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Dr Emma Austin

Senior Lecturer



After graduating with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Art History and Visual Culture in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Art Design and Media in 2002 in from the University of Portsmouth, I completed a PhD in cultural representation in Zombie cinema and media in 2010. I have taught at the University of Portsmouth since 2004, and teach on a variety of units across Film and Media, as well as contributing to Learning Resources for A Level students. In particular I created and co-ordinate the Unit Researching Genre in Film and Television, a specific horror-orientated unit.

Research Interests

With interests in popular culture, film, media and audiences, my research centres on representations of the horrific in culture, ranging from animation and comics through to Zombie walks. This is the next area for development in terms of my published and ongoing research. These topics are covered in my Unit Researching Genre, but also in my contributions to teaching aids for Train of Thought Productions. 

I regularly attend conferences and have material included in book reviews and edited collections. While my research interests are focused on horror in popular culture, there are many crossovers with different forms of expression and form, such as Surrealism, Animation and Comedy: elements which I also refer to in my research.

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