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Professor Peter Buse

Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise)


I'm currently Associate Dean for Research, Arts and Social Sciences, a post I took up in May 2016, after originally joining Kingston in 2013 as Head of School of Performance and Screen Studies. I was formerly Professor of Visual Culture at the University of Salford, and before that (long before) completed my MA and PhD at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and my BA at the University of Alberta, Canada. I'm the author, most recently, of The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) a media archaeology of instant photography. My other current interests include psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan), comedy, and periodicals (journals, magazines), especially the relations between the first and the other two. I'm an Executive Member of the European Society for Periodical Research and reviews editor of New Formations.

Areas of specialism

  • History and theory of photography
  • Psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan)
  • Comedy and comic theory
  • Periodical studies
  • Critical and cultural theory
  • Modern Drama

Courses taught



  • BA (Hons) English, University of Alberta
  • MA Critical and Cultural Theory, University of Cardiff
  • PhD, University of Cardiff

Professional membership

Executive Member, European Society for Periodical Research

Member, Society for History of Technology

Executive Member, London Graduate School


Number of items: 12.


Buse, Peter (2017) Psychoanalysis on Sunday : Lacan, cinema, comedy. Genre, ISSN (print) 0016-6928 (In Press)

Buse, Peter (2017) The dog and the parakeet : Lacan among the animals. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, ISSN (print) 0969-725X (In Press)

Buse, Peter, Caselli, Daniella and Ware, Ben (2016) Introduction : Right in front of our eyes. Parallax, 22(4), pp. 386-389. ISSN (print) 1353-4645

Buse, Peter (2016) On the diagonal : Jacques Lacan's reading lists. Parallax, 22(4), pp. 481-499. ISSN (print) 1353-4645

Buse, Peter and Toribio, Nuria Triana (2015) 'Ocho apellidos vascos' and the comedy of minor differences. Romance Quarterly, 62(4), pp. 229-241. ISSN (print) 0883-1157

Buse, Peter (2010) Polaroid into digital: technology, cultural form, and the social practices of snapshot photography. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 24(2), pp. 215-230. ISSN (print) 1030-4312

Buse, Peter (2009) Polaroid, aperture and Ansel Adams: rethinking the industry-aesthetics divide. History of Photography, 33(4), pp. 354-369. ISSN (print) 0308-7298


Buse, Peter (2016) The camera does the rest : how Polaroid changed photography. Chicago, U.S.A. : University of Chicago Press. 320p. ISBN 9780226176383

Book Section

Buse, Peter (2017) The longevity of Polaroid. In: Ewing, William A. and Hitchcock, Barbara P., (eds.) The Polaroid project : at the intersection of art and technology. London, U.K. : Thames and Hudson. pp. 172-175. ISBN 9780500544730

Buse, Peter (2015) Vernacular photographic genres after the camera phone. In: Dowd, Garin and Rulyova, Natalia, (eds.) Genre trajectories: identifying, mapping, projecting. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 144-162. ISBN 9781137505477

Buse, Peter (2013) 40,000 roses - or, the perversity of Polaroid. In: Lombino, Mary-Kay, (ed.) The Polaroid years. New York, U.S. : Prestel. pp. 32-53. ISBN 9783791352640

Conference or Workshop Item

Buse, Peter (2015) Clowning and power : Lacan, Nietzsche, Foucault. In: Rethinking democracy in literature, languages & culture; 15 - 17 May 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece. (Unpublished)

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