenging environment for its members, building upon the currently existing critical mass of research, complementing with new projects.

Centre for Discourse and Cultural StudiesCurrently, the centre’s members carry out research in the following areas.

Other, Social Exclusion and Marginalisation

The projects include research into experiences of mental illness, marginalisation and trauma, with a particular focus upon masculinity and fatherhood, post-accession migrants to the United Kingdom and child forced-labourers; experience of organ and tissue transplantation; narratives of post-Communist transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Media

The projects include research into psychoanalysis and space in American and British cinema: abject spaces in the contexts of filmic institutions as sites that commonly repress subjectivity and traumatic spaces, and the location of such sites in 9/11 narratives, representations of insanity and trauma in war films;  landscape and British cinema, based on the correlation between film, and other visual arts; media manipulation the 19th and early 20th centuries and news values; British media institutions.

Current and recent projects

Research into gender and lived experience focuses in particular on:

  • masculinity and fatherhood and mental illness
  • the experience of organ and tissue transplantation
  • experience of psychosis.

Research into social exclusion and trauma has a particular focus on the following areas:

  • post-accession migrants to the United Kingdom
  • child forced-labourers
  • narratives of post-Communist transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Media research projects include:

  • psychoanalysis and space in American and British cinema
  • representations of insanity and trauma in war films
  • landscape and British cinema.

Impacts

Research at the Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture seeks to understand how different people, together with their experiences and cultures, are represented in society.