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Professor Joe Kember

Research supervision

I am currently supervising PhD students in the fields of  cinema history and theory, nineteenth-century shows and popular culture, and film practice. In addition to these areas, I am also interested in supervising PhD theses on any aspects of film and popular entertainment exhibition practices, histories of acting and performance, representation of cities and other spaces on film, and theories of film, including studies of cognition, emotion, and embodiment.

I also use Exeter's Bill Douglas Cinema Museum ( widely in my research and would be very interested in working further with doctoral students on the substantial mass of materials held by the Museum concerning film history and nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual and popular culture.

Research students

First Supervisor.

Ros Leveridge, Dignified and Discreet’: The Development of Popular Entertainment in Devon Coastal Resorts, 1870-1914 [AHRC Project Studentship] (2008-11, passed).

Fiona Petit, Freak Shows in Britain 1870-1900: Interactions of Popular Entertainment and Medical Curiosity (2008-12, passed).

Adam Whybray, Animating Dissent: The Political Object of Czechoslovakian Stop-Motion Film (2011-).

Jamie Chambers, The Strange Home Project: Towards a Distinctive, ‘Authentic’ Contribution to Scottish Cinema Grounded in Community Folklore (PhD by Practice co-supervised with LFS, 2012-).

Jane Devoy, Methods of Writing, Production and Exhibition in Contemporary Filmmaking: How Modes of Working Affect Final Product (PhD by Practice co-supervised with LFS, 2012-).

Second Supervisor

Phillip Wickham, British Situation Comedy and the Culture of New Capitalism (2009-12, passed).

Gillian Moore, The Life and Work of Charles Victor Alexander Peel (2008-)

Christopher Davies, History, Fantasy and Reality: The Influence of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Contemporary Historical and Fantasy Films since 2004 (2010-)

Alice Levick, Narrative Representations of American Urban Space from 1920-1960 (2011-)

Hannah Brown, British Film Culture in the 1980s (2011-)

Richard Wells, The Apple Paradigm: Food for Thought (2011-)

Will Barrett, Digital Interaction with Heritage (2012-)