Professor Claire Molloy

Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media

 

Department of Media
Creative Edge Building CE210
01695 584064

Biography

Claire Molloy is Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media, Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS). Her research interests focus on the critical junctures between media, film and Animal Studies; (un)sustainable consumption; eco-media; American cinema; activism; and, film and politics. Her recent publications include the books Memento (2010), Popular Media and Animals (2011), Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism (2012) and American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond (2013). She is currently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics. In addition, her recent work on popular depictions of animal cruelty, industrial-economic analysis of commercial wildlife films, a history of independent nature films, news coverage of dangerous dogs, representations of nature in commercial feature films, farmed animals product advertising, and neoliberal aesthetics have been published in various edited collections and journals. Her research on news media discourses and the UK coastline forms one of four case studies on non-monetary valuations of nature (WP5) for the National Ecosystem Assessment (2013) and she is a contributing author to a guide on deliberative methods for non-monetary valuations of nature for policy-makers and key decision-makers (2014). She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, serves on the Vegan Society Academic Advisory Committee and the Minding Animals International Programme Committee, and is an advisor to the Animal History Museum. In addition to reviewing for fourteen different publishers and journals and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Claire is Consultant Editor for the Journal of Animal Ethics and on the Advisory Board for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics. Her current research examines various aspects of sustainable ethical food production, particularly where these relate to media regulation, meat and dairy consumption, and the tensions between sustainable consumption and neoliberal constructions of consumer pleasure. She is involved in research on women and wildlife filmmaking, media discourses on animal sentience and she continues to write about Christopher Nolan’s films.


Qualifications

BA (Hons) Design (Audio visual communications)
MA (distinction) Contemporary Media and Cultural Studies
PhD – ‘Discourses of Anthropomorphism’, LJMU.


 Teaching

MED 2254 Controversy and Ethics
MED 2247 Research and Analysis for Film & TV
MED 3213 American Independent Cinema
MED2217 Fact to Fiction
MED3208 Media Futures
MDM4002 Contemporary Media Theory and Practice


Research Interests

Animal Studies, Critical Animal Studies, Human-Animal Studies
Eco-media
American cinema
Activism
Film and politics
Sustainable consumption


Publications (since 2008)

SINGLE AUTHOR BOOKS

Molloy, C., (2011) Popular Media and Animals, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Molloy, C., (2010) Memento, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.

EDITED BOOKS

Molloy, C., (ed) (2015) Routledge Companion to Film and Politics, Routledge: London (with Y. Tzioumakis) (contracted and forthcoming).

Molloy, C., (ed) (2012) American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond, Routledge: London (with G. King & Y. Tzioumakis)

Molloy C., (ed) (2012) Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism, Continuum: London (with S. Shakespeare & C. Blake.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Molloy, C., (2013) ‘Marketing the indie auteur’ in Revue française d’études américaines (RFEA) Independence and Cinema Special Edition, No. 136 (in press).

Molloy, C., (2013) ‘Animal cruelty and reality television: a critical review’ in Brewster, M. & Reyes, C. (eds) Animal Cruelty: An interdisciplinary approach, Carolina Academic Press, North Carolina.

Molloy, C., (2013) ‘Animals, avatars and the gendering of nature’ in Pick, Anat & Narraway, Guinevere (eds) Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, Berghahn Books, Oxford.

Molloy, C. (2013) ‘”Nature writes the screenplays”: commercial wildlife films and ecological entertainment’ in Cubitt, S., Rust, S & S. Monani (eds) The Eco-Cinema Reader.

Molloy, C., (2013) ‘Introduction’ in American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond, Routledge, London (with G. King & Y. Tzioumakis)

Molloy, C (2013) ‘Disney’s Independent Nature: Wildlife Films in the Age of Indiewood’ in Molloy C, King, G & Y. Tzioumakis (eds) American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond, Routledge, London.

Molloy, C., (2013) ‘Beyond Indie’ American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond, Routledge, London.

Molloy, C (2013) ‘”It’s a feeling; a heartbeat”: Nostalgia, Music and Affect in Dirty Dancing’ in Tzioumakis, Y & Lincoln, S (eds) Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture, Wayne State University Press, Michigan.

Molloy, C., (2012) ‘Advertising Farmed Animal Products’ in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 23, Winter 2012, pp. 23-8.

Molloy, C. (2012) ‘Being a Known Animal’ in Molloy C., Shakespeare, Steven. & Charles Blake (eds) Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism, Continuum, London.

Molloy, C., (2012) ‘Introduction’ in Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism, Continuum: London (with S. Shakespeare & C. Blake).

Molloy, C. (2011) ‘Contested Meanings and Canine Bodies’ in Carter, Robert & Charles, Nickie (eds), (2011) Human and Other Animals: Critical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Molloy, C. (2011) ‘Dangerous dogs and the construction of discourses of risk’ in Taylor, N. (ed) (2011) Theorizing Animals, Brill Academic, Leiden & Boston.

Molloy, C. (2009) ‘Dreaming of Electric Sheep and Negotiating Animality’ in Messier, V. & Batra, N. (eds) (2009), Of Mice and Men: Animals in Human Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 106 – 120.


Professional Bodies and External Activities

Fellow – Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

Co-founder – Cultural Disability Studies Research Network (CDSRN)

Member- Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Member – British Sociological Association Animal/Human Studies Group

Serves on Vegan Society Academic Research Committee

Serves on Minding Animals International Academic Advisory Committee

Academic Advisor/ Content Advisor, Animal History Museum, Los Angeles

Consultant Editor Journal of Animal Ethics

Advisory Board, Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics

Reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council