PEA Blair

Lecturer in Film Theory

[Old Code] Arts & Media

University of Salford

Contemporary film and visual culture, Cinema and Northern Ireland, Film aesthetics, Documentary, Experimental/avant-garde/modernist cinema, Video installation

I am a researcher of contemporary film and visual culture with a specialism in moving image production made in and about Northern Ireland. My current interests lie in how practitioners engage with the mediatization of conflict, and in examining the aesthetics and post-memorial implications of appropriated archival materials in conflict-themed film and visual art. I have previously held teaching posts at Queen's, Lancaster University, Newcastle University, and University of Aberdeen. My monograph Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland (2014) won the Peter Lang Young Scholars in Film Studies 2012 competition.

PhD Film & Visual Studies, Queen’s University Belfast MA Film & Visual Studies, Queen’s University Belfast BA (Hons) English & Film Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

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  1. Blair, PEA 2016, 'Accommodating the mess : the politics of appropriation in it for others' , Acta Universitatis Sapientiae: Film and Media Studies, 12 . (In Press)
  2. Blair, PEA 2014, Old borders, new technologies : reframing film and visual culture in contemporary Northern Ireland , Discussion Paper, Peter Lang.
  3. Blair, PEA 2016, 'Remains to be Un/Seen : envisioning the Disappeared in Willie Doherty’s Ancient Ground and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light' , in: Peripheral visions in the globalizing present : space, mobility, aesthetics , Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race (31) , Brill, Leiden, pp. 201-221.
  4. Blair, PEA 2016, 'Panopticonicity : sites of control and the failure of forgetting in Willie Doherty’s Re-Run (2002) and Drive (2003)' , in: Post-conflict performance, film and visual arts , Contemporary Performance InterActions , Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 193-209.
  5. Blair, PEA 2013, 'Panopticons within panopticons : surveillance inversions in Willie Doherty’s video installations' , Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49 (5) , pp. 539-551.
  6. Blair, PEA 2013, 'Newsreel politics : early American non-fiction film and the Irish question' , Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 32 (3) , pp. 59-69.
  7. Blair, PEA 2012, 'Reframings : art and the moving image in contemporary Northern Ireland' , Media Education Journal, 51 , pp. 13-18.