Dr Elke Weissmann

Reader in Television Studies

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Elke Weissmann is a Reader in Film and Television. Her research interests focus on television, in particular aspects of transnational and convergent television, and feminism. Her books include Transnational Television Drama: Special Relations and Mutual Influences between the US and the UK and Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies (with Helen Thornham). She is a member of the editorial team of Critical Studies in Television and has recently organised their conference. She has module leader responsibilities for several modules, including MED1441: Film and Television History and Context, MED2315: Analysing Audiences, MED3207 Global Convergences: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century and MDM4006: Transnational Media. Elke would like to hear from PhD candidates interested in the areas of television and globalisation or digital media, television and representations of crime and television and feminism.


BA (Hons) German, English and Media Studies, 2002
PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2008
MPhil Screen Studies, University of Glasgow, 2003
PhD – ‘The Forensic Sciences of CSI’, University of Glasgow, 2007


  • MED 1441: Film and Television History and Context
  • MED 1421: Studying Television
  • MED2315: Analysing Audiences
  • MED2291: Production Management Practice in New Media
  • MED3207: Global Convergences: Film and Television Drama in the 21stCentury
  • MED3232: Television: Form and Engagement
  • MED3252: Branded Content
  • MDM4006: Transnational Media

Research Interests

  • Television
  • Globalisation
  • Broadcasting and new media
  • Feminism


‘Imagining the Welsh Nation in a Post-patriarchal, Post-national World: Y Gwyll/Hinterland and the re-construction of trans/national masculinity’, in Norma (forthcoming).

‘Provocation II: Not Another Article on The Wire: How hierarchies of gender undermine TV scholarship and lead to abuse’, in Critical Studies in Television 15 (4, 2020): 399–408


‘Local, National, Transnational: Y Gwyll/Hinterland as Crime of/for all Places’, in Turnbull, S., Peacock, S. and Hansen, Kim Toft (forthcoming): Crime Pays: The International Success of Television Crime Drama (Palgrave, 2018) pp. 119-138.

‘Popular Crime and Populist Investigation: The CSI Facebook Game’ in Levente Palatinus, David, Vernyik, Zeno and Vranova, Martina (eds.): Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction (Budapest: Americana Books, 2018) pp. 122-142.

‘Watching CSI: a study of British audiences of Channel 5’ in Critical Studies in Television, Vol 12.2 (2017): 174-190.

‘Dossier: Women, Soap Opera and New Generations of Feminists’, in Critical Studies in Television, Vol. 11:3 (2016): 365-368 (with Christine Geraghty).

‘Women, Television, and Feelings: Theorising Emotional Difference of Gender in SouthLAnd and Mad Men’, in Garcia, Alberto N. (ed.): Emotions in Contemporary TV Series (Abingdon and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

‘Exploring the Wild Wild East: Transnational Aesthetics in Ripper Street’ in Susanne Eichner & Elizabeth Prommer (Ed.): Audiences, Production Culture and Television Aesthetics: European Perspectives / Publikum, Produktion und Fernsehästhetik: europäische Perspektiven. (UvK 2014, A German-English Publication).

‘Troubled by Violence: Transnational Complexity and the Critique of Masculinity in Ripper Street’, in Leggott, James and Taddeo, Julie Anne (ed.) Upstairs and Downstairs: The British Historical Costume Drama on Television (Scarecrow, 2014).

With Thornham, Helen: ‘Remaking Public Service for Commercial Consumption: Jamie’s School Dinners Come to America’ in Carlen Lavigne (ed.): Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle (New York: Lexington Books, 2014), 187-200.

Thornham, H. and Weissmann, E. (eds). Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies. I.B. Tauris, London, New York, pp. 140-154.

‘The Marginalisation of the Feminine: Scheduling Female-Centred Sitcoms in the Afternoon’ in Elke Weissmann and Helen Thornham (eds): Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies (London, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013).

‘Excluded from the Institutional Habitus: the Joint Student Experience’, in Journal for Further and Higher Education, Vol. 37, 2 (2013), pp. 261-279.

Schauspielerische Qualität und Narrative Innovation in CSI: Den Tätern auf der Spur’, Susanne Eichner, Lothar Mikos (eds.) Transnationale Serienkultur (2012).

‘Conventionally Beautiful: Contemplative Images in the Personal Reflective Narratives of Who Do You Think You Are and The Monastery/The Convent’ in The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 14 (2) (2011), pp. 195-212.

‘Die Serie und Innovation: Narrative Qualität in der Serie‘ in TV Diskurs (2011).

‘Two Versions of the Victim: Uncovering Contradictions in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation through Textual Analysis.’ In: Journal for E-Media Studies, 1:2 (2010) http://journals.dartmouth.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Journals.woa/2/xmlpage/4/issue.

‘Paying for Fewer Imports? The BBC Licence Fee Negotiations (1975-1981) and Attitudes towards American Imports,’ In: Television and New Media (2009), pp. 482-500.

With Boyle, Karen. ‘Evidence of Things Unseen: The Pornographic Aesthetic and the Search for Truth in CSI.’ In: Allen, Mike (ed.): Reading CSI (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007).

Conference Papers (selection)

Trauma, Masculinity and Contemporary British TV Drama: Broadchurch and Ripper Street’ presented at Screens of Violence, University of Wolverhampton, 21 November 2013.

‘Popular Crime and Populist Investigation: The CSI facebook Game’, presented at Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction:
Traditions, Expectations, Genres and Codes, University of Liberec, Czech Republic, 22-24 November 2013.

‘BBC Co-productions and the Aesthetics of Doubt’ presented at ECREA General Conference, University of Hamburg, 12-15 October 2010.

‘Crime Scene as Quality TV’ presented at the Emotion, Media and Crime Conference, University of Aarhus, 28 September – 1 October 2010.

‘An Object Performing Life: The Body in Film Viewership’ with Rosa Fong presented at Screen, University of Glasgow, 2-4 July 2010.

‘Silent Images: Empty Signifiers in Who Do You Think You Are?’ presented at Screen, University of Glasgow, 3-5 July 2009.

‘The Real Woman in Transformation: Make-Over-Television and the Space for Female Articulation’ presented at the Feminist Transition conference of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, Liverpool, 19-21 June 2009.

‘Schedules as Hermeneutic Horizon: The Case of Suddenly Susan’ presented at the annual MeCCSA Conference, Bradford, 14-16 January 2009.

Professional Bodies and External Activities

Elke Weissmann is a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

She is part of the editorial team of Critical Studies in Television, and is a member of the board of editors of The Journal of Popular Television. She is external examiner at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Brighton.

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