James Harvey

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Dr James Harvey is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media. His research is preoccupied with the politics and aesthetics of film and screen media, with an emphasis on documentary, artists' moving image and art cinema. He is especially interested in themes of nation, race, colonialism and diaspora. James is Programme Leader for the MA in Global Film and Television (Online).

Research interests

James's research is preoccupied by the politics and aesthetics of contemporary film and screen media, engaging typically with art cinema, documentary and artists' moving image. He is especially interested in themes of race, coloniality and nation. James is the author of Jacques Rancière and the Politics of Art Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and John Akomfrah (BFI Publishing/Bloomsbury, 2023), and the editor of Nationalism in Contemporary Western European Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


James is currently researching discourses of decolonisation in the context of Film and Media Studies. He is also developing new research on diaspora film and screen practitioners in postcolonial Britain.


Education/Academic qualification

Film Studies, PhD, Cinema and Agency: Ranciere's Political Aesthetics and Contemporary Global Art Cinema, Anglia Ruskin University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2016

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, MA, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 1 Dec 2012

Film and Cultural Studies, BA (Hons), The University of Lancaster

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

External positions

Trustee, Firstsite

1 Jan 2022 → …


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