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Dr Stuart Hanson

Job: Associate Professor - Research/Reader

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: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/

 

Personal profile

Dr Stuart Hanson is Associate Professor - Research/Reader. 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 Screening the World: Global Development of the Multiplex Cinema (2019) and From silent screen to multi-screen: A history of cinema exhibition in Britain since 1896 (2007). He is currently Principal Investigator on a BA/Leverhulme-funded project entitled 'The Silver screen and the town: Memories of cinema-going, community and the revival of the local cinema'.

He is Programme Leader for the Independent Study MA

He is Module Leader for:

  • Film Exhibition and Consumption (undergraduate, year 3)
  • Media and History (undergraduate, year 2)
  • Media Cultures and Everyday Life (undergraduate, year 1)

Research group affiliations

Key research outputs

BOOKS
Screening the World: Global Development of the Multiplex Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) - https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030189945

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
  • Representations of children in film

Areas of teaching

Programme Leader for the Independent Study MA

Module Leader for:

  • MEDS3404 Film Exhibition and Consumption (undergraduate, year 3)
  • MEDS2513 Media & History (undergraduate, year 2)
  • 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

Honours and awards

Most Impactful Publication Award in Media for Screening the World, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media Faculty Awards - December2019

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

Projects

Stuart is a recipient of a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant - SRG18R1\180242, 2018 Round, (2019-2020); for a project entitled 'The Silver screen and the town: Memories of cinema-going, community and the revival of the local cinema'. He is Principal Investigator on the project, which commenced in March 2019, along with Prof. Helen Wood from the University of Lancaster.

Conference attendance

With Helen Wood, ‘The Cinema, the town and ‘my films’: Generating particular ‘memoryscapes’ of local cinema-going’, HoMER ((History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception) 2021 Conference, in collaboration with Maynooth University, May 2021

"The Multiplex as a US form and its entry into Europe: 'ripe for revolution'" Film Audience Movements and Migrations: Across Borders and Screens Conference, Oxford Brookes University, September 2020

'The silver screen and the town: Cinema-going and the revival of the
local cinema', Exploring Cinema-going Past and Present: Memories, Cultures, Place symposium, University College, Cork, April 2019

'Memories of cinema-going, community and the revival of the local cinema' (Invited paper), 3rd Annual Community Screen Forum Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, August 2018

‘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

'The Point Milton Keynes “a glittering landmark for a 21st-century entertainment centre” - talk to C20 Society (Twentieth Century Society) Architectural Slam, January 2020

‘Bringing cinema back to town centres: commercial opportunities and planning priorities’ invited presentation to working group on Local Cinema and Regeneration: An Exploration, organised by Regional Screen Scotland, Glasgow, May 2017

Recent research outputs

Screening the World: Global Development of the Multiplex Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) - https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030189945

'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).

Externally funded research grants information

'The Silver screen and the town: Memories of cinema-going, community and the revival of the local cinema British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants - SRG18R1\180242, 2018 Round, (2019-2020); Principal Investigator.

‘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; 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; Project Officer.  Collaborative project between The University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University College.

Case studies

 

‘Can Britain’s cinemas bounce back after lockdown?, opinion article published in The Guardian newspaper online, 19 May 2021

 

 

 Screening the world cover

 

From silent screen to multi-screen - cover