Dr Oliver Gruner
I first joined Portsmouth in 2011, contributing lectures on Visual Culture history and theory. Since then I have taught across a range of modules relating to visual culture, technology, identity and politics. My first degree was in English and Communication Studies and I have an MA and PhD in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. I have previously taught at UEA, London Metropolitan and Middlesex University. My research focuses on cultural memory and, in particular, visual representations of the 1960s. My book "Screening the Sixties: Hollywood Cinema and the Politics of Memory" was published in 2016 and I continue to explore issues related to memory, nostalgia and pop-culture portrayals of the recent past.
My research explores the historical film, comics, cultural memory and representations of the 1960s. I am particularly interested in the ways in which visual culture has intersected with broader US public debates on the legacy of the sixties. How are events and phenomena such as the Vietnam War, the counterculture, the civil rights and feminist movements “remembered”? What are the political implications of such memories? In general, I explore images and narratives produced by filmmakers, artists, popular musicians and other cultural arbiters that revisit and reinterpret the sixties from a contemporary perspective.