Oliver Carter

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory

Birmingham School of Media
Email:
oliver.carter@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)121 331 5469
Biography

Dr. Oliver Carter is a senior lecturer in media and cultural theory at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University. His research focuses on alternative economies of cultural production; informal forms of industry that are often removed from a formal cultural industries discourse. He has published work that appears in Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture (A MacDonald, Ed.), The Piracy Effect (R. Braga and G. Caruso, Eds.), Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together (Sarah Baker, Ed) and is the author of the forthcoming monograph Making European Cult Cinema: Fan Enterprise in an Alternative Economy, published by Amsterdam University Press. He is currently co-editing a book about British media censorship  and his recent research into the British adult film industry informs the forthcoming documentary about the British adult filmmaker Mike Freeman titled Hardcore Guaranteed (Rose Tinted Productions).

During his time at Birmingham City University, Oliver has developed and convened a number of modules across all levels of HE study, such as Popular Culture, Creativity in the Media, Media Culture, and Fandom, Subcultures and Cult Media. He convened the MA module Online Enterprise and Innovation, and is currently the Research Degrees Coordinator for Media and Cultural Studies. He supervises a range of PhD students, studying areas such as the Nollywood film industry, music documentary production for commercial radio, conflict sensitive journalism in Nigeria, fan vidding and the economics of hyperlocal journalism.

Areas of Expertise
    • Amateur/informal cultural production 
    • Media fandom
    • Pornography studies
    • Home video distribution
    • Piracy
    • Censorship
    • Film and television audiences 
    Research

    Oliver’s research focuses primarily on alternative economies of cultural production; informal forms of industry that are often removed from a formal cultural industries discourse. He explores areas of cultural and economic production, such as fan enterprise, the British adult film industry, file sharing communities and home video distribution. He has collaborated with research centre colleagues on several projects, such as cult film distribution with Simon Barber, informal archives of popular music with Jez Collins, and radio documentary fandom with Sam Coley.

    Oliver’s research has also informed practice artefacts. He was the associate producer and researcher for the Xfm radio documentary series 25, which celebrated iconic popular music albums celebrating their 25th anniversary, and his current research into the British adult film industry informs several documentaries, including the forthcoming documentary about the British adult filmmaker Mike Freeman titled Hardcore Guaranteed (Rose Tinted Productions).

    Postgraduate Supervision

    Oliver currently supervises eight PhD students studying areas such as the Nollywood film industry, music documentary production for commercial radio, conflict sensitive journalism in Nigeria, fan vidding, the economics of hyperlocal journalism, documentary distribution platforms, black female cultural entrepreneurship, the cultural significance of the book and BDSM subcultures in Birmingham.

    Publications

    Monographs

    Making European Cult Cinema: Fan Enterprise in an Alternative Economy, Amsterdam University Press (forthcoming 2017).

    Book chapters

    ‘They’re not pirates, they’re archivists”: The role of fans as curators and archivists of popular culture heritage’ (co-authored with Jez Collins) in Baker, S (Ed.) Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together, Routledge, 2015.

    ‘Sound and Vision’ Radio Documentary, Fandom and New Participatory Cultures’, (co-authored with Sam Coley) in Edgar, Fairclough-Isaacs, K. and Halligan, B. (Eds.) The Music Documentary, Routledge, 2015.

    ‘Sharing All’Italiana. Riproduzione e distribuzione del genere I sui siti Torrent’ (English Title: Sharing All’Italiana - The Reproduction and Distribution of the giallo on Torrent File-Sharing Websites) in Braga, R. and Caruso, G. (Eds.) The Piracy Effect, Mimesis Cinergie, 2013.

    ‘Slash Production’: Objectifying the Serial ‘Kiler’ in Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production’ in MacDonald, A. (Ed) Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular    Culture, Bloomsbury, 2013.

    Contributing author, Long, P. and Wall, T. (Eds.) Media Studies: Texts, Production and Context, Pearson Education, 2009.

    Selected conferences

    ‘Blurring the Boundaries: Fan Production in an Alternative Economy’, ECREA, Prague, 9-12 November 2016.

    ‘Retro Bodies: The Rialto Report as Community Archive’, International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 9-15 March 2016.

    ‘Releasing the Un-releasable: Small scale economies of Home Video Cult Film Distribution’, Cine-Excess XI, Brighton University, 12-14 November 2015.

    ‘The Clones of Bruce Lee: The Political Economy of Bruceploitation’ (co-presented with Dr. Simon Barber), Martial Arts Studies, Cardiff University, 10 - 12 June, 2015.

    ‘Preserving All’Italiana: Fan Curation of Giallo Cinema’, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh and the Giallo, Austrian Historical Institute and Sheffield Hallam University, Rome, Italy, 7-9 June 2015.

    ‘A Labour of Love: Fantrepreneurship in Home Video Media Distribution’, Distributors, Discs and Disciples, University of Worcester, 23 May 2015.

    ‘Makin’ Whoopee: Historicising the British Hardcore Pornography Film Industry’, Sexual Cultures 2, University of Sunderland (London Campus), 8-10 April 2015.

    ‘Preserving All’Italiana: Fan Curation of Italian Cult Cinema’, International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 20-24 March 2015.

    ‘Researching Vintage Porn: Topics, Issues, Objects and Methods’, (co-presented with Dr. John Mercer), International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 20-24 March 2015.

    ‘Fans as Archivists: Community Curation of VHS Culture’, Archaeologies of Media and Film, University of Bradford, 3-5 September 2014.

    ‘Researching the Alternative Economy of Fan Industry’, Industrial Approaches to Media: A Methodological Gateway to Industry Studies, University of Nottingham, 5 June 2014.

    ‘Making European Cult Cinema: Fan Production in an Alternative Economy’, 1984: Freedom and Censorship in the Media - Where Are We Now?, University of Sunderland (London Campus), 23-24 April 2014.

    ‘Informal Enterprises in the Alternative Economy of European Cult Cinema Fan Production’, Cult Cinema and Technological Change, University of Aberystwyth, 15-16 April 2014.

    ‘The Secret History: Sexual Representations, ‘Personal’ Archives, Consumption and Reception in Britain’, (co-presented with Dr. John Mercer), International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 7-11 April 2014.

    ‘“They’re not pirates, they’re archivists” The role of fans as curators and archivists of popular music heritage’, LARM Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-15 November 2013.

    ‘Makin’ Whoopee: Historicising the British Hardcore Pornography Film Industry’, International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 15-21 March 2013.

    ‘The Fantom Kiler: Hardcore British fan re-interpretations of the Italian giallo film’, International Film    Studies Spring School, International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, 23-29 March 2013.

    The Fantom Kiler: Hardcore British fan re-interpretations of the Italian giallo film’, International Film     Studies Spring School, International Film Studies Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia, 23-29 March, 2012.

    ‘The Remediation of Cult Film in Online Communities, (co-presented with Dr. Simon Barber), Online Mainline, Birmingham City University, 14-15 September 2011

    ‘The Agency of the Amateur Archivist in Online Communities’, (co-presented with Dr. Simon Barber), Transforming Audiences 3, Westminster University, 1-2 September 2011.

    ‘CineTorrent: Remediating Cult Images in Online Communities’, (co-presented with Dr. Simon Barber), CineExcess V, Odeon Covent Garden, 26-28 May 2011.

    ‘Sound and Vision’ Radio Documentary, Fandom and New Participatory Cultures, (co-presented with Sam Coley), Sights and Sounds: Interrogating the Music Documentary Conference, University of Salford, 3-4 June 2010.

    ‘The Fans Reserved 25 Copies – Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production’, Transforming Audiences 2.0, Westminster University, 2-3 September 2009.