Biography

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 my approach draws upon both historical and theoretical traditions, current work has also focused upon the use of qualitative research, in particular the practitioner interview. I have explored all of these areas in recent publications on both science fiction and the musical film, as well in my teaching at MA and BA levels. I am currently working on a further monograph on post-apocalyptic science fiction television as well as a further, interdiscplinary edited collection on ethics in science fiction. 

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise 3 Ph.D. students covering various topics, and I have been the primary supervisor for 11 PhD students, who successfully completed between 2011 -2017, on the following topics: 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.

All Publications

<- Page 1 of 2 ->

Cornea, C.

(2017)

Wie man Katastrophen überlebt: Die Zerstörung der Umwelt und Visionen einer postapokalyptischen Zukunft im amerikanischen Science-Fiction-Kino,

in Future Worlds.

Bertz & Fischer

pp. 39-49

ISBN 978-3-86505-250-6

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2017)

From Isolationism to Globalism: An Overview of Politics and Ethics in the Hollywood Science Fiction Film,

in Science Fiction, Ethics, and the Human Condition.

Springer

pp. 159-179

ISBN 978-3-319-56575-0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Baron, C. (ed.), Halvorsen, P. N. (ed.), Cornea, C. (ed.)

(2017)

Science Fiction, Ethics and the Human Condition,

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-56575-0

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2014)

Re-Viewing 'Survivors' (BBC, 1975-77): Gender, Genre and National Anxiety,

in Quarterly Review of Film and Video

31

(5)

pp. 401-414

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2013)

'So Bad It's Good': Critical Humor in Science Fiction Cinema,

in The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema.

Wayne State University Press

ISBN 9780814338551

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C. (ed.), Thomas, R. O. (ed.)

(2013)

Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation,

Cambridge Scholars Press

ISBN 978-1443842419

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2013)

Discourses of Disaster,

in Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation.

Cambridge Scholars Press

pp. 1-6

ISBN 978-1443842419

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2013)

Post-Apocalyptic Narrative and Environmental Documentary: The Case of 'Life After People',

in Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation.

Cambridge Scholars Press

pp. 151-166

ISBN 978-1443842419

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C., Bowater, L., Bowater, R.

(2012)

Visualizing Science Fiction and relating it to Science Fact,

in The Biochemist

34

(6)

pp. 4-8

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C., Bowater, L., James, H., Bowater, R.

(2012)

Using science fiction to teach science facts,

in The Biochemist

34

(6)

pp. 15-20

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2011)

British Science Fiction Television in the Discursive Context of Second Wave Feminism,

in Genders Journal

54

(Summer)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2011)

Frankenheimer and the Science Fiction/Horror Film,

in A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film.

Rutgers University Press

pp. 229-243

ISBN 9780813550602

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2010)

Genre and Performance: Film and Television,

Manchester University Press

ISBN 9780719079801

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2010)

2-D Performance and the re-Animated Actor,

in Genre and Performance: Film and Television.

Manchester University Press

pp. 148-165

ISBN 9780719079801

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2010)

Editor's Introduction,

in Genre and Performance: Film and Television.

Manchester University Press

pp. 1-17

ISBN 9780719079801

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2009)

Showrunning the Doctor Who Franchise,

in Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries.

Routledge

ISBN 9780415997966

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2008)

In Focus: The Practitioner Interview in Film and Television Studies,

in Cinema Journal

47(2)

pp. 117-154

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2008)

Introduction: Interviews in Film and Television Studies,

in Cinema Journal

47(2)

pp. 117-23

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2007)

Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality,

Rutgers University Press

ISBN 9780813541730

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cornea, C.

(2006)

The American Musical since the 1960s,

in Contemporary American Cinema.

Open University Press

pp. 53-56

ISBN 0335218326

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


<- Page 1 of 2 ->

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. My current research interests are focused upon the uses of the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic narrative in film and television, and environmental fiction and documentary film/television.

Professional Activities

  • April 2012-December 2015: Member of AHRC Peer Review College.
  • 2014: Peer 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, 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:

  • 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.

        Media:

  • 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’. 

       External Seminar Series Papers and Workshops:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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 http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/human-limits.aspx
  • 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 http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2011/September/WIfilmTV and
  • http://www.psychologies.co.uk/culture/good-news-the-wi-celebrate-women-in-film.html
  • ‘Invasive Alien Species: Science and Fiction’ - The Arts and Biodiversity Symposium, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts (May 2011). See http://artandbiodiversity.org/themes/invasivealienspecies/invasivealiensinsciencefictionmp3
  • 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)