Christine Cornea

Christine Cornea


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Personal profile


My teaching and research has broadly been concerned with the cultural significance of popular cinema and television genres. Recent work has specifically revolved around questions of race, gender/sexuality, screen performance, industrial aesthetics and practices in film and television. While I have previously drawn upon both historical and theoretical traditions, current work has also focused upon interdisciplinary approaches to research. I have explored all of these areas in recent publications, as well as in my teaching at PhD, MA and BA levels. I am a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and recent winner of a UEA Engagement Award (2020). Between 2019-2022, I was a named Investigator on a large-scale transdisciplinary project, called 'Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals', which was supported by a successful UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund award. I have recently been awarded a 10-month funded Research Fellowship with the Kate Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Postapocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University in Germany, which I will be undertaking from the 1st October 2022 to 31st July 2023.

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise 3 Ph.D. students and I have been the primary supervisor for 12 PhD students, who successfully completed between 2011 -2019, on the following topics: representations of posthuman women in science fiction television; apocalyptic science fiction film; representations of mental disorder in the contemporary American Biopic; press discourse surrounding representations of rape in film; sound in the Gulf War film; American Independent Cinema; liminal identities in American science fiction television; gender and contemporary American science fiction television; white American masculinities in the apocalyptic science fiction road narrative; the films of Hal Hartley; the representation of women in the films of Woody Allen and their popular and critical reception; the science fiction novel and meta-narrative strategies.

Key Research Interests

Research interests are broadly concerned with the cultural significance of popular cinema and television genres. Recent work has specifically revolved around questions of gender/sexuality, screen performance, industrial aesthetics and practices in film and television, as well as the development of interdisciplinary approaches to research. My current research interests are focused upon the uses of the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic narrative, environmental fiction and documentary in film and television.

Professional Activities

  • 2021: Reviewer for Carnegie Trust PhD grant proposals.
  • April 2012-December 2015: Member of AHRC Peer Review College.
  • 2014: Reviewer for DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) funding body
  • Member of Conference Programming Committee for Society of Cinema and Media Studies(SCMS)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, University of Southampton (July 2019)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, Solent University (July 2017)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, University of Southampton (December 2015)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, University of Southampton (Spring 2013)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, University of Sussex (Spring 2011)
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis, Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia (October 2010)
  • External Assessor for Professorship at Edge Hill University
  • Have sat on 2 x BA and 2 x MA Course Validation Panels as External Assessor
  • 2007-2011: External Examiner for the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film and Television, at the University of Bristol.

        Book Proposal and Book Clearance Reviewer:

  • Blackwell Publishing, Liverpool University Press, Palgrave Macmillan Press, I.B.Tauris, Methuen, Bloomsbury.

        Peer Reviewer - journals:

  • Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (previously the Cinema Journal); Science Fiction Film and Television journal; WIREs Climate Change journal; Film Studies journal; Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society; Screening the Past journal; Scope journal; Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance; Transnational Cinemas journal; NECSUS - European Journal of Media Studies.


  • BBC Radio 4 interview about the film Titane (Julia Ducournau, 2021) for Screenshot, episode 2, broadcast 7.15pm on the 10th December 2021;
  • Television interview about the 2017 'UK Green Film Festival @UEA' for The Mustard Show, 4th May 2017;
  • Live radio interview about the UK Green Film Festival @UEA screenings, research and engagement events and Mark Kermode's introduction to Silent Running, Radio Norfolk, 30th April 2016;
  • Live radio Interview with Daryl Smith for special program 'Back to the Future Day' broadcast, Future Radio, 21st October 2015;
  • Interview with Eastern Daily Press on 2015 Oscars Nominations, 15th January 2015;
  • Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, ‘Women in Science Fiction’, Friday 3rd May 2013 (10-11am);
  • Published ‘interview feature’ for Polish Weekly newsmagazine Przekrój, ‘The future of science fiction film and District 9’, 24th September 2009;
  • In 2005 I was asked to participate in a live radio interview about the blockbuster film for BBC Radio Leeds (12.45pm, 10.8.05).

       Conference Keynote Addresses:

  • 2016 (January) Einstein Forum, Potsdam and Berlin, Germany. Keynote Address entitled, 'Environmental Concerns and Post-Apocalyptic Futures in American Science Fiction Film'.
  • 2014 (November): University of Lisbon, in Lisbon, Portugal. Keynote Address entitled, 'Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction Television'.
  • 2013 (January): University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. Keynote Address entitled, ‘From Nuclear Holocaust to Eco-Catastrophe: The Global Ethics of Science Fiction Film’. 

       Invited Seminar Series Papers and Workshops:

  • 'Climate Change and the Post-Apocalyptic Narrative', for 'Exploring Climate Narratives' panel, ClimateUEA Day, UEA (July 2022).
  • 'Filmmaking and the use of Transdisciplinary and Participatory Concepts and Methods in the Context of the "Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals" GCRF Project', Research Seminar Series Paper, University of Exeter (February 2022).
  • Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, invited participant in 'Flying Machines with Minds of Their Own: Imagining Autonomous Flight' workshop - University of Cambridge (September 2019)
  • Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and The Royal Society, invited delegate for AI Narratives workshop - University of Cambridge (May 2017).
  • 'Female Authority, Religion, and the Post-Apocalyptic Nation in British Science Fiction Television' - Interdisciplinary Seminar Series - University of Warwick (November 2015)
  • ‘Life After People: Post-Apocalyptic Cities’ - Interdisciplinary Seminar Series - University of East Anglia (March 2013)
  • ‘Re-Viewing Survivors’ - Edinburgh Napier University (October 2010)
  • ‘Questions of Genre: The Day After Tomorrow (2004)’ - Interdisciplinary Seminar Series’ - University of East Anglia (March 2010)
  • ‘Gender, Genre and National Anxiety in “Survivors” (BBC 1975-77)’ - University of Sunderland (October 2009)
  • ‘Reading Delaney’ - University of Portsmouth, 2005.
  • ‘Performing Cyborgs’ - University of Southampton 2000.

      Selected Conference/Colloquia Papers:

  • 2021: International Academic Forum (IAFOR) - The 8th European Conference on Media, Communication and Film, "Participatory Filmmaking Methods in the Context of a Transdisciplinary Global Challenges Research Fund Project".
  • 2018: Screening the Unreal, invited speaker for symposium at University of Brighton, '"For Queen, For Country, For Kicks": Post-Apocalyptic Patriotism, Youth and Gender in Spooks:Code 9 (BBC Three, 2008)'.
  • 2018: SCMS Toronto Conference, Panel Respondent for 'Calling the Shots?: The Practitioner Interview in British Women's Cinema'.
  • 2016: Imagining Futures! Arts and Humanities in Climate Change Research, a cross-disciplinary symposium and workshop, 'Environmental Issues and Climate Change in Environmentally Themed Film'.
  • 2016: Film and the Environment, cross-disciplinary symposium held in association with UK Green Film Festival @UEA event, 'An Audience with Candida Brady'. 
  • 2016: International Girls Studies Association Inaugural Conference, 'Post-Apocalyptic Patriotism: The Girls in Spooks: Code 9'.
  • 2012: Documentary and the Environment Symposium at University of Surrey, ‘Eco-tainment: The Case of Life After People (The History Channel, 2008)’.
  • 2012: SCMS Boston Conference, Paper given - ‘Discursive Dissonance and Life After People (David de Vries, History Channel, 2008)’.
  • 2010: SCMS Los Angeles Conference, Paper given - ‘The “Practitioner” in Film and Television: Utility and Limits of a Term’.
  • 2009: PCA/ACA New Orleans Conference, Disasters and Culture area: Theorizing and Archiving Disaster. Paper given, ‘A New World Order?: Post-Apocalypse on the Small Screen’.
  • 2009: PCA/ACA New Orleans Conference, Disasters and Culture area. Chair of panel: ‘Cultural Survival and Restoration After Hurricanes’.
  • 2007: SCMS Conference in Chicago. Chair of workshop panel and discussion paper given: ‘The Practitioner Interview in Film and Television Studies’.
  • 2005: SCMS Conference in London. Chair of panel and paper given: ‘Spaced Out: Psychedelic Imagery in American and European Science Fiction Films of the 1960s/1970s’.
  • 2004: SCMS Conference in Atlanta. Paper given: ‘Hybridity in the “direct to video” martial arts/cyborg film of the 1990s’.
  • 2001: Film and Media Seminar series, University of Southampton. Paper given: ‘The mainstream Martial Arts/Cyborg films’.
  • 1998: FIRT/IFTR XIII World Congress - Theatre and Theatre Research: Exploring the Limits, at Canterbury University. Short discussion paper: ‘Performance in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema’.

        Public Engagement and Outreach:

  • 2022 (19th-21st May): Organiser of the Green Film Festival @UEA programme of events. This included 4 feature-length documentary film screenings and screenings of several short films with associated expert talks, Q+As, an in-person appearance by Liz Bonnin, 'A Plastic Journey' interactive exhibition, and 2 workshops. This year we held 2 evening screening events at Norwich Castle, and all other events were held at The Enterprise Centre at UEA.
  • 2020 (June 2020): winner of UEA Engagement Award for the Green Film Festival @UEA.
  • 2019 (25th May): 'Threads: Post-Apocalyptic Drama-Documentary and the Nuclear Question' - Salisbury International Arts Festival public guest talk in association with screening of Threads (1984).
  • 2019 (10th May - 18th May): Organiser of the Green Film Festival @UEA programme of events. This included 6 public screenings with associated talks, Q+As, a 'Young Environmental Filmmakers' Schools Workshop, a 'Climate Change on Stage' dramaturgy event, a book launch, a 'Toxic Racism' public panel discussion. This year we opened with a public screening and talk at the Norwich Castle, which was followed by other screenings and events at the Enterprise Centre and the Julian Study Centre on the UEA campus.
  • 2018 (3rd May - 6th May): Organiser of the Green Film Festival @UEA programme of events. This included 5 public screenings with associated introductory talks, an interactive exhibition, a filmmaking workshop, a 'word-forging' workshp, and Q+A with creator of Dusk Chorus, David Monacchi.
  • 2017 (3rd May - 6th May): Organiser of the UK Green Film Festival @UEA programme of events. This included 4 public screenings with associated introductory talks, an eco-shorts and storyboarding public workshop, and the 'Stand Up for the Earth: Environmental Advocacy in Film and Media' public panel discussion and Q+A. Although we were unable to hold as many separate events as last year, bookings for each event were up from 2016. Overall, the festival was attended by approximately 550 people.
  • 2016 (30th April - 6th May): Co-Organiser with colleague from School of Environmental Sciences and presenter for UK Green Film Festival @UEA progamme of events. The week-long Programme included 4 public film screenings, a one-day cross disciplinary symposium, a one-day Schools Workshop, a two day interactive exhibition, an audience study. This was a highly successful event and was attended by between 600-700 people.
  • 2013 (September): Invited participant, Roundtable with John Ashton entitled: ‘Climate Change and the Arts’ at The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
  • Wellcome Trust in London, 29th September 2012. Public Lecture ‘Looking Back at the Earth: From Silent Running (1972) to The Day After Tomorrow (2004)’, for ‘Human Limits’ symposium. See
  • Public Lecture ‘Women and British Television in the 1970s’ at Thomas Paine Centre, for members of the Women’s Institute (Norfolk-wide), 6th September 2011. See and
  • ‘Invasive Alien Species: Science and Fiction’ - The Arts and Biodiversity Symposium, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts (May 2011). See
  • Norwich ‘Sound and Vision Festival’ 2011 - sat on delegate panel, presented a 10 min public talk entitled: ‘Authenticating Performance’.
  • UEA Summer School - Year 9, 2 hour, Interactive Talk and Workshop Session - ‘Sound in Film’, (14th April 2010)
  • Public Lecture ‘Alien Identities’ at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (2007)
  • City of Norwich School, Subject Talk (23rd June 2010)
  • Cadbury College, Birmingham, Subject Talk (29the June 2010)

Areas of Expertise

Science fiction in film and television; acting in film and television; the practitioner interview in film and television studies, documentary filmmaking, participatory filmmaking methods, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research (particularly across arts and sciences).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action