The CATH Research Centre, based at De Montfort University, in Leicester, is home to renowned scholars working in the wide fields of television and cinema studies.
‘History’ is used here not to describe purely ‘the past’, but instead, in a way that is common in film studies, to signify empirical scholarly research on primarily contextual issues (rather than solely textual approaches) such as political economy, social and cultural impact, and contemporary policy.
The centre has a thriving postgraduate community, incorporating both part-time and full-time doctoral students, researching across a vast range of topics covering everything from marketing, adaptation, nostalgia and gender politics, to audience studies, apocalypticism, and wartime femininity.
This site brings together the CATH postgraduate students, as a forum for discussion, debate and analysis on everything from issues closely related to our research to entirely unrelated opportunities for geekery, obsessing and observation on all things film and TV.
All contributors can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassie Brummitt has recently completed her PhD, which focuses on the role of paratexts in constructing the Harry Potter franchise as a transmedia phenomenon. She teaches part-time at De Montfort University and also works at Phoenix, Leicester’s independent cinema. Her research interests include contemporary adaptation, transmediality, franchising, paratextual studies, digital marketing, popular culture, new media, and contemporary Hollywood cinema. Outside of academia, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing board games, going to the theatre, and the Oxford comma. She is also a Harry Potter fan.
Kieran Foster is an AHRC/M3C funded PhD student currently in his final year of study. His main research area is in the study of Hammer Films, specifically using the Script Archive to uncover and research some of the lost/unmade films of Hammer. Other research interests include adaptation, British film history, and contemporary Hollywood cinema. Outside of academia, Kieran enjoys travelling, socialising and going to the cinema.
Frances Galt has recently completed her PhD, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘A History of Women in the British Film and Television Industries’, led by Dr Melanie Bell and Dr Vicky Ball. Her research examines the relationship between women workers and the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT) in the film and television industries between 1960 and 1989. Frances’ main research interest is in women’s labour history, particularly women’s political activism and participation in the trade union movement. Outside of academia she enjoys sewing and watching television, and is also a massive Strictly fan.
Rebecca Jones MA, is an American PhD student in the Cinema and Television History Institute at De Montfort University, Leicester. She is researching the depiction of female artificial intelligences and robots in American and British science fiction films. She completed her Masters in Adaptation Studies at De Montfort University focusing on the intertextual adaptation of Shakespeare within science fiction films and novels. She has published an article on the progressive representation and style in the Monstress comic book series and a book chapter on the female protagonists in The Last of Us and Tomb Raider survivor horror video games.
Daisy Richards is a DMU Doctoral College Scholarship funded PhD student researching representations of rape and sexual violence on television. Her work explores the relationship between ‘quality’ television drama and gender, and aims to challenge the gendered hierarchies of televisual value both on-screen and in scholarship. Outside of academia, Daisy enjoys breakfast food, 80s music, and her kitten called Meatball.
Kieran Sellars is a doctoral researcher in Performance Studies and associate tutor in Drama at De Montfort University. Kieran’s doctoral thesis explores queer performances of masculinity in live art and how these performances reconfigure the dominant heteronormative gendered landscape. His research interests include gender and sexuality, feminist performance art, and the male body in performance. In his spare time, Kieran enjoys teaching yoga and knitting
Sophie Swoffer is an AHRC/M3C funded practice-based PhD student in Performance Art and Film Studies. Her research draws upon elements from both performance art and film in order to explore alternative and monstrous representations of agency-filled femininity. Through creating intermedial environments, Sophie’s performance practice interrogates these representations and re-envisages their relationship to the male gaze. Outside of academia, Sophie enjoys watching too many true crime documentaries and red wine.
Jennifer Voss is an AHRC/M3C funded PhD candidate in Drama and Film History, whose work uses performance theory to build upon a traditional film studies approach to cinema history. Jennifer’s research focuses on actresses’ performances of emotion during the transition from silent to sound cinema, in Britain and America. Her research interest’s include actor training, the welfare of the performer, women and the Method, 1920’s/1930s fan magazines, and the early Hollywood star system. Outside of academia, Jennifer enjoys quizzes, board games, and listening to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Jilly Boyce Kay is a final year PhD student whose research focuses on television as a gendered public sphere in the 1970s and 80s, with a particular emphasis on debate programmes. She teaches part-time at De Montfort University, and has previously taught at the University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Leicester. Her research interests include political theory, media history, political journalism, and feminist theory. She has so far published on social movements, feminist media history, news media framing of the economic crisis, and the political debate programme Question Time.
Hazel Collie is a PhD student in her final stage of completion whose research focuses on women’s memories of watching television between 1947 and 1989, and what those narratives reveal about gender, social and domestic vicissitudes during that period of rapid change. Her research is part of the AHRC funded project ‘A History of Television for Women in Britain: 1947-1989’. Her research interests encompass female teen cultures, life course , children’s television, audience research and interview methodology. When she isn’t panicking about how she can possibly make it through a viva when she still doesn’t seem to know anything, she likes to knit (the same cardigan for three years) and watch a ridiculous amount of television.
James Fenwick is a PhD candidate at De Montfort University, researching the role of the producer on the films of Stanley Kubrick. His main research interests are 1970s Hollywood and cult cinema. He has a forthcoming chapter on Hollywood runaway productions in Routledge’s Companion to British Cinema History. In addition, he is a Bob Dylan obsessive and addicted to coffee.
Lewis Howse is a Masters by Research student whose research concerns the changing cultural status of Italian exploitation horror cinema of the 70s and 80s. He is interested in how these films, once considered the nadir of an already disreputable genre (horror) are now being re-evaluated and re-claimed by audiences, owing to increased fan activity and the advent of new technologies. Besides exploitation, horror and cult, Lewis is also interested in American independent cinema, the New Hollywood and documentary. Outside of the CATH dungeon, Lewis works in a pub, enjoys playing and watching football and going to the gym. He also wrestles professionally. Seriously.
Cat Mahoney is a third year part time PhD student and native scouser. She came to Leicester in 2007 to study History and Politics at the University of Leicester and hasn’t quite figured out how to leave. Her research focusses on the representation of women during the Second World War on television and the generation of cultural myths and memory. With a background firmly planted in history she is venturing into pastures new with this whole TV lark. Her likes include Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock and Everton FC her dislikes include Jaffa Cakes (there are others but that’s the one people usually find most objectionable…).
Charley Meakin is a third year part-time PhD student, whose research focuses primarily on the current branding practises and marketing strategies of the Walt Disney Company, specifically analysing the conglomerate since 1984 and it’s various (and hugely publicised) developments over the last 30 years. One of the greatest pleasures this brings is being able to watch some of her favourite films (from childhood and beyond) and call it “work”. Her interests include contemporary Hollywood cinema, adaptation studies, transmedia, fandom, franchises, entertainment culture, and merchandising. Outside of academia, Charley is also an avid Doctor Who fan.
Laura Mee is currently completing her PhD. Her project, funded by an AHRC Studentship Competition award, is a study of contemporary American horror remakes. Her work has been published in the international journal Horror Studies, and she is co-editor (with Johnny Walker) of Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches (CSP 2014). In addition to film remakes and all things horror, Laura’s research interests include – but aren’t limited to – adaptation and intertextuality, cult cinema, Hollywood, transmedia, critical reception and fandom. Things currently distracting Laura from her thesis include HBO’s Girls, Room 237, and learning how to use Twitter properly.
Nash Sibanda is a PhD student attached to the AHRC-funded research project “British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound”. His research focuses on the transition from silent to sound cinema exhibition and reception in England, focusing on aspects affecting cinema industries outside of London. He’s had a dubious past life as a filmmaker, producing and directing a number of things that no-one has heard of or seen ever again. He is a part-time composer for film and TV, and can happily while away an evening or eight picking away at a troublesome chord. He’s addicted to American politics, courtroom dramas, and Little Miss Sunshine.
Caitlin Shaw is a final year PhD student hailing from the distant land of Canada. Her research focuses on retrospective representations of the late 1970s and 1980s in British film and television, and as her project suggests, she’s particularly interested in questions of retro, nostalgia, collective memory and postmodernism in contemporary film and television (these days, mostly British). She teaches part-time at De Montfort University and her work has been published in the co-edited collection Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches (eds. Mee and Walker, CSP 2014). When she’s not researching British film and television, Caitlin fills her time teaching children to make screeching noises on the violin and indulging in bad horror films.