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Ian has been at Massey since 2008, having previously worked at the University of Sussex in the UK, and was Media Studies Programme Coordinator from 2012-2014. His research is primarily focused upon the social, cultural and economic relations constituted through the circulation and consumption of film.
His current work examines the role played by theatrical sites of exhibition, such as cinemas, and non-theatrical sites of exhibition, such as online distribution, in shaping audiences’ engagement with film in New Zealand. Work from this research can be found in Continuum: Journal Of Media and Cultural Studies (Vol 30, Issue 6), Studies in Australasian Cinema (Vol 5, Issue 3 and Vol 6, Issue 2) and Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception (Karina Aveyard and Albert Moran [eds] 2013).
In his PhD he examined the way in which audiences’ gendered/classed/sexual identities were constructed through their engagement with the films of Sylvester Stallone. Work from this research can be found in Contemporary Hollywood Stardom (Thomas Austin and Martin Barker [eds] 2003), Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (Vol 4, Issue 2), and The Ultimate Stallone Reader (Chris Holmlund [ed] 2014). This interest in the relationship between stardom and masculinity was also explored further in work on the representation of masculinity in the films of Orlando Bloom (Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, Issue 9, 2007).
His research entails a range of methods and approaches, including audience research, political economy, textual analysis, and cultural geography.
Film Audiences, Film Cultures, Film Distribution and Exhibition, Media Industries, New Cinema History, Film Stardom, Masculinity.
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Field of research codes
Cinema Studies (190201):
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Cultural Studies (200200): Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205):
Film, Television and Digital Media (190200):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Media Studies (200104):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)