Dr Rebecca Harrison

  • Lecturer (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

Research interests

  • British and colonial cinema
  • Exhibition and distribution
  • Wartime and industrial film
  • Gender, race, class


  • 2016: Philip M Taylor Routledge – IAMHIST Prize for Best Article by a Junior Scholar
  • 2010-2013: AHRC PhD Studentship
  • 2011: UCL Graduate School Gay Clifford Bursary for Outstanding Women Students 2009: UCL Grand Challenges Award (as part of the UCL Film Studies Space)


    Rebecca welcomes PhD applications in any area relating to her research interests. Examples include the histories of film and visual culture between the late-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries; British cinema; and topics exploring wartime, industrial or mobile film exhibition.


  • MSc Film Curating convenor
  • Materials of Film Curating
  • Practices of Film Curating

Additional Information

  • Book review editor, Early Popular Visual Culture
  • Co-Chair, War and Media Studies special interest group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Guest, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, August 7, 2015. Interview on Mabel Normand and women filmmakers in early Hollywood.

Invited talks

  • 2016: ‘Panicking or Pure Class? The Audience of ‘Train Effect’ Films,’ Institute of Historical Research Film History series, October 20.
  • 2016: ‘First World War Ambulance Trains Onscreen,’ National Railway Museum, September 10.
  • 2015: ‘Travelling in Style: The Trains, Planes and Steamships of the Stars,’ (with Rachel Kapelke-Dale), UCL Festival of the Arts, May 18.


  • 2016: ‘Screens Under Steam: Film Exhibition on Ships and Railways in Britain,’ A Hundred Years of Film Theory - Münsterberg and Beyond, University of Leipzig, June 29-July 2.
  • 2016: ‘All Quiet on the Home Front: Evacuee Children and a Silent Cinema Revival in the Second World War,’ British Silent Film Festival Symposium, King’s College London, April 28-29.
  • 2016: ‘Sweethearts of the Skies: Gender, National Identity and the “Aviatrix” Onscreen in the 1930s,” Flying Through the 30s, Croydon Aerodrome Museum, April 16 (co-authored with Rachel Kapelke-Dale).
  • 2016: ‘“Away from the Village, the Cinema, Everything”: Film Entertainments for Evacuees in the Second World War,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, March 30-April 3.
  • 2015: 'Objective Cameras and Subjective Screens: The Language of First World War Cinema in Britain,' British Silent Film Festival Symposium, April 24.
  • 2015: ‘“The Coming of the Projectionettes” and British Cinema Exhibition in the Second World War,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Montreal, March 25-29.
  • 2014: ‘Tartan Hills and Transnationality: Onscreen Journeys Across the English-Scottish Border and The Politics of British Cultural Identity,’ Screen International, Glasgow, June 27-29.
  • 2014: ‘Cinema and the Writing of History: Life on Britain’s First World War Ambulance Trains,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, March 19-23.
  • 2014: ‘Cinema, Archiving and Historiography,’ International Association for Media and History Masterclass, Brussels, January 9.
  • 2013: ‘Moving Images on the Railways in Britain, 1924-1939,’ Expanded Cinema, Yale University, February 15-16.
  • 2012: ‘The Home at the Front: Everyday Life on First World War Ambulance Trains,’ War and Life-writing, Oxford University, December 11.
  • 2012: ‘Images in Transit,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, March 21-25.
  • 2011: ‘Riding the Ghost Train,’ Screen International, Glasgow, July 1-3.
  • 2011: ‘The Case of Film Noir vs. the Typewriter,’ Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, March 7.


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