Dr Victoria Walden

Post:Teaching Fellow in Media (Foundation Year) (Media and Film)
Location:ARTS C C110
Email:V.Walden@sussex.ac.uk
Personal homepage:Study Skills Blog

Telephone numbers
Internal:7646
UK:01273 877646
International:+44 1273 877646
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Biography

I completed my PhD at Queen Mary, University of London in 2017. I also completed my BA in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, followed by my PGCE in post-compulsory education at the Institute of Education and MA in Film Studies (by independent research) at De Montfort University. 

My research interests include the relationship between memory and film, particularly in relation to the Holocaust and the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. My work is best described as film philosophy exploring the relationships between the writing of thinkers such as Georges Didi-Huberman, Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and film theory. I blend philosophical archaeologies with film phenomenology. I am particularly interested in the phenomenological and ontological specificity of film, specifically montage. My research considers 'cinema' in its broadest, contemporary terms to include different examples of screen culture, professional and amateur, in museum spaces, online and traditional film.

My first book Studying Hammer Horror emphasises how the studio's cult films can be worthy of serious academic study, applying a range of film theories to the studio's oeuvre. I have just finished the copy for my second book, based on my PhD thesis, which is tentatively entitled Beyond the Unrepresentable: Cinema Intermedialities, Touch and Holocaust Memory. I have published several articles about Holocaust animation and fiction film, as well as work about vocational film pedagogy. 

Before working in education and academia, I produced short films and music videos. I also develop screenwriting projects. I am also actively engaged with Holocaust education and created the online academic network: 'the Holocaust, contemporary genocide, popular culture and the digital' . In light of the new theoretically-dense A Level specifications in the UK for media and film studies, I have recently set up the FAME Network (Film and Media Education Network), which publishes theoretical summaries by scholars for teachers. In my spare time I am a volunteer programmer at Deptford Cinema - a co-operative community cinema project bringing global films to local people.

Role

Teaching Fellow (Foundation Media)

Community and Business

I have been a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2015. 

I am a volunteer programmer at Deptford Cinema - a co-operative community cinema project bringing global films to local people.