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Media, Film and Music Research Seminars

MAH | Media, Film and Music | Research Seminar Series programme | 4-6 pm

You are invited to join the MFM Research Series for the Autumn semester, where guest speakers will be presenting their research as follows. 


Wednesday 14 October (Week 3)

Minna Ruckenstein, Associate Professor at the Centre for Consumer Society Research and Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, Finland 


Wednesday 4 November (Week 6)

Soraya Murray, Associate Professor, Film + Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz 

In this presentation, Murray considers political affect in the open world action-adventure survival horror game Days Gone (SIE Bend Studios, 2019). Through its rendering of the Pacific Northwest landscape as ideology, much is revealed about a deeply troubled and oppositional worldview. While her research addresses matters of representation—particularly notions of fraught masculinity and a struggle for recognition—Murray's focus is on how the game functions as a window onto a fantasy of American self-reliance and populism that strongly resonates with a Trump-era nationalist turn in the U.S. The work also gestures toward a methodology of experiential close-reading, one focused on working-through and sitting with a difficult aesthetic object that may at first seem entirely generic. In this essay, Murray reaches through the offending, formulaic image to grasp the political affect that emanates from a sustained aesthetic experience of playing Days Gone.

Soraya Murray (Ph.D., Cornell University) is an associate professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings on art, film, and video games are anthologized and may be found in Art JournalThird TextFilm Quarterly, and Critical Inquiry. Murray’s book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space (London: I. B. Tauris, 2018), considers video games from a visual studies perspective.


Wednesday 18 November (Week 8)

Window to MAH | Media Film & Music (series of 5 minutes talks from colleagues in MAH | media, film & music


Wednesday 25 November (Week 9)

Composing the Historical | with REFRAME launch event. Ed Hughes, Tanya Kant and guest speaker composers.  

Guests include Judith Weir CBE, Prof Shirley Thompson OBE, Dr Tom Armstrong, Rowland Sutherland, Evelyn Ficarra

Chaired by Mimi Haddon

Launch of new REFRAME website on historical texts in music today

A collection of nine original in-depth composer interviews, with an introductory essay by Ed Hughes

Edited by Ed Hughes, Evelyn Ficarra and Mimi Haddon

Free, but please email Ed Hughes in advance of the event to register and obtain zoom link (


Wednesday 2 December (Week 10)

Helen Hanson, Associate Professor, Film Studies, University of Exeter