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Professor Will Brooker

Professor of Film and Cultural Studies, Kingston University.

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Overview

Professor Brooker is the head of Kingston University's Film and Television Department, and the author of eight books on various aspects of popular culture, including the box office film hits Batman, Star Wars and Blade Runner. His  latest book on the subject, "Hunting the Dark Knight: 21st Century Batman", was published by I B Tauris in 2012.  

Professor Brooker's work primarily studies popular cinema within its cultural context, situating it historically and in relation to surrounding forms such as literature, comic books, video games, television and journalism. He is currently one of a number of top international critics who have been asked to cite their best ten films of all time for a poll held every ten years by Sight and Sound - the magazine of the British Film Institute. This list was published in 2012.

A member of six academic journal editorial boards, including the International Journal of Cultural Studies, he has given keynote lectures around the world, including at Oxford and Harvard universities.  He is also a seasoned media commentator, with appearances on BBC Radio 4, BBC 2, BBC 3, Channel Five, Radio Five Live and America's NBC channel to name but a few, and has written numerous articles around the release of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' which was released in July 2012. Read one of his articles in The Guardian here.

In 2011 and 2012, Professor Brooker was a regular film and TV reviewer for the Times Higher Education magazine, and contributed to the annual textbook guide and Culture section. A selection of these reviews can be found here:

Torchwood: Miracle Day
Film review: One Fine Day
Film review: Jumping off the page

Reality TV review

You can read one of his pieces the Huffington Post and a piece which appeared in the Wall Street International magazine.

One of his television appearances was on the ITV This Morning programme in February 2014, in a segment called Movie Mansions. This feature visits stately homes where famous films were shot, and Will was invited as guest expert for two short episodes in the series.  

From 2013 to 2018 Professor Brooker will be the first British editor of the Cinema Journal, the publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. SCMS is 'the leading scholarly organization in the United States' and 'Cinema Journal is the leading scholarly publication in the field of Cinema and Media Studies.  Read his blog here: The IB Tauris Blog - my life with Batman and follow him on twitter: @willbrooker.

Professor Will Brooker is currently involved in an immersive project covering 40 years of music legend David Bowie's career during a year-long study, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific moments in the star's life. The project is to provide research material for a book about the pop icon. "The idea is to inhabit Bowie's head space at points in his life and career to understand his work from an original angle, while retaining a critical and objective perspective at the same time - a kind of split persona perhaps," Professor Brooker explained.

Professor Brooker discussed the project with Australian network ABC while he was in Melbourne to speak at the David Bowie symposium taking place as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving image.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
1999 PhD Cultural Studies, Cardiff University (One Life, Many Faces: The Uses and Meanings of the Batman, 1939-1999).
1996 MA Film and Television, Westminster University.
1992 PG Dip., Communication and Film, Goldsmiths' College, University of London.
1991 BA (Hons), Film and English studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2009 - Reader, Director of Research, Film & TV, Kingston University.
2007 - 2009 Principal lecturer, Director of Studies, Film & TV, Kingston University.
2005-2007 Senior lecturer, Field Leader, Film Studies, Kingston University.
1999 - 2005 Associate Professor in Communication, The American International University in London, Richmond.
1996 - 1998 Seminar Tutor for undergraduate BA modules, Cardiff University, Wales.
1995 - 1996 Course Leader, Media Studies, South Thames College of Further Education, Wandsworth.
1992 - 1995 Lecturer, Department of Media, Communication and English, West Kent College of Further Education, Tonbridge.

Research

Books:

Hunting the Dark Knight: Batman in 21st Century Popular Culture (I B Tauris, forthcoming 2012)

Star Wars: A New Hope, (BFI Film Classics/Palgrave, 2009)

The Blade Runner Experience (Wallflower, 2006)

Alice's Adventures: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Popular Culture (Continuum, 2004)

Using The Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans (Continuum, 2002)

The  Audience Studies Reader, co-edited with Deborah Jermyn (Routledge, 2002)

Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon (Continuum, 2000)

Teach Yourself: Cultural Studies (Hodder, 1998)

Postmodern After-Images: A Reader in Postmodern Film, Television and Video, co-edited with Peter Brooker (Arnold, 1997)

Chapters in books:

Chapter in Denise Mann (ed.) Wired TV: Postnetwork Television's Virtual Worlds (forthcoming)

 "The Further Adventures of Alice", introduction to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Worth Literary Classics, forthcoming)

"Living on Dawson's Creek: Teen Viewers, Cultural Convergence and Television Overflow" in Barrie Gunter and David Machin (eds.), Media Audiences (Sage, forthcoming)

"Gin Talking", in David Lavery and Michele Byers (eds.) On The Verge of Tears (forthcoming)

"TV Out of Time: Watching Cult Shows on Download", in Roberta Pearson (ed.) Reading Lost: Perspectives on a Hit Television Show (I.B. Tauris, 2009)

"A Sort of Homecoming: Fan Viewing and Symbolic Pilgrimage" in Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss, and Lee Harrington (eds.), Fandom:  Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (New York University Press, 2007)

"The Best Batman Story: The Dark Knight Returns" in Alan McKee (ed.), Beautiful Things in Popular Culture, (Blackwell, October 2006)

"The Blade Runner Experience: Pilgrimage and Liminal Space" in Will Brooker (ed.), The Blade Runner Experience (Wallflower, 2006)

"New Hope: The Postmodern Project of Star Wars" in Sean Redmond (ed.), Liquid Metal: The Science Fiction Reader (Wallflower, 2004)

"Living on Dawson's Creek: Teen Viewers, Cultural Convergence and Television Overflow" in Annette Hill and Roger C. Allen (eds.), The Television Studies Reader (Routledge, 2004)

"Straight Readings" in David Lavery and Angela Hague (eds.), Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower, 2002)

"Rescuing Strange Days: Fan Response to a Commercial and Critical Failure", in Deborah Jermyn and Sean Redmond (eds.), Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor (Wallflower, 2002)

"Filling In Spaces: Internet Fandom and the Continuing Narratives of Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alien", in Annette Kuhn (ed.), Alien Zone 2, (Verso, 1999)

"Batman: One Life, Many Faces" in Imelda Whelehan and Deborah Cartmell (eds.), Adaptations (Routledge, 1999)

"New Hope: The Postmodern Project of Star Wars" in Postmodern After-Images, Brooker and Brooker (Arnold, 1997)

"Pulpmodernism: Tarantino's Affirmative Action" in Imelda Whelehan et al, (eds.) Pulping Fictions (Pluto, 1996).

Journal articles:

"Now You're Thinking With Portals: Media Training for a Digital Environment", International Journal of Cultural Studies (forthcoming 2010)

"Maps of Many Worlds: Remembering Computer Game Fandom in the 1980s", Transformative Works and Cultures  vol.1 no.2 (Spring 2009)

"Camera-Eye, CG-Eye: Videogames and the 'cinematic'", Cinema Journal vol. 48 no.3 (Spring 2009)

"All our Variant Futures: The Many Narratives of Blade Runner: The Final Cut", Popular Communication  vol.7 no.2 (2009)

"Everywhere and Nowhere: Vancouver, Fan Pilgrimage and the Urban Imaginary", International Journal of Cultural Studies vol.10. no.4 (December 2007)

"Star Wars fans, DVD, and Cultural Ownership," Will Brooker interviewed by Derek Johnson, The Velvet Light Trap no.56 (Fall 2005)

"Everything Will Flow", Flow vol.1 no.12 (March 2005)

"It Is Love: The Lewis Carroll Society as Fan Community", American Behavioral Scientist vol.48 no.7 (March 2005)

"The Many Lives of the Jetman: A Case Study in Video Game Analysis", Intensities vol.1 no.2 (Fall 2002)

"Living on Dawson's Creek: Teen Viewers, Cultural Convergence and Television Overflow", International Journal of Cultural Studies vol.4 no.4 (December 2001)

"Reading Racism: Interpretive Communities and The Phantom Menace", Continuum vol.15 no.1 (April 2001)

"Under Construction: Cultural Studies in Cyberspace", International Journal of Cultural Studies vol. 1.no. 3 (Sage, December 1998)

Media Highlights

Dr Brooker has appeared on a vast array of media programmes and written numerous comment pieces for various publications, ranging from The Times Literary Supplement through to The Scotsman and specialist journals. His broadcast appearances have included slots on various programmes on BBC Radio 4, BBC 2, BBC 3, BBC Radio 5 Live, Channel Five, and America's "The Today Show" on NBC. He has also acted as a consultant in his field for various programmes and is on the editorial board of six specialist journals.

Conference Highlights

Dr Brooker is a prolific conference speaker, and much in demand, having presented both in the UK and internationally.

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