Current research  


My latest book was published in July 2018 - a collection of new essays, entitled Architectures of Revolt: The Cinematic City circa 1968. This is a study of the conjuncture between cinema, cities, and political protest worldwide in 1968. It was published by Temple University Press in the series Life, Landscape, and Policy.

http://tupress.temple.edu/book/0921

With a group of colleagues, in May-June 2018, I convened a series of workshops, film screenings, and a three-day symposium on the theme of '1968 and its legacies'. This was held at King's College London, with film screenings at the British Film Institute (BFI Southbank/National Film Theatre). For details, please visit:

https://1968.kcl.ac.uk

Concurrently, I have been researching and writing a second monograph on cinema in/and Los Angeles. My 2012 monograph Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles focused on the 1900s-1950s, so this new book concentrates on the 1960s and '70s, a particularly complex and rich period in the history of both motion pictures and urbanization in that city and internationally.

Other publications I'm working on currently include journal articles on Henri Lefebvre's attitudes to film and television, William Klein's documentary about May '68 entitled Grands soirs et petits matins (1978), and the cinematic image and cultural trope of the university campus.

I occasionally write journalistic pieces - for example, here and here - and I am on the advisory board of the online open access journal Mediapolis.