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Dr Chris O'Rourke
111 Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 0207 679 2772 / extn: 32772
  • Research Associate
  • Arts Faculty Office
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I joined UCL in September 2012 to take up a post in the new Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). Before coming to UCL, I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Cambridge, where I graduated from Jesus College with a BA in English in 2005, an MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures in 2007, and a PhD in 2012 for a thesis on film history. I also taught film and literature classes at the Cambridge University Faculty of Education.

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Research Summary

My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain. As the first CHIRP Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL, I am embarking on a project that explores the early history of cinema in London, before 1930. I am especially interested in the social experience of cinema-going in London's West End, and in the cluster of film businesses that grew up in the streets of Soho - an area that contemporary commentators came to know as London's 'Filmland'.

I am also interested in developing my doctoral research on film actors and would-be film actors in Britain during the period of silent cinema. Some of this research is published, or forthcoming, in journal articles and essays. My article 'How to Become a Bioscope Model' won the 2010 Projection Box Essay Award for new research into British popular visual culture.

Teaching Summary

From 2013, I will be teaching the module 'Film Exhibition' (ENGLGF09) on the Film Studies MA programme.

I have also taught on film and the city for the English Literature BA and the Urban Studies MSc courses.

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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