Alexander Sergeant

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I am a Lecturer in Film & Media Studies having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2019. I have a PhD in Film Studies from King's College London, and a degree in History & Culture from the University of Warwick.

My research examines the history and theory of fantasy cinema, a subject I haave published on widely in a variety of academic journals and edited collections. I am the co-editor of the edited collection Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres (Routledge, 2018), which received the runner up prize for Best Collection at the 2019 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Awards. I am also the co-founder of and co-host of the Fantasy/Animation podcast.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the module coordinator for the first year undergraduate module "Film, Genre and Adaptation". I also teach on the modules "Screen Media", "Creative Reviews and Features" and "Researching Genre" .

Research Interests

-          Fantasy Film & Television

-          Popular US Animation

-          Psychoanalysis

-          Film & Spectatorship Theory

-          Media & Philosophy

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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