Dr. Caleb Turner (FHEA)
BA, MA, PHD
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Caleb joined the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond University in 2018. Holding a PhD (2016), MA (2008) and BA (2007) in Film Studies from University of Kent, his thesis specialises in Contemporary Superhero Cinema: exploring how American cultural values are expressed, challenged and reconciled through the rhythmic action and visceral kinesis generated in the spectacular storytelling of these popular film and television franchises.
Having published articles, presented research papers, given public cinema talks, and participated in discussion panels with industry figures on the superhero-action film – and now currently working on a monograph – he will be teaching this collected research material on a course that specialises in Superhero Cinema. Caleb also teaches on film courses that include: Introduction to Film Studies, Mainstream Cinema – Genre Studies, International Cinema, and Cultural Theory, discussing topics such as: Hollywood Genres, History and Industry; Auteurship; Documentary; Animation; European Art Cinema, National Cinema and Film Movements; Post-colonialism; Identity Politics; Feminism and other key aspects of film theory, history and critical analysis, as well as essential debates across the discipline of cultural studies.
Caleb also teaches on the introductory practical filmmaking course, and will act as course leader for the Film MA programme. Being academic advisor for the Film Society, he is organising a ‘London Film Series’, currently working on a series of ‘edutainment’ Video Essays that explore popular film, and too regularly invites industry figures to deliver guest lectures for our students (the most recent being a talk given by the President of Sony International Pictures).
Caleb is an active member of the Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC), a member of the Research Policy Committee (RPC), and currently organising a new research network to engage academics, industry professionals and fan communities in exploring the ‘superhero cultural zeitgeist’ together.