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Dr Stuart Hanson

Job: Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Cinema and Television History (CATH)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6196

E: shanson@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/lms

 

Personal profile

 

Dr Stuart Hanson is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication. He teaches on a number of modules at undergraduate level and supervises postgraduate students in a number of fields relating to film and media. Before coming to DMU in 2005 Stuart taught in the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology at The University of Birmingham, and in the Department of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.  He has been an External Examiner for Cultural Studies and Media and Communication courses at undergraduate level.  He is author of From silent screen to multi-screen: a history of cinema exhibition in Britain since 1896 (2007) and also co-edited two collections of CCCS Selected Working Papers (2007). He is currently working on a new book about the global history of the multiplex cinema to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

He is Module Leader for:

• Film Exhibition and Consumption (undergraduate, year 3)

• Media Cultures and Everyday Life (undergraduate, year 1)

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

BOOKS

From silent screen to multi-screen: A history of cinema exhibition in Britain since 1896 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

Gray, A., Campbell, J., Erickson, M. Hanson, S. and Wood, H. (eds.) Working Papers in Cultural Studies: Volume 1 and Volume 2 (2-volume set) (London: Routledge, 2007)

CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES    

'Entering the age of the hypermarket cinema', the first five years of the multiplex in the United Kingdom', Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14:4, pp.485-502 (2017)

'The rise of the multiplex’ in I.Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter and Justin Smith (eds) The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, London: Routledge (2017)

‘Natalie Portman and transgressing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in Luc Besson’s Léon’ in Jane O’Connor and John Mercer (eds) Childhood and Celebrity, London; Routledge (2017)

‘“Town centres first”: The relocation of the cinema from out-of-town to the town centre in Britain since 1985’ in Thissen and Zimmerman (eds) Cinema beyond the City: Small-town and rural film culture in Europe, BFI/Palgrave (2016)

‘Spoilt for Choice? Multiplexes in the 90s’, reprinted in Robert Murphy (ed.) British Cinema: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (London: Routledge, 2014).

‘De « Green field » à « Brown field »: le mouvement des multiplexes dans le centre urbain (‘From Greenfield to Brownfield: The Movement of the Multiplex into theUrban Centre’) in Laurent Creton and Kira Kitsopanidou (eds) Les Salles de cinema en Europe: enjeux, défis et perspectives (Paris: Armand Colin, 2013)

‘From out-of-town to the edge and back to the centre: Multiplexes in Britain from the 1990s’ in Moran, A. and Aveyard, K. (eds.) Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception )Bristol: Intellect, 2013)

‘A ‘Glittering Landmark for A 21st Century Entertainment Centre’: The Story Of The Point Multiplex Cinema In Milton Keynes’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 33:2, pp.270-88 (2013)

with Tolson, A., & Wood, H. (2013) ‘Stuart Hanson, Andrew Tolson, and Helen Wood Interview’, Cultural Studies, special issue 'Contributions to a history of CCCS', Vol. 27, double issue 5-6 pp.1-22 (2013)

“Celluloid or Silicon?’ Digital Exhibition and the Future of Specialised Film Exhibition’, Journal of British Cinema and Television Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2007, pp.370-83 (2007)

‘Spoilt for Choice? Multiplexes in the 90s’, in Murphy, R. (ed.), British Cinema of the 90s, BFI (2000)

Research interests/expertise

  • Cinema-going
  • Cinema exhibition history
  • The development of multiplex cinema
  • Digital cinema 
  • Digital cinema exhibition
  • Media audiences
  • Representations of children in film

Areas of teaching

Module Leader for:

  • MEDS3404 Film Exhibition and Consumption (undergraduate, year 3)
  • MEDS1405 Media Cultures and Everyday Life (undergraduate, year 1)

Teaches on:

  • MEDS3000 Media & Communication Dissertation (undergraduate, year 3)
  • MEDS2401 Researching Media and Communication (undergraduate, year 2)

Qualifications

  • PhD in Cinema History, De Montfort University (2015)
  • MSocSc (Research), University of Birmingham (1999)
  • BSocSc (Hons) ‘Media, Culture and Society’ (Class 2 Division 1- Distinction), University of Birmingham (1992)
  • DipHE (Youth & Community Work), North East Wales Institute of HE (1984)

Courses taught

  • Media and Communication BA (Hons)
  • Media BA (Hons) (Joint Honours)
  • Film BA

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), Jan – Dec 2016, full member

European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), March 2016, full member

Conference attendance

‘Screening Technologies: Current Trends in Exhibition and Distribution’ (Invited panel member), Rural Cinema in the UK: Opportunities and Challenges Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, August 2016.

"Entering the age of the hypermarket cinema’: the first five years of the multiplex in the United Kingdom'. HoMER@NECS Conference 2016 - Connectivity in the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception, Potsdam, Germany 2016. ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies).

‘“Town centres first”: the relocation of the cinema from out of town to the town centre’, International Workshop on Comparative Cinema History 2013 - The Lure of the City: Cinema Culture in Small-Towns and Rural Communities in Europe, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2013

‘From Greenfield to Brownfield: the movement of the multiplex into the urban centre’ (Invited paper) Les salles de cinéma en Europe Enjeux, défis et perspectives (Film Exhibition in Europe: Stakes, challenges and perspectives) International Conference, International Conference, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, salle Vasari, Paris, 2011

‘The Point: Birth of the Multiplex in Great Britain’ Utrecht Workshop in Comparative Cinema History 2010 Film Exhibition in Europe, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, 2010

‘I am already grown up, I just get older’: transgressing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in Léon’, Children’s Film and Literature conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, 2010

‘D-cinema in Britain: The UK Film Council and the Digital Screen Network’ What is Film? Change & Continuity in the 21st Century, International Conference, University of Oregon, Portland, USA, 2009

‘Subsidy or the market? Digital cinema and the future of film exhibition’, “The Glow in their Eyes”, Global perspectives on film cultures, film exhibition and cinemagoing, International Conference, Ghent (2007)

Other forms of public presentation

Workshop presentation entitled ‘Celluloid or Silicon?  Digital Cinema and the Future of Specialised Film Exhibition’ at the British Film Institute (bfi) Teacher’s Conference, King’s College, London, 2008.

Recent research outputs

'Entering the age of the hypermarket cinema', the first five years of the multiplex in the United Kingdom', Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14:4, pp.485-502 (2017)

‘Natalie Portman and transgressing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in Luc Besson’s Léon’ in Jane O’Connor and John Mercer (eds) Childhood and Celebrity, London; Routledge (2017).

‘The rise of the multiplex’ in I.Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter and Justin Smith (eds) The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (London: Routledge, 2017).

Current research students

PhD Supervision, Nyasha Sibanda, 2nd supervisor

MPhil Supervsion, Susan Porter, 2nd supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

‘Explaining Non-Participation: Towards a fuller understanding of the ‘political” (L215252015) ESRC, Democracy and Participation Research Programme - £108,244, 1st January 2000 – 31st October 2002. I was a co-applicant. University of Birmingham, Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology and Department of Political Science and International Relations.

CoBaLT project (Community Based Learning and Teamwork). HEFCE – Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL) - £172,000, 1997 – 2000.  This project sought to document and disseminate, across a wide range of Sociology and other Departments; the extent to which student learning takes place in the community, to show how this is integrated into methods of assessment and the formation of key skills. I was Project Officer.  Collaborative project between The University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University College.

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