Dr Colette Balmain


I have had over 20 years of teaching experience in Higher Education. Originally a film specialist, my current work is best thought of as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. I am interested in the intersections and cominglings of disciplines in the 21st century. 

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Media & Communication, I teach on core Media & Communication modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 7. I have taught at Kingston University for over ten years now.

I am currently the Course Leader for BA Media & Communication until October 2023. 

I am the PG Admissions for the MA Media & Communication 


MD4002 - Media@Work (teaching team)

MD5005 - Identity and Difference (Module leader)

MD5008: Digital Storytelling (Module Leader)

MD6011: Issues in Contemporary Media Environments (teaching team)

MD6002 - Media Research Project (teaming team)

MD7003 - Freedom, censorship and subversion (Module leader)

I am also a PhD supervisor across film and media. I currently am the first supervisor for three students and the second supervisor for one.

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer in Media & Communication


  • PhD Film
  • MA Literature, Art and Culture (First Class)
  • PGCE (FE)
  • BSc 2.2 (Hons) Literature and the History of Ideas/History

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My work is interdisciplinary and in particular focuses in on identity politics and the representation of race, gender, sexuality and disability in cinema. I am particularly interested in East Asian Cinemas and Cultures, with special interest in horror and gothic modes of discourse. 

My first monograph was on Japanese Horror Cinema and was published in 2008. Since then, I have written numerous articles and given conference papers on a range of subjects. Last year, I was invited to deliver guest lectures in Taiwan and Indonesia on East Asian Gothic Cinemas. My second monograph is on East Asian Gothic Cinema and will be published in 2024.

In 2020 just before multiple lockdowns as a result of the pandemic, I launched the BTS Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project, which is now in its fourth year with subsequent conferences in Los Angeles (online), Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. I have given keynotes addresses at the last three conferences. I am editing a book on BTS which has been delayed as a result of the pandemic as well as writing a monograph on BTS and Emotional Masculinity. I have written for Sight and Sound, and currently write for View of the Arts and easternKicks. I am a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the International Gothic Association.

Areas of specialism

  • East Asian Cinema and Cultures
  • The gothic
  • Korean Popular Culture including K-dramas and K-Pop
  • Videogames
  • Popular Music

Scholarly affiliations

  • Association of Asian Studies
  • International Gothic Association

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 17.


Balmain, Colette (2020) Repetition and difference in East Asian gothic cinema : the 'Bunshinsaba' film series. Transnational Screens, 11(3), pp. 187-201. ISSN (print) 2578-5273

Balmain, Colette (2018) East Asian Gothic : a definition. Palgrave Communications, 3(31), ISSN (online) 2055-1045

Balmain, Colette (2014) Crypto-cannibalism : Meat, murder and monstrosity in Tiwa Moeithasong’s The Meat Grinder. Horror Studies, 5(2), pp. 249-264. ISSN (print) 2040-3275


Jackson, Andrew and Balmain, Colette, eds. (2016) Korean screen cultures: interrogating cinema, TV, music and online games. Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang. 330p. ISBN 9783034318228

Balmain, Colette, ed. (2013) Directory of World Cinema : South Korea. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. (Directory of World Cinema, (20)) ISSN (print) 2040-7971 ISBN 9781841505602

Balmain, Colette and Billings, Nancy, eds. (2009) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. 260p. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2008) Introduction to Japanese horror film. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748624751

Book Section

Balmain, Colette (2021) Bangtan universe (BTS, 2017-Present) : South Korean transmedia universe. In: Bacon, Simon, (ed.) Transmedia cultures : a companion. Oxford, U.K. : Peter Lang Ltd. pp. 201-210. (Genre Fiction and Film Companions, (6)) ISBN 9781789971798

Balmain, Colette (2016) Pan-Asian gothic. In: Byron, Glennis, (ed.) Globalgothic. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 119-132. (International Gothic) ISBN 9781526106902

Balmain, Colette (2014) Pop goes Korean Popular Culture : an investigation into the popularity of Hallyu culture in the UK. In: Marinescu, Valentina, (ed.) The global impact of South Korean popular culture : Hallyu unbound. Maryland, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 81-88. ISBN 9780739193372

Balmain, Colette (2014) Southeast Asian Gothic cinema. In: Byron, Glennis and Townshend, Dale, (eds.) The Gothic world. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 399-411. (Routledge Worlds) ISBN 9780415637442

Balmain, Colette (2012) Unnatural appetites and the case of the cannibal in Korean cinema. In: Norris, Nanette, (ed.) Words for a small planet : ecocritical Views. Lanham, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 167-182. ISBN 9780739171585

Balmain, Colette (2009) 10 years of evil. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. ix-xi. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2009) And WHAT's on the menu today? Greed and gluttony in Sato's 'Naked blood'. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. 121-130. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Conference or Workshop Item

Balmain, Colette J. [Speaker] (2017) Ghosts and not ghouls in contemporary East Asian gothic cinema. In: Games, Gothic and Gore: Horror beyond Hollywood; 25th Jan 2017, Salford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Balmain, Colette (2015) Through the eyes of a child : hybridity and morbidity in Jo Sung-hee's 'A werewolf boy'. In: Open graves, open minds : The company of wolves : Sociality, animality, and subjectivity in literary and cultural narratives - werewolves, shapeshifters, and feral humans; 03 - 05 Sep 2015, Hatfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Balmain, Colette [Compiler] (2017) Chills and thrills : South Korean horror cinema. Korean Film Nights 2017. .

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I am often ask to give guest lectures and/or keynote addresses and last year, was invited to Seoul and Taiwan in relation to my work on East Asian popular culture.

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