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Professor Karen Lury

Professor Karen Lury

Professor of Film and Television Studies



Karen Lury is Professor of Film and Television Studies. Her work focuses on the representation of the child and the agency of the child as performer in film and television. She recently completed an AHRC funded project Children and Amateur Media in Scotland in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive. Her recent publications have therefore focused on the amateur film and the home movie. Her most recent monograph ‘The Child in Film: tears, fears and fairytales’ (I.B. Tauris, 2010) explored the representation of the child and the labour of the child performer in films made for adults. More recently her focus has turned to the ‘animal’ in film and she recently edited a forthcoming anthology ‘The Zoo: images of exhibition and encounter’ with Michael Lawrence (due from Palgrave 2016). She is currently Dean of Research in the College of Arts and is Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Trust award ‘Collections: An Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21st Century’ which will fund 15 studentships over the next three years, many of these PhDs are cross disciplinary in nature some specifically working within the wider area of medical humanities drawing on the unique resources of the University’s Hunterian Museum and Gallery.

Research and Teaching Interests

Representation and well being of the child in film and television.

Particular interest in arts/science collaborations.

Emerging interest in the ‘animal’ in film and television.

Focus in research on ‘performance’ – agency, labour and interpretation.

Developing project on ‘care’ and media.



  • College of Arts, School of Culture and Creative Arts